Environmental Art

Twelve year old Charlie Sullivan of the United Kingdom won the 16th International Children’s’ Painting Competition on the Environment. The theme for the year was “Melting Ice-A Hot Topic?”

Here’s how she describes her work.. “The silhouette of a figure in my painting represents government and global businesses idle hold over the world. In the background the reds, oranges and yellows represents the fossil fuel power plants and warming of the planet while those that could act use the umbrella to shelter behind. The umbrella pictures the world being turned inside out and upside down by the wind. Therefore we must all act to save the world from being polluted. Global warming is an issue that we can all do something about by the 3Rs; reduce, reuse and recycle.”

global warming art prize for childrenMore comments from the regional winners of the prize can be found here (they’re very smart kids!) and the global warming art can be found here.

The prize was awarded earlier this year, but I only just noticed it published on one of my favorite green blogs here.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. I think it’s good to encourage kids to think about/ do artwork if they are interested. Prizes such as this one with a topical theme help.

    I won a small local art competition when I was a child, so I know it helps!

  2. The funny thing is that the 12 year old girl probably knows more about the environment than the prime minister of Australia or the president of the United States.

    And yeah, I remember losing a color in competition when i was little, even though I thought mine was the best, and it motivated me to try and be the best drawer I could be. So winning or losing can do the same job.

  3. Anonymous says:

    wow, amazing kid! :D

  4. When I was in Grade 4, our school was asked by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada to do different types of art. The Art Gallery was to pick the best Art from each class and place it in their Art Gallery…I was thrilled and surprised that my work was picked.
    Good job on your artwork as well. And of course I like it, because it sends a wonderful message.

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