Learn more about the DPEA's amazing members
It is well known that Dos Pueblos Engineering program values diversity in both talents and hobbies. One example is Alainey Hellman, currently a sophomore in the Engineering Academy, who continues to pursue her long-established interest in the visual arts through the Engineering program and beyond.
What art forms do you like to make and/or are passionate about?
By far, my favorite form of art is sculpture. Specifically, making (polymer) clay miniatures. I enjoy creating figures and charms of my favorite characters from books, anime, TV series etc., the same way many other people love to draw them. I also like the 3D aspect, and the fact that I can hold them in my hands and carry them in my pocket. However, besides that, I also enjoy drawing and painting, as well as calligraphy and creative writing (if you'd care to count that as an art).
How long have you been sculpting?
Hmm... I think it was probably around third grade (or sometime thereafter) that I started seriously enjoying sculpture. I used to make dragons with my cousins and tons of mini sphere-like animals (that I liked to name and make houses for) with friends. I had always liked playing with play-dough though, ever since I was little. It just wasn't until the middle of elementary that I picked up miniature creation as a hobby. As for drawing, I've been doing that since before pre-school.
What kind of projects have you been working on recently?
I've been making a lot of jewelry recently--necklaces, charms, earrings and the like. I've also made quite a few key chains, magnets, and phone charms. Within the past few months, I've stopped creating tons of miniatures with no use (other than to sit prettily on my desk and take up working space) and moved on towards items that actually seem to have a purpose. They take a bit longer to make than normal figures, but the results are much more satisfying. I've also been taking up online commissions recently, and have been working on establishing my own art shop on Etsy [an online site for sellers to showcase their products].
Do you think that the current Engineering program, which connects art to science, has allowed you to explore your artwork even further?
I think so. It's certainly allowed me to understand other forms of art that I never really have been able to try- for instance, working with metal. That had always been a foreign concept for me, as the most art I'd ever done in the past with metal is by chain and findings (and sometimes charms) for necklaces. The current [Engineering] program is certainly interesting to me in that aspect (as well as multiple others), and I'm greatly looking forward to anything else I might learn concerning it.
Are you planning to pursue art in the future, perhaps after high school and beyond?
Honestly, I'm not too sure. I really have no set plans for the future... However, I'm quite sure that I'll always be doing clay (whether only as a hobby, or not). I don't think it's something I could easily give up on unless I absolutely had to, and it's been amazing for me to see the improvement over the past years. It would be very hard for me to stop making both freehand and digital doodles in my free time as well.
You can find more of Alainey’s art here.