Lucy Huang, currently studying at Canterbury King's School, has recently won the Cleary Art Scholarship. She is a lovely girl who has shown artistic talent since she was a child. The depiction of ethnic minority cultures and reflections on current affairs in her work is particularly brilliant. She is good at using unusual materials to deepen the meaning of her work.
It is less than 20 days until the Lunar New Year, and BE Education has some great news to share with everyone!
Let us congratulate Lucy, who was awarded the Cleary Art Scholarship by The King's School, Canterbury, with mentorship from BE Education's London office.
The King's School, Canterbury is a longstanding, mixed, independent boarding school in England. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and the Eton Group.
Besides its excellent academic performance, the school encourages creativity and individuality, providing its students with a lively elite community. Music, theatre, and art are all essential parts of school life. Each year, the school holds a week-long art festival called King's Week.
The Cleary Art Scholarship awards students who demonstrate incredible passion and potential for the arts during their time at King's. BE Education's Elizabeth Jellie gave Lucy lots of guidance when she was choosing and introducing her artworks. She is thrilled that Lucy won the scholarship!
Today, let us enter Lucy's visual arts world and witness her journey applying for the scholarship.
Part 1: Lucy's World of Art
Art is an Extension of the Self
Lucy makes use of materials that typically found in an artist's workshop (she is very fond of using paints, oils, and felt-tip markers on canvass), but also unusual items as well.
This canvas is not made of one piece of a newspaper but many small pieces spliced together.
She has created a miniature bedroom using clay, paint, household items, and a cardboard box. We can also find keychains, cans, bottle caps, bottle wrappers… the work is full of life and art.
Lucy cares deeply for what is going on in the world around her. Her work encompasses themes such as nature, ethnicities, emotions, and current events. She presents her thoughts and understandings in the form of art. All of her materials have meaning and are connected in subtle ways to the message of her work.
Her art on the mask, for example, shows the sacrifice and love that healthcare workers have shown throughout the pandemic.
The ancient Chinese burned hollow bamboo to ward off ill spirits. Firecrackers, therefore, symbolize the people's desire for peace and harmony. Lucy's painting on 216 firecrackers shows that love and friendship are the only ways to overcome hatred and violence.
Lucy reflects extensively on the topic of emotion. She enjoys making portraits and exploring the meaning behind the expressions. Though she hopes to convey positive messages through her work, she recognizes the importance of critical thinking. She pays attention to people with depression, and the negative influence social media brings to young people.
Social media has occupied a large portion of young peoples' time and energy. Its prevalence brings many potential issues such as digital addiction, eschewed values, social anxiety, and cyberviolence. Women are especially affected by this. Lucy has created a work of art with a young woman screaming in frustration within an Instagram photo square, demonstrating how many young people today feel about social media.
Lucy enjoys working with bright pops of colour and unusual colour pairings that draw the eye to certain parts of her work.
Culture and Traditions
Lucy is very proud of her country and culture; this shows through her artwork, making them more interesting and individualized.
Lucy is especially interested in traditional costumes and dress. Many ethnic groups in China are struggling to pass down their cultural heritage and which is slowly disappearing. Lucy believes that she must carry on and present her culture.
Part 2:Lucy's Journey of Scholarship Application
Dual Support from School Teachers and BE Menyor
Lucy has shown talent in art since a young age. She is keen to discover beauty and has always had an 'eye' for improving the aesthetic of the world around her. Her parents have always appreciated her hobby.
Lucy has had access to world-class facilities while studying at King's, which has allowed her to further grow her talent. Her art teachers have been incredibly supportive of her and have always given her high marks. They encourage her to take risks with her art and expand her horizons; they have also encouraged her to take art to A-Level.
Next, let us look at Lucy's memorable experiences when applying for the Cleary Art Scholarship.
Q:How did you find out about the Cleary Scholarship and what was your mentor's reaction when you told them you wanted to apply?
A:Due to the short preparation time when I first entered Kings, I did not have an opportunity to apply for any scholarships. However, while I was having lessons in school, my art teacher invited me to join their art excellence program. From there I found out that there is a chance for me to get the Cleary scholarship in year12. I really wanted the scholarship as there were still some extra opportunities provided exclusively to art scholars. About a few months ago, my teacher sent me an email telling me that I have been nominated to be a Cleary scholar, and I immediately told my mentor, and she was really encouraging and was exited for me.
Q:What was the process that you had to go through to apply? Where the parts of the process where you had to consult your BE mentor for guidance?
A:For the application, I had to select a range of sketchbook works and artworks to build up a portfolio, and write a paragraph about myself and my art.
After I've done my first draft, my mentor was really helpful, and helped me check through any grammar mistakes and unclear statements I made. She also provided me with some suggestions of what to add. She even suggested me what kind of profile photo I should put in! In terms of artworks, my mentor gave me the choice to choose my portfolio as I know my style and my artworks the most. Overall, she has always been very encouraging and positive about the art works that I created, which gave me a lot of confidence.
Lucy is currently in the first year of Pre-University Arts. She is taking courses in art, economics, advanced mathematics, and EPQ. Lucy said she is potentially interested in Marketing and Graphic Design in college. Whatever course she chooses, she intends to make the most of her creativity throughout her career.