Not all children meticulously take down notes in a classroom. Some like to explore their other talents. For instance, 9-year-old Jow Whale would spend time scribbling in his notebooks but often got into trouble for doodling. Fortunately, instead of having his creativity shunned aside, with the encouragement of his parents the little boy was sent to an after-school art class.
His teacher loved the Joe’s work and posted his doodles on Instagram. What happened next is simply amazing!
His handy artwork caught the eye of a restauranteur who asked the little artist’s teacher if the 9-year-old could come to Number 4, a restaurant in Shrewsbury and decorate the dining room with his art.
Joe and his family were ecstatic by the request. After reaching an agreement, Joe’s father Greg drives him to the restaurant after school every day. Here, Joe picks out his tools and works on his canvas which are the interior walls of the restaurant. Once his work is complete, the nine-year-old’s drawings will remain there permanently.
What’s more, Greg had some advice for parents who want to encourage their kids to develop their talents: “I would advise parents to encourage their children to always follow their passion and dreams — research local workshops or groups within your local community.”
Joe is now known as The Doodle Boy and has his own website, as well as social media profiles.
We love Joe’s story: a little encouragement and the opening of the right doors can lead to wonderful world of opportunity. Scribble on, Joe!