Studio Why Not
100 Turf Club Road, Horsecity
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Dawn Sim. I believe all children are innately creative, hence art-making is an important building block for a child's development. Here, art-making can be producing music using empty cans and bottles, transforming a cereal box into an armour, composing a poem…one that extends beyond visual image-making. With my years of experience working closely with children as a therapist and as a camp facilitator, I realised there are multiple types of intelligence and different types of learners. Amidst the different styles, there is always one common ground: children are naturally curious, and we ought to cultivate this ‘energy’ of curiousity into creativity. This is the reason Studio Why Not was established: for a child’s inquisitive mind and questioning of “Why Not?" to transform into something creative. Creativity isn’t just about coming up with new ideas. It is a process, not a single event. At Studio Why Not, we support the child from the moment he or she comes up with an idea, ideas that initially may appear 'crazy' or impractical to the adult mind. Through every bit of the process, we facilitate the child's making. Sometimes, there is an end product, sometimes not. When the child asks if we could try again, we say “Why Not?” Our mission is to create a space and culture where children are encouraged to be creative critical thinkers, and very importantly, to feel valued and acknowledged for their unique expressions.
“All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds and a willingness to take risks with what they think” –Sir Ken Robinson
Weng Pixin. Pixin was born and raised in Singapore. Upon graduating with a first class honours in Painting, Fine Arts from the LASALLE College of the Arts in 2004, Pixin spend the next decade immersed in her personal craft practices, ran Doinky Doodles!, a studio which curated artworks handmade by local crafters and art-makers, as well as create short-form comics that were published in international comics and illustration magazines. She works in a wide range of medium: from painting, drawing, making comics to sewing and constructing using recycled and/or found objects. Pixin’s facilitation of art workshops for children and adults in Singapore and overseas led to her interest in utilizing art-making processes as means of healing and growth, which led to her attainment of a Masters in Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2016. In her art workshops with children, Pixin places a focus on play, as she sees the vital role of how play in art encourages young minds to embark on different experimentations, trials & errors in their creative pursuits.
Yiping Weng. Yiping is an artist and educator who works with art-making and design. A recent graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2018, she spent her final year of BA(Hons) in Design Communication pursuing research in the importance of art-making to child development. She advocates the need for education to support and foster the inherent curious nature of a child over suppressing or conforming it; believing that engaging in art activities would provide a child’s learning process with the stimuli and guidance they need to grow creatively as critical thinkers.
Working on this philosophy, she combined her crafts in art and design and created a series of workshops, each educating a different concept using creative art projects as the approach. The first of which, Explorers in: A World of Colour, taught its young participants the origins of colour names through making coloured chalk with spices. Yiping continues to work on an experiential learning approach to create and facilitate art projects for the children at Why Not and The Open Centre’s The Mindful Camp. In this educational pursuit, she also completed LEAP Academy’s Messy Learning course in November 2018, hosted by Green School Bali.
May Lim. May graduated with Master of Arts in Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2016. She has experience in developing and conducting sessions for children, youths, and individuals with special needs locally and internationally since 2010. Combining arts and games, May encourages children to engage in spontaneous art exploration and creative expression. Her personal creative practice includes working with abstract arts, paints, tactile art materials, and recycled materials. Through the creative process, May develops her understanding towards the importance of expressive quality of art media in engaging people at different levels. She also believes that art making aids self-regulation, both emotionally and behaviourally.