Even when the black clouds are rolling in and the rain is keeping us indoors for play in Singapore, nothing brightens a day quicker than an art offering from a child. And while it’s always nice to get crafty with the kids at home, wouldn’t it also be great to take a break from scraping paint off your coffee table and re-stocking the art kit while your mini-Banksy gets a real art lesson from a real art teacher? We’re loving these art studios dotted around Singapore where your toddlers, kids and teens can get messy and busy with the serious business of making art.
Founded in 2010 and run by two passionate ladies Carolyn and Aisha, with a wealth of art experience, ARThaus is just the ticket for a personalised Montessori-style art lesson for kids age 5 and up and adults. Kids are free to follow their own artistic direction with personalised workshops and programmes, all while under the watchful and trained eyes of professional art instructors. Class sizes are kept small at a 1:6 ratio, giving your little Picasso the chance to shine. Choose from curriculum-based or freedom of expression options, and then sit back and wait for the awesome art to roll home from this cosy little studio. Need more persuading? There’s no fixed sessions, which means the kids can pick and choose different workshops to fit in with other commitments when buying a package. But why just let the kiddos have all the arty fun? Join the art journey – there’s plenty of paint to go around!
ARThaus, 901A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 589619, www.arthaus.com.sg
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The Drawing Mint
Imagination is key to creative success at The Drawing Mint (top image), and each child is encouraged to express themselves to the max when creating their own masterpieces. Lessons for little creators start from age four years and are broken into small classes (max five kids per session) for maximum fun in a cool and cosy little studio. We also love that these guys offer private art therapy sessions run where young minds will be engaged to express themselves through the world of creativity with the help of a therapy cat named Chloe.
The Drawing Mint, 6 Mohamed Sultan Rd #02-01, Singapore 238956; www.thedrawingmint.com
Impressions Art Studio
We love that Impressions Art Studio is on board with our opinion that it’s never too early for a tot to start mastering paintbrush skills, with classes starting for toddlers age 18 months. All little artists (there are classes for all age groups, including adults) will dip into fun projects and be encouraged to express their creative selves through various art media including paper mache, clay, painting and drawing.
Impressions Art Studio, 73 Loewen Rd, Singapore 248843: www.impressions-art.com
Studio Why Not
Kids age five to 12 years can ask all the ‘why not?’ questions they want over at Studio Why Not. Art-making and craft-building using an explorative and curious approach is the name of the game in this easy-going, fun studio where teachers encourage kids that art should be free from labels. Here if you want to paint a purple sky on a square Earth, then that’s just fine: imagination rules!
Studio Why Not, 100 Turf Club Road, Horse City, Singapore 287992; www.whynot.sg
Abrakadoodle is one of the rare art schools that take in toddlers from the age of 20 months. Here, kids develop self-confidence, the ability to listen and follow directions, motor and cognitive skills, and how to design unique creations using a variety of materials and tools. This establishment is also strong advocates of art safety – Crayola (certified non-toxic!) art products are used exclusively in their classes.
Abrakadoodle, Bukit Timah, Jurong, and Marine Parade; www.abrakadoodle.com.sg
Artary Kids gets that kids have tons of energy. Sessions are chock-full of art activities, such as games, stories, and songs, which keeps the littlies engaged with an interactive art experience. Plus, they’ll never get bored with thematic projects like “Space Adventures” that enhances their mastery of skills and concepts. We love the folks at Artary Kids for understanding that different kids have different needs, and offering complimentary art trials!
Artary Kids, Tampines Mall, SAFRA Punggol and Kovan; www.artary.sg/kids
Art Boot Camp
ABC’s programmes are geared toward building self-esteem and confidence in your munchkins, as well as equipping them with artistic techniques and the practical skills required to execute them. Art is very subjective (even we get confused sometimes!), requiring skills from multiple angels and perspective, so we’re really glad that the facilitators here teach with loads of positive reinforcement.
Art Boot Camp, 200 Turf Club Road, #02-01 Turf City, Singapore 287994; www.artbootcamp.com.sg
The art classes at Art Zone balance different teaching approaches that cater to kids of different cultures. We also like that the (often) abstract art concepts and techniques are simplified so the littlies really understand the essence of them. In addition to full-time art classes, craft workshops like woodcraft, canvas and mural painting, clay work, and papier-mache are also conducted periodically.
Art Zone, Clark Quay, Bukit Timah, Katong and Bukit Batok; www.artzone.com.sg
With art classes open to kids aged three and up, Artz Graine has designed programmes for different age groups that include various art media and techniques. For example, the moppets aged three to four get to experiment with oil pastels and acrylic paint in mixed medium art, while the five to eight crowd dabbles in charcoal and sculptures. The folks at this art school also assist the kiddos in preparing their portfolios for DSA entry to schools with an art niche.
Artz Graine, Queen’s Road and Guillemard; www.artzgraine.com.sg
An old-timer (it’s actually as old as we are!) in the art enrichment industry, Hi Art is dedicated to providing high quality art instruction that empowers kids with essential life skills to achieve success in art class and beyond. Not only do they offer art classes for the tots (2.5 years and up), other programmes include Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, and even ceramic techniques for both adults and kids.
Hi Art, Marine Parade and Sengkang; www.hiart.com.sg
With a maximum teacher-student ratio of 1:6, this cosmopolitan art studio encourages more personal interaction between the kids and their art gurus in class. They have specialised courses if your bubbas are interested in a specific medium, or have a keen interest in sketching and painting. We also love that they have art classes for kids with special needs (dyslexia, Asperger syndrome, or other learning difficulties) too!
Little Artists, #01-07 Mandarin Gardens, 15 Siglap Road, Singapore 448904; www.little-artists.com
LPN Art School
You know the cliché about how every child is talented? It doesn’t take much to convince us that the folks at LPN Art School really believe in that. What’s more, there are lots of age group categories here, so the littlies are more likely to be grouped with other kids of similar standards! Chinese art – including painting, calligraphy, and even culture – are offered too.
LPN Art School, Suntec City Mall, The Grandstand, Choa Chu Kang, and Bukit Panjang; www.artlpn.com
My Art Pencil
At My Art Pencil, the tinies will learn to draw by using their sense of touch and sight. Drawing subjects are introduced in more engaging forms, such as storytelling, drawing demonstrations, and visual presentations. Older kids will face more challenging drawing techniques and learn concepts like colour theory. Good news for those who plan to audition for SOTA in Visual Arts – the Elementary II curriculum here provides adequate portfolio without much extra work outside class!
My Art Pencil, Hougang Green Shopping Mall, 21 Hougang Street 51, #01-09 Singapore 538719; www.myartpencil.com
Photography (top image): The Drawing Mint
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