It’s a Wrap! School Holiday Art Jam! December 2013 — 19Jan 2014

Aye aye there son! Step right up to The Amazing Circus! Our renowned circus has travelled round the world, and now we are bringing our amazing animals and flying trapeze performers to you! Wait to be wowed by our talented animal performers, and the never endless laughter of our hilarious clowns! Right now, who has tickets?

The Amazing Circus! — Circus Diomara

The Amazing Circus! — Clown Portrait & Dress Up

Artary’s popular Art Jams! are held during the June and December school holidays. Find out more about our Art Jams!

Crocodile-Infested Artary — 13Oct 2013

Asian Crocodile (Papier Mâché)

Artary Partners with Wyeth Nutrition — 13Aug 2013

Artary partners with Wyeth Nutrition to bring art to more children and youths in Singapore.

Visit our Partnership feature for more information.

Artary’s mission is to provide the best art experience. In August 2013, Artary partners with Wyeth Nutrition Singapore, and the S-26 series of products, to bring art to more children and youths in Singapore. Wyeth Nutrition, formerly Pfizer Nutrition, is part of Nestlé S.A. Wyeth Nutrition develops premium-quality nutritional products scientifically-designed to meet the needs of infants and young children, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers.

With purchase of select Wyeth Nutrition S-26 products, consumers can participate in the redemption of Artary’s Art Workouts, designed to nurture a foundation of love of art in children. Consumers can also stand a chance to win sponsorship in Artary’s Art Prism programme, a full art development programme for children from 4 to 8 years old.

Artary Wyeth Nutrition S-26 partnership, Kang Kar Mall NTUC Hougang
Kang Kar Mall NTUC (Hougang)

Find out more about the S-26 promotion.

Harnessing the Power of Technology — 17Jul 2013

Artary provides the best art experience to children and youths through four core components: High quality holistic art training programmes, qualified and caring mentors, immersive environment for learning and an efficient administration and customer service.

We want to share some ways where Artary has harnessed the power of technology to tackle some of the most difficult challenges we face. In this blog post, we will focus on solutions for administration and services.

Student Services

Quality of programmes are only part of the consideration when enrolling into any school or studio. Students will come into contact with different services of the studio: programme renewals, rescheduling of art sessions, progress feedbacks etc. A professional, efficient administration and support is essential to an enjoyable enrolment experience.

We had two simple goals in mind: To provide convenient access to student services from home, work or anywhere, and to provide accurate personalised information in real-time to benefit our students. The results are two complementary technological-driven solutions designed to put the power and convenience into the hands of parents and students: Artary’s Online Self-Service Portal and the Self-Service Station machines.

Self-Service Portal

The online Self-Service Portal provides an intuitive user experience for parents and students to access a myriad of student services, such as registration of trial sessions, online payments for programme renewals or rescheduling of classes. The Self-Service Portal can be accessed through any modern web browser, smart mobile phone or tablet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Immediate Trial Confirmation — There should be no barriers between children and their love for art. Artary has gone over and above the industry norms to offer full-duration art sessions at no cost. And we’re not stopping at that. Our Self-Service Portal allows students to browse the available trial classes in real-time, decide a suitable timing for the class, and receive instant confirmation for a reservation, without the hassle of multiple emails or calls. This allows us to reach out to as many students as possible, at anytime of the day. We are the first art studio in Singapore to offer this unparalleled level of convenience. See the Self-Service Portal at work →

(Instant art trial session confirmation on the Self-Service Portal)

Rescheduling of Art Sessions — Artary’s “no questions asked” rescheduling policy provides students the flexibility to opt for another session in the same week. The portal allows students to browse and review available sessions for the week, and to reschedule sessions through the Internet. We hope that the efficiency and the convenience of information on-demand will help parents and students better plan and react to the demands of their busy lifestyle.

Self-Service Station

You may have noticed the Self-Service Station in our studios. Behind the polish on the screen is the power under the hood. The Self-Service Station is a fully automated, self-help service platform aimed to provide almost every service functionality to our students with just a few clicks.

Programme Renewals — With the Self-Service Station, parents and students can renew art programmes, select art session dates, and make payments in minutes. The facility allows students to omit select sessions, automatically calculating prorated renewal fees. Self-help payment provides convenience with speed, greatly reducing the payment waiting times by up to 40%. Students can also instantly request other services such as progress reports or change of timings from the machine.

Human Resource Management

Every week, hundreds of students come into Artary for the best art experience. Each mentor provides close guidance in very small groups of four students. Managing the human resources to support enrolment of this scale is a monumental task.

With so many mentors each week, a unique solution must be created to support our resource planning requirements. Our resource planning software allows intelligent resource allocation, fully integrated into our payroll system. Mentors receive their schedules electronically, and can manage and track their assignments through a modern web browser or mobile phone.

