Vernon Davis to Paint With San Francisco Kids

49ers Pro Bowl tight end will also award one art student a scholarship.

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    Explore the creative side of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis in this behind the scenes visit with the artist at home.

    When San Francisco 49ers' tight end Vernon Davis is not catching touchdowns, he enjoys the quiet pleasures of painting.

    The 28-year-old physical specimen loves to share his passion off the field with others. In 2009, Davis invited NBC Bay Area into his South Bay home to show off some of his portraits and to talk about his process.

    49er Vernon Davis Honored in SF Mission District

    [BAY] 49er Vernon Davis Honored in SF Mission District
    One of the most dramatic plays in 49ers history -- the game-winning catch by Vernon Davis. He captured the hearts of many 49ers fans, especially after breaking down in tears of joy. For Davis, his passion isn't just football -- it's art. A local artist is also in the spotlight. NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle shows us a tribute to Davis in the city's Mission District.

    And earlier this year, Davis took part in a ceremony to cast his image over San Francisco's Mission district.

    Friday Davis will be in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood and the de Young Museum to talk about fine art with young people.

    Curling with Vernon Davis

    [BAY] Curling with Vernon Davis
    Join 49ers Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis on the ice as he takes on a new pursuit... the Olympic sport of curling.

    Davis will paint a mural with neighborhood kids at the Bayview YMCA starting at 3:30 p.m. before heading to Golden Gate Park to attend the Young at Art Gala at the de Young Museum.

    The Pro Bowl tight end will also present the annual Visual Arts Scholarship to Lowell High School student artist Niygale Cummings.

    "Niyjale's work has a lot of depth, he's very talented," Davis said in a statement. "And we come from similar backgrounds in terms of growing up under difficult circumstances. The difference between us is I had to wait until college to discover art, but Niyjal is doing it right now.  So I'm very pleased to see him express himself creatively and hope he'll continue to grow as an artist."
     
    The annual scholarship recognizes students who have turned to art to overcome challenges in their life.

    Cummings found art shortly after his father passed away. The student was encouraged by a teacher to express himself and what he was feeling through art.