Grade 9 student takes inspiration from new Star Wars film

Acrylic work was submitted to Gallery in the Grove exhibition

Emma Kirkland, a Grade 9 student at Northern Collegiate, has taken as her inspiration for a piece of art the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. Photo by Madison Taylor.

Emma Kirkland, a Grade 9 Northern art student, has created an acrylic painting of Kylo Ren from the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Emma’s artwork had then been entered at Gallery in the Grove.

Gallery in the Grove  is a charitable organization that was established in 1983. The goals for this organization are to raise the awareness of local artists’ abilities and achievements. The gallery offers education and communication through its exhibitions to increase the public’s appreciation and awareness of the visual arts.

Emma had used mainly black and silver for the character and to contrast the colours, she used blue for the lightsaber. The painting had  taken her only five hours to complete, but she said that she “lost track of time, thinking it had only been an hour because I was too in the zone.” Her favourite component of the painting is Kylo Ren’s mask because of the little details. When she had completed her masterpiece, she had received many compliments regarding her work.

Emma cannot think of one reason to not like art. She is passionate for art and intends to improve with every piece she creates. Her inspiration is Leonid Afremov, an impressionistic artist who works with a palette knife and oils. Some of his works include Endless Tune, Night in Venice, Soul Dreams, Night of Secrets, and many more.

Emma strides to improve her abilities to become a better artist. She aims to create works with more colours and to start working with oil paints in the near future.

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