STARS: South Grafton Public School student Amelia McLachlan, 11, was awarded an Outstanding Achievement award while teacher Debrah McLennan was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Teacher award for their contributions to Operation Art. Photo: Matthew Elkerton
STARS: South Grafton Public School student Amelia McLachlan, 11, was awarded an Outstanding Achievement award while teacher Debrah McLennan was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Teacher award for their contributions to Operation Art. Photo: Matthew Elkerton

Clarence combo win outstanding awards for art

SOUTH Grafton Public School student Amelia McLachlan is a master of all trades.

The gifted 11-year-old who has also been nominated for a Fred Hollows Humanitarian award, will today be travelling to Sydney to attend the Operation Art showcase where she will be presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement by a Student.

The Operation Art project allows schools to submit student artworks from across New South Wales with the artworks to be hung in Government offices, metropolitan and regional hospitals and possibly the NSW State Gallery.

Amelia's teacher Debrah McLennan will also be heading to Sydney as she prepares to become the inaugural recipient of the Operation Art Outstanding teacher award.

Ms McLennan, who has been involved with Operation Art from its inception said it was a fantastic opportunity for the students to have their artworks showcased outside of the classroom.

"Operation Art is a celebration of art," she said. "It is a great exhibition because students get the chance to excel.

"Students have the opportunity to be hung in the Gallery of NSW beside Brett Whiteley, the Prestons, the Renoirs.

"There is nothing more exciting than seeing students celebrating that."

Ms McLennan said the opportunity to lift the spirits of ailed hospital patients with their artworks was also a great facet of Operation Art.

"I went to Westmead hospital once and as I walked down the hall I was pointing out the artworks - 'that's from my room, that's one of ours' - I was so proud. I think it makes a difference having those children's artworks on the wall."



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