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Tenley Douglass

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Bio

I am a hard worker and motivated student who loves to learn. I attend the University of North Carolina Greensboro and am majoring in art and animation. I've always been a straight-A student and was also a member of the math honor society and president of my high school chapter of the national art honor society. I am also a three-season division 1 athlete. My dream is to someday work at Walt Disney Studios.

Education

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • Fine and Studio Arts

West Forsyth High School

High School
2020 - 2023

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Fine and Studio Arts
    • Graphic Communications
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Animation

    • Dream career goals:

      Sports

      Track & Field

      Varsity
      2021 – Present3 years

      Awards

      • regional qualifier, state qualifier

      Cross-Country Running

      Varsity
      2021 – Present3 years

      Awards

      • all confernce, all county, state qualifier

      Arts

      • West Forsyth High School

        Painting
        2020 – Present
      • West Forsyth High School

        Drawing
        2020 – Present

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Math Honor Society — Tutoring math 1 students before school
        2021 – Present
      • Volunteering

        Titan Trainers — Group leader (I led a group of freshman through a tour of the school and several activities such as learning how to reach their schedules)
        2021 – Present
      G.A. Johnston Memorial Scholarship
      I’ve always been a perfectionist; but whatever color painting has helped me to embrace and see the beauty in imperfection. When I moved away from home to live on my college campus, I started teaching myself watercolor as a carefree way to clear my mind and release stress. I soon fell in love with the fluidity of the medium and how certain methods of application can create character and movement unlike artwork I had made before. Throughout my first year at college, I carried with me a small pouch containing portable watercolors and a small pad of paper that I used as a diary to record scenes from my day-to-day life. The first piece I’ve attached is called “Umbrellas”. This piece was done on a rainy-day walking through my college campus and shows two people walking with their colorful umbrellas shielding them from the rain. The simplicity of this composition allows the viewer to imagine their own story for the couple I observed when creating this piece. Are they in a romantic relationship or strangers crossing paths? Are they on the way to a lecture or heading to meet friends in the dining hall? The fate of these two muses is up to you! The second piece I've attached is titled “Cottage”. This is a portrait of my grandparents' small home on Cape Cod where I’ve spent every summer since I was born. I chose to recreate this image using watercolor because artwork created in this medium gives me a feeling of warmth and comfort which is how I was able to capture my childhood nostalgia. From the two blue Adirondack chairs reserved for “grandma” and “papa”, to the even brighter blue hydrangeas that I will forever remember as the scent of my childhood, the environment I created in this piece makes me feel at home.
      WCEJ Thornton Foundation Music & Art Scholarship
      I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was seven. Ever since then, Disney has intrigued my artistic imagination. The earliest memories I have of art consist of hours spent drawing my favorite Disney characters for family and friends. The personal pride I had after finishing a drawing that accurately resembled a character was unmatched. This sense of accomplishment along with the pure joy I would receive from gifting these drawings to others is what encouraged me to continue drawing. High school is when I began to get serious about my art. I was pushed by my teachers to branch out from cartoons and became an award winning artist who specialized in realism. Even though I had matured as an artist and created my own style, I was still in love with cartoons and continued to doodle my favorite characters in my free time. As I was further immersed in the world of art, I gained a fascination for animation and how my favorite Disney and Pixar characters were brought to life. When watching the latest Disney or Pixar movies I find it hard to focus on the plot when I am busy admiring the breathtaking visuals and overall attention to detail that has been carefully crafted by a large team of talented storytellers and artists. The feeling of joy and awe I get from watching these movies is what I wish to give others by becoming part of that creative team behind the magic of animation. Whether it was teachers who saw my art hanging in the halls, competition judges, or my mom’s facebook friends, everyone was constantly beckoning me to pursue a career in the arts and I knew animation was the path for me. Animation is a growing technology-based art used anywhere from the creation of advertisements to the modeling of three-dimensional parts and products which would utilize my drawing and creative skills. Watching animated movies and their continual evolution in style, clarity, and detail as I grew up has inspired a dream to create them myself.
      Hunter Dean Temple Art Scholarship
      Winner
      The worst “compliment” someone can give me in regards to my artwork is “wow, you’re so gifted”. Although the intentions behind this comment are always positive it’s simply not an accurate remark. I’m not gifted. The walls of my childhood home were adorned with the traditional folk paintings of my Norwegian great grandmother. Despite not knowing her for very long, I’ve been compared to her throughout my life especially in regards to the beautiful art we both created. Although, I attribute my initial love for art and storytelling to my family's annual Walt Disney World vacations. Art never came easy to me but instead made me frustrated to the point of tears. Regardless, I spent hours practicing and trying new methods and mediums until I saw success. Sophomore year of high school is when I saw my efforts finally pay off in the form of local and regional recognition. Instead of feeling complacent, the pride that I felt fueled a fire within me to continue improving. There is no artistic gift. I’m a hard worker. I’m stubborn and passionate about what I do and the stories I want to tell. Like I mentioned earlier, art takes time. As a full time art student with straight A’s and division one athlete I have very little of this time to spare but I wouldn’t have it any other way. So where will my art take me in the future? I plan on going back to my roots. Although my art style has matured greatly over the years, my fixation for Disney has never faded. Next fall I will be applying for my university's brand new animation BFA program with big dreams of someday working for the company that inspired me to pick up a pencil so many years ago.
