Art, and the enjoyment of it, comes naturally to us as human beings. But in a fast-paced urban society like Singapore’s, our interaction with art is limited to mostly museums, galleries and art studios, which can seem disconnected from real life at times.
“People might think of an art studio as a separate world. We simply know it exists and that’s it, but we hardly ever see how it functions,” says Lee Teck Hiang, the founder of art studio The Art Bones. Breaking down this barrier was a large part of why he started the studio, hoping to create an open space where people can interact freely even while working on different mediums.
“We offer a variety of art classes ranging from painting to ceramics workshops. [Anyone] can simply walk over to another artist to mingle or observe… This allows first-hand interaction and observation, which breeds collaboration, curiosity, and growth,” says Teck Hiang.
The Art Bones’ philosophy is also to encourage creativity and expression among young individuals, without overemphasis on technicality as tradition art lessons might have. “We retain the key parts of both education and technique in our programmes, and are constantly trying to find that perfect balance between an atelier style and inquisitive learning,” shares Teck Hiang, who has been practising art himself for nearly 18 years and is a former educator. He shares his insights on how we can help young ones develop a greater appreciation of art.