Aiden Itsalapron, 16, from Middleburg recently won a prestigious program, “which honors creativity in several artistic categories.
By winning a national gold medal, that means her work was in the top 1% of all national teen submissions. His name will be published in the Scholastic Art Awards Yearbook 2020. His works can be viewed in the online gallery at artetécriting.org.
Aiden won the award in the Architecture and Industrial Design category for a project called “Abandoned House”. The work is proof of his ability to see a structure as it exists in real life and recreate it in extraordinary detail.
“Her art is completely handmade,” said her mother, Casey Itsalapron. “Everything Aiden makes from scratch. Every little piece is applied by hand. It represents an old house that has been abandoned. Most people can look at these old structures and ignore them, but for Aiden, they are. interesting. “
He’s just hanging out in the countryside, Casey said, and is fascinated by things that fall apart.
Aiden uses photos he takes of abandoned houses and buildings and creates the 3D image. It is made of wood, plastic, paper, grass, paint and many other art materials, to show every detail of how the place looks today. “He loves showing off the details of something old and deserted that others may think of as ugly and unnecessary,” Casey said. “Aiden has been excellent at the art since he was young and has continued to develop and refine his skills over the years.”
“It usually takes me about three weeks to complete a project,” he said on Tuesday – something even Casey finds incredible.
Aiden is heading into grade 11, lives in the Selinsgrove School District, but attends PA Virtual Charter School. Although their address is Middleburg, they live in the countryside and are part of the Selinsgrove School District territory.
His mother and teachers first recognized his talent in kindergarten. “I thought he was good,” Casey said. “But by the age of five, he was very advanced in his drawing skills compared to other five-year-olds.”
Aiden first won a regional competition, held at the Everhart Museum of Natural History, before the national competition (held in New York).
For the regions, he won both the Golden and Silver Keys for two of his works, the “Abandoned House” and the “Abandoned Gas Station” (in January 2020) in the Architecture and Design category. Industrial.
While it’s a bit too early to think about his future college plans, Aiden has said he would like to have some sort of architecture-related future.