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Interview With The Founder

By: Nika Tay Hui Min


For some, you have known her as the very patient and kind teacher Joanne. For others you have known her to be artist Joanne. In this special article, we interview the founder and face of Artpazionate, Joanne Beh. As she shares with us the heartfelt beginnings of Artpazionate, her journey as a local entrepreneur, teacher and artist. We go in-depth to uncover some of the lesser-known stories that has shaped and influenced her perspective on art & life.

Join us below for an exciting read!

Hi Joanne! Could you tell us the story of how Artpazionate came to be and why the name?

Of course! ArtPazionate was birthed forth with the aim of bringing and curating a more holistic approach towards art education, where we aim to go beyond the sole focus on art skills.

The name ‘Pazionate’ derives from the word ‘Passionate’. For myself, it serves as a constant reminder and commitment to remain passionate in what I do, especially in the area of teaching art. Likewise for the many who have walked through our doors, I hope through our classes, we have nurtured their passion and joy in expressing themselves through art.

Please sum up Artpazionate’s teaching philosophy in 3 words?

Inspiring, Empowering, Affirming

What makes Artpazionate classes/workshops different?

At ArtPazionate, we place a great deal of emphasis on the process and creative expression of each student. Every individual is unique and so should their artwork be! Their artworks are really extensions of themselves and their own personalities.

Rather than having everyone’s artwork looking almost exactly the same or achieving the ‘perfect’ art piece, I always encourage my students to think creatively, to express their ideas and thoughts and not be worried about making mistakes.

Our teaching approach is to affirm and empower. It allows kids, teens and adults to be confident of who they truly are and what they create. While creating a safe environment where students are bold to explore, make mistakes and derive joy from their art-making.

In general, the arts in Singapore is often relegated to the side, being seen as an extra, unpragmatic hobby. Being an independent local business offering specialized art classes in Singapore is no easy feat! Throughout your journey, you must have experienced many ups and downs. What is one valuable lesson you’ve learnt in the process of running an art studio as both an entrepreneur and a teacher?

ADAPTABILITY! Being adaptable especially in my teaching approach towards the kids is just so important! Some are loud, some are quieter, some are really active! Therefore, my teaching method differs from one to the other. There is no one size fits all!

Outside of the four walls of the art studio, I also conduct corporate art workshops geared towards stimulating ‘the art’ of team building! Again, I have to be flexible in approaching new environments, interacting with people of vastly different backgrounds while at times working within constraints. I truly believe being adaptable is extremely important in my area of work.

On the flipside, what are some of the challenges?

The spectrum of students who attend Artpazionate’s art classes are varied and many! As such, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with autistic children as well, but not without its’ challenges. I find it challenging especially because their emotions can be quite erratic.

Once again, finding the right balance in ensuring students get the most out of each lesson while being attentive of each student’s needs and learning capacity is key. But what has truly kept me going is the joy of seeing their smiles and them having so much fun in making their artwork.

A personal question: What got you interested in Art? Name us some of your favourite artists!                                                                                               

Thinking back, it was an experience I had during my primary school days. In fact, when I was in primary one – I attended a trial art enrichment class in my school on a Saturday. I remembered I was so blown away and captivated by my art teacher’s Parrot artwork. It was so vividly realistic and beautiful.

I guess that, in some degree, influenced my art style too. Some of my favourite artists are Yayoi Kusama and René Magritte. I love Kusama’s bold usage of colours and the striking, visual yet at times illusionary effects of her works. For the latter, his unusual depiction of ordinary objects and people.

Not only are you a ‘pazionate’ teacher (no pun intended) but you are also an incredible artist in your own right, having done numerous private commissions! Any memorable ones?

One of my most memorable commissions was a pointillism artwork depicting a garden measuring 2metres by 1metre. A vibrant, colourful piece filled with countless and countless of dots which I spent hours upon hours just stamping dots! It took a lot of effort but I found it rather therapeutic as well.

(Editor’s note: Pointillism is a style of painting which uses small, distinct dots of varying colours to create a blended image when viewed from a distance.)

What do you hope your students – children, teens and adults can learn and takeaway from Artpazionate’s classes/workshops?

There was a kid I taught some time back who shared with me that her friend found her drawings weird. Sadly, this comment affected her so greatly that she refused to show other students her drawings. Hence, my earnest hope is through our art classes and workshops, in whatever medium – be it watercolour, acrylic painting, drawing or even mixed media crafts – we can create an environment that empowers and inspires my students to confidently create what they truly like no matter what others say. Staying true and original! 😊

Lastly, what is one advice you would like to share for anyone who is interested to learn more about Art?

Make it happen! 😊 Don’t let self-doubt stop you from learning and creating art!

Kids

3 Ways to Nurture Creativity at Home

By: Nika Tay Hui Min


Looking at your child play, you would have marveled at the little ingenious ways and imaginative world a child creates and plays in. As Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world.” In other words, imagination creates possibilities that are endless.

Every child is born with imagination and creativity. For a child, there’s just something special about their imagination, something infinitely boundless in their world-view. The sky is the limit! And Art takes this a step further.

