Canfield student in top 1 percent of high school artists across US

Local News

A Canfield High School student is getting national recognition for her art.

Junior Aidyn Jones is now in the top 1 percent of high school artists across the US.

Her piece titled “Yellow-Eyed Monster” was chosen out of nearly 350,000 entries for a National Scholastic Art & Writing Award.

It’s a portrait of her dad – an aspiring author.”I called it yellow-eyed monster because the yellow-eyed monster was a book that was written for him when he was really young, the book that made him want to become an author,” Aidyn said.

It took her nearly two months of class-time to make the piece and it’s created out of charcoal.

“I have to figure out what picture I’m doing, I have to graph it out and then I have to draw a simple sketch of it and then I just look at the picture and then I just draw from there and then I just shade and draw,” Aidyn said.

The piece will be hung up in Parson’s School of Design in New York.

Aidyn says the award recognition still hasn’t hit her with just how big it is. But on June 7 she’ll be given the award on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.