A German exchange student is making the most of her time in Longford by spending her time doing art and entering art competitions.
Tabea Goeckeritz is a 17-year-old student of Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard, and recently entered the Texaco Children's Art Competition, which will be judged by Eoin Butler.
The results of the competition will be announced in mid-April and prizes will be presented at a Dublin-based ceremony in May.
“I drew the picture at home. I love painting, drawing and handicrafts in general,” Tabea told the Longford Leader this week.
Tabea is attending Ardscoil Phádraig for the whole school year and spending her time off with her host family.
Her picture in the competition is entitled 'dreams ' and is a watercolour painting.
“ It is a picture where you can see particular dream landscapes in light soap bubbles,” Tabea explained.
This isn't the first time Tabea has partaken in arts and crafts. She has always been artistic, and enjoys a range of creative activities, encouraged by her family.
“I have liked art since I was a little child,” she said.
“In school I was in a ceramic club (four years) and I draw and paint in my free time anyway.
“My grandma Hildegard taught me how to knit and to crochet. Instead of TV I use some of the evenings to make art,” she concluded.
To find out more about the competition, see www.texacochildrensart.com.