With a desire to explore different forms of art, Han’s Art & Living was started by, founder and art therapist, Mr Han in 1997 with an art studio in Macpherson. In 2002, our first school in Chinatown was born as part of a quest to stimulate greater inspiration among children. As of now, we have 3 branches and have worked with more than 20 preschools, community centers, RCs and more. More than 800 students have come through our schools to date.
From July 2006 Han’s Art also launched its web presence and started to sell its unique wooden
creations. These included colorful contemporary art décor made from recycled wood like mirrors, clocks, hook racks, name card holders and much more. All the creations are made possible with our very own factory in Singapore and our creative full-time local artists.
Art for everyone – for everyone to enjoy, experience, create and own. So how does my child benefit through art learning? We recognize that art plays a huge role in molding one’s thinking process and bringing out our finer virtues. And the belief is that freedom in expressing creativity is the best way to achieve this. Hence, our focus is deeply rooted in the process of creativity, the crucial and finite development which takes place when one gets involved in art.
- Art is for appreciation, not judgment – The process of art creation refines one’s thoughts and feelings. Very often, people judge a piece of art based on techniques and skills acquired by the artist. However, a beautiful piece of art is a result of the right attitude, patience, responsibility and passion. More importantly, it is within a positive environment that one is relaxed and free to express through art. It is through this process that creativity takes place and lingers on.
- Every child is special – Each child must be guided according to his or her individual needs. Inappropriate approaches not only stifle creativity but also kill the interest of under-achievers.
- A break from high-paced society – In a highly competitive and demanding world, children and adults are often overwhelmed by hectic schedules. Art learning gives an outlet for self-expression, therefore striking a better balance in terms of mental and emotional development. Through this process, we believe one is taught not to be afraid to make mistakes, how to react if mistakes surface and how to enhance flexibility in thinking. As Mr Han reiterates, ‘A beautiful piece of art is expressed from within, it is the process which is important, not the product.’
Townerville Conservation House
Remodeled 2-storey conservation historical townhouses inhabited by British officers when Singapore was part of the British Empire. These townhouses were built around 1924 called “Colonial houses”. These unique Singapore conservation houses were lived in by British colonial masters, usually military officers. In the 70s, the townhouses were homes to civil servants. A previous owner, who has lived there since the 70s when young, would have his mum to string a basket down from the balcony to buy food from street hawkers.
This building is a very special addition to the landscape, in the mist of all the high-rise flats.