Works We Would Like To See in the Third No-Boundaries International Art Exhibition

First, the No-Boundaries International Art Exhibition (NOBO) is not an art competition, but an international platform for art exchange, public welfare and education. NOBO hopes that through art educations, we can raise our children’s awareness towards public welfare, so they can become world citizens who care about others and the society they live in.

NOBO encourages children around the globe to participate in this year’s exhibition. All artworks that meet the Submission Requirements in terms of theme, materials and size will be displayed (digitally) in our digital exhibition hall in Beijing, Paris, Rio and Nairobi. We will award certificates to those who participated actively in charitable events and those who put their heart in their works. In addition, to show our our gratitude, certificates of honor will be awarded to all the advisors and participating institutions.

Furthermore, education experts and artists from Beijing Normal University, Central Academy of Fine Arts and Columbia University will come together and form a NOBO Academic Advisory Committee, which will provide guidance and suggestions to all submissions. 100 submissions will be selected as “outstanding artworks”, displayed at the traveling exhibitions. The NOBO Committee will invite selected artists to attend the opening ceremony and be awarded with a No-Boundaries Outstanding Artwork certificate. 

The NOBO Advisory Committee: the 4 Factors of Importance

1. Observation, Recognition, and Understanding

No-Boundaries encourages children and teenagers to pay attention to their surroundings; not just holistically but also to details. After gathering information of the outside world, they will better understand, analyze and summarize the law of things, subsequently reflecting their findings on their creations. All artworks must follow the logic, and the message behind them should be accurately delivered and easily understood

2. Be Kind, Be Caring, and Be Thankful

NOBO hopes to hone our children’s ability to love during the creation process. Here, “love” has a broader meaning, that is, to love oneself, one’s family, one’s life, the world as well as nature. While creating artworks, children will be able to express their love, care, and gratitude towards nature. Furthermore, through art, NOBO hopes to help our children set up good moral characters, values and positive attitudes toward life.

3. Discover Beauty, and Create Beauty

No-boundaries aims to explore children’s ability to perceive and express beauty so they can use art to express their thoughts and feelings clearly and effectively on harmonious and complete creations. Children would have grasped the basic knowledge of art and various equipment; through they should also be able to express their thoughts using their imagination as we as techniques, such as changes in proportion, brightness, dimensions, styles, characteristics, and color.

4. Creativity, Imagination

NOBO hopes to enable children and youth to express their creativity and imagination through art. NOBO is looking for unique, diverse creations: we encourage children to discover the beauty of details through observing daily life, and associate things may even be created from their imagination; we hope that, through creativity, children can connect the irrelevant, ignite new vitality, and create a better world.

NOBO No-Boundaries Advisory Committee: recommendations for different age groups

Preschool: Encourage children to pick up paintbrushes and slowly learn the most fundamental perceptions toward style, color, and materials. Stimulate their curiosity towards life; ask them to transform their observations and emotions for things around them into pictures.

Elementary School (Group A, Group B): Students should have the fundamental perceptions toward style, color and materials, as well as aesthetic senses and basic painting skills to create harmonious and complete artworks. Based on observing the objects around them, they can recognize, understand and summarize acquired information. Students should be able to distinguish between the good and evil and possess correct moral values. With more emotions, they should be encouraged to care about those around them.

Middle School: Comprehension and mastering of painting skills and materials with a developing aesthetic sense. Students should be taught how to convey thoughts through harmonious, complete and rich creations, and to reach towards the dept of their imagination and creativity. They should be able to express their feelings and execute daily task and encouraged to problem-solve. Building upon the foundation of correct moral values, student should learn how to face life optimistically, help others around them, stand in others’ shoes, and be thankful.

High School: The mastering of painting techniques and materials with sufficient aesthetic sense. Creations should be harmonious, complete, full, rich, creative, imaginative and intriguing. Students should be encouraged to problem-solve independent and help those around them. They should also be paying attention to social and global issues and realizing that there are many around this world in need of help. Pebbles can create a ripple effect – through their creations, students will be able to make this world a better place.