Award-Winning Child Artist Shares Her Secrets
Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) student Vrindavan, or Vrindy, as her friends and family call her, entered K12’s Twelfth Annual Art Competition in 2017 as something fun to do, and because the contest’s “Celebrate Culture” theme spoke directly to her appreciation of art itself. “Art connects people culturally,” she says. “I appreciate that I can take inspiration from anything and apply it internationally.”
Vrindy was one of the winners in the art contest thanks to her submission called “Serendipity,” in which she illustrated a scene from the K-pop music video “Serendipity Jimin.” She says she was also inspired by a painting called Rooms by the Sea.
As a child, Vrindy played tennis and took piano lessons, but with so many extracurricular activities she had little time for art. Then, she attended a summer camp in the Philippines. When she saw other students drawing, a spark inside her kindled a desire to draw as well. She felt competitive in the sense that she knew she had talent, and comparing her work to others gave her the encouragement she needed to reach her own potential. “It was time to start drawing and painting again,” she says. “I enjoyed art, and I’m glad that I was inspired, or challenged, by my friends because it has made me realize just how special art really is.”
Now in the eleventh grade at AZVA, Vrindy plans to enter K12’s Thirteenth Annual Art Contest: SUBJECT MATTERS, so we’ve asked her to share some tips—as well as some of her artwork—for other students who may be interested in art.
LearningLiftoff: What inspires you to be an artist?
Vrindy: When I look around, there’s a lot to appreciate: colors, smells, feelings. I try to capture anything beautiful.
LL: What types of skills do you gain from creating art?
V: For me, art has made me more meticulous and attentive toward the details in both my work and the rest of my everyday life. It hasn’t depreciated the value of the bigger picture, but rather made me appreciate how much goes into art and life. As a person who is always curious and enjoys knowing how things work, doing art is an immersive way to learn about anatomy and light as well.
LL: What piece of advice would you give a student who wants to be an artist? Or, someone who wants to enter K12’s Thirteenth Annual Art Contest?
V: Find a subject matter that interests you, then practice. Try different mediums.
LL: What do you plan on creating for K12’s Thirteenth Annual Art Contest?
V: I have an equal love for science and literature. I love science because I like to understand how things work. You get a different, deeper perspective of what makes everything so special. I love literature because it gives you insight on the workings of a person’s mind. Without writing, all that scientific knowledge would be impossible to pass down. I’m not sure exactly what I will create, but it will probably be related to reading. It’s likely to be more imaginative and focused on fiction or ideas.
Do you like Vrindy’s artwork? Tell us in the comment section. As Vrindy’s success and impressive artwork indicates, contests can inspire students to create amazing works of art. Whether enrolled in an online learning academy or attending a traditional brick-and-mortar school, all students have the opportunity to enter K12’s Art Contest, which runs through October 31, 2018. Read the contest details and rules then enter at stories.k12.com!
Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.
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