Art to treat a broken heart

Art to treat a broken heart

This week's artist is Cho Pui-shan, a Form Six student from Chinese YMCA Secondary School, who talks about her artwork, a drawing which comforted her heartbroken friend.

The world is not complete without art. It should be enriched here in Hong Kong and I am glad to see recently that people have paid quite a lot of attention to art.

Art is not only something to beautify the world. It can also help heal a broken heart. I once made a close friend crack a smile with a drawing. She had come to me in a very sad state. I could see how excruciating her pain was - she'd been cheated by a boy who took her money and then dumped her.

Worse still, he never had feelings for her, while she had been thinking he was Mr Right all along.

She was devastated. I felt sorry for her but had no idea of what to do to comfort her. Seeing tears running down her face, I could feel her pain.

When I got home, I picked up a pen and drew a little girl with a pouting mouth, planning to give the drawing to my friend later.

When she received it, the sorrow on her face vanished and was replaced with a sweet smile.

"You made my day, mate!" she said gleefully.

You may ask why I didn't draw a smiling face to cheer up my friend.

This is the message behind my artwork:

When we were still children, we would hardly be upset by trifles. Even when we were sad, we did not complain much and in no time would be laughing and fooling around again.

So why can't we go back to what we used to be? We got over things in the blink of an eye and were never obsessed with troubles and negative thoughts. We should learn from the children we once were. A pouting mouth doesn't last long, but a smile always prevails.

Thank God for giving me this talent - a hand that can draw and, simultaneously, heal spiritual wounds. I really, really appreciate it.

The Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme is organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. It encourages students to take their passion for the arts beyond the campus and into the wider community. The ambassadors will take part in a series of arts programmes during the school holidays.

Learn more about the Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme here

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