Art4Schools Student and Art Lover
William is 12 years old and he LOVES art. From the time William was six, he has delighted his family and friends with his artistic ability. When he was in first grade, his mother, Lisa, saw a flier for one of CSMA’s after-school art program. William was able to enroll thanks to CSMA’s scholarship program and he’s been involved ever since.
William is in 6th grade now. This past summer he was given an award and scholarship from CSMA to attend a two week art camp which he loved. The theme of the camp was Manga Comics and William produced a wonderful comic book based on the style of Japanese Manga comics. He loved the camp and was especially happy because he learned how to shade his figures and give depth to his drawings. Drawing isn’t all that William does. He also has learned through CSMA to make very intricate 3 dimensional paper figures (based on origami paper folding) and pottery pieces.
William loves the art projects he has done at CSMA. He says that one of the things he appreciates about his classes the most is that they give you the freedom to develop your own style. “I get to go there with lots of other artists the same age,” he says. He likes that the teachers give everyone individual attention and that there are high school students who are there to help the art students.
“I never thought I could be this good,” says William. His mother says that CSMA has provided a sanctuary for William and that seeing him so excited and happy and enthusiastic about his art has been appreciated by the whole family. William’s art work has been exhibited by CSMA at the schools, the Mountain View Library, and City Hall. The whole family is proud of his work and they all enjoy going to see the art exhibits and William’s latest work on display.
CSMA has been a wonderful place for William. He is one of many students who have been able to participate because of the school’s scholarship program.