Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review: Art with heART Studio Little Dali art programme for 3 to 4 years old (Part 3)

We had previously shared with you our adventure at heART Studio (here's Part 1 and Part 2). The adventure continues with Part 3. Slightly late, I admit, because of the December holidays, and our trusted helper being away in her hometown, and then settling the kids in for the new year. But better late than never, right?

Part 3 focuses on the final four weeks of the lessons, where the final art piece is on a canvas, instead of paper. And the topic? Buildings, painted specifically in the style of artist Karla Gerard. I like the fact that EV is also exposed to different artists and their different painting styles, which makes her art education so much richer.

It's heartening to see the kids so interested in it.

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Teacher Syafiq was extremely patient in guiding the kids.

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He also went the extra mile to explain to them what a canvas is and how it is constructed, rather than just give it to them to paint on. To give the kids some practice in drawing buildings, he got them to first draw buildings using shapes on paper. 

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The following week, work began on the canvas (the background was painted the previous week) and EV had to first draw buildings using pastels. Again, Teacher Syafiq spent some time explaining about oil pastels to broaden the kids' knowledge, before getting them to choose colours to use.

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 See EV at work here? She's obviously looking very proud of her own art achievement. Something I believe heART Studio has helped develop.

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With the buildings drawn and painted, the next thing to do was to add the windows, and this was the focus for the following week. Taking a few weeks to create a single painting may seem long for us adults, but for kids, it's a learning process that needs to be guided step by step, and one realises that the few weeks' duration is actually not that long. It's a realistic time frame in order to inculcate the knowledge and ability in the children. It appears to me that heART Studio had put much thought into the development of its programme, and I'm glad this is the case.

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During the final lesson, EV added the trees, stars and moon. Here she is drying her own work, all by herself.

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And ta da! The proud girl with her awesome work!

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Having attended a whole term of lessons at heART Studio. Here's our verdict. heART Studio is a fantastic place to tap the artistic talent of kids, and you will be surprised at just how well they can do it. I was. Plus the teachers there are really caring, and that makes the Studio a great learning environment.

Disclaimer: We received sponsorship of a term of art lessons under the Little Dali programme by heART Studio. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and images are my own.

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