24 Feb Sweet Nothings
Art and desserts – a combination that is not frequently mentioned, but which is exactly what the participants of our recent event on February 19, 2012 got. Called Sweet Nothings, parents and their children had the opportunity to spend a Sunday afternoon trying their hand at drawing and painting. And in addition, this was a quality iPad-free afternoon of art creation.
Facilitating the children’s art workshop was Ms. Tan See Ling, one of the artists with works on display at Artemis Art. See Ling specializes in teaching art to children, particularly those with special needs.
The kids had a great time at the event, each beaming with joy at the piece of art they had created. We were very pleasantly surprised with the variety of interpretations produced – from tribal to abstract.
Not to be left out, the parents who attended were also given the opportunity to try their hand at painting. Fin Tee was the artist who helped us out with the adult participants, with the kind assistance of the lovely Ms. Ping, who played model for the afternoon (definitely more animated than the very wooden Mr. Penguin).
We plan to organize more events of this nature in the future, in line with our vision of a more cultured and enriched society. As a more immediate offshoot from Sweet Nothings, we are next planning a two-day workshop to explore the teaching of art through story-telling. More information will be provided once we have ironed out the details.
The appreciation for art is something that is generally lacking in Malaysian society, from our observation, and it is our belief that to be able to move forward to becoming a more cultured society, art plays a very important role. And in that respect, there’s no better time to start the process of appreciation than when they’re still young. And from what we observed during our event, there definitely is hope yet.