Local Homeschooler Wins Art Award

Congratulations to local homeschool student Aaron who won “Youth Best of Show” today at the 39th Annual BMO Harris Bank Art Exhibition in Ashland. Aaron is from Washburn and he is 13 years old.  He displayed two outstanding watercolor paintings at the exhibit: “Great Blue Heron” and “Gaillardia Flower”.

Way to go Aaron!

Below is a copy of Aaron’s bio as written by his family and displayed with his artwork at Karlyn’s Gallery in Washburn. Aaron sells his artwork and greeting cards there. Stop by sometime and take a look!

Aaron started playing with paints and brushes at the age of 6. Doug Thomas, Steve Nesheim and Mark Nutt were among his art teachers until the age of 10. He went into different mediums from Pen and Ink, Watercolor, Charcoal, Pastel and Print Making.

In the summer of 2013 Karlyn Holman invited him to attend some of her workshops. Wow! We asked nervously as parents, “Is he ready for Karlyn’s level? He just turned 12 years old.” Students attending her classes are adults and most of them are already recognized artists. Aaron was brave and painted with other artists. He attended a total of four workshops in 2013 and continued attending each year. With Karlyn’s influence and amazing approach to teaching, Watercolor is now Aaron’s one best friend. In the winter through spring he attends Wei Lan Lorber’s watercolor classes. Aaron is just one lucky lad to have two great art teachers all year ‘round here at Karlyn’s Gallery.

Aaron loves the Lord, homeschooling, 4-H and fishing! He shot his first deer at the age of 10. He likes to cook and is a great helper on the farm during summer. He donated most of his first artwork to a church that we helped build in the Philippines in December 2013.


2 thoughts on “Local Homeschooler Wins Art Award

  1. The beauty of being homeschooled is we are flexible with our own time. Aaron can do academics and creating artwork at the same time.

    Thanks for posting Kim.

    • I agree, Beth, that flexibility is one of the great beauties of homeschooling! Learning happens all the time and in non-traditional ways. Thanks for writing.

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