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Get in touch with your creative side

Pauline Wong
Pauline Wong • 3 min read
Get in touch with your creative side
Get in touch with your creative side with downloadable free art projects for the whole family with the National Art Gallery, or take a short course at LA SALLE
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SINGAPORE (May 22): Struggling to keep children occupied during the school holidays? National Gallery Singapore is here to help. With excellent home-based art activities and resources, there is no reason not to traverse the imagination, even if you cannot travel the world. And, if you’re looking to raise your skills during these tough times, the LASALLE College of the Arts offers incredible short courses on everything from acting to creative writing

Art for kids

The National Gallery Singapore is now bringing free home-based art activities and resources to keep your children engaged and occupied during the school holidays. New multimedia and hands-on activities, including interactive games, art-inspired storytelling video sessions, as well as artist masterclasses and art tutorials will be introduced weekly on Gallery Kids!, a dedicated website for families and kids about art.

Some of the amazing resources now available, with new ones added weekly, include the My Ink-credible Adventure Interactive Game, where children can explore abstract expressionism in an open and playful manner through this online game, with endless colour combinations of ink splashes, splatters and drops.

Inspired by the space of the same name at the Keppel Centre for Art Education (KCAE), this is a collaboration between National Gallery Singapore and abstract artist Yeo Shih Yun that encapsulates the latter’s decades-long love affair with the fusion of traditional and contemporary art mediums.

There are also the downloaded art activities, which are suitable for families with children aged three to 10. With an array of activities ranging from sketching portraits using simple lines to designing buildings using architectural features found in the Gallery, this hands-on experience will continue to engage and cultivate children’s interest in art.

The website also features art tutorials, storytelling sessions and more. Not only that, families can participate in craft projects inspired by five key artworks by Singaporean and South-east Asian artists. These works will also take centre stage in the Gallery’s upcoming #SmallBigDreamersAtHome, an online edition of the bi-annual family offering from June 1, to ignite children’s imagination towards art creation through play.

Learn a new skill

If you have wanted to learn how to weave gripping tales, or explore the history or architecture, now is absolutely the time to do so.

The LASALLE College of the Arts Continuing Education Programme team is offering online short courses on everything from acting to drawing, creative writing to fashion portraiture. Its online short courses are designed for beginners and hobbyists interested in learning more about art and design topics.

The online versions feature well-qualified trainers comprising LASALLE faculty, alumni and industry experts. Courses follow the same total hours as inclass short courses, but are tailored to suit online delivery with all classes delivered via Zoom. The course schedule can be found on their website, and classes are available weekly from now up until end-June (for some courses). Course fees vary.

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