Tuesday 5 April 2016

Art Camp with Artify Studio

During the recent March holiday, I had the opportunity of a longer 'me' time when Js were exploring and spending a day with Art and Mother nature over at Artify Studio. 

It was a drop off programme that got me initially worried, as Jare rarely does drop off programmes. I know he has a big heart for Art, but I'm not sure how well he will take this almost full day programme without Mama around. It was a bonus that big sister was there with him. 

I stayed in for the first half hour, wanting to make sure he was adapting well before I left. While in there, I really explored the place. Visually. It was a simple studio made out of an office space, but once in, you know you are in for a colourful time.
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Well equipped studio!

The place was very bright and well lit, which I really love. A well lit place with natural light gives the truest colour of a colour. As in, you don't have to debate if it's a green or turquoise while painting. What's next best is that there is a washroom within the studio, washing and cleaning don't have to take any distance. Answering a child's urgent nature call will just be nearby.

Love too, how thoughtful the set up is. Younger  kids on a lower chair and older kids on the higher stool. Posture is one essential point too!

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Photo credit: Artify Studio

The theme of the Art camp was, 'Into the Wild.' You guessed it, it was art centered around Mother nature. I love it that a theme gives them a focus and direction.

The kids started their day with a mini adventure outdoor to collect leaves. All sorts of fallen browns leaves that come in different sizes and patterns were adopted into their plastic container.

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Collecting leaves

It assured me when I saw Js warmed up well to their new found friends and instructors, Jae and Gloria. There were about 8 kids and 2 instructors, which I thought was a good ratio pegged to.

Artify was birthed in 2014. Jae was the main instructor and here's little background about her. She graduated from Raffles Design with a Degree in Graphic Design and Diploma in Environment design. With great love and passion, she is a self taught artist.

Her philosophy is drawn strongly from the Reggio Emilia approach, a teaching structure based on exploration and discovery where one doesn't set up rigid structures. It allows each child to experiment and from there, tailor how to connect and teach each individual child.

I love how art releases the expression of freedom in every child. A great way to learn and flow without being bounded by rules and regulations. Our kids of today simply need that freedom of creativity!

This was their programme lined up:
1. Canvas Painting – Js painted their leaves onto canvas. Looking very much like some masterpieces for auction. Except that, I'm the only bidder. 

They explored not just brushes but with varying mediums like sponges and utensils. Just so the kids can express themselves creatively on the blank canvases by giving them the liberty to choose the colours and ways in which they want to tell their own stories.

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Photo credit: Artify studio

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2. Folding techniques and optical illusions – watch a short shrub grow into a tall tree in a matter of seconds! It was like a now you see it, and now you don't kind of artwork. I love how interesting this idea was. Their paintings were literally growing when Js showed them to me. 

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Growing shrubs and snakes

3. Terrarium building - where their green fingers came in and built their own mini garden in glass bottles. I can only say, it's a beautiful addition in their room.

Nature does make one happy! 

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 Photo credit: Artify studio

These creations are very much sitting pretty and comfortably in their room. Terrariums are beautiful eye sweeteners that are easy to handle and maintain. Great for budding gardeners.

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Their self built terrarium

These much were accomplished within their day! When it was time for pick up, their delightful and excited expressions convinced me that they had a blasting time exploring art with nature. I was dragged in by Js for a closing storytime, where I saw beaming smiles on every child's face.

You can tell each child enjoyed their art camp tremendously. If you think only chocolates make one happy, try doodling with art and painting! Art is simply therapeutic.

Do check out Artify Studio for other creatives. They have got short courses and art jamming for both kids and adults.

Artify Studio
Instagram: @artifystudio
9798 0403 (Jae)
200 Jalan Sultan, #09-03
Textile Centre S(199018)

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