Art is not only used to brighten the features of a bare wall.
Research has shown that an optimistic or happy attitude reflected in an artwork can lift one’s mood, and play a vital role in the recovery and healing process of a sick person.
Operation Art, an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Communities, involves school students from kindergarten to year 10 creating bright and colourful artworks designed to cheer up children in hospital.
A record of 897 works including paintings, drawings, mixed media, print making, photography, fibre and electronic pieces were submitted by students from across NSW.
Nidhi Nair and Dayana Shakori of Parramatta Public School were two students chosen to have their masterpieces displayed at this year’s exhibition at the Armory Gallery in Sydney Olympic Park, from Saturday.
Dayana, 10, recreated a Claude Monet-inspired artwork with watercolours, chalk pastels and tissue paper.
And Nidhi, 10, created a self-portrait using bright pastels, recycled materials, phone book paper, pencil shavings and following Pablo Picasso’s famous portrait techniques.
Nidhi said she was excited about the exhibition opening and hoped her bright portrait would make people happy.
‘‘I think my artwork will make children in the hospital feel better and I hope they enjoy my artwork,’’ she said.
Up to 50 works will be selected to become part of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s permanent collection.