Mentors also communicate through an integrated communications board to share thoughts about themes, artworks, class control and other strategies. Bringing communications online with this level of convenience keeps the entire team together through near real-time updates and sharing.

Our Commitment to Quality

Harnessing the power of technology allows our team to focus more on what is important to us: The best art experience.

Our willingness to innovate and invest in technology underscores our dedication to quality in all we do. Imagine how much more we do for our art programmes.

But these radical solutions demand more than just foresight, systematic planning and technical expertise. Substantial financial investments and human resources must be committed to make it work for our students. We engage and work closely with technology partners and industry experts to develop and deliver the best solutions for the benefit of our students.

We stand firm in our beliefs that our students deserve the best. This is just the beginning. Technology will be but one of the first ways we hope Artary will champion the new way forward for the rest of the art institutions in Singapore.

Ask Vanessa: Encouraging Creativity in Children — 6Mar 2013

One of my biggest joys in Artary derives from the bountiful smiles I encounter everyday from our wonderful kids. The interest and passion for art that the children bring to the studio is not only energizing, but very contagious!

Many parents are supportive in developing their children in the arts, but why so? Two responses frequently surface in my conversations with parents. Firstly, to develop their child’s drawing and painting skills, and secondly, while doing so, enjoy themselves! Regrettably, most parents equate the value of art by the aesthetics of the artwork.

In children’s art education, there is more to just aesthetics and mastery of art skills and proficiency. In Artary, we put as much, if not more, attention on developing the creativity and nurturing the capacity to imagine in children.

In this blog post, I’d like to share a three simple techniques on HOW to encourage creativity in young children. You may also find that these techniques can be applied in most aspects of learning!

Remember the 3 R’s (reuse, reduce, recycle) of the environment? Now, introducing, the 3 E’s to encourage creativity in children!


Children crave for variety, and exposing them to new and refreshing materials in every artwork is the best way to excite and entice a child’s curiosity. The home can be a fantastic trove of recyclable materials for artworks! Collect used cloths, old newspapers, packing cardboards, ice cream sticks and milk cartons, clean and stow them in your art chest. Take a walk in the park, find and collect interestingly shaped dried leaves, stones and pebbles of various colours and shapes, or even sand of different grain sizes! Keep a stash of materials in different colours, shapes, sizes and textures, you never know when you need it! Exposing children to a variety of materials allows them to be aware of their environment, and to develop a keen eye in observing the world around them. They will start to recall, relate and compare materials, and are more likely to use them at unexpected times!


Encourage your child to hold, touch, feel and play with art materials. Allow them to explore by stretching, scratching, pinching, twisting, moulding, bending or even peering into the surface of the material through a magnifying glass! One of my favourite trick is “magically” transforming a carrot doodle on an orange balloon into a papaya as I inflate the balloon with just a few breaths! Exploring the world with the hands creates many opportunities for children to self discover. Through observations of changes in shapes, sizes and states of materials as a result of their actions, children are trained to expect and anticipate differences. Children tend to interact with their environment with more confidence and creativity, and are more likely to think of alternatives and imagine from different perspectives.

Artary How to encourage creativity in children
Exchanging Pablo Picasso’s face for Pikachu’s. (Source: Pablo Pikachu’s Self Portrait)


Have you seen a car on triangle wheels? Ever come across an orang utan with an afro hairdo? Are pink oranges as tasty as orange ones? Tickle your child’s imagination by switching and swapping everything with almost anything! Encourage your child to challenge the norm by exchanging colours, positions, sizes or even personalities! Paint unreal colours onto animals, or arrange features of the human at random! Spice up the artwork by telling fun and deeply imaginative stories featuring your child’s unique creations. Exchanges are a fun and visual way for children to create new varieties and discover combinations in art independently, often with unexpectedly creative solutions to the “unnatural problems” they created!

That’s it! At your next art activity, encourage creativity in your child with the 3 E’s! (Expose, Explore & Exchange)

Try it, and share your results with us!


Ask Vanessa is a new blog series where Vanessa shares insights into children arts education, parents’ questions, best practices and tips. Follow Artary’s Facebook page or our blog for more updates.

Ask Vanessa: Four real benefits of art education for your child — 2Mar 2013

We’ve all heard of it. Art is exceptionally beneficial to young children, specifically fine motor skills, spatial awareness, creativity building and social skills building. Art can also improve short attention spans and spur the development of the left brain.

Art it seems, is that omnipotent pill for every child.

