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It’s Adventure Time – Outdoor Drawing

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We brought class outdoors! The sun was merciless, but it didn’t stop us from plopping down on random patches of grass and create beautiful works!

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First stop – Waterloo Street, Guan Yin Temple

The kiddos enjoyed observing and drawing the temple, we used one of our doodling methods (single line drawing) to do a quick sketch.

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Second Stop – Outside Golden Landmark Hotel

Quick lunch before hunting for our next drawing spot. We found an old man sleeping on his trishaw and thought that he made a pretty good subject.

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We also did a few observation drawing of people moving, sitting and standing, using our preferred styles.

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If you’re keen on bring art outdoors too, here’s a few quick tips!

ONE – Supplies
– stationaries (2pencils, erasers, permanent markers, black pen, white gel pen)
– a few sheets of A4 drawing paper OR sketchbook
– backing board
– bull dog clips

I packed the stationeries in a little ziplock folder and clipped everything together onto a canvas board. The kids clipped the folder at the back of the board when they are drawing – this gives them easy access to the items as well as a place to keep stuff!

Make sure that the markers and pens you pack are waterproof! I made the mistake of using a water-based marker and ruined my work.

You can skip the backing board and bull dog clips if you’re using a sketchbook.

TWO – bring along a mat to sit on! We skipped that and regretted when ants started crawling everywhere.

THREE – if you’re using watercolour, it’ll be good to have a couple of water brushes. You can get them at any art store for about $5.00 – $8.00.

FOUR – be impromptu, be adventurous! We had a lots of curious stares, but it’s okay!

I dare you to gather your supplies and head out now! You’re going to have so much fun! xx. Cherlyn


Thank You.

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Thank you.

2014 had been a trying yet very fulfilling year for art@home. We sincerely thank every single person who crossed paths with us, be it lending a helping hand or throwing rocks at us in attempt to stumble us.

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I did a sharing a couple of months ago at SIM Library Makers’ Fest on why I quit my job as a studio supervisor and started art@home. It was tough making the decision, even tougher while I struggled between part-time teaching at art studios and working on art@home for the past year.

art@home was initially a dream a couple of teachers and I had, while we were teaching in a studio together. Teaching, had taken on a different meaning back then. “Teaching” to us, was to get through class after class, making sure all the children finish similar pieces of work to meet a certain requirement set by the management. It was saddening, we wanted our students to truly experience the joy of learning and the magic of art.

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Here’s an introduction in case you do not know me yet, I am Cherlyn. I’m a crafter – I really enjoy making things (since a very young age). I am also a children art teacher. But honestly speaking,
1. I used to dislike kids.
2. I had never wanted to be a teacher.

How I started teaching children art was because the art studio was the only company that responded to me. And till today, I am still really grateful that a greenhorn like me was given a chance. So here I am, 3 years later, still passionate about teaching children art, and even started a home based art business: ART@HOME, for children.

So, you might be wondering : Why children art?

Why not teens or adults?

Many people think that children are harder to teach, but in actual fact, adults are harder to teach compared to kids.

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After working with children for the last couple of years, I realised that the older we get, the harder it is for us to step out of our comfort zone to try something new, especially in art. The more we know, the more fixated we are on how certain objects are supposed to be. Like how a cow must be black and white, and clouds must exist only in the sky. In the world of art, there are endless possibilities.

A child, if taught properly, can improve their “skills” to match up to the adult’s. However, an adult whether deliberately or non deliberately can never create an art piece that retains the innocence and creativity of a child. Because we’ve already restricted ourselves to what we know as “right” & “wrong”.

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This is also why I started art@home. I’m able to let my students have more freedom in trying out new ideas that they have, focusing more on the learning process rather than the end results, without having to work under the restrictions an art studio might implement on them.

At art@home, we strongly believe in: Explore and Experiment.

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It is a lengthy post, I am glad if you read till this point. This is a rather personal sharing, but we believe in building relationships with parents and students rather than treating each lesson like a business transaction. It is important for you to know us first before letting us reach out to you.

Lastly to end off with our plans for 2015:

1. I am hoping to get a couple more amazing teachers that I’ve met throughout my teaching years to join the team.
2. A semi-permanent space for art@home! *fingers & toes crossed*
3. Start giving back to the society by bringing a little more joy to the under privileged through art.

Happy New Year, have a very blessed 2015!

Sincerely,
Cherlyn


December Holiday Workshops 2014

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Hello hello lovelies!

The schedule for our December holiday workshops 2014 is finally up! We have a series of exciting activities lined up for you big and little kids!

Swish & Flick @ OneMakers Group (Sat 13 Dec, 12nn-3pm)
Activity: Come join us to make your very own Harry Potter style magic wand as a family (parent & child)! You will learn how to produce a realistic looking wand from scratch to finish, and also how to add the ‘Lumos’ (light up function) ability to your wand!

Price: $110.00/parent & child

Comic Drawing (Collab with Xobon) @ Little Arts Academy (Wed 03 & 10 Dec, 10am-1pm)
Activity: Love spending hours indulging in a comic book and dreaming up awesome storylines? Come join us as we learn about punchlines and designing your own comic strip!

Price: $65.00/child

Swish & Flick @ Little Arts Academy (Wed 17 Dec, 10am-1pm)
Activity: Come join us to make your very own Harry Potter style magic wand! You will learn how to produce a realistic looking wand from scratch to finish, and maybe learn a spell or two!

Price: $65.00/child

DIY Paper Making @ Little Arts Academy (Thu 18 Dec, 10am-1pm)
Activity: Ever wonder how paper are made? Come join us this December as we walk you through the process of making your own paper, and ways you can customise them into neat little gifts for this holiday season!

Price: $65.00/child

I Paint You Paint Me @ Little Arts Academy (Fri 19 Dec, 1pm-4pm)
Activity: Inspired by the pure innocence of children, and the beautiful, untainted world they see in their eyes. Come have your portrait drawn by your child, while you draw him/her (no peeking!) We assure you to be surprised by the completed artwork at the end of the session!

Price: $65.00/parent & child

Don’t be shy now and quickly reserve your seat with us! Drop us an email or SMS (91735157) for enquiries!

We look forward to seeing you soon!