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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

 


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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Children Art: Architecture

Good afternoon! Woah, January flashed by with a blink of an eye!

It had been exciting month for AAH, we started introducing design elements in our children art programmes and kicked off with: Architecture.

Here’s what some of the kiddos did!

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


Wrapping up 2015

2015 is coming to an end soon, aren’t you excited? We can’t wait to see what 2016 unfolds for AAH!

We wrote a long thank you last year, and have came a long way since then. Here’s us submitting our report card for 2015!

We kicked off the year letting our imagination run wild and drew some pretty kick ass castles and mythical creatures!

We also did one of our favouritest project ever – the Doodle Monsters!

We then moved on to digging deep into our earth and finding these amazing fossils…

Do you still remember these pirate stories the kiddos wrote?

After a spine chilling adventure on the seas hunting for treasures, we threw on our astronaut suits and blasted off to space~ Wheee!

To tune down all the crazy adventures a little, we went back to basics and learnt all about shading, sketching and doing a self portrait. Check out our sketching & shading tutorial here.

Inspired by Zentangle art, we brought out our coloured markers and doodled away.

We didn’t have enough of all the nature and colours we did, so MORE!

Inserting a shout out for Ashton for this amazing oil pastel tiger.

After which, due to popular demand, we did batik. The kiddos did amazing given that it’s their first time dealing with hot liquid wax!

We then dived deep into the ocean and found these amazing worlds that we decided to recreate in our little jars.

We saw some really pretty jellyfishes on our way too!

After an intense underwater adventure, we hop into our newly built time machine and visited all the famous artists in the world! Can you identify any?

Oh! We took a detour and popped by Singapore Botanic Garden on the way back!

We got back just in time for Mid Autumn Festival and Halloween!

We got a kick out of time travelling, and this time we went to Fairytale land to pay a visits to all our favourite princesses and character. The older kids wrote some epic fairytales and we can’t wait to share them in the new year!

Before we knew it, December came knocking on our doors. It’s time to put up the Christmas lights and bring out all our craft materials.

So, these are some of our favourite projects each month! We definitely did more than than the above, so hop over to Facebook to check out more photos of the kiddos’ works!

Besides doing art projects with the kids, we kept to our New Year Resolution of this year – to make art easy for everyone! Our hardworking elves and fairies were always brainstorming for new and simple ways to share art with ART101 Lessons, and DIYs! We love all the lessons and projects, but if we had to choose a top few, they are definitely:

All the mythical creatures at AAH wishes you a Happiest New Year! May it be a beautiful and fulfilling year to you! Signing off for 2015, xo. AAH