This quarterly staff get-together, we decided to have Henna Art session. It’s part cultural learning and skill enhancement for our face-painting crew. We were fortunate to have a good teacher and henna artist to teach us the basics of henna painting. Ms Wani of Pesona Belle Henna gave a brief run-down of Henna basics. She then guided us through simple exercises to acquire the proper techniques of dispensing natural henna from the cone. By end of the 2-hour session we were confident enough to stain ourselves with henna.
Our weekly batik class is still on-going every Wednesday evening 7-9:30pm. The price is more than reasonable at only $20 per session. All materials provided. We understand that location of our studio at Goodman Arts Centre is a bit off to some and unfortunately Wednesday evening is the only slot we can manage as we have engagements for arts events almost every weekend. Other than that its really about how genuine is your interest to learn batik. Its not about how many lesson to get a certificate it is about owning the craft and enjoying it. That is why our sessions are free and easy and our instructors can guide you at any level.
We were there in Yishun Pimary to conduct batik workshop for both P6 and P5. We had done batik workshop for them before and now they are back for more.
Staff of Natsteel arranged for residents of St Joseph Nursing home to visit their plant in Tanjong Kling for a two hour activity. It is their CSR project and we were contacted to facilitate a batik painting activity. We discovered that this simple activity of batik painting a pre-waxed cloth is an ideal activity for the aged. The helpful staff of this large steel mill paired up with an elderly guest to assist them complete a colorful batik piece that they took back with a great sense of accomplishment.
We did 3 assembly programmes catering to different levels. This is prior to the school holidays so it was great fun and laughter for all. In half an hour, a professional artist explains the art of caricature with a funny twist through a colourful slide presentation followed by a ‘live’ demonstration of volunteers from the crowd. For this school it was a teachers and a student drawn for each session. The caricature drawing process is projected on screen and completed with colouring in minutes. Laughter fills the hall as students see a familiar face being exaggerated in drawing. The objective is to inspire students to love drawing and appreciation of the arts. This programme is endorsed by the National Arts Council / Art Enrichment Programme and is eligible for 50% Tote Board grant.
A two day workshop organized by the community centre for students of a nearby school. The theme was to project the upcoming arts culture and food festival. Students spent the first day in a classroom learning about graffiti and discussing art vs crime. They also brainstormed ideas and sketched out ideas. The second day they held the can for the first time at 9:00am and completed a gorgeous mural by 2pm.