Through art, creativity and imagination can be further nurtured and developed. As a matter of fact, parents play an extremely vital role in fostering and pushing new frontiers in their child’s creativity. Here are some ways that you as a parent can explore to create a more conducive and holistic art environment at home.

Create an Art Corner

Children thrive when they have a space, materials and time to be creative! Hence, just by creating a small corner at home where your child can express spontaneously and be limitless in his/her imagination goes a long way. In fact, making an art ‘studio’ need not be expensive at all! Stock it up with simple drawing materials, recyclable items and a variety of craft materials in different shapes, sizes and textures, a corner sure to enliven your child’s artistic endeavors!

Some ideas and materials to fill up your art corner with:

  • Crayons
  • Color Pencils
  • Fabrics such as felts, cloths, clothes
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Rolls from paper towels
  • Shoe boxes
  • Paper plates
  • Egg cartons
  • Washable paints
  • Playdough or clay

Fun Tip: Be prepared for a mess! Use vinyl cloths or newspaper for an easier clean-up.

Allow freedom of expression

As parents, the tendency and urge to guide, draw for your child is strongly present. However, such assistance or directions may back-fire. It is important to allow your child to think and experiment freely for themselves with no pre-existing structures or notions of what their art should be like.

Doing so, taps into their infinite creativity to think outside-of-the-box, explore, discover, imagine and manifest their abstract ideas into visual images on paper. When a child finishes his/her piece, another key pointer is to not suggest any further additions, changes or criticisms.

What we are advocating here, and at Artpazionate, is creative self-expression, unique incorporation of one’s personality and the joy of creating an art piece. Not perfection or a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ artwork.

Explore your child’s creative process

With intentional navigation and exploration of art with your child, it encourages innovation and critical-thinking skills by exposing them to rich creative experiences.

Therefore, as a parent, it is so important to be open-minded in asking open-ended questions while exploring your child’s creative work. For instance, asking questions like Tell me more about your drawing? I see that you’ve used blue in your painting, why is that so?

Never make immediate assumptions about your child’s painting but let them do the honors of opening up and communicating/presenting their thoughts while thinking critically and evaluating through their own creative processes.

A parent’s role in nurturing and fostering a child’s imagination, creativity, self-esteem, critical-thinking amongst other developmental skills through art is absolutely paramount and cannot be understated. One of the most precious gifts a parent can give to their child is the power of empowerment! To empower them by gifting them the opportunity to explore the infinite possibilities of their untapped minds and unleash the innate creative potential already within them!

According to the International Child Art Foundation, “A child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property—key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century.”

Whether you are looking to simply nurture your child’s artistic talent or simply have fun, our diverse offerings of children art classes from drawing, painting to craft-making will be sure to discover their inner artist and enrich their world holistically.

At Artpazionate, we fully believe our art classes for your kids is another window of opportunity to tap into their boundless curiosities, stimulating their imagination and empowering them to see and create the world in a different light!

Articles Watercolor Painting

What makes Watercolor painting truly beautiful

By: Nika Tay Hui Min


Beautiful. Mesmerizing. Ethereal

These are some of the words that come to mind when we look at watercolor paintings from scenic landscapes, human portraits, flowers, calligraphy to just about anything. Watercolor possesses such a beautiful allure that can pull anyone in. Artist Linda Daly Baker writes, “Watercolor for me is all about the transparency and glow that you can achieve with this media that is not possible with other forms of art.”

As it remains one of the most accessible and versatile art forms that can offer rich, vivid to soft and soothing tones. In recent years, its’ popularity has been rising through and through. With a basic set of palette, materials, and proper techniques, anyone can turn a plain piece of paper into a beautiful artwork!

Characteristics of Watercolor painting

Transparency

For one, the beauty of watercolor truly lies in its luminosity and transparency not found in other art forms. When mixed with water, this gives the water-soluble pigments or palette its’ transparent yet pastel-like properties. And when painted, it allows the whiteness of the paper to shine through both complementing and enhancing the luminosity and ‘glowing’ properties of the painting.

Liberal Paint Strokes

Another unique characteristic of watercolor paintings is the sense of free flowing-ness and feel to it. As the brush deftly touches the paper this is where as the painter – although it is possible to control where and what the paint does on paper – should allow the paint to flow by itself. Often, it is in this freeness and openness where creativity comes to life; where at times a painting ‘mistake’ can turn into a beautiful mess! So, fear not! Be open, be free during any watercolor painting session, allowing the paint to take its course and enjoy the process. You may just end up with an artwork filled with unexpected surprises! 

Painting with watercolor paints is a beautiful and mesmerizing way to creatively express and bring your feelings, emotions and artistic vision onto a piece of paper. It embodies so much beauty, expression and ethereal qualities with it. We have put together the types of watercolor brushes and techniques to help get you started!

So why not give it a try and see the beauty of the world and of nature through watercolor paintings! If you’re reading this article and would like to experience the unique qualities of watercolor, browse through our workshop catalogue and sign up for our watercolor painting class.

