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Our children’s classes offer the aspiring young artist unique opportunities for authentic learning.

Every child is an artist in our eyes! At the Fort Studios, your children are challenged to think, talk and create, as artists do, creating high-quality artwork while focusing on process. Our experienced teaching artists design creative themed projects that guide your child to achieve polish in their technical skills, and develop maturity, independence and confidence in their art-making. Our open-studio approach encourages them to be responsible for their own learning, and allows their artistic voices to be respected, valued and honoured. No two children are the same, and no two artworks are ever the same!

We Make Great Art

We offer two programmes for children:

Children Group Class timings

Eenie meenie (6 to 10 years)

Saturdays: FULL 11:00AM - 12:30PM                                

Saturdays:               1:30PM -  3:00PM

Sundays:   FULL     4:00PM - 5.30PM           

miney mo (10 to 14 years)

Saturdays:  3 Left    4:00PM - 5.30PM

Sundays:  FULL   10:00AM - 11:30AM

                                                           

Sundays:   3 Left    1:30PM -  3:00PM

 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Class size: Comfortable ratio of 1 teacher to 6 students with safe distancing


Suitable for: Children of all experience levels with a strong interest in the visual arts

Mediums taught: Acrylic, watercolour, graphite, pen illustration, charcoal, soft pastel, oil pastel, ink, craft.

Fees include: Use of art tools and materials, A4 Canvas Boards, and student portfolio of 1 A4 sketchbook + 1 A3 file (only for each student signed up to any Steady Learner Package)

Weekly attendance is highly encouraged for your child's learning consistency.

Eenie meenie 

(6 to 10 years old)

A Springboard for Creativity and Exploration

Children will:

  • Gain competencies in various drawing and painting mediums, skills and techniques

  • Understand art fundamentals and apply and combine them in their artwork

  • Explore and stretch the imagination to create projects focused on themes and subject matter both universal and personal, and relating to art history and appreciation

  • Build a portfolio documenting their thought process and progress

fees

1st Time Trial Lesson: $20

Single Lesson: $50

Steady Learner 4 Lesson Set: $160 (valid for 6 weeks)

Steady Learner 8 Lesson Set: $300 (valid for 10 weeks)

Flexi Learner 10 Lesson Set : $450 (valid for 1 year)

 

 

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Duration: 1.5 hours

Class size: Comfortable ratio of 1 teacher to 6 students with safe distancing


Suitable for: Children with ample experience in the visual arts, or who have completed the Eenie Meenie programme, or shown progress in independence and technique

Mediums taught: Acrylic, watercolour, graphite, pen illustration, charcoal, soft pastel, oil pastel, ink.

Fees include: Use of art tools and materials, A4 Canvas Boards, and student portfolio of 1 A4 sketchbook + 1 A3 file (only for each student signed up to any Steady Learner Package)

Weekly attendance is highly encouraged for your child's learning consistency.

miney mo

(10 to 14 years old)

A Deep Dive in Art Thinking

Children will:

  • Gain competencies in advanced drawing and painting mediums, skills and techniques

  • Conceptualize projects and execute them with increasing independence

  • Create original expressions of their imagination inspired by themes and subject matter both universal and personal, and relating to art history and appreciation.

  • Build a portfolio documenting their thought process and progress, that meets entry requirements of local art institutions and MOE programmes.

Children's Group Lessons

Q: Will my child have to bring his or her own materials?


A: All materials needed for each lesson will be provided! If your child decides to do his/her personal project in class, we will also provide all materials necessary including an A4 canvas board per project. What we do not provide is craft materials such as glitter, craft paper, ice-cream sticks etc.




Q: Can my child keep his or her artwork in the studio? Or will I have to bring it home every week?


A: You can keep their artworks here in the studio until you are ready to bring them home. We provide an A3 folder for each of our long term students so that they can store them carefully. :)




Q: Are aprons provided?


A: Yes they are! We have several sizes as well.




Q: What is the lesson structure like?


A: Our childrens’ class follows a flexible structured lesson plan that focuses on drawing, painting and design. We usually alternate between painting, drawing and design projects to keep the child’s interest fresh and also to help them learn the similarities and differences between the art forms, which would aid them in a more all rounded learning experience.

Each project follows a main technical art theme, e.g. shading. Each student will then discuss with their teacher an image that is interesting to them and is at a comfortable skill level for them to attempt. They will be provided demonstrations from the teacher and examples as well as exercises if needed before they start their main artwork with close guidance from the instructor. Therefore no student will be creating the same artwork and each artwork will be original to the student.

Each project usually takes 1 to 3 lessons to complete depending on the amount of exercises needed prior to the main project or the complexity and details of the artwork chosen.




Q: When can my child sign up? Do we have to wait for a new window?


