Young artists have drive for fun

As­pir­ing artists give car a new paint job

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There’s a Re­nault with a rather unique paint job now sit­ting in the Sof­i­tel Down­town Dubai. Drips of green, smears of pink and bursts of red adorn the once-plain car’s pan­elling.

The car was dec­o­rated yes­ter­day by 10 spe­cial artists from the Al Noor Cen­tre for Spe­cial Needs for a pro­ject called ‘The Color Splash’. Stu­dents were pro­vided with aprons, hats, brushes and paints, and were as­sisted by mem­bers of Sof­i­tel staff as they cre­ated their mas­ter­piece.

The car, do­nated by Re­nault, will be on dis­play in­side the ho­tel through­out Ra­madan in a bid to help raise aware­ness of spe­cial needs in the re­gion. The gen­eral man­ager of the ho­tel, Am­mar Hi­lal, en­joyed the ac­tiv­ity nearly as much as the chil­dren.

In a paint-smeared apron and gloves, he told 7DAYS: “We wanted the chil­dren to have some fun, to ex­press them­selves, and break that per­cep­tion chil­dren with spe­cial needs are in­tro­verted - we’ve seen this morn­ing that the chil­dren can be quite ex­tro­verted and their in­ner artists re­ally came out to­day - as you can see by the beau­ti­ful art­work.

“We saw the chil­dren start with the brushes, then the hands and then splash­ing the colours with the brushes, and hands, all over the car, so it re­ally be­came a mas­ter­piece.

“We were happy to be able to put the smiles on th­ese chil­dren’s faces.”

Artis­tic projects such as The Color Splash are aimed at help­ing chil­dren boost their con­fi­dence and cre­ativ­ity. And there was no doubt that the event had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the kids, judg­ing by the fun and noise on site.

But Hi­lal also felt the ben­e­fit of the pro­ject.

He ex­plained: “I had so much fun, I felt like a child again. It’s a free ex­pres­sive form, and it’s so great just to let the spirit of colours by hav­ing a can­vas to use - and let the spirit of colours and in­no­va­tion have a free-flow.”

ART PARTY: Al Noor Cen­tre stu­dents dec­o­rate the Re­nault with an ar­ray of paints

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