Over the last few years, Japanese students have gotten into the habit of drawing beautiful works of art on their chalkboards during downtime between classes. To celebrate this awesome trend, Japanese chalkboard manufacturer Nichigaku just hosted a chalkboard art contest to find some of the best chalkboard art in Japan.

Japanese chalkboard art tends to focus on things dear to the students, like sports teams, school activities or their favorite anime/pop culture characters. In these submissions, however, the young artists really pulled out the stops, drawing in a wide array of different artistic styles.

The contest attracted 50 submissions from 249 students. The first-place winner received a 100,000-yen ($812 or €716) gift card. See some of our favorite pieces below!

More info: kokubanart.nichigaku.co.jp (h/t: designtaxi, spoontamago)