For the first time since the beginning of the annual Chinese New Year postcard competition, a first-year art student had the honor of having their artwork sent out to thousands of families across the world.
Piper Snowber, a freshman at the Upper Campus, drew the postcard, that this year captured the spirit of the year of the rat.
In the past, winners have drawn elaborate paintings of colorful roosters or a flying pig in order to secure their place on this widely distributed postcard. However, this year simplicity stole the show.
Piper’s drawing of an adorable rat peeking out from the bottom of the postcard with the year 2020 written behind it in large red text. In the finalized postcard, she also added the words “Happy Lunar New Year” in golden font along the top.
Each year, OVS celebrates the holiday, known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, by sending physical postcards to Chinese families. However, electronic versions are sent around the world to over 3,000 people from a variety of countries.
When Piper discovered she had won she was excited and honored to represent the student body in this international holiday greeting. Each year, a committee convenes to choose the cover art, and this year, Piper’s drawing stood out.
“[Piper is]an excellent art student. She picks up drawing techniques quickly and easily. Piper also has an eye for design and balance on the page,” said art teacher Chia Hersk.
Although these postcards are made to celebrate the heritage of many OVS families, they are also a great way to showcase the talents of art students from both campuses. Piper is now one of the few students whose art has been on display in this manner.
“I’m honored, you know, it’s really cool thinking about that,” exclaimed Piper about the recognition.Share