Visual Arts Centre

Most parents agree that art has great influences and benefits to the development of children, however it may seem difficult to introduce the idea of something as abstract as art to children and even more so getting them to enjoy art. Parents who do not have an artistic background might also find it hard to introduce a topic they are not well versed in, however it is essential that children get to experiment with their creativity and learning to appreciate art invokes deeper critical thinking and brain development. After all art is for everyone to enjoy and through teaching your child about art, perhaps you yourself may discover a long sleeping interest.

Here are some easy recommendations and ways to introduce your child to the vibrant world of art!

1.Remove Pressure of  Creating “Good” Art

Art is a window into how others see the world. We don’t have to agree with it, but we can learn to appreciate a different point of view and a different perspective”

Art should not be introduced as something that is graded and harshly critiqued, introduce art as recreation rather than an education  assessment. We often think that only people that are good at art should create art because that was the way we were brought up. However anyone and everyone should be allowed to enjoy creating art regardless of skill. Allow your children freely explore their artistic journey, do not grade or test them but instead help them to appreciate the process.

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2. Listing Learning/Exploration Goals

Plan your art exploration journeys using lists! For example, if you decide to explore famous historical painters with your child, make a list of historical painters. 4 or 12 is a good number since each month has 4 weeks and each year has 12 months so you can pick out some topics and spread them out weekly or monthly! This gives you a overall plan of what to introduce to your children and when you have finished a list you can really see how much your child has learnt and explored!

3. Art Encyclopedias and BooksImage result for kids parent learning

Take your kids to a library or book store, pick out some art books! Preferably those with a lot of pictures! It is okay if the book appears too difficult because the more the child does not know yet, the more the child will want to explore, many times we underestimate the learning capabilities of children. Art History books are great place to start, they are enriching and there is much to discuss and talk about!

4. Introduce Art in your Home

Home is a great place to inspire the little ones since it is where they spend a lot of their time. Having some postcards, pictures or actual paintings and other artworks in your home can encourage your children to appreciate art more since they are surrounded by art. Talk about these pieces of art in your home and discuss about them.

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5. Multimedia Sources

We live in an exciting modern age of technology and internet, these can be utilised to enhance the artistic development of our little ones. Apart from just books and still media, show your children videos or movies about art,  it can be documentaries, tutorials, interviews, vlogs, etc. Seeing things develop though movement and hearing sounds enriches and art learning experience.

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6.Art Field Trips and Travels

Bring you kids to places of interest with art! It can be art museums, beautiful historical monuments with elaborate architecture, performances public art exhibitions and installations. Show your kids how art is used in everyday life, such as advertisements and packaging designs. This gives the kids a wider perspective of how art affects the world.

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7. Actually make Art!

Lastly, the best way to enjoy art is of course to make it! Join art classes, go for art jamming, sign up for craft workshops! Creating art yourself is the best way to stimulate the artistic mind, remember it is not how good the child’s art is but how much they learnt and enjoyed themselves. Art is supposed to be therapeutic and enriching!



Looking for activities to join during the June Holidays? Visual Arts Centre has 2 Kids Camps planned!

1)Character Conceptualization Art Camp

2)Multimedia Drawing and Painting Art Exploration Camp

Foundation In Digital Art

Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

Colour & Texture Exploration With Acrylic Painting & Collage

Prepare to unleash your inner artist in a kaleidoscope of color and creativity with ‘Colour Blast: Acrylic Painting & Collage Techniques’! Dive into a whirlwind adventure where vibrant hues and mesmerizing textures collide in a symphony of imagination. From mastering the art of seamless color blending to discovering the magic of mixed media collage, this journey is a playground for your artistic soul. With each brushstroke, explore new techniques that breathe life into your canvas, transforming it into a vibrant tapestry of expression. Join us and let your creativity run wild as you embark on this colorful escapade!”

World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Funk with Graffiti

Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

Batik Tales

In the Batik Introduction Handkerchief Painting workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique originating from Indonesia. The workshop begins with a brief history and overview of batik, highlighting its cultural significance and various techniques. Participants will then observe a demonstration of applying wax with tjanting tools and dyeing the fabric. Following the demonstration, each participant will design and create their own batik handkerchief, applying wax to create patterns and then dyeing their fabric. The workshop concludes with a group discussion, allowing participants to share their creations and reflect on their learning experience.