Of the two brothers, Ash has always been the more athletic one while Ayd is the so-called more cultured one with interests in music and the arts. I have absolutely no idea why this is so, but I have to say it does add more colours and variety to our family. Ayd has previously attended once-a-week art lessons but stopped about 1 year ago as he wanted to explore other things.
Recently though, he expressed a wish to go for art lessons again so the timing could not have been more apt when heART Studio offered to sponsor Ayd a term's worth of lessons.
Set up 1.5 years ago by a Mummy of three, heART Studio not only believes in providing quality arts education for all its students to gain mastery in making art but more importantly, seeks to nurture their creative potential and in the process, impart valuable life and character building skills.
The first thing that struck me when I stepped into heART studio's premises was that it was spacious, bright and airy. It runs three programmes for children - Little Dali for kids between 3 and 4 years old, Little Picasso for kids between 5 and 6 years old, and Young Van Gogh for older kids between 7 and 12 years old - with each class session having its own separate classroom. (See HERE for more information about the individual programmes.)
No prizes for guessing which classroom Ayd ended up in.
The Young Van Gogh class has been created specially for children who enjoy exploring a variety of materials. So what this means is that their art expression will not be solely confined to the likes of paper or canvas but a mixture of mediums including clay, Paper Mache and acrylic.
To say that Ayd could not wait to get his lessons going is a severe understatement.
Throughout the term, there will be various themes introduced and for these 5 weeks, landscape is it. Teacher Gaz - who is super passionate and lively by the way - first went through the techniques of painting, from the outlining of the landscape to mixing colours. He then taught Ayd how to use various brush strokes in order to achieve different textures and looks.
What makes art great is the fact that there is no right or wrong when it comes to art, no? Children, when left to their devices, can churn out the most special artwork with their hearts so it was great to see that they are tasked to do everything on their own after the teacher had demonstrated the how-to. So yes, no teacher-holding-student's-hand-to-create-masterpieces here!
This current project that Ayd is working on is a three-week long one, so I will only be able to see the final product at the end of three weeks.
One product that I did get to see was a painting he completed 2 weeks ago and at the risk of sounding bias, I thought it looked marvelous!
It may be a tad early to draw any conclusions after three weeks of lessons but from the looks of it, Ayd has been thoroughly enjoying his art lessons at heART Studio so far. And that is good enough for me.
Stay tuned as I continue to chart his progress at heART Studio in the coming weeks!
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