I have known Rena, the founder of heART Studio, since like… 2010? I was a new mum then and MF was born in the same month as her third son E3. Back then, heART Studio was not founded yet. But I had the opportunity to witness the art work her eldest child E1 was doing then. There was no doubt E1 had an artistic gift.
I understood why Rena set up heART Studio. Knowing her son had such a gift, one starts to wonder if more could be done to nurture that talent further. It was too great a gift to go wasted!
When heART Studio was founded, MF was still too young for their classes. But this holiday, with MF turning 4, I decided to ask Rena about the holiday class that heART Studio was offering. I was super delighted when she offered to give MF a free class!
Review of heART Studio Holiday Program
Since MF was a huge fan of Angry Birds, I signed him up for the Angry Birds class.
MF was going to create an art work starting from a blank canvas!
Since it was a blank canvas, MF had a lot of freedom in deciding what he wanted to paint. He could choose which character he wanted (Red bird? Yellow bird? Black bird?). He could also choose the car (The metallic sports car? The wooden car?).
After he decided he wanted the red Angry Bird in a wooden car, he was asked to choose a background colour. He was given advice by the teacher not to choose colours that would clash with this character / car.
After he was done, the teacher helped to smooth out the clumps and paint the edges.
After each layer of painting was done, the teacher would take a hair dryer to dry the paint. No wonder the class needed 2.5 hours!
Next, they proceeded to draw the outline of the bird with oil pastel. When MF had difficulty getting the proportion right, the teacher dotted out the outline and all MF had to do was join the dots.
After the outline was done, MF proceeded to colour the body of the bird.
They slowly progressed to complete the rest of the body.
When they reached the eyes, MF had a choice to choose if he wanted eyes or goggles for the Angry Bird. He decided on eyes.
When drawing the beak, MF was asked to choose if he wanted a close beak or an open beak. He decided on an open one.
When they reached the finer details, the teacher took down the picture from the board and brought it to the table.
MF was also asked to choose the expression of the bird: Angry? Or Happy?
Next, they proceeded to draw the wooden car that MF chose.
When the teacher was mixing the paint, he took time to explain to MF what he was doing. Like how red and yellow mixed together to give orange.
After the car was done, they went on to paint the fumes.
After that, a short break was given. Some cereal (like koko krunch and honey stars) were provided.
After the break, they went back to finish up the outlines. I didn’t stay for the second part of the lesson because I brought the little one (who was starting to be quite disruptive) out to play.
When I returned, they were almost done. The outline was done mostly with the teacher holding on to MF’s hand. He explained that he did that to prevent the kids from pressing down too hard since a fine brush was used. But the kids had to do the guiding, moving the brush along the lines as best as they could.
And… They were done!!
Can you believe my 4 year old did that from a blank piece of canvas? I found it quite incredible… Had I not witnessed it with my own eyes, I would be very doubtful it came from my boy’s hands! LOL.. It’s now hanging proudly in our living room!
I loved how the class gave the kids liberty in choosing what they wanted to paint. The teacher was also very energetic and patient. The class was conducted during MF’s nap time, so he was quite restless after a while. The teacher tried to keep him engaged, like telling him to ‘hop hop hop’ while dipping the paint brush into the paint. And most importantly, you can see from MF’s smiles that he really enjoyed the class!
Information on heART Studio
heART Studio offers art classes for children aged 3 to 12.
Address: 1 Charlton Lane #01-04 , Singapore 539631
Tel: (65) 6554 7563