Online sensation 'Doodle Boy' - aka Joe Whale - who joined Ellesmere College on an art scholarship awarded by internationally renowned
artist Charlie Adlard, finally managed to meet Charlie at the College this term.
Joe Whale, from Shrewsbury, took his place at
Ellesmere College in the spring and has eagerly taken advantage of the opportunities available
at the Artsmark Platinum awarded school which is well known for its arts
provision to students and the community.
He was one of 11 students, including his brother
Jesse, who joined the school mid-term in the spring – and had the opportunity to
finally meet Charlie to chat about his art and the Scholarship at the College
in the Adlard Studio this week.
Joe, 11, was dubbed 'The Doodle Boy' for always
doodling in class and became a social media sensation when pictures of his
sketch books were posted on Instagram.
He now gives online advice and tutorials through his
own dedicated social media platforms, has appeared on USA TV show, NBC's 'Little
Big Shots', and is having his first book published this autumn.
Charlie Adlard, the artist for The Walking Dead
comics and former Comic Laureate, has also funded the new Adlard Art Studio at
the College - where Joe will be based - providing a higher platform to showcase
some of the excellent art work created by students there.
He said: "I am delighted to see Joe awarded the Scholarship
- he is a prodigious talent and one already recognised by many admirers who are
following his story online. It's a great opportunity for him and I wish him
well at Ellesmere College.
"It's exciting for me to be able to award a Scholarship
and I will be watching Joe's progress with interest. I am particularly
impressed with him wanting to begin his journey at the College mid-term - it
just shows how keen he is to get started!"
Charlie is an enthusiastic supporter of Ellesmere College; he has most
recently been the featured artist at the National Art Exhibition at the school featuring
life drawing sketches and original
pieces from published works. Applications for a Sixth Form Charlie
Adlard Art Scholarship are now being taken for a place at the College in
Phillips, Head of Art at Ellesmere College, said: "We are thrilled to see Joe awarded
the Charlie Adlard Scholarship. It's fully deserved and we look forward to
helping Joe develop his artistic potential over his time at the College - it's
a marvellous opportunity for him and I would like to thank Charlie for making
play a major role in nurturing young talent, providing a pathway which in many
cases may not otherwise be available to them. They open up a world of access
and opportunity which are designed to further the hopes, dreams and ambitions
of amazing young talent.
College has a great reputation for not only it's academic success but also its
Arts and Sporting programmes and so it was exciting to see 11 new students,
including Joe and his brother, who took up their places with us in the spring -
eager to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities we offer as soon as
possible rather than wait until the start of the new school year in September."
about the broad range of Scholarships available at Ellesmere College, please
visit: Ellesmere College Scholarships
14th June 2021 Back to News