9-Year-Old Told Not To Doodle In Class Decorates Restaurant With His Drawings

Art seems to always find its way, and true talent can never be hidden. Yet, especially when a child is young and dreams of becoming successful in some field of art, many parents shut the behavior down, mostly out of the fear that it would eventually not pay off.

This is undoubtedly a huge mistake. When we recognize a talent, we should provide all the needed conditions and leave the needed space for the artist to be able to create.

Parents are advised to always embrace, support, and encourage the goals, dreams, and ambitions their children have, even if they do not match their vision of the future.

Since he spent most of his time in class doodling, the 9-year-old boy Joe Whale from Shrewsbury, England, was constantly getting into trouble.

Yet, his parents were aware of the importance to encourage his imagination and sent him to an after-school art school instead, to practice and improve.

His teacher realized Joe was incredibly talented and posted all of his work on Instagram. The drawings of the young artist caught the attention of the Shrewsbury restaurant Number 4.

They contacted Joe’s teacher and told her that they want the talented kid to go to the building and decorate the dining room with his doodles.

Every day after school, Greg, Joe’s father, drove him there, and little Joe drew his imaginary characters straight to the wall.

Greg said:

“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.”

Greg explained that when the restaurant contacted them, they wanted Joe to complete an art piece in their main dining area.

“We were over the moon. Joe loves doodling and 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.”

Joe’s talent was immediately recognized by his art teacher:

 “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. 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.”

Now, Joe is10, and shares his original doodles on Facebook and Instagram.

His simple, clean black lines are hand-drawn with thick marker and range from silly to spooky. He even created a special Halloween doodle that garnered over 1,600 likes on Instagram.

Greg says his son has always shown his artistic talents, and he loved drawing since a very young age. He “was added to the Gifted register in primary school-aged 4. His identical twin brother Jesse was also added to the register.”

Greg added that Joe spent about 12 hours illustrating the wall in the restaurant. He also encourages other parents to support the passions and dreams of their kids.

Joe says he loves expressing his imagination through the funky doodles, and his favorite characters are food items, as he finds it funny seeing them come to life.

On his website, “The Doodle Boy” adds:

“I absolutely LOVE to doodle! I first got interested in art when I was about 6 years old and loved making monsters come to life. I attend an art class called BLOOM and get my inspiration for the book series from Tom Gates which I love to read.”