Throughout our classes, you will learn various watercolor techniques that will allow you to bring home a beautiful, dreamy piece of artwork to decorate your homes or work desks. At ArtPazionate, there’s always a little something to look forward to!

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5 Ways to Make the Most out of Art Class

Art class can improve anyone’s life, from talented artists to the novice sketcher that doodles in their notebooks. However, when finally taking the leap and enrolling into one of the fun classes we have on offer at ArtPazionate there are a few ways to make the most out of art class. Here’s 5 quick and easy ways that will help you make the most out of your art class, subsequently ensuring you have the best possible experience.

1. Come with An Open Mind

Sometimes we are too focused on things we want to accomplish and doing things in a particular way. Art is all about going with the flow, trying new things and finding pleasure in the different. When you enter and participate an art class, come with an open mind. This will help ensure you aren’t putting too much pressure on yourself or taking yourself too seriously, subsequently allowing you to derive the most pleasure from the course.

2. Don’t be Afraid of Messing up

Art class is all about learning, there is no need to meet infractions with frustration or anger. Mistakes are all part of the learning process. Instead of fearing mistakes, you should lean into them. Mistakes can often lead to amazing discoveries (such as Penicillin), you may reveal a new shade of color you love or find a new style that suits you better.

3. Come Prepared

While most classes don’t require a lot of preparation, the best way to get the most out of the class is to do your homework. If your course requires quick prep before you arrive, take the 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to ensure it is done. This ensures you enjoy the course to the fullest and that you’re not stressed out during the class.

4. Choose the Right Class

To ensure you thoroughly enjoy the class you’re taking and make the most out of it, it’s essential that you choose a class that inspires you. This isn’t to be confused with a class that comes naturally to you. By all means pick something you’re not comfortable with or you’re known to have difficulty with. The only essential criteria is that you’ve picked something that doesn’t bore you. If you’re into water colour but have always been intimidated by it, sign up for a class. If you’re excellent at prints but have always been interested in oil paintings, give it a shot. If you’re interested in the art, it’s the right class for you.

5. Be Easy on Yourself

Be easy on yourself, don’t fret about how well others are doing or compare yourself to the other students. Everyone is on a different art journey, no one should feel pressured to excel. The goal of art is to nourish your life and cultivate your skills. It’s not a competitive sport and at ArtPazionate we live by this philosophy.

 Making the most out of art class can be done by following these 5 simple steps.  Sift through the courses we have to offer and follow these steps to ensure the most joyful experience possible.

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3 Ways Art Enriches Your Life

 

Glancing at great art is a little like falling in love, our brain produces dopamine and takes you to new exhilarating heights. Art appreciation improves and enriches your life exponentially, it incites creativity and an appreciation for things the mind often wanders past. Put simply, art enriches your life in ways you could never imagine. Here are 3 ways Art does this, otherwise known as three reasons you should be incorporating art into your life through daily art classes.

Art Heals

In this day and age, where the world doesn’t seem to pause and your schedule is relentless it can be easy to neglect the time needed to heal. Giving yourself the time to heal from a traumatic experience or a stressful period is essential to advance in personal growth and wellness.  Art is therapeutic in nature and visual expression has been a medium for healing throughout the centuries. Art therapy hands you the key to unlocking your true self through the creative use of materials to expressing your subconscious thoughts. Talent is not an element in art therapy, it is in fact irrelevant; the principle of art therapy is to foster your subconscious thoughts, subsequently resulting in a soothing, stress-free medium of therapy.

Art and the release of Feel Good Power on the Brain

Ercole Vellone and Al informed that among stroke survivors, those with an invested interest in the arts found their health and sense of motivation improve. They had better health in general, found it much easier to walk and tend to be happier. These scientific results suggest that art has long term effects to the brain that help a person cope and recover when things go wrong.  This is further supported by Abraham Maslow’s, American Professor of Psychology, ‘Pyramid of Needs’ which confirms that art improves the quality of life through self-actualisation. In essence studies show that the release of dopamine due to art is not a short term effect, instead it acts on the mind continuously and enriches the quality of the subject’s mind.

Art is an Inspiration

The positon of Art in human kind has never been under-estimated, in fact its ability to create change and allow self-actualisation has always been acknowledged as a powerful concept. This is why in the 1920’s, the height of the Nazi’s influence, there was an explicit urge to regulate art in Germany. Art was turned into a propaganda tool, the community restricted from creating art of the free mind to circumvent a rise in morale and potential mutiny. Art was harnessed as a weapon to propagate a particular stream of belief instead. This illustrates just the power art has on a society and individuals alike, it is able to create incomprehensible feelings and improve the quality of your life.

It surprisingly easy to neglect the things that improve the quality of our lives in lieu of more important tasks. However, it’s pertinent to take the time to allow yourself the room for self-actualisation and growth. A daily art class or fortnightly art class will help you achieve this and at ArtPazionate we are passionate about helping your realise the power art can have in your life. Peruse through the classes we have to offer and settle upon one which entices you the most, we promise you won’t regret it.