Two Macarthur boys design next Coles bags

Aspect Macarthur School teacher Tracey Larven presents Coles gift vouchers to students Ryan Friel and Cameron Baharlooei for their shopping bag art designs. Picture: Sarah Miller
Aspect Macarthur School teacher Tracey Larven presents Coles gift vouchers to students Ryan Friel and Cameron Baharlooei for their shopping bag art designs. Picture: Sarah Miller

Two Macarthur boys will soon have their artwork splashed on shopping bags across Australia.

Coles will release a new range of Christmas-themed carry and cooler bags next week that were specially designed by Cameron Baharlooei and Ryan Friel.

Cameron and Ryan, who are both on the autism spectrum, attend Aspect Macarthur School.

The pair created the drawings for the Coles bags’ artwork during visual art classes at the Cobbitty school earlier this year.

School principal Meghan Williams said Cameron and Ryan were talented students and they received $500 each from Coles for their designs.

“We are very proud of the boys,” she said.

“I presented their prizes at a school assembly and it was great to see how impressed the other students were by their achievements.”

Cameron’s mum Sarah Miller said the artwork would highlight how her son and Ryan visualise Christmas.

“Cameron designed a Christmas tree with cherries while Ryan had a snowman design,” she said.

“Our school’s community got very excited when Cameron and Ryan’s artworks were picked by Coles.”

Ms Miller said her son loved creating artwork at Aspect Macarthur School.

“Cameron is a natural talent and has benefited being in the right learning environment,” she said.

“He likes to create things and create drawings – he has designed some pretty cool stuff.”

The specially designed Coles bags will be on sale nationwide from Wednesday, October 17.