A Calvin Christian School student is receiving international attention for her colourful representation of the 2020/2021 school year.
"Obviously I'm really excited. I'm glad I could be apart of it and the title could be named for Calvin Christian, so I'm really proud to be apart of that," says Ayda Ehler, a grade 11 student.
The contest was put on by a printing company in Altona, called Friesens Printing. Tim Toews, Ayda's teacher, was the cartoon inspiration for the person in the drawing, going through the seasons.
"We won the regional which is all of Manitoba, and I think Northern Ontario. These are all schools that use Friesens Printers as their yearbook company. Our region is one of many across Canada and the USA and apparently there are 65 regions. All of the regional winners get put into a contest, and Ayda's was picked first from all of the regions," says Toews.
Ayda's drawing placed first, the second-place design was from a student in Killarney, B.C. and third-place was awarded to a student from Spring Valley, California.
"Basically my criteria was to create something that was changing of seasons. I've never done art for the front of a yearbook before. So I thought if this is my one and only time, it's 2020, and been kind of a crazy year, I wanted something that represented my 2020."
The design is portrayed as a fluid design with many little items placed throughout the wave of the seasons. She drew toilet paper, popular games and apps, seasonal decorations, Waldo wearing a mask, and a lone dove in the top corner.
"It kind of ended up as a collage. The dove is representing hope, flying in the direction of the arrows. I put it at the end to represent that there is going to be hope in all of this," she says.
Four students from Calvin Christian created designs that were entered for this contest. For winning regionals they received a pizza party and for top design they received $1,000 from the printers.
"It's such a great honour for any artist to be recognized internationally like that. We were blown away by her interpretation of the seasons," says Toews.
While many schools offer art design on a computer, using more technology, Toews believes physical art as in pencil to paper will never lose its appeal.
"I don't think it'll ever go away because I find people use it for themselves, they need art. It's an outlet for so many kids and so many of us," says Toews.