RARITAN TWP. – A former Hunterdon Central High School student is working on a book project and has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund it.

Jacob Looney was part of the gifted and talented art program at Hunterdon Central. His book project has its origins in his art class at the school.

"I can remember back to my high school days when most of my life was playing heavy metal music and running around with my dogs,” Looney said in a press release. “It was in Betty Jacobsen and Vincent D'Amico's G&T Art class that I found focus in art. One of the most impacting assignments was our weekly sketchbooks.”

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Each week, students had to complete three, one-hour drawings from observation, find three facts about art, and write three important thoughts they had throughout the week.

"This assignment not only greatly improved my ability to see something and draw it, but showed me the value of critical observation and habitual drawing," he said.

Looney’s current project flows from the same stream of that original assignment and takes his sketch-booking skills to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The goal of the book is not only to chronicle his drawings as a visual field guide, but to inspire a movement to encourage people of all ages and skill levels to draw.

Looney has worked the past three years at different museums in Philadelphia and hopes to use his book to launch future art projects with museums to help build a stronger connection between the public and museum collections.

More about his book and Kickstarter project are on his website.