Allen Arts Academy – 2013

Every year my alma matter William Allen High School has a fundraiser for the Allentown Arts Academy. The Arts Academy is a program within the school that allows high schoolers to enjoy and benefit from nearly 3 hours of arts education every school day. It’s a wonderful initiative, and in a world of cuts to arts education, it is a fantastically important program to keep running. To ensure its secure future, a fundraising show is held every year in which students, alumni, and local artists are asked to donate an 8×8 inch canvas which will then be sold to raise money.

I try to do it every year, although last year I just missed the cut-off point (hurricanes, eh?)

This year my submission is based loosely on a very hipsterish picture I took of my feet while waiting for a train at Poole station.

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Here’s how it developed! It turns out shoelaces are the new hands, because my gosh golly were those difficult! The piece is done using watercolour paint and pencil.

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You can learn more about the auction and Allentown Academy of the Arts here.

You can see the last two years submissions here.

You can chat to me on twitter @makingthemarrow

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