TWO ARTISTIC Limerick secondary school pupils have brushed aside 5,000 entries to be chosen in the final of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.
Chloe O’Dwyer, aged 14, from Caherline and Grace McClure, 13, Corbally, have made it through to the last 75 in the country with their imaginative designs of the Google logo.
The overall winner will see their artwork on the Google Ireland homepage, receive a €5,000 college scholarship and a €10,000 technology grant for their school.
Chloe attends John the Baptist Community School in Hospital, while Grace goes to Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in the city. The public can vote for their favourite doodle and both schools are asking as many as possible to log onto www.google.ie/doodle4google/vote.html and cast their vote.
The theme this year is My Perfect Day which Chloe described as, “A day where I could live in fairytale world. It would be magical and mysterious and I would do anything I wanted. I would have all the time in the world.”
When they were brainstorming in class Chloe thought of her love of reading fairytale books when she was younger.
“It brings back childhood memories so I decided to put those memories on paper. We started doing some of it in school but I did the work at the weekend at home. It took me two weeks to come up with the idea but I did the whole picture in a weekend,” said Chloe.
A tree, tower, mermaid, pumpkin carriage, fairy, Rapunzel’s hair and more combine to spell Google.
“My mam and my sister helped me a lot and a few of my friends gave me some advice on what I should keep in and what I should take out. They were very helpful,” said Chloe, whose mum and dad are Veronica and John and she has three siblings, Danny, Sean and Lea.
“We are all very enthusiastic about art. I do it in my spare time. I enjoy drawing and painting,” said Chloe, who is looking forward to going to Dublin for the final in April.
“When my teacher told me I was over the moon,” smiled Chloe.
Her art teacher, Caoimh Ryan said the whole school was thrilled for Chloe.
“She fought off many competitors to make it to the final 75. She is a fantastic student, very dedicated to everything she does,” said Caoimh. They have made little cards to hand out with Ciara’s design and voting details.
“Everybody is behind her here - management, teachers and all the students,” said Ms Ryan.
The same can be said for Grace in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.
“For my Doodle 4 Google, I have included images from some of my favourite artists; Picasso, Munch, Van Gogh, and Vermeer. These images show what my perfect day is; to visit an art gallery and try to sketch some beautiful and great paintings,” said Grace.
The first year student says she has always loved art.
“They gave us the task to think of what to do. I was in the front room and we have this book about The Girl with the Pearl Earing. She looked like the g in the same position then I thought of other famous paintings,” said Grace, whose mum and dad are Mary and Blair and she has three siblings, Erin, Georgia and Max.
Edvard Munch’s The Scream was the perfect choice as an o.
“It was really big to go through to the semi-finals. I didn’t expect to get that far and then I was really shocked when I got to the final,” said Grace. Fionnuala Ní Choighigh, an art teacher at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, said Grace is a fabulous art student.
“Though only in first year, she has stood out from day one as being creative and extremely talented, producing beautiful works of art as part of her homework, as well as self-inspired projects. Her doodle design is all about her love for art and the inspiration she finds from the great masters,” said Ms Ní Choighigh. Donncha Ó Treasaigh, principal, expressed his delight at Grace’s achievement.
“We are thrilled for Grace as she is such a talented pupil,” he said.
Chloe and Grace can’t wait for the final and win, lose or ‘draw’ they will get to visit Google in Dublin.