Fresh from my ‘Boom Tree’ I made plans to start working at the KL Krash Pad, my community work project which I started last year where I gave some art classes (not a lot admittedly) for the toddlers in the activity center in Chow Kit. This year however the organisers asked me if I would consider teaching the older kids instead at KL Krash Pad. KL Krash Pad is a community center open for the young adults of Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. Its open all week for the teens to come and get online, do their homework or participate in any of the activities prepared by volunteers (just like mine).
So I came up with a program that I tabled out for the year. In this program I wanted to have a smaller group of people to teach (8 people). I found it really hard to do art classes for kids under 10 at 25 pax a group!
I was super happy when KL Krash Pad came back and said I could run the program. But first I needed to get a class. So I told the volunteer team to tell the teens in KL Krash Pad that I would be doing this year long program and that whoever who were interested had to know that its a full year’s commitment.
To my surprise at my Introduction class, I had 9 people show up to try out the class.
I decided on a simple still life exercise. I pulled together a bunch of random objects from my studio and laid its out on the table for the kids to see.
I told them they could zoom in on certain areas or decide to paint it on wider angle. The choice was up to them. I just wanted to see what their observational skills and imagination was like.
I showed them a few things to demonstrate and then they were off.
After 2 hours, they managed to finish their pieces and I was super floored by their efforts.
Some of these teens have never done art before and its was great to see such potential coming out from them. At the end of the session all of them said they would love to be in the class. Yay! My class below!
He loves to keep it within the lines.
Tentative yet just ready to flow!
First time painter tackled string! Brave girl!
First time painter! Absolutely charming bird in a cage.
I love this girl. Makes me laugh all the time. Its her first time painting. ‘A penguin hiding behind balls’. I’m going to keep this and show this to her at the end of the year!
Good enough to be a print design!
First time painter! Love his energy!
Her drawings as cute bubbly as she is!
I was pretty nervous carrying out this art lesson. Thanks to Rozy for volunteering your time to help me! Also, mad love to Daler-Rowney who sent me paints to support my art classes with the kids! Super great to get such supportt!