Arty congratulations

IGS congratulates Katya Slavin of Year 7, Vivienne Laura of Year 8, and Jed Payten and Tilli Merten of Year 9 whose artworks were selected for Operation Art.

Operation Art is an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in collaboration with the Department of Education, which invites students from Kindergarten to Year 10 across NSW schools to create artworks for children in hospital.

Katya slavin explained “it was truly an amazing feeling” to see her art “among the other talented artworks” framed on the wall of the Children’s Hospital.

“I hope my art brings joy to the children at Westmead,” Katya said.

Katya pictured with her mother Herlin in front of Katya’s artwork

Katya’s artwork, which is featured in the Newington Armory, is a still life featuring crockery, fruits and vegetables inspired by the fauvism art movement, using vivid, non-realistic colours. In particular, she referenced Henri Matisse’s artworks for inspiration.

“I drew patterns using oil pastels to add texture, cut out abstract shapes from different coloured paper adding detail to the blank spaces, and made a border with ‘Matisse’ and ‘fauvism’ on it.”

Tilli Merten’s portrait has been selected for the travelling exhibition. The 50 works of art are being displayed in various places around Australia for a period of time, before being added to the Children’s Hospital’s permanent collection of art.

Tilli pictured in front of her artwork

“My portrait portrays Malala Yousafzai, an activist for education and women’s rights from Pakistan, and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace prize,” Tilli said.

“She is a passionate and inspirational individual.

“I created my artwork in Adobe Illustrator by tracing a photo with lines, before adding in colours.”

It was then printed and the background was filled in with stencilled patterns.

“I’m really excited to have my artwork selected for the touring exhibition.

“The thing I enjoy most about art is the process of creating the works and my skills. I also love how an image can express meaning and emotions just through the use of colour and shape.”

Well done to all of the talented artists for their submissions.