Pottery Art

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Pottery Art

Postby buds » Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:46 am

Last Term 2 holidays, for the first time... I signed both my girls up for an
Art Holiday Programme at Twinkle Art @ Pioneer called Oceans of Fun.
Click the blue word for the link to my review. :wink:

Frankly, I was quite smitten with the art director and co-ordinators there
that I decided to allow my girls to resume their holiday programme with
Twinkle Art for the whole week.

Since Oceans of Fun was the theme, I was excited to find out what the
kiddies would be making during the pottery art lesson on Thursday. I
knew this was an eye-opener for my girls (Ooh! And myself too!) as
they have never done Pottery Art before. Well... neither have I. The
closest experience I had to knowing about Pottery Art was via the
documentaries I had seen on TV and also ermmm... from the old.. old...
movie with Patrick Swayze, Whoopie Goldberg and the very hawt mama,
the beautiful Demi Moore called GHOST. :lol:

My first awe of this art studio was that they were willing to take in kiddies
who were really young! I think 3yrs was the youngest. And I can never
over-emphasize how passionate and patient the 3 good people at this
studio were... My personal kudos to them! Now let me share with all the
journey to my next close encounter to Pottery Art... :wink:

Both my girls were super jiggly excited and so looking forward to this day.
This session seemed really popular as I observed the tables were rather
full with more kiddies surrounding the area.


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All the kiddies were all ready with their cute arty aprons and all awaiting
their 'laborious' process of Pottery Art. ( yup... they didn't know there
was that much of hard work involved... hahaha... ) Each child was given
newspapers and a plastic bowl to mould the shape of their craft today.
All of them had to begin from scratch, which was rolling the balls of icky
clay... yup... a few of the children thought it was icky to get their fingers
that dirty! But Ms Eldin, Uncle Gary and Mr Ong was so patient that they
managed to get each and everyone of the children to go at it for the next
like half hour - yeah.. making balls. The children had to roll like 40 to 50
balls each to cover the entire bowl shape given to them.


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I could see a few children who were regretting this beginning process
already, wuahahahahaa! But hey, no pain, no gain... right? Below was
one girl who was really so into the craft, she could do it with a smile
even... I suppose bigger children have bigger hands hence giving them
obvious advantage. It also didn't help that the mixture wasn't really that
soft to begin with... hmmm... interesting how it turned out later! :wink:


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Time passed rather swiftly cos after i left the studio and came back from
my short snack break, most of the children were almost done with the
initial process of ball(s) making. I bet if you use one of em' balls to do a
far throw to someone's head ( like how i threw chalk on hubs in class last
time, kekekekeh.. ) it cud just cause some serious brain damage boy!! :lol:
Since even the younger ones have also almost finished within the same
time as their older counterparts, I am sure the trio had a hand helping
the young uns' with their balls. :wink:


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Next up on the agenda was now to put those balls into the inner curve of
the plastic bowl... filling the whole shape up with all those cute little balls
of clay they just made. And not just anyhow put hor... Must use fingers
to press the balls in. The balls of clay should also be as stuck together
as much as possible so it means not just pressing, but also having to even
up the surface to a clean bowl shape.


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Another laborious process... which i believe many of them were praying
would end already. Kahkahkah! :pray: Check out their responses, you
guys! Priceless. :wink:


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Upon completion of this moulding process, the children got to have a feel
of first hand relief ( of the fingers, hehee... ) and also the joy of IT taking
form. The bowls were turned over to reveal......


TA-DAAAH!!!


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The children then had to add in a few flippers and a tail to the now bumpy
bowl shape. :wink: And ooh, i forgot... the protruding eyes too! :D


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Next, to poke the eyes to make the eyeballs.


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This guy here seems to be saying, "Mr Ong.... I poke liao. What next?"


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Next?

Finish already lor..

And with that Ms Eldin, Uncle Gary and Mr Ong went round inspecting all
the pieces to ensure no gaps in the bowls, correct number of legs and also
done with the tails and eyes. The children were only to happy to end their
massive fine-motor work and wash their tired hands... :wink:

Remember the cutie pie who sulked through the beginning process...
She seemed to be saying, "Now, get this thing off me! I'm done boy.. :loL


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However, when i asked to see her masterpiece and aimed my camera at
her, this cutie quickly showed me hers and armed with a proud smile, she
said, "This is mine..." :wink: "My turtle..."


