Visual Arts Centre

As children, we all loved creating things – be it folding paper airplanes and competing to see whose airplanes fly the furthest or making small and abstract sculptures out of plasticine or air clay. There is no hard and fast rule (unlike the many steps we have to remember to show in our math exams) and we are just free to make something we actually like. Kids creativity and imagination knows no boundary at all and before losing it all as they grow older, it is paramount they cultivate them and most importantly, for parents to let their kids dream and imagine as wildly as possible! No, it is not saying that once kids learn art, they will one day become the next Van Gogh or Picasso. It is just allowing the kids to ease their minds and allowing them to express themselves and have a chance to be proud of something, even before they are able to speak lengthy and full sentences. Now you might wonder, why must they start young? Isn’t it a little presumptuous to assume all kids love and want to learn art?</em > Do kids even know what they want? Let us let you in on some of the many advantages one stand to gain if they learn art from a very young age!</strong >
1. Problem Solving Skills problem solving skills visualartscentre

“Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”</em >

When learning anything, many of us might think it is best we give kids the exact material and tell them exactly what to do. While this might work for subjects such as math or science, it does not for art. Present kids with many form of materials and leave it open ended – let them decide what they want to do and how they want to manipulate the materials to achieve their goal or the image they have in their beautiful minds. Not only will this improve their problem solving skills as they figure how to create something they want to, it also engages in a way no other subjects in school will. Most importantly, it also develops their confidence and also the ability to stand by their own creation. By learning art, we are giving kids the tools they will so sorely need.
2. Coming up with and Telling Stories</span > Coming up with and Telling Stories visualartscentre A picture speaks a thousand words. This is especially true for kids who are much more visual than most adults. With art, they create something, a concept, a story that they want to tell and show the world. As kids, they might find it hard to express themselves in ways that adults can understand and this can be frustrating. With art, it can be a medium that transcends language – a medium that they will find solace and comfort in being able to share their own story.
3. Trust their own abilities trust their own abilities visualartscentre Everyone has different abilities and everyone is different. Art allows kids to dabble and find out what they are really good at – are they skilled at colours? Maybe they have an eye for proportion? Kids take interest in things that they are good at and fortunately with art, you can improve if you practise. If they find a medium that they enjoy and practice it, they’ll improve. Sometimes it is important to know that just because they are not good at something means they can’t do something (at least in art), it is just that they have not found the approach that works best for them yet. Finding and trying again and again and finally getting something done right, will develop a trust in their own abilities and help them cope with many challenges in their future.</span >
4. Fine and gross motor skills  Fine and gross motor skills  visualartscentre We can’t all expect kids to be able to run before they walk or even crawl, can we? Art is akin to a process or a tool that helps kids use their limbs and also their brain at a very young age. The initial scribbles on the paper or abstract sculptures that make no sense might mean nothing. However, with the right tool, which is this case is art, those meaningless scribbles will turn into bold stokes and a story will eventually form on the papers. The fine motor and gross skills learned in art will give your kids a kickstart and also prepare their brain for further learning in the future!
5. Wellbeing of kids Wellbeing of kids visualartscentre As parents, we desire nothing more than for our children to grow up healthily and happily. Art has been used widely by many therapists to help their patients cope their trauma and keep their emotions in check. As kids grow up, there are bound to be obstacles and challenges. Art is therapeutic and can be used as a vehicle for emotion. It can also be seen as a relaxing and calming activity for your kid to partake while they work through their emotions and issues. This list is exhaustible and there are actually so many more advantages for kids to learn art from a young age. This is what we strongly believe here at Visual Arts Centre and we, just like you, want the best for kids! If you are interested, check out our very own Kids Art Immersion Course that is held every Sunday from 3:30pm to 5pm</a > -perfect timing to have your child engage in some artistic pursuits after a late lunch or before an early dinner! We are also having a new Chinese Ink Painting Class just for kids</a >, where they will get to learn one of the most traditional form of art with instructors who are very well versed in this form or art. Check out more about this new and interesting course now! Contact us today at 6255 0711 or drop us an email at [email protected] for more information!!</strong >

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.