Art is not a Luxury

We’ve been asked these questions many times, and we do address them during our workshops. But we felt that it is not fair to only share with aah’s fairies! So, what are the questions?

“Why are your workshops priced so much lower than other workshops?”

That is because, we at AAH along with a couple of artist friends, felt that Art is not a Luxury. It is important to understand an artist’s efforts, time and emotions put into every piece of their work – and these are priceless. #SupportLocalArtists!

But what we hope to achieve in our adult workshops is to build a community that value sharing above safeguarding our skills. We do put in years and lots of money into perfecting our craft, and it is only fair that we don’t give away our skills for free, but neither do we want to make picking up a skill an expensive hobby.

“Do we make any money?”

Like we’ve mentioned, we want to reach out to whoever are keen to pick up a new skill, but are hesitant or do not have the capabilities to pull out wads of cash to do that. Our workshops are not lucrative, but they are enough to get the workshops going at the moment!

We are looking to try out more sustainable approaches in the future that will hopefully reach out to more people who are keen to pick up a new skill. All of us here at art@home love sharing our love for art and crafting and we wish to infect as many people as we can!

See you soon!

Sincerely, Magical Creatures of AAH x

 


Featured in Xobon Magazine

Good afternoon Fairies!

We were featured in Xobon Magazine‘s latest issue!

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Xobon Magazine is a bimonthly publication that encourages creative expression and imaginative play. It features creative work by children from around the world. These include, but are not limited to, artwork, handmade craft, stories or poetry, even an innovative science project. A regular section,”Creative Big Kid,” features creative adults and the work they do, to inspire our young readers. Another regular section in the magazine is the Global Intelligence Network (GIN) where we allow children to indulge their sense of curiosity by playing at being detectives. Here, our Lead Spy teaches kids how to encipher and decipher secret codes using the Cipher Disk, among other activities in a espionage-related theme.

You can find us on pages 8-13.

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Find out more on Xobon Magazine and how you can subscribe on their Facebook page!

Find out more about art@home’s classes (children art, adult art, art jams, workshops, etc) here, or contact us here!

xo.Magical Creatures of AAH


Children Art: Omnomnom

NOM NOM NOM!

The kiddos cooked up a storm in April! We imagined up landscapes, whipped up fluffy ice creams and imagined our foods in different colours inspired by Andy Warhol!

We did plenty more delicious art, hop over to AAH’s Facebook to see more!

Find out more about art@home’s classes (children art, adult art, art jams, workshops, etc) here, or contact us here!

xo.Magical Creatures of AAH


Children Art: Around Us

March had been a really long and busy month. But totally worth all our efforts and hard work when we look at all the beautiful pieces done by the kiddos!

For a start, AAH took part in its first art competition – Go Beyond the Haze. It was an enriching lesson for both our teachers as well as the little ones to learn more about the haze issue that plague Singapore every year.

These are the winning pieces by Abigail (left) and Michelle (right). So proud of them both! The other kiddos did well too and we are extremely proud of their hardwork and thoughts put into these pieces as well.

The littlest ones who are not eligible to take part had their fun singing and dancing with Mr ROY.G.BIV and created their very own unicorn friends!

 

We also went hoot hoot hooting with our night prowling friends…

It had been a fun and colourful month as usual, and we can’t wait to share our April messes with you already!

Find out more about art@home’s classes (children art, adult art, art jams, workshops, etc) here, or contact us here!

xo. Elves, Pixies & Fairies of AAH


Children Art: Fashion

Heyho! We’re back with our February’s updates! Continuing the design theme, we introduced Fashion Design to the younglings this month!

To name a few, they learnt how to print fabric, make a bag from scratch and even had a hand in jewellery making! Oh yes, besides that, these mischievous monkeys made themselves some new friends for Chinese New Year!

Find out more about art@home’s classes (children art, adult art, art jams, workshops, etc) here, or contact us here! xo. Elves, Pixies & Fairies of AAH


Cultivate Creativity

Meeting new people often leads to questions like,

“So, you guys teach art. What sort? Drawing? Painting?”, “How long will my child take to be able to paint and draw well, independently?” or “How is learning art useful? I rather my child attends another (academic subject) lesson.”

Well, we thought it was about time we answer these questions. If you have been following us for a while now, you would have realised that art@home’s focus is not only on technical skills. We want to expose our students to as many aspects of art as possible. We try out different paint mediums, we sketch, we include technology into our lessons, but we also go back to the basic and learn about traditional skills such as batik and screen printing.

What we truly are doing, is to use art as a medium to cultivate creativity, in your child or even in you.

At art@home, we don’t believe in the impossible. We believe in stepping out of comfort zones and pushing limits. We also believe that clouds can be the colours of the rainbow and unicorns exist. Who says a cow must be black and white, and fishes can only swim in water? In the world of art, there are endless possibilities.

 

Art, brings the world of impossible, alive.

I searched the internet for what people think Creativity is, and here’s what I got:

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition, a joke or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work or a painting. (source)

Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. (source)

Being creative is not the ability to think up something extraordinary, unheard and unseen of, but also applied to everyday life –

Can I make my Math lessons more interesting? Is there a more efficient way to arrange my potted plants? How to reduce the amount of time I spend on my homework?

Creativity in problem solving is often what brings us new inventions and convenience. The idea of inventing a light bulb don’t just pop into Thomas Edison’s head. He identified the problem and thought of creative ways to solve the problem.

I read an article lately and this sentence struck me,

Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new.

I am not ashamed to admit that I was not a creative person. Years spent teaching in art studios had trained my mind into following rules and requirements set by the higher ups. I was told that my ideas would not work for children lessons. They took up too much time and materials, and will be difficult for teachers to handle.

I was struggling to come up with different lesson plans for art@home. But I started exposing myself, trying out new ideas and took up courses and workshops. It was such an enriching journey.

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One can be easily trained to draw a perfect circle blind folded, but might find creating 100 different ideas, from a circle, difficult. People are not born creative, neither can they be programmed to be creative. Creativity is a gift we can develop in ourselves that serves us and everyone we share it with.

Be curious and don’t set limits. xo. Teacher Cherlyn

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