Children’s Hospital Project (2013)
This semester I had the opportunity to work with KOLAR, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and 6 other students in my class to create artwork for the PCIU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit). The theme was “Fresh Air,” which, after a lot of brainstorming between the group and KOLAR, was translated into pleasant meadows, playful children, giant birds, and a tea party. All of these themes were chosen because they seemed to communicate a sense of carefree joy, which would be able to give the families visiting the PCIU the breath of fresh air that they so desperately need and deserve.
I feel honored that I was able to make artwork to give to the children, families, and staff of the PCIU. After meeting them to talk about the project, I realized how strong they all are, and how much they deserve recognition for what they go through on a day-to-day basis. I’m also very glad I had the opportunity to work with the brilliant minds at KOLAR. Everyone was very friendly, helpful, and constantly enthusiastic about the project. And I can’t forget to mention what a great group of people I worked with to actually put these pieces together! I couldn’t have asked for a better group to work with.
In creating this project, I personally drew and painted the backgrounds of the 2nd, 4th, and 5th pieces, drew various tea cups, pieced together the flower trees featured in the 3rd and 5th collages, and took part in the extreme amounts of cutting and pasting done by all of the group members.