1. Will my kids improve? Need to learn how long to improve?
Do not compare with other kids. Just ask your kids whether have they improved compared to yesterday? Tomorrow will be better than today? It is too subjective where art is concerned and that means “improvement” has no definition in art.
2. When can my kids participate in a competition?
Only when the kids are ready. Ready in this context means they are able to be solely responsible for their actions. They must possess firm basic art education. Otherwise, they may end up disappointed or demoralised no matter whether they win or lose.
Win – If the kids do not design on their own and depend on the teacher; when they win, they will feel that the teacher is very good. This will tend to discourage the kids from creating on their own.
Lose – Although failure is the mother of success, always losing is a kind of humiliation. This will end up making the kids lose confidence of their teacher and eventually, interest in art.
3. Can you help my kids in their art homework or competition?
Kids must design their art work first, then only we can help through discussions.
4. The colors drawn in the next art center is more beautiful, can you teach my kids the same way?
Each art center has their own teaching methods. Some are using ‘Can of Art’, that is the formalized teaching method. In this method, kids only use the left brain memory. They use line to present, use left brain to visualize. They do not have their own opinions, thoughts nor perceptual presentation.
5. Does learning handicraft useful? I just want my kids to learn drawing, is it possible?
The extension of plain drawing is 3D creation. By just involving in a flat plain 2D drawing, kids will be deprived of the concept and learning of 3D creations. The sense of touch is also produced through 3D creations. Plain drawings and 3D creations complement each other. Students can present the plain drawing in 3D creation. Conversely, 3D creations can also be drawn as plain 2D drawings. As an example, a teacher in the art center somewhere in China instructs students to design furniture or tools they like by using the animal theme. The teacher then uses the plain drawings of the students and present them as 3D works at the information counter of the art center. When some of the students’ parents see those concepts, they also use their kids’ designs and make their kids’ dream bed, thus letting their kids have the feelings of having their dreams come true.
6. What is the difference between your art center and the others?
Our teaching methods emphasize on the guidance process and not simply as art work presentation. We respect the kids’ opinions and work and allow the kids to be on the international stage. We want each work of the kids to be captured in photos and uploaded to the our website, to be showcased to the world. In short, the kids will have their own internet art gallery.
7. Our kids do not need to learn art because they do not have the gift of art.
The aim of learning art is not to transform the kids into artists or work in art related industries when they grow up. The aim is to let the kids learn the art of life through art education and make art a livelihood. In fact, learning art is the main process of brain development.
For example: We learn mathematics since we are children. When we are in the secondary, we still need to learn higher mathematics (sine and cosine). But we are not able to use that knowledge when we are in the society. So, why is it necessary for the Ministry of Education to include the abstruse mathematics as part of the secondary syllabus? This is because those are not practical. No matter what subject one is learning, the focus should be the brain development. Realistically or otherwise, this is not the point of education.
8. Why my kids cannot finish their work in one day?
We are emphasizing on the process rather than the finished work. This is because to let the kids to deeply understand all the course we specially designed for them. We have to decompose the course into few levels. We want to kids to learn it slowly. We prefer the kids to know the “whys” and ‘hows’ to do this. It is not just to finish up the work.
9. My kids like to draw comics, but he does not like to color it, do you teach him coloring?
First, the kids need to learn how to imitate the ‘comics’ and create their own ‘comics’. A lot of students come here because they are enthusiastic about comics or anime. Even some of them are fans of some characters in computer games. So they want to draw that kind comics. When the reason is just as simple as that, normally we encourage them to buy the related comics and ask them to copy it at home. Unless if you want your kids to learn how to create, then they must learn from the basic. This included sketch, watercolors, art theories, etc.