Sloan and Billips win Artist of the Month for January and February

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Sloan and Billips win Artist of the Month for January and February

Malia Sloan was named Artist of the Month for January 2019.

Malia Sloan was named Artist of the Month for January 2019.

Malia Sloan was named Artist of the Month for January 2019.

Malia Sloan was named Artist of the Month for January 2019.

Tara Wyatt, reporter

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It’s starting off as a good 2019 for Malia Sloan and Summor Billips because they were named the first Artists of the Month in 2019. Sloan took the title in the January while Billips took it in February.

For January’s contest, everyone was assigned to create a painting of their choice in acrylic paint. Those who participated in the February contest were assigned to draw anything they wanted as long as it was done in colored pencil. According to the girls, what they were drawing was fairly easy to do, having no trouble drawing their pieces of art. Though for Sloan, her lantern drawing took a whole month to do because of school work.

Sloan was inspired to draw her piece after looking up fresh ideas on the internet. She stated that she wished that she could have drawn something with a pencil instead of acrylic, but she managed to get through.

Billips stated that her drawing wasn’t inspired by anything special. Her dog drawing only took her two days to complete in class.

Sommor Billips’s drawing of her dog won her the title Artist of the Month for February.

For Billips, she has only been drawing since she was eight and already has incredible talent. “She’s amazing. She behaves well and is a hard worker in class. Her artistic ability is amazing and she’s only in art one,” said art teacher Ms.Cockerham.