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After the children washed their hands, they were in for a treat. :wink: In
came a lady with a few boxes of PIZZA! Yeah... the children were treated
to warm and lovely smelling pizzas! Which they all ate so quietly... hahaa!
Guess they were tired already.. and not to mention, hungry... Who wudn?
After all that hard work!

Mr Ong picked up some library books on turtles and showed the children
the pictures. He was telling them a story about turtles while they finished
eating their lunch and the children were free to look through some of the
Science resource books to learn more about the turtles and other ocean
creatures (crafts) they have done during the whole week.

I suppose I was a tad wrong about them being tired, cos after a scrumptious
pizza lunch and drinks, all the children seemed to get their energy back...
and all of them hit the free expression corner to play together while waiting
for their parent or caregiver to fetch them from the session. In this corner
children are given the freedom to do what they like from indulging in some
origami, or draw a picture ( papers were in abundance! ) with crayons,
colour pencils or markers... to playing cars... to making train tracks...
to playing teacher at the whiteboards. There was also a lotta toys for
children of different age range to play with. Heaven. :D


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Before they left, Mr Ong told them that the pieces would be cooked and
ready for glazing the following week.

Wanna see the end product of all that hard work?

Here it is...


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Whaddya' think, aye? :wink:

buds
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Re: Pottery Art

Postby ChiefKiasu » Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:35 am

buds wrote:... Whaddya' think, aye? :wink:


I think:
1. buds' photography skills have improved (better camera?)
2. Twinkle Art is going to get lots of enquiries towards the future term holidays...

Thanks for the great review, buds! Loved the final product. Do the kids get to keep it?

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Re: Pottery Art

Postby buds hubs » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:25 am

ChiefKiasu wrote:
buds wrote:... Whaddya' think, aye? :wink:


I think:
1. buds' photography skills have improved (better camera?)
2. Twinkle Art is going to get lots of enquiries towards the future term holidays...

Thanks for the great review, buds! Loved the final product. Do the kids get to keep it?


Yup... CKS.. True.. NEW camera,..Thanks to hubs of course.. :moneyflies:

And YES, the kids do get to get to bring back the end products.. :D

I feel that its money well spent and our both our DDs gave such great reviews..

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Pottery Art

Postby buds » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:35 am

1.Yes! Ehem... new digicam and also NEW HANDPHONE! :D
All thanks to my ever sweet hubs! :hugs:

Trust you to notice.. :roll: Say bye-bye to blurry pictures. :wink:
Still need work on the close-ups though... hee.. :oops:
Learning... learning...

2.Great places deserves great reviews in my opinion. This
will pave the way for the better operators to shine through
so that we KS parents can get the best out of what we pay
for and on top of that, the children benefit lots! For those
gimme-money-don't-care quality kinds of set-ups, they can
learn from these better ones in term of PR, value for money...
and ultimately rise up with improvements to their programmes
or manpower or even ideas.. Honestly, Twinkle Art deserves
this high rated review due to the passionate and professional
people who drives the whole show by just really being themselves.
Genuine and down to earth. 8)

It shows in their work... naturally. :wink:

Yes, Chief. The turtles are for keeps! Good fengshui too ain't it?
The kiddies wud lurve a water feature in the house but.... Niwae,
the final product blew hubs away! He kept telling the kiddies... so
nice... so nice... wow, nice... and the kiddies were beaming away.

Psst! They do Pottery Art Birthday Parties too! :wink:

Here are some other works my kiddies did with them during the
holidays. Yeaiy! More pix! Hehee.. :lol:

These were done under their Garden Art theme.

Welcome wall display... corrugated paper art.


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Origami frogs and around a crystal pond..


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Garden wall clock... nice working ones!


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Twinkle Art

Postby buds » Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:06 am

For parents who wish to know more on the art programmes
at the Twinkle Art Studio, you may also wanna check out
their website here. >Twinkle Art Official Website<

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Re: Twinkle Art

Postby milky » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:25 am

Dear Buds,

the cutie mentioned is my daughter. She has been with twinkleart coming to 1 term. I must say she has been enjoying herself every session and looking forward to it :lol:
twinkle art takes in children from 2 and half yrs onwards where many art schools are not willing to take children so young.
My daughter has not turn 3 yet. so Parents looking to start their children young, do pay a visit to their centre.
I usually go to their centre at Spectra (the old bukit timah fire station) which has a very tranquail environment.

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