      Reginald Kelley Scholarship
      I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was seven. Ever since then, Disney has intrigued my artistic imagination. The earliest memories I have of art consist of hours spent drawing my favorite Disney characters for family and friends. The personal pride I had after finishing a drawing that accurately resembled a character was unmatched. This sense of accomplishment along with the pure joy I would receive from gifting these drawings to others is what encouraged me to continue drawing. High school is when I began to get serious about my art. I was pushed by my teachers to branch out from cartoons and became an award winning artist who specialized in realism. Even though I had matured as an artist and created my own style, I was still in love with cartoons and continued to doodle my favorite characters in my free time. As I was further immersed in the world of art, I gained a fascination for animation and how my favorite Disney and Pixar characters were brought to life. When watching the latest Disney or Pixar movies I find it hard to focus on the plot when I am busy admiring the breathtaking visuals and overall attention to detail that has been carefully crafted by a large team of talented storytellers and artists. The feeling of joy and awe I get from watching these movies is what I wish to give others by becoming part of that creative team behind the magic of animation. Whether it was teachers who saw my art hanging in the halls, competition judges, or my mom’s facebook friends, everyone was constantly beckoning me to pursue a career in the arts and I knew animation was the path for me. Animation is a growing technology-based art used anywhere from the creation of advertisements to the modeling of three-dimensional parts and products which would utilize my drawing and creative skills. Watching animated movies and their continual evolution in style, clarity, and detail as I grew up has inspired a dream to create them myself. When beginning my college search I knew I wanted to obtain a degree in the arts. I went to my art teacher for guidance to get his opinion on which schools would best cater to my career interests. Immediately, he suggested that I look at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro because of its renowned art program. I am choosing to major in animation because of my fascination with it since childhood. This degree would also teach me the large array of skills necessary to make my long term career goal of becoming a film animator a reality. The UNCG animation degree program would provide me with one-on-one teacher guidance and knowledge of the computer applications used by professionals that I would need to achieve my greatest ambitions. I have a very close relationship with my art teacher who knows my artistic, academic, and athletic abilities as he is also the head coach of the cross country team for which I am a captain. While trying to find the major that would suit me best, and provide me with the most opportunities, I expressed my excitement to him about animation. His immediate response was to tell me that he has never had any students take on this degree. He quickly added the confident statement that if anyone were to take this path and be immensely successful, it would be me.
      Godi Arts Scholarship
      The worst “compliment” someone can give me in regards to my artwork is “wow, you’re so gifted”. Although the intentions behind this comment are always positive it’s simply not an accurate remark. I’m not gifted. I grew up surrounded by creativity, magic and inspiration. The walls of my childhood home were adorned with the traditional folk paintings of my Norwegian great grandmother. Although I didn’t get to know her for very long, I’ve been compared to her throughout my life especially in regards to the beautiful art we both created. My family also started taking annual trips to Walt Disney World when I was very young which initially influenced me to start drawing. These drawings started as cartoon character sketches and transformed into elaborate images each with a personal story to tell. Art never came easy to me but instead made me frustrated to the point of tears. Regardless, I spent hours practicing and trying new methods and mediums until I saw success. Sophomore year of high school is when I saw my efforts finally pay off. My first ever self portrait was awarded a silver key in the Scholastic Art Awards and grand prize at High Point Universities juried exhibition. Instead of feeling complacent, the pride that I felt fueled a fire within me to continue improving. Over the next two years I was awarded six silver keys, 5 gold keys and three honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, one of my pieces was once again accepted into a juried exhibition at High Point University, as well as earning a spot in the National Art Honor Society juried exhibition. I had a painting published in the Kappan Educational Journal and received a grand prize as well as people's choice at a local art event hosted by The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. My teachers, friends, even followers on my mother’s facebook account showered me with affection because of my recent and steady influx of success. “I wish I was gifted like you”. There is no artistic gift. I’m a hard worker. I’m stubborn and passionate about what I do and the stories I want to tell. In the beginning of my journey with art I had family members laugh when I mentioned wanting to pursue a creative career. Now, hundreds of hours of work later, I am an art student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and have never been happier. Like I mentioned earlier, art takes time. As a full time art student with straight A’s and division one athlete I have very little of this time to spare but I wouldn’t have it any other way. So where will my art take me in the future? I plan on going back to my roots. Although my art style has matured greatly over the years, my fixation for Disney has never faded. Next fall I will be applying for my university's brand new animation BFA program with big dreams of someday working for the company that inspired me to pick up a pencil so many years ago.
      Deborah Thomas Scholarship Award
