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Fun Activities for Children: Art Enrichment Singapore

As a parent do you feel like you are running out of ideas to keep your child engaged? Most moms and dads can agree that bonding over weekend activities is part of family quality time. However, budget may be a concern as multiple trips to amusement parks, museums, animal farms or staycations can be expensive.


How about considering activities for children through art? Afterall, sensory expressions and hands-on experiential learning are beneficial to develop a child’s sense of curiosity, and an interest to learn.



Art is undoubtedly as important as left brain subjects like Mathematics or Science. Research from the University of Illinois has shown that painting and drawing are examples of art activities for children that can assist to improve their whole brain activation by using visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles. Right brain capacity of young learners between ages of 2.5 to 12 years old can be developed through community support from parents and/or teachers.


As lesser emphasis is placed on academic grades, parents' involvement in a child’s holistic learning and development becomes even more important. In a competitive society like in Singapore, stress is inevitable. Art provides children with a healthy outlet for expression of their authentic self that is beneficial for their mental health in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous).


Skeptics may argue that pursuing art activities is an expensive hobby. But what if the contrarian perspective is possible? Fun activities that can be held indoors need not be a luxury. Drawing or painting for kids is an invaluable parenting experience. Online free home study resources like ‘Do-It-Yourself’ arts and crafts kits are available to help parents bridge their child’s discovery of the world around them. Printables and video tutorials challenge young minds to use cognitive abilities like memory retention, spatial visualisation, and logical sequential reasoning to explore art activities therapeutically.


That said, not all parents are confident enough to spearhead their child’s education journey. Busy parents as such may consider enrolling their kids into art enrichment classes. Art Wonderland is one such professional institution registered with the National Arts Council and Ministry of Education.


Art Wonderland’s specialised art curriculum places emphasis on art activities that is based on the following:


Our team of experienced educators are nurturing; trained to engage children to become confident and independent art makers by identifying their own strengths or weaknesses. Thus, ensuring that students are ingrained with strong personal values. Art activities build compassion, creativity and resilience as they discover their own artistic expressions.


Art Wonderland supports educational philosophy founded on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences covering these 8 aspects of whole brain development through creative art activities to engage in whole brain learning:

  • Musical Intelligence

  • Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

  • Interpersonal Intelligence

  • Intrapersonal Intelligence

  • Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence

  • Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

  • Naturalistic Intelligence

  • Visual-Spatial Intelligence



Regular Programmes and Art Activities offered at Art Wonderland include:


Where teachers use stories, games and role playing to benefit young children’s development through improving fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Lessons are designed with various art activities to encourage expansion of basic art vocabulary with introduction to new art materials and textures for toddlers.






Traditional and contemporary artists are trained to teach drawing and painting for kids through inquiry-based pedagogy. This class infuses learning experiences of mainstream subjects like Discovery of World, History, Numeracy, Literature and Science with art. Lessons are designed to encourage artists’ development through building foundations on Elements of Art concept. Students are taught skill sets of observation, auditory, technical, and critical thinking through trying hands-on art activities like drawing or painting.







A child’s admission into SOTA's (School of The Arts) or DSA (Direct School Admissions) exercise can be pressurising. Art Wonderland, takes this stress out of the equation by offering a practical solution:


This advanced class trains students to develop higher order art skills and techniques. Lessons teach concepts beyond fundamentals of drawing and painting for students to prepare portfolios for entrance into School of Arts Singapore or Direct School Admission Programmes. Educators of Art Wonderland encourage children to take risks, as we believe in providing a competitive edge above their peers in top school admission interviews.




 

Besides regular programmes, Art Wonderland aims to boost a child’s self-confidence and imagination to reignite joy for learning through holiday art programmes that go beyond traditional classroom teachings and/or textbook learning.


Seasonal art enrichment programmes offering signature outdoor-based classes broadens socio-cultural awareness. Planned educational visits available to students include guided excursion trips to zoos, national museums, urban city tours and gallery openings of student-led exhibitions.





 

Educational Outreach to School and Communities


Such intentional exposure to art activities such as drawing or painting immerses a child in rich culture and heritage that is different from learning solely based on relying on digital classroom technology or reading. Through live presentations and active learning, studying for academic subjects is no longer a chore but an enjoyable process that impacts them for life as creative learners.



 

In summary, we have an integrated approach that combines lifelong learning using stories, dramatic play, simple games, drawing, painting, and art mediums such as clay, pastels, acrylic paints to cultivate a rich early education in the arts.


Whether your child develops artistic inclinations to a professional level, success in life is not just measured by grades but one’s creativity to think outside of the box to tackle real world problems. View our art enrichment programs schedule or book a trial class today.





Information on Pricing & Fees – Art Activities & Enrichment Classes


Join us for a 1-hr trial class at $30 for a peek into our art classes. This is the best time to ask our teachers any questions you have regarding our education philosophy and teachings. Enquire and fill in our trial class booking form and we will arrange a suitable time and date.


Studio Art Class Schedule – 2022 - 2023 Arts Activities & Classes is out! You may also download our Studio Class Schedule here.





References:

Wieder, C. G. (1998). Child Art and the Emergence of Learning Styles. Visual Arts Research, 24(1), 21–27. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20715932


Gardner, H. (1987). The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Annals of Dyslexia, 37, 19–35. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23769277


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