Feeding creative streak
Despite the range of digital forms in entertainment available today, children continue to be drawn to traditional handicraft activities.
'Children always love making things and they get a great sense of achievement when they finish their projects within the one-hour lesson,' says Simone Duckworth, instructor and owner of Craft Box Asia (www.craftbox.asia).
'They usually can't wait to take their projects home to show their parents. We aim to teach children something new every week. Some get worried that they won't be able to finish, but then they 'get it' and are able to complete their task. As our classes are mixed in age, the children's social skills also improve.'
Craft Box Asia offers regular craft classes for children aged seven to 11 years in Tung Chung. The classes focus on making a variety of products that usually involve developing their sewing, crocheting and weaving skills. Cost is HK$140 per lesson, including materials.
'At a time when everything is so digital, we find that kids love to explore and do new things,' says Aliza Horowitz, instructor at Craft Zone.
'Craft activities have no limitations, there is no right or wrong. So the children feel they can use their imagination, look outside the box
and express themselves using many types of materials and techniques.' Craft Zone (www.craftyzone.webs.com) offers craft classes that provide a variety of projects that include mosaics, paper art, papier m?che, soft clay modelling and knitting. Children are exposed to paper, tiles, clay, acrylic paint, wool, felt, aluminium, fabrics, wood and glass.
Classes run for 45 minutes to one hour and cost HK$200, materials included.
'Children get to develop their fine motor skills by using techniques such
as cutting, drawing, sculpting and knitting,' Horowitz says. 'They become more confident by thinking differently and using their imagination to create something unique to them.'
At the YWCA, a 90-minute class called Kids Craft Taster will run weekly for children aged three to five years. Cost is HK$260 for members and HK$320 for non-members.
At Kid's Gallery, Art Play and Art Foundation courses are offered to children aged 16 months to 3?years. Art Play involves activities such as painting, printing, pasting, construction and modelling, while the Art Foundation class will engage children in colour mixing, collage, papier m?che, and printing, using paints, pastels, pens, wood blocks, string and vegetables.
For children aged three to six years, a fabric design course will enable children to experiment with methods of tie-dyeing, weaving and sewing to create beautiful fabric-based artworks.
There is a mosaics course in which children can design and create mosaic works using professional paper-mosaic techniques and decorative materials while exploring the elements of colour and pattern.
Each course involves five, one-hour classes and costs HK$1,300. The mosaics course is also offered to children aged four to eight years.