Young artists are thrilled to be framed

A CHAMELEON, clown, girl with a parasol, and a bookmark rainbow will be included in Operation Art's 2012 exhibition thanks to the talent of pupils from Kellyville Public School.

About 800 of the 2000 artworks at The Children's Hospital at Westmead are in the project, which recognises art's role in the creation of a positive healing environment for patients.

Each year 50 submissions are chosen to hang at the hospital, while others are exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW and regional galleries across the state.

The school's visual-arts teacher, Beverly Douglass, said the standard of the art was always incredibly high. "It's really good for the children's self-esteem when they're picked," she said. "I pick the happiest and most colourful to be included."

Works completed will be hung in the school's halls. "For Isobel who's only in year 1 it's going to hang in the school until she leaves in year 6," Ms Douglass said. "We've got quite a large collection."

A fibre artwork of the Great Barrier Reef by a past pupil was chosen in 2009 to hang at the hospital.

Delphi said she felt "really jubilant" that her artwork — a batik chameleon created with crayons and dye on paper — was selected for exhibition, while Isobel was "amazed" to be the only pupil from kindergarten to year 2 whose work made the cut.

Jade created a happy clown face that will also be exhibited and Mackinley was one of a group of eight year 6 pupils who wove coloured bookmarks with a cardboard loom that were framed to create a textured rainbow.

■The exhibition runs from September 8 to October 21 at the Armory Gallery, Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park, from 10am to 4pm.

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