Students at the Isle of Hope School were honored May 16 for their award-winning submissions to an art contest coordinated by the Georgia Ports Authority and the Port of Shimizu, Japan.
For the past seven years, Isle of Hope students
The winners, determined by a panel of GPA employees, each receive a certificate and a
This year’s winners are:
First Grade (Koi Fish — Mixed media on paper): Ayat Lara
Third Grade (Jellyfish — Mixed media on paper): Layla Morris
Fifth Grade (Bonsai Trees — Wire, plaster and beads): Noa Harris
Sixth Grade: (Mandalas — Cardboard and acrylic paint):
Seventh Grade: (Paper Koi — Mixed media on paper):
Eighth Grade: (Fish wind chimes — Clay): Trinity Brisbane
Peigelbeck said the contest highlights the importance of Savannah’s port and community as well as a global partnership with Japan.
“The partnership with GPA is always supporting the arts and we look forward to this contest every year. It fosters a wonderful international relationship,” Peigelbeck said.
First-grader Ayat Lara said she and her classmates learned about koi fish and Japanese culture when working on their projects. She made sure to use plenty of orange in her winning submission — a brightly colored koi fish drawn in marker.
“I love helping animals and I love art,” Layla said.
One other piece highlighting Japanese culture was the sixth-grade students’ Bonsai trees. Noa Harris’ winning submission utilized silver, coiled wire to form the tree’s branches. She said her class had a choice of using clay pots or rock pieces for the base and she chose the rock to give the tree a more natural feel.
Koi fish were also featured in the seventh-grade project, in which students created “pop-up” representations of the fish.
“The koi fish were mostly orange, black and white, so I wanted to make sure to use those colors in my piece,” Kyla said as she described her fish’s very colorful tail.
Eighth-grade winner Trinity Brisbane was practicing for graduation, but her grandparents were sure to attend the ceremony in her honor. Her grandmother,
“They molded her mind and she made the mold,” Brisbane said.