Teen Volunteer Art Feature: Hana’s “Reality of Ballet”

Written by Hana, Teen Volunteer
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This year, our Creative Doers volunteers created art to be displayed in our Libraries. Their artwork will be featured in the teen area at Central Library until the end of the summer.

Creating the art

I've always had a love for ballet even though I only took a couple of classes when I was younger. I stopped because I was not as flexible as I should have been and found going to practice quite painful. Nevertheless, I've always admired the art form and, in a way, feel like ballet is a part of who I am.

I felt propelled to create this art piece as drawing and writing have always been a way for me to express myself.


  • 2B pencil
  • 4B pencil
  • 5H pencil
  • Blending/smudging pencil
  • Kneaded eraser

The process

Creating this drawing was not difficult, but it did require a lot of patience.

I used 2B, 4B, and 5H graphite pencils to create my art piece, followed by a smudging pencil to blend all of the shades together and creating the uniform shade that I wanted.

Finished artwork

My thoughts

Even though ballet is beautiful, it is a pretty painful activity. If you know someone who does ballet, then you probably know how damaged their feet feel afterwards.

Here comes a very controversial question: Do you think ballet is a form of art or sport?

About the writer

My name is Hana and I'm 17 years old. Before the pandemic, I always loved being busy and going out all the time, but after being at home for so long—I've found out that I also really enjoy staying home. I've decided to use this time (during the pandemic) to try new things and learn outside of my comfort zone—like painting and drawing.