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Nine-year-old Olivia Springer has been selected as a finalist in a prestigious international art competition.

The Rose Hill student’s work was selected from over 160 entries from children aged 6-13 from over 70 of the world’s top schools for iart 2022. The competition asked children to submit a work of art that depicted something or someone that had inspired them. Olivia chose to do a portrait of Anne Frank, journalist and Holocaust victim of World War II, using plaster of Paris, an old book and acrylic.

Other entries included portraits of relatives and friends of David Attenborough, Enid Blyton, Michelle Obama and the NHS.

The students adopted a variety of artistic techniques, including sculpture, pencil, watercolor and impressionist art.

Speaking about her work, Olivia Springer said: “I chose Anne Frank because she is an inspiration to everyone. I used the quote “The final formation of a person’s character is in his hands” as a starting point for my composition. Using acrylic paint, I created a portrait of Anne with framed pictures of her life behind as a visual representation of her diary. The hands that hold the diary were molded into mine and the boxes that fall out represent the important messages that Anne wanted to share with the world. The butterfly reminds us that life is fragile and delicate but is also a symbol of beauty and hope.

The iart competition has been running since 2013 and is renowned for its high level of applications from students aged 6-13 from leading preparatory schools around the world, with 1,245 students since its launch.

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