Tuesday 26 June 2018

Little Artists Art Studio - Cartoon Illustration Fun

The June holiday swooped over too fast! We were glad to have a fun filling one. 

I took this holiday opportunity to sign the kids up for art classes. I knew they had like to do art and this will definitely win their heart. It did! See how 'art' is spelt in 'heart'? It works something special in everyone!

The kids did 3 lessons of cartoon illustration fun with Little Artists Art Studio. There were just too many holiday art programmes to choose from, but I knew cartoon drawing would delight them much. Jazz chose to draw princess Jasmine and Bambi, while Jare wanted anything Star Wars. Kylo-ren and BB8 were his choices.

Before the start of the actual class, their desired character samples were already drawn and prepared for the kids' reference. I indicated their interest while booking the dates. 

Each lesson was 2 hours. Their first lesson was drawing their characters onto art papers. They drew twice, toggling between a practice sheet and the final. They did it stroke by stroke with their assigned teacher, Sharmaine who was really awesome and patient in guiding them. Not only does she praise the kids liberally, she encourages them to keep trying.

It goes with 1 lesson on drawing and the next on painting. So that will be a complete artwork with every 2 lessons. And of course if the drawing is one that is fast and simple, painting may be done within the same lesson. Very much dependent on each child's pace.

It was some impressive achievements for the kids! They were really happy and proud of their works.

Drawing takes much of an observation skill as well as loads of patience. They need to follow the strokes closely and it takes time to complete a piece. Js were in a class with other children who were all drawing and working on different art projects. Which means every child may draw their desired character without having to follow others. After all, every child has love for different cartoon characters.

And on their third lesson, they were taught body shapes drawing to achieve Bambi and BB8. I have not even the opportunity to learn body shapes drawing in my childhood years.

Js only exposure to art were classes at Community Centres, where everyone had to be drawing the same piece among other 20 children. It felt much personalised for them here in Little Artists. They run a low ratio of 1:4 for children between 2.5 years to 8.5 years old. And 1:6 ratio for children between 8.5 to 17 years old.

Little Artists Art Studio was founded by Shalini Kapoor in 1997. This is her 20th year directing the studio! Shalini is a professional educator with passion in both art and teaching. She coordinates all the programs and trains her staff in the studio. Her studio began with a mere class of 5 students to a bountiful achievement of countless attending artists today. Her studios sprawl across 2 places in the east, both at Siglap though - Mandarin Gardens and Siglap Centre. Js did their classes at Mandarin Gardens, which is partitioned into 5 different classrooms.

I had a peek into the various artworks in the different classes. 

They run art programmes for children 2.5 years onward to adults! Art fun is surely not age limiting. Cartoon illustration fun is part of their holiday palette which runs from May to 5th Aug 2018. There is a wide range of art classes to select, from canvas drawing, working with mediums and to even fashion designing. It is tough to not find something a child enjoys in here. They even run portfolio preparation programme for aspiring students who are keen in joining arts school. The best part was them having a flexible schedule to the classes. You may select the dates as per your programme choice between Monday to Thursday. Saturday and Sunday are subject to availability. 

Js really enjoyed their drawing time with Little Artists. A great place with a dedicated teacher made their drawing journey really enjoyable. Most importantly, at the end of each lesson, what you see from your child's work is as original as it can be. Teacher's intervention is very minimal or maybe even zero. At the end of the programme, the kids were also awarded a certificate. It sure encouraged them to keep drawing!

I believe art is therapeutic to anyone's soul. A good breather from the busy days of work.  

Trial Classes
Trial classes run between $30 to $45, depending on the chosen programme. This fee will be waived for all readers of Mum's calling. All you had need to do is to call Little Artists Studio and simply quote 'Mum's calling' when arranging a trial class.

Terms and conditions
  • Trial classes are strictly by appointment.
  • Trial classes are applicable to only new students of Little Artists.  
  • First 10 trial students will get a Little Artists sketchbook OR a tshirt (subject to availability).
  • Trial classes are applicable at both venues.
  • Trial classes are only applicable to one participant per visit.
  • All art supplies and materials are included for trial classes. 
Have Fun with Art!

Little Artists Art Studio Pte Ltd
Contact: 6449 0339 (Admissions & Trial Enquiries)
Contact: 6449 0960 (General Enquiries)
Contact: 64444952 (General Enquiries (Siglap Centre))
(Please call between Studio Open Hours: 11:00am-7:00pm  Monday-Thursday, and Saturday & Sunday 9:30am – 5:00pm)
Email : shalini@little-artists.com
Website: www.little-artists.com

The Mandarin Gardens (Main Studio)
15 Siglap Road (Shophouses)
#01-07 (Little Artists Art Studio)
Singapore 448912

Siglap Centre 
55 Siglap Road
#02-18 (Little Artists Art Studio)
Singapore 455871

Disclaimer: We were sponsored 3 art lessons per child. No monetary compensation involved. All opinions and photos are solely our own.  

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