Young artists have drive for fun
Aspiring artists give car a new paint job
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