It was Picasso who said youth has no age and he also said that all children are born artists – the problem is how to remain an artist once she / he grows up. From here, we can safely deduce that art has no age and is boundless in its effects and impressions.
The role that creative arts play in enhancing a child’s development cannot be emphasised enough. These creative endeavors also provide wonderful bonding opportunities for you and your kids. It is almost magical to see a child work with his hands to create something out of nothing and the joy and wonderment on his face after once he realises what he has accomplished.
We filled up one of our Sunday mornings last month with loads of artsy fun courtesy of the Picasso Creative Arts Gallery at their flagship branch in Tin Hau. Located on the seventh floor of the Park Commercial Building, the gallery is easy to get to (just across the road from the Tin Hau MTR station and close to the tram path too).
Although housed in a typical commercial building, once you reach the Picasso Creative Arts Gallery the energy suddenly adopts a laid back, easy and warm tone that is ideal for learning and creativity. The vibrant and colorful décor coupled with a soothing view of the harbour adds to the charm of the place.
The Fun Day consisted of three different activities – creating a magic card, a rainbow spin, and finally a special hand crafted cake. Each exercise was designed so as to utilise the child’s various skills using a range of mediums. The Picasso Creative Arts Gallery works on the 4Es principle that hinges on Exploration, Experiment, Experience and Expression. They believe that a child’s intellect, imagination and creativity can be ignited using these four principles.
Our session at the gallery was scheduled from 11:15am – 12:05pm. At first I was a little surprised as the time frame felt pretty short to cover all the work that was planned. However, my doubts were satisfactorily put to rest when things started rolling.
The staff and teachers at the Picasso Creative Arts Gallery are well equipped to motivate the children to finish on time and explore all the avenues of creativity as planned. I would have loved for the session to last a little longer but nonetheless it was a fun an engaging hour for the kids!
The Picasso Creative Arts Gallery has a range of classes that cater to kids ranging from 1 to 6 years old. The impressive list of classes includes a Ceramic Workshop, Chinese Painting, Creative Craft and more. They also have special workshops for the summer that provide exciting and novel ways of getting children involved with the arts.
The gallery also provides its venues for birthday parties and they can organise special workshops as per their likes and interests of the kids. The entire gallery is big enough to accommodate more than 20 kids and parents at a time.
I highly recommend the Picasso Creative Arts Gallery for some fun art and craft time that your kids will surely love!
Picasso Creative Arts Gallery, Room 701, Park Commercial Building, 180 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, 3188 8098, www.picasso.com.hk