Little Artists is a 25-year old award-winning art studio in Singapore that offers exciting, creative and engaging art classes for children and adults to keep everyone guessing and wanting more. Read on for more about these painting classes and art camps.
It began at a table, with just a couple of students and an unpretentious name, bringing together the two greatest passions of Founder-Director Ms Shalini Kapoor – art and working with children.
Today, Little Artists has two art studios in Singapore, at Mandarin Gardens and Siglap Centre. The team has had the joy of welcoming many preschoolers and watching them go on to top universities and colleges around the world. But Little Artists is also about art for all – it’s for beginners, students, hobbyists and artists, both young (from two and a half years) and old. The studio also teaches special needs children and provides training for portfolio preparation to art schools, SOTA (School of the Arts Singapore), colleges and universities.
The faculty at Little Artists consists of qualified art professionals and a dedicated management staff, with many of the educators working as practicing artists themselves, allowing them to share their practical experience and knowledge. It’s a close-knit community from more than 12 countries, with students hailing from more than 40 countries, and celebrating cultural diversity as an enriching experience.
These total immersion art camps are offered at Siglap Centre for students aged four to 17 years. They cover the theoretical, practical, creative and fun aspects of art across different mediums. Full-day camp options include Mini Monet (two days, 10am to 5pm each day) and Monet Motion (four days), while the half-day camps are Dali (two days) and Very Van Gogh (four days).
Within each of these camps, children can choose from a range of artforms and mediums. Options include Little Blossoms (for ages 2.5 to seven years), Clay Sculpture, Portraiture, Portfolio Preparation, Christmas Workshops, Big Canvas, Manga Anime Drawing, Pen & Ink Architecture, Fantasy Illustration, Texture Painting, Early Fine Art Education, Cartoon Fun, Fashion Design, Working with Mediums, Digital Art, In the Style of Masters, and Doodling, all the way up to Adult Workshops, which cover different topics such as oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolours, soft pastels, sketching, charcoal and printmaking.
The Mini Monet, Monet Motion, Dali and Very Van Gogh camps come with bonus classes and include art movies at lunchtime. The art camps’ small class sizes and student-to-teacher ratio ensure plenty of personal attention, which means the syllabus and projects are curated to accommodate different interests and skill levels. Step-by-step demos and detailed instructions ensure that each student is supported and guided to make lovely artworks. A totally personalised programme is also available for an additional fee of $25.
Holiday Palette Little Artists offers holiday programmes and art camps four times a year. These are known as Winter, Summer, Autumn and Spring HPs. The Winter HP runs from 20 November 2022 to 9 January 2023, with both in-studio and online options available, covering all skill levels. The class student-to-teacher ratio is the same as in regular art classes at Little Artists. There arefour students to one teacher for the little ones, and six to one for older children.
There’s a wide variety of programmes to cater for everyone’s interests, including a very popular six-day Christmas Workshop for ages 2.5 to seven years. This incorporates painting classes, design and decorating – from acrylic painting, cuckoo clocks and gingerbread houses, to soft sculpture, clay dioramas of Christmas scenes, and, of course, Santa! Children get to take home three completed projects to usher in the Christmas cheer.
Here are some of the other offerings for children and young adults to enjoy over the holiday period.
Early Fine Art Education (ages 6 to 8)
In this six-day workshop, students move from one subject to another effortlessly. There’s architecture, pen and ink on wood, still-life floral study, watercolour and also landscape acrylic.
Cartoon Fun Illustration (ages 8 to 20)
Students in this programme learn step by step how to draw a range of characters. They’ll gain confidence and develop their drawing skills in a way that will inspire them to try more.
Digital Art (ages 8 to 20)
This programme teaches a foundation of Photoshop techniques, allowing students to create characters that are further developed into concepts through digital painting.
Fashion Design (ages 8 to 20)
Designed for students who want to acquire basic skills and knowledge around designing apparel, this programme includes creating various collections and using imagination to conceptualise and give creations a sense of style.
Storyboarding (ages 8 to 20)
The fundamentals of storyboarding, creating characters, writing a story and making storyboards are all covered in this programme.
A word from a student
“I really enjoy going to art classes here and the teachers help improve my painting, sketching and mixed medium skills. There’s a different project every month to do, with different mediums and materials. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys art and wants to improve their skill.” – Mansha Sapra
At these art classes in Singapore, the materials are provided and included in the fee. Also, ask about the sibling discount!
This article first appeared in the November 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!