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Kid punished for drawing in class during lesson time gets job at eatery to make wall art


It’s a known fact that standardized tests can sometimes curb the creative flair in students. This was something Joe Whale, a really talented kid with a knack for doodling, experienced in his own life.

Joe had a special love for doodling and was extremely good at it. Many times, during class, when he didn’t feel like paying attention to his teachers, he’d start drawing in his notebook. This got him into hot water more than once. But when his school informed his parents about his doodling obsession, they didn’t scold him. Instead, they saw the potential in his love for doodling and chose to nurture it. They enrolled him in an after-school art class to help him get even better at his favorite activity.

Joe was given an opportunity to focus on his talent, and in return, he committed to concentrate more during school lessons. Now that he had a space where he could express himself, he felt more satisfied.

His art teacher, Kerry, was blown away by Joe’s remarkable artwork. She shared her thoughts with Metro Newspaper, saying, “I asked his parents for some of his work to assess his level and could not believe what I was looking at, we moved him into an older class straight away.” She continued, “His work is very exact and immaculate, it’s very balanced, he goes straight to ink and creates perfect work straight from the start, no practicing beforehand.”

Kerry decided to share pictures of Joe’s art on Instagram, and that’s when something amazing happened. The owner of a local eatery called ‘Number 4’ saw Joe’s work and reached out to Kerry. He asked if Joe would like to use his art skills to decorate the dining area of the restaurant.

When Kerry told Joe’s parents about this opportunity, they were thrilled and readily agreed.

Joe’s dad shared his pride with Metro, saying, “Joe is a really talented little boy, he’s excelling at school, he’s a great footballer and cricketer, but drawing is definitely what he is most passionate about.”

“He was in school getting frustrated at the little amount of art he could do so he used to doodle on the table’s whiteboard in class and get into trouble for doodling.

“We’re so proud of everything he’s achieving, the fact that a completely independent business has asked our nine-year old son to do a professional piece of work for them is incredible.”

For more details about this heartwarming story and to take a closer look at Joe’s art, check out the video below.