The artworks of children and young people that are currently on display at the fourth edition of the Sharjah Children Biennial have revealed two new Emirati talents in the art forms of doodling, graffiti, and doll making.
Organised by the Department of Sharjah Children Centres in collaboration with the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD), at the Children's Centre in Mughayder, the biennial kicked off on 9 December, 2014, and will continue until 9 February, 2015.
The UAE's participation is the largest ever in the biennial, which was held between 9 -29 December at the Sharjah Art Museum, before moving to the Mughaydar Children's Centre. The UAE is participating with 428 works from among 550 works created by children and young people aged 6-12 years from 11 Arab and non-Arab countries,.
Among the Emirati works is a painting by Shaima Othman Al Ali, a female student at Wasit Model School, whose creative work shows a great example of doodle art. One of the most complicated forms contemporary art, doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.
The doodles created by the little talented artist reveal a style similar to that of the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Her doodles, the largest of which is painted in black and white and features shapes and faces intermingled with each other.
Another collection of paintings created by Shaima shows her graffiti inspiration, clearly manifested in her artworks, which come this time in colour.
Not far from Shaima's works in the same hall, visitors can view a wall decorated with 15 small paintings created by Fatima Faraj Al Amiri, a nine-year-old Emirati girl. Each painting features a doll made from materials available in her family's house including fabric, paper, cotton, cork, buttons, wooden sticks, and wool, from among other materials that can be easily found anywhere.
The Sharjah Children Biennial is the first-of-its-kind event dedicated exclusively to children in the UAE and the Gulf region. The biennial has expanded to take on a global facet, attracting creative works and positioning itself as a leading event committed to supporting children's artistic skills and upgrading these skills towards higher levels of pioneering and creativity.