This 16 Year-Old Is Wowing Art Critics With Her Leaves, And She’s Never Taken A Single Class.

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Joanna Wirażka is not your typical 16-year-old. The high school student collects leaves from the park and dries them in her books. The self-taught artist, later uses the foliage to delicately paint on them sceneries like the Empire State Building, a galaxy or landscapes.

Wirażka has never taken any formal art classes. Instead, she lets her creativity guide her. “When I paint and draw, I forget everything and let my imagination create new things or just bring new reflections through painting.”

The budding artist does not paint exclusively on leaves, she also uses traditional cloth canvas and paper. The Polish student manages to update her Instagram account with her latest pieces when her homework is not keeping her busy. If Wirażka is not sure what she wants to study when she completes high school, we are confident any art institution would be happy to see her portfolio.


Street of New York. I done it with acrylic paints. My new website is in progress.I'm still working on details and hope that it'll be ready soon. Reminder! If you had some questions about my art, you would be able to ask me sending DM or KiK (awirazka). I'm planning do commissions because I have holidays now and more free time but first I'll do my website. #drawing #followme #sketch #instamood #instaphoto #leaf #newyork #pencils #draw #illustration #bouchac #arts_realistic #arts_help #support_artists22 #arts_gallery #sketch_daily #worldfartist #arts_global #art #artwork #skrien #featuring_artx #art_we_inspire #arp_art #phanasu

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Galaxy Leaf Part 3. So... Nowadays I have some free time and I'm in progress because I'm preparing something special for you!! Obviusly according to leaf :) Reminder! If you wanted to ask for my art, you'd be able to DM or KiK me (awirazka). So have a nice day/night !! xxxx #drawing #followme #sketch #instagood #instamood #instaphoto #pencils #leaf #draw #illustration #bouchac #arts_realistic #arts_help #support_artists22 #arts_gallery #sketch_daily #worldofartists #artsglobal #nawden #skrien #art #artwork #galaxy

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Firstly, I'd like to say thank you for appraciating my work. You are really awesome! In 3 weeks I got 5000 followers!! It's amazing experience and feeling that people love your artworks by the way. I'm so sorry for my absence but last 2 weeks been very difficult due to school. Those days been like... suspense is conrolling my mind. If you had some questions about my art or just wanted to talk, you would be able to ask me throught DM or KiK me (my kik: awirazka). According to photo, this is painting on the leaf. In conclision, I've been waiting for this moment to say BIG THANK YOU! xxx #drawing #followme #sketch #instagood #instamood #instaphoto #pencils #draw #illustration #bouchac #arts_realistic #arts_help #support_artists22 #arts_gallery #sketch_daily #worldofartists #artsglobal #nawden #skrien

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Save our environment Since 1978 over 750,000 square kilometers (289,000 square miles) of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed across Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana. Common methods of deforestation are burning trees and clear cutting. Deforestation is considered to be one of the contributing factors to global climate change. The No. 1 problem caused by deforestation is the impact on the global carbon cycle. Because of destroying rainforest thousand species are deprived of their natural home and environment. 9,000 species are going extinct each year. Every second . . we lose an area the size of two football fields! Every minute . . we lose an area 29 times the size of the Pentagon! Every hour . . . we lose an area 684 times larger than the New Orleans Superdome! Every day . . . we lose an area larger than all five boroughs of New York City! Every week . . . we lose an area twice the size of Rhode Island! Every month . . .we lose an area the size of Belize! Every year . . . we lose an area more than twice the size of Florida! There're many reasons why we destroy rainforest, we do it in orther to have a timber to create commercial items such as paper, furniture and homes, to make more land available for housing and urbanization. But we can save rainforests establishing parks to protect rainforests and wildlife, raising awarness and orther... Think. #dibujosAsombrosos #buchac #art #arts_realistic #arts_help #arts_gallery#sketch_daily #worldofartists #worldoftalents #worldofpencils #featuring_artx #arp_art #phanasu #artfido #daily_art #art_spotlight #artofadraiwing #leaf #awirazka16 #wildlife #love #green #galaxy #illustration #instagood #instaphoto #drawing #art_mag Sad bird in the right corner x

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All I need is this paradise on a leaf. So, I decided to respond some your questions about my art. I use Prismacolor Premier (for example I used them to draw my recent eye). What kind of paper I use? I use casual carton from sketchbooks. Nowadays I don't sell my artworks, but I'm going to do this soon...but I'm not sure, I just love my works and I can't get rid of them <3 but maybe I'll sell prints of my art. And this is painting on a leaf. Thank you so much for 6k :D xxxx #drawing #painting #sea #followme #sketch #instagood #instamood #instaphoto #draw #pencils #illustration #bouchac #arts_realistic #arts_help #support_artists22 #arts_gallery #sketch_daily #worldofartists #nawden #skrien #artsglobal #art #arts_mag

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New York City First leaf: Empire State Building Second leaf: yellow taxi and Chrysler Building Third leaf: Wall Street I'm going to do series about big cities this week. Next is London... Despite the fact that I don't live in New York, sometimes during the painting I feel like I'm there...just for a moment. #dibujosAsombrosos #bouchac #drawing #instagood #instamood #nyc #newyork #arts_realistic #arts_help #arts_gallery #sketch_daily #worldofartists #worldofpencils #worldoftalents #skrien #featuring_artx #arp_art #art_spotlight #artfido #art_nerdy #artofdrawing #artistmafia #awirazka16

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