Creativity Is the Name of the Game

D.C.'s Christine Balcer, 12, combined gymnastics and global landmarks.
D.C.'s Christine Balcer, 12, combined gymnastics and global landmarks.
Thursday, June 21, 2007

K ids and sports and art -- it's a hard combination to beat.

So when the International Child Art Foundation asked kids around the world to create works of art about their favorite sport, it received 3 million entries!

That's a lot of sports art.

Winners were picked from more than 70 countries as well as almost every U.S. state and the District of Columbia. You can see their art starting Saturday on the Mall at the 2007 World Children's Festival.

KidsPost's Ellen Edwards talked with three local artists about how they came up with their winning ideas.

Christine Balcer has seen a lot of the world. So when the 12-year-old from Washington was creating a painting about her favorite sport, gymnastics, she opted for a global setting.

The result is a painting of gymnasts moving through space. They are surrounded by the Great Wall of China; the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France; the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor; Big Ben in London, England; and other landmarks.

"The sky is filled with clouds," Christine said. "It's like you're flipping and feel like you're light and flying through air."

Christine tied with Aaron Davis, 11, for first place among District entries.

Vienna's Eunice Wu, 12, is pretty good at kung fu but also likes horseback riding, and that's what she decided to draw.

"Nature is beautiful and peaceful," she said, "and we want world peace. So I thought that is one way I can represent it." Her drawing is titled "The Bringer of World Peace."

Eunice draws all the time, filling sketch books with pencil artwork. "I like drawing people," she said. "It makes me feel happy."

Among Virginia artists, she finished in a three-way tie with Victoria Tovig, 12, of McLean, and Esther Kim, 14, of Centreville.

Ten-year-old Dylan Bradford loves animals and soccer. His artwork of animals playing soccer placed first among Maryland kids in the digital-arts category.

The painting award went to Tyler McGillivary, 12, of Bethesda.

"I didn't really know how I did it, but I just started drawing," said Dylan, who lives in Berlin, near Ocean City. "The fox wins because he's the best."

Dylan doesn't play on a soccer team anymore. "It was fun while I did it," he said, " but now I just go outside and play."

This weekend, however, he'll be on the Mall, checking out his artwork.

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