So, we've been waiting for this day for months. Yes, I've been wanting to let my little girl embark on this but we had to wait till she turned three years old. Well, and you know, two days before her 3rd birthday, I gave birth and so things had to be on hold for another month. Anyway, the day has come! It's the day that dear Ariel goes for her first art class at heART Studio!
Now, I wasn't and am still not entirely sure if she has the same interest in art as her elder sister. Since young, she has been more of an active kid who loves to dance, sing and run around rather than sit down and draw or paint. The thing is, if you don't try, you won't know, right? Since she always has to follow us when I bring Angel for her weekly class, it was a natural decision to let her have the chance to try it out too.
At age three, she is in the Little Dali class which is conducted by Teacher Syafiq and his assistant Teacher Vinky. I still remember how much Angel loved Teacher Syafiq in her first year of lessons at heART and the way he connects with kids and the amount of patience he demonstrates never fail to amaze me. (You can read our reviews of Angel's first term of class here - Part I/II/III. Gosh, has it been three years already?)
Her first two lessons were on drawing - which is a new lesson content compared to previous years. In these two weeks, kids do not make use of oil pastels or paint at all but instead, they are taught to focus on their drawing techniques. Interesting, right? For the younger kids like Ariel, drawing is a great way to help refine her fine motor skills too. Different themes are introduced for the drawing projects and for Ariel, her class had the theme "My Little Kingdom".
In her first lesson, a good part of the first half of the lesson was dedicated to introducing and explaining the theme to the children. I like the fact that apart from art techniques, the kids also gain some general knowledge and by getting them to be more acquainted with the subject, they subsequently show more interest and enthusiasm in it too.
After the introduction, each child got to choose his/her desired character from a list that comprised of king, queen, wizard, fairy, knight, castle, princess and prince. Based on the character that the child had chosen, the teacher would display some images on the computer and then the child would pick the one to be drawn. By empowering the little ones and giving them the freedom to choose, I think it greatly helps to make the kids more interested and attentive. For her first character, my girl chose to draw a fairy.
Similar to the first class, she was guided stroke by stroke in her drawing of the character. While she was focused and paid close attention during the first half of the lesson, she got a little restless and distracted afterwards. That was when she started humming, fidgeting and playing with her pencil. It's easy to tell that the teachers here are quite used to this and Teacher Elma demonstrated patience in catching her attention and getting her to refocus.
Once she was completed with the drawing of the characters, they were tasked to draw the background too and could choose between an indoor or outdoor castle backdrop. For Ariel, she wanted an indoor one and did a flag bunting, window and picture frame.
Ta-dah! So this was her final artwork for "My Little Kingdom". Not bad, right? If you notice, they even pay attention to the details, for instance the fairy's magic wand, the archer's arrows, the curtains by the window and the sun and waves in the picture.
I think we are off to a good start and it seems like she is enjoying the classes for now. I can see that she is looking forward to her class and can't wait to do something more colourful, so we'll share more when the time comes!
Disclosure: This is Part I of a series of reviews of heART Studio. Ariel attended a term of complimentary lessons for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.