A: Your child can sign up anytime! Although we have lesson plan which the classes follow we will always make sure each child is progressing at a comfortable level. If your child is new, we will make sure that we access the skill level of your child and ensure that she is taking on the project comfortably. We may at times give your child necessary art exercises to prepare them for the basics of that project. During your child’s trial lesson, we will try to ensure that they are able to create a simple or small artwork so that they can bring it home at the end of the day if they are unsure of continuing classes.




Q: My child likes to take his or her time to complete her work. Will he or she fall behind?


A: We understand that each child works at different speeds however, if you feel that your child needs to work faster, we can help to train them in their confidence and speed. If you feel that you would rather they work on quality instead of quantity, we usually do not rush a child to finish their artwork because the lesson is about to end. We encourage them to properly finish their work with quality and good finishing and to never give up halfway. At times when the child has to stretch into the timing of the next project, we would advise him or her to do a smaller simpler artwork to catch up or skip the next project entirely or push forward the project if it is important to their learning.

We however do not extend the class timings for them to complete their artwork as we usually have back-to-back classes.




Q: My child is not very strong in art, how will he or she fare with the older or more experienced students? I am afraid he or she will not be able to catch up.


A: Despite working on the same themed project, we do not advocate students to all create the same copy of an artwork example. Each student is expected to give their own input into the type of artwork they would want to create with the theme given. Therefore, within the same project, each child will have an individual original artwork that differs from the rest. This will help them to take greater ownership of their work as well. As our teachers will guide them in the choosing of their artwork, they can advise them on the skill level needed for each artwork, ensuring that the difficulty is comfortable for your child.




Q: My child is intending to create a portfolio for future school applications. Can he or she join this class?


A: Yes! Our curriculum has been adjusted such that majority of the projects are relevant to the requirements needed for portfolios such as SOTA talent academy and AEP school admissions.

As we promote each student to create their own individual artwork in class, their final artworks will not clash with other students submitting for the same interview. If your child needs a specific type of artwork to meet the requirements of the portfolio, he or she may opt to do their personal artwork in class time as well with the teacher’s guidance. Please notify us a few days in advance so that we can prepare the necessary materials. However, do note that the main lesson plan will take priority.

If you are interested to help your child create a substantial portfolio, we suggest signing your child up at least a minimum of 6 months before the interview.

The submission and compilation of artworks will have to be done by you, but we will be happy to advise on the portfolio format.




Q: My child wishes to attend more than 1 lesson per week. Is it advisable? Will there be repetition of classes?


A: Yes he or she can! Each class should be working on the same projects at the same time therefore your child can have extra time to finish their work with greater quality. If your child has finished their work early, they can always opt to work on a personal project until the next class project is introduced to them.




Q: My child is not able to attend every week. Can she still sign up?


A: Our 4 lesson package is valid for 6 weeks, therefore he or she can miss a maximum of 2 lessons and can always continue their art project in the next class he or she attends.




Q: Can I wait for my child in the art studio while he or she is having class?


A: Yes you may! We have a designated waiting area overlooking the classroom for parents and relatives to wait for their child. Please do not wait inside the classroom as it may affect the dynamics of the class and attitudes of the children.




Q: Can I drop off my child early when the studio is open or can I leave my child there for the day after his or her lesson is finished?


A: Unfortunately no. Please make sure that your child is no more than 15 mins early for class or stays longer than 15 mins after class as we open by appointment only. There may not be anyone in the studio if you arrive much too early before class and we may have back to back classes or we may move to another destination immediately after the class for external workshops or meetings. We also do not have a designated full time receptionist to keep an eye on children after their class ends.

We may charge a fee to the parents if they repeatedly do not adhere to this ruling or has left their child there for a long period of time after the class has ended. Usually in the form of 1 class fee or more if the added number of hours reaches near to that of an extra class. This policy is found on our terms and conditions page.




Q: I am an adult. Can I join my child and learn art while she is having class?


A: Sorry but we would suggest that a private group class would be more suitable for you both or if possible having a single private class at the same time while your child is having their group class. Having an adult in the children’s class can affect the dynamics of the classroom as well as make certain students more self conscious affecting their learning.




Q: My other child wishes to join her brother or sister for a few classes. Can they split a package?


A: Unfortunately each package is meant for each individual student. If their sibling wishes to join, they can sign up for a single lesson instead if they do not wish to commit to a 4 lesson package.




Q: Will my child be awarded a certificate for this class?


A: Sorry but we are not authorized to award certificates as we offer flexible classes instead of a fixed structured course with an end date and specific learning objectives. However, we are happy to provide a written letter of proof that your child has attended classes for that specific duration or a letter of recommendation for your child’s school entry requirements.

(Please note that we reserve the right to decline issuing a letter of recommendation for any reason.)