A DISABLED iPad artist will soon be in classrooms across the region teaching digital art to young people after receiving arts funding.
Sleaford artist Jason Wilsher-Mills has received a grant from Arts Council England to educate youngsters in the skills of using an iPad for creative art.
He will also be showing his work at an up-coming exhibition at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford.
Jason revived his passion for art 18 months ago when he had to give up work due to a neurological condition which left him in a wheelchair. He uses a special iPad app, inspired by David Hockney, to create visual art works.
The idea for his courses came about when Jason met with the team at the craft and design centre (formerly The Hub) in May last year to discuss the possibility of holding a show there.
They realised that Jason’s skill could be put to other uses and so he applied to Arts Council England for a grant to purchase 30 iPads. His application was successful and he will soon be visiting schools, colleges and youth groups in the area delivering free sessions in iPad art
Jason said: “I feel very honoured and lucky to have receive the grant. The funding will enable me to pass on my skills.”
The theme of the iPad art sessions is ‘What if...’, with schoolchildren and students encouraged to think of their own heroes, who they might want to be, and then making a digital painting of them being that person.
All work produced by participants will be shown alongside Jason’s iPad paintings at an exhibition to be held at the National Centre for Craft and Design on July 27.