Bexley pupil wins national competition to create his own little monster

PUBLISHED: 10:30 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:30 14 March 2017

Sketching star Dino Venizelou with a prototype of his drawing.

Sketching star Dino Venizelou with a prototype of his drawing.


Dino Venizelou impressed well-known toy designers

A young artist has beaten thousands of entrants to create his very own monster, called Dennis.

Dino Venizelou, a pupil at Westlodge School in Sidcup, put a drawing of his little blue creature forward for this year’s Sketching Stars competition.

The competition set pupils the challenge of creating their very own monster toy, to show off some of the rewarding and successful careers that art can lead to.

More than 6,500 Key Stage One pupils entered the competition, but it was six-year-old Dino who’s monster, Dennis, won.

On Thursday, March 9, Dino was rewarded for his fine efforts with a toy prototype of his design.

Paul Boucher is creative director at designbytouch, the company which helped run this year’s competition, together with Staedtler UK.

Mr Boucher said: “Dino is a talented young artist and deserving winner of the Sketching Stars competition so naturally, it was a joy to transform his monstrous creation into a real toy.

“I had so much fun working with the children at Westlodge Primary School. Hopefully we have been able to demonstrate to the children that artistic talent can lead to a rewarding career when they grow up.”

Rachel Woolley, Marketing Manager at STAEDTLER UK, added: “After the success of last year’s Sketching Stars campaign, we were thrilled to be able to run this competition again with the help of designbytouch.

“The competition aims to celebrate art in the classroom and show primary school children up and down the country that with the right support, you can turn a talent for sketching into a great career.”

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