But the science behind the benefits of art is too lengthy and confusing to most of us. Evidences are usually anecdotal, or originate from “distant relatives” and ex-colleagues. And the likes of Piccaso, Van Gogh, and Da Vinci, we don’t make many of them these days, do we? Even if art is that power pill, how should we assess the benefits of art? Debates about art is the most subjective, least agreed upon, and most confusing!

Every week, hundreds of students come by Artary for the best art experience. I have the front row seat in interacting, educating, growing and building relationships with students from widely different backgrounds, ages and countries, each engaged in art for reasons of their own.

Over these years, I’m fortunate to have discovered the REAL benefits of a well-designed and delivered art education.

1. Art helps children learn to be more discipline at work.

Children are natural artists… they first pick up a crayon, and the rest as they say… gets dirty. Drawing is every child’s first experience with art. A parent recently shared with me this anecdote about his son, “This mean drawing machine appetite is insatiable! He just blazies through immense amounts of paper everyday… I got to keep buying and buying.. ” He held a breath and frowned, “But he doesn’t really finish his work… it’s all doodles!”

“Please, have him finish his artworks. He needs to get used to completing what he started!” I pleaded.

Parents need to know this: Children need to get used to completing their drawings! Encourage your child to complete their doodles, scribbles, and stick figures. Build their discipline of completing every artwork, and make it a habit. Start having them used to completing their art work. After all, it’s much easier than academic subjects!

Children will learn that work must be completed. No matter how much more time it takes, every student is expected to complete their artwork. It is not uncommon to see my students extending their sessions beyond the time. If you start it, make sure you finish it!

If he cannot complete his artwork, chances are that he will NOT complete his mathematics homework too!

2. Art allows children to learn, explore and understand the world around them.

Children benefit most only if the art education is holistic. A holistic art education must be well supported by components in drawing, colouring, sculpturing, creativity building and communication. In most cases, it is during art classes in the early years that children first come to contact with materials (e.g. paints, clays, paper varieties, adhesives, cloth, etc.) and tools (e.g. scissors, carving knives, moulds etc.).

Art allows children to experience these materials and tools through their fingers, and explore their properties through different methods of application and usage. First-hand experience, in a safe and controlled environment!

Children also observe manifestations and properties when the same materials are used in different artworks. They witness how tools can adapted to be used in different artworks. Problem solving 101!

White glue is used an adhesive in a lion collage mask, and as a stiffener in a paper marche pinata. See how two specially designed artworks can be used to perfectly demonstrate the unique properties and creative use of white glue? Brilliant!

Artary is proud to be provide the first experience for every child. We are committed to providing quality, child-safe materials and tools, used in new, interesting and creative ways!

3. Children become more expressive and accepting of differences

Children who engage in art, seemingly, are more expressive.

They talk about their day in school, the lunch at granny’s place, how they missed the trip to Gardens By the Bay because they couldn’t complete homework on time etc. They also talk about their favourite colours, the cartoons they really adore, and the insects that make them squirm.

Personalisation is the foremost requirement in every artwork. Students talk about how they think and feel: people and events, colours and shapes, food and smells. We make sure that every artwork be laced with personality details! Every work must be intimate and uniquely personal. Allowing a child’s personality to shine in their artwork is a magnificent confidence booster, and heightens their willingness to participate!

Parents may be surprised at how expressive their kids can be. Children do build elaborate story lines to accompany their artwork, and that imaginative energy that happens between children in a class is often highly creative, magical and totally unexpected!

These interactions and observations of each others artworks helps children learn to accept possibilities, alternatives and differences. Children will learn to value their personality, yet respecting the differences in others.

4. Art makes children genuinely happy.

One common misconception that parents have is that art is all about creativity, relaxing, and fun. But do you know that art classes also involves components of skill training, learning concepts and art discipline? It can be physically demanding and mentally challenging!

So why do I say that art makes children genuinely happy? What is our secret sauce?

It’s hard not to love art! Almost everything is accepted, and there’s hardly any “correct answer”. Most importantly, no homework, no pressure! Children know that art is one of the few things where they can truly do “their thing”, and are genuinely happy at that!

The icing on the cake is to provide a truly good art experience, one that immerses the child into the artwork, soothing accompanying music, the highest quality of materials and tools, and the most supportive and caring mentors.

If you want a happy child, let them do art!


Ask Vanessa is a new blog series where Vanessa shares insights into children arts education, parents’ questions, best practices and tips. Follow Artary’s Facebook page or our blog for more updates.
ARTARY Programmes
Fine Art
Award-Winning. The Best in Class Fine Art Programme.
Creative Brain Labs
Creativity Training as an Essential part of Whole Brain Development.
Discover & Explore Art through Fun and Play.
Family-friendly & Social Art Painting & Jamming.
Menu Programmes
From 11 Oct 2021: All classes will resume in campus.