      I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was seven. Ever since then, Disney has intrigued my artistic imagination. The earliest memories I have of art consist of hours spent drawing my favorite Disney characters for family and friends. The personal pride I had after finishing a drawing that accurately resembled a character was unmatched. This sense of accomplishment along with the pure joy I would receive from gifting these drawings to others is what encouraged me to continue drawing. High school is when I began to get serious about my art. I was pushed by my teachers to branch out from cartoons and became an award winning artist who specialized in realism. Even though I had matured as an artist and created my own style, I was still in love with cartoons and continued to doodle my favorite characters in my free time. As I was further immersed in the world of art, I gained a fascination for animation and how my favorite Disney and Pixar characters were brought to life. When watching the latest Disney or Pixar movies I find it hard to focus on the plot when I am busy admiring the breathtaking visuals and overall attention to detail that has been carefully crafted by a large team of talented storytellers and artists. The feeling of joy and awe I get from watching these movies is what I wish to give others by becoming part of that creative team behind the magic of animation. Whether it was teachers who saw my art hanging in the halls, competition judges, or my mom’s facebook friends, everyone was constantly beckoning me to pursue a career in the arts and I knew animation was the path for me. Animation is a growing technology-based art used anywhere from the creation of advertisements to the modeling of three-dimensional parts and products which would utilize my drawing and creative skills. Watching animated movies and their continual evolution in style, clarity, and detail as I grew up has inspired a dream to create them myself. When beginning my college search I knew I wanted to obtain a degree in the arts. I went to my art teacher for guidance to get his opinion on which schools would best cater to my career interests. Immediately, he suggested that I look at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro because of its renowned art program. I am choosing to major in animation because of my fascination with it since childhood. This degree would also teach me the large array of skills necessary to make my long term career goal of becoming a film animator a reality. The UNCG animation degree program would provide me with one-on-one teacher guidance and knowledge of the computer applications used by professionals that I would need to achieve my greatest ambitions. I have a very close relationship with my art teacher who knows my artistic, academic, and athletic abilities as he is also the head coach of the cross country team for which I am a captain. While trying to find the major that would suit me best, and provide me with the most opportunities, I expressed my excitement to him about animation. His immediate response was to tell me that he has never had any students take on this degree. He quickly added the confident statement that if anyone were to take this path and be immensely successful, it would be me.
      GRAFFITI ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
      I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was seven. Ever since then, Disney has intrigued my artistic imagination. The earliest memories I have of art consist of hours spent drawing my favorite Disney characters for family and friends. The personal pride I had after finishing a drawing that accurately resembled a character was unmatched. This sense of accomplishment along with the pure joy I would receive from gifting these drawings to others is what encouraged me to continue drawing. High school is when I began to get serious about my art. I was pushed by my teachers to branch out from cartoons and became an award-winning artist who specialized in realism. Even though I had matured as an artist and created my own style, I was still in love with cartoons and continued to doodle my favorite characters in my free time. As I was further immersed in the world of art, I gained a fascination for animation and how my favorite Disney and Pixar characters were brought to life. When watching the latest Disney or Pixar movies I find it hard to focus on the plot when I am busy admiring the breathtaking visuals and overall attention to detail that has been carefully crafted by a large team of talented storytellers and artists. The feeling of joy and awe I get from watching these movies is what I wish to give others by becoming part of that creative team behind the magic of animation. Whether it was teachers who saw my art hanging in the halls, competition judges, or my mom’s Facebook friends, everyone was constantly beckoning me to pursue a career in the arts and I knew animation was the path for me. Animation is a growing technology-based art used anywhere from the creation of advertisements to the modeling of three-dimensional parts and products which would utilize my drawing and creative skills. Watching animated movies and their continual evolution in style, clarity, and detail as I grew up has inspired a dream to create them myself. When beginning my college search I knew I wanted to obtain a degree in the arts. I went to my art teacher for guidance to get his opinion on which schools would best cater to my career interests. Immediately, he suggested that I look at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro because of its renowned art program. I am choosing to major in animation because of my fascination with it since childhood. This degree would also teach me the large array of skills necessary to make my long-term career goal of becoming a film animator a reality. The UNCG animation degree program would provide me with one-on-one teacher guidance and knowledge of the computer applications used by professionals that I would need to achieve my greatest ambitions. I have a very close relationship with my art teacher who knows my artistic, academic, and athletic abilities as he is also the head coach of the cross country team for which I am a captain. While trying to find the major that would suit me best, and provide me with the most opportunities, I expressed my excitement to him about animation. His immediate response was to tell me that he has never had any students take on this degree. He quickly added the confident statement that if anyone were to take this path and be immensely successful, it would be me. This scholarship would help provide me with the resources needed to chase this dream and grow into the artist I've always dreamed of becoming.