Visual Arts Centre

How to learn the foundation of art? Beginners – where should I begin?

Have you been captivated by a particular artwork when you’re visiting an art exhibition? Excellent artworks leaves a strong impression on the viewer and could be visually arresting. So, what makes a great art piece? There is no secret to being a good artist than a great deal of art practice, strong foundational art training and skills. A good artist possess a strong art foundation and skills and exposure to various art mediums, developed through long term professional art training in an art academy. A great artist is almost always an extremely diligent art student.

The learning and practice of the arts – dance, music, drama, art is synonymous in that it requires a lot of practice and training, and that the foundation of the arts practitioner is often crucial in determining the success of an arts career.

art portfolio Preparation course ( process) with private coaching for DSA with Visual Arts Centre

Undeniably, the foundation of fine art in academy practice is drawing and sketching. Why should we learn drawing and sketching? As it is the only way to practice and exercise our observational skills. From obtaining balance in portraying the posture of a figure, to the tonality of an object – it can all be resolved through the learning of drawing and sketching.

The main idea of fast drawing is in the use of lines to create a form. Aside from tonality drawing, why should we emphasise on fast drawing? Simply put, fast drawing is the key to how we can control the form of an artwork.


In certain instances, people who practice drawing and sketching tend to draw out what appears ahead of them almost in a literal manner. This results in the formation of a regular artwork with no depth. This form of drawing is not acceptable, and should be complemented by the skills required to do a fast drawing for an impressive artwork.

Fast drawing should not be considered as just an art technique on its own, but rather, as a foundation to drawing and sketching. Fast drawing enables one to be able to effectively express their creativity through a deepen understanding of the subject matter. As such, fast drawing should be classified as an ongoing endeavour that should not be forsaken. Even if one does not have an objective or plan in the creation process, we should still continuously work on experiencing life so as to deepen our observational skills and improve our hand-eye coordination. In the long run, this can further enhance our observational skills for the things that surround us, bringing our skills to new heights.

To learn drawing and sketching, one must first be exposed to still-life drawing, plaster cast of geometric shapes, plaster cast still-life and plaster cast portrait. Fast drawing is a way of how we can control the form of an artwork. It can be practiced through the drawing of trees, mountains, rivers and landscape followed by still-life, human figures and postures.

We have since opened a new studio at AZ @ Paya Lebar. There is no doubt that there are an abundant of places for children to learn drawing in the east – from Marine Parade, Simei, Tampines, Katong, Bedok to Joo Chiat. Once a child reaches the age of nine, and has learnt to express his / her creativity, it is then now time to expose them to professional art drawing and sketching courses to further hone the depth of their artwork.

Here in Visual Arts Centre, we provide the following professional art courses: drawing and sketching, fast sketching, oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolour painting, Chinese ink painting and portfolio preparatory workshop.

Visual Arts Centre has 2 art studios with the main branch located at city central area, just within Dhoby Ghaut Green and above Dhoby Ghaut MRT station Exit B. We are also available at AZ@ Paya Lebar Building #03-04. Students can choose to join our professional art courses at their preferred art studio and time slots as per their convenience. 

Dhoby Ghaut Studio


10 Penang Rd, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469

Monday: 11am – 1.15pm | 5pm – 7.15pm | 7.30pm – 9.45pm

Tuesday: 3.30pm – 5.45pm | 3.30pm – 5pm / 4.30pm – 6pm (Creative Kids)

Wednesday: 11am – 1.15pm | 1.30pm – 3.45pm | 5pm – 7.15pm | 7.30pm – 9.45pm (Chinese Ink)

Thursday: 1pm – 3.15pm | 3.30pm – 5.45pm | 7.30pm – 10pm (Portrait/Nude Life Drawing)

Friday: 11am – 1.15pm | (New sessions, enquire now!) 2:30pm – 4:45pm2:30pm – 4pm (Creative Kids, enquire now!) | 5pm – 7.15pm | 7.30pm – 9.45pm

Saturday: 10.30am – 12.45pm | 1pm – 3.15pm | 3.30pm – 5.45pm | 6.30pm – 8.45pm

Sunday: 11.15am – 12.45pm (Creative Kids) | 1pm – 3.15pm | 3.30pm – 5.45pm 

MacPherson Studio

Visual Arts Centre Macpherson Space

140 Paya Lebar Rd, #03-04 AZ@Paya Lebar, Singapore 409015

Saturday: 10.30am – 12.45pm | 1pm – 3.15pm (To Enquire)

Sunday: 10.30am – 12.45pm | 1pm – 3.15pm (To Enquire)

For more details and enquiries, please contact us at: 

Whatsapp or Call: 6255 0711 / 6733 2155

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Registration & Fees

The art courses are available at both our Dhoby Ghaut Art Studio and MacPherson Art Studio, please choose your preferred location.