At age 13, Silvia Craig has already established herself as an artist in the community.
Craig’s colorful artwork is on display at the Bamboozle Tea Lounge, 109 N. 12th St., through May 1 as part of the “Limitless Imagination” exhibit. She is sharing her first art show with fellow artist Morgan Eddy.
Craig plans to participate in a cartooning class at the Hyde Park Art Studio this summer. This is her fifth year taking classes at the studio, 702 S. Albany, Tampa.
“I took cartooning in elementary school, and then I would take painting, space art, or toys and games depending what class was on after cartooning,” she said. “In cartooning, I made many characters — some that I even look back on and think, ‘What was I thinking?’”
Craig is the daughter of Benjamin and Lorena Craig of Davis Island. She is a seventh-grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle.
As far as a favorite art medium, Craig said she doesn’t prefer one or another, but explores different ideas that make her excited to work with each medium. She has tried her hand at painting, jewelry, claymation, drawing and sewing.
Craig said she is looking forward to the summer art classes.
She helped create a class mural as part of the cartooning class at Hyde Park Art Studio.
“The class mural is a big board that’s evenly spaced so that every child in the class can paint their favorite cartoon that gets to be hung up so that everyone can see it,” she said. “The mural also switches with the class comic where everyone draws comics about their character and it’s all put together in to a class comic book.”
Tim Gibbons, who teaches the cartooning class, said the mural will be on display in front of the Hyde Park Art Studio throughout the summer. Students in his class range in age from 8 to 13.
Gibbons said Craig is talented beyond her years.
“Sylvia is searching for something new and different, and succeeds,” Gibbons said. “Her creations erupt from her vast imagination, using birds, umbrellas, people and landscape to express herself. Some of her art is quilt-like in its colorful, meticulous design. Sylvia is also a writer, and is experimenting with transferring words into her art as she combines the vision of a writer with the creativity of an artist.”
Craig said she encourages young people to explore their creative side by painting.
“Cartooning is a great place for elementary schoolers especially because it’s a chance for them to imagine anything and draw it,” Craig said. “Sometimes it’s so bizarre that only they can understand their idea. In elementary, I enjoyed cartooning more, because I came up with goofy characters, but now I prefer painting because I have grown a bit and I now enjoy more taking my time to make a full painting.”
For more information on the summer art classes, call (813) 231-2579 or (813) 259-1687.