Arts & crafts
KL & Surrounds
Batik Painting @ Craft Complex
Komplex Kraft Kuala Lumpur, 63 Jalan Conlay, KL (03 2162 7459/www.kraftangan. gov.my). A must-visit spot for art-loving kids, the Craft Complex has a huge display of local arts and crafts. Expect rattan baskets, pottery, intricately woven songkets and beautiful batik materials. Curious lil’ ones can have a go at batik painting under the guidance of the complex’s staff. Daily, 9am-6pm.
Caterpillar Stretching Imagination
15-2 & 15-3 Jalan Sri Hartamas 7, KL (03 6206 1364/www.caterpillar.com.my). Conducted in a safe, nurturing environment, Caterpillar offers a myriad of classes for the young and young-at-heart. Providing funfilled activities for everyone, tiny tots can bond with Mum or Dad through the Baby
Fun classes or Boogie Toddler sessions while older kids can break it down during Junior HipHop sessions.
Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 9am-2pm.
The Clay Arts Studio
2-5 One Avenue, Dataran Pelangi Utama, Jalan Masjid PJU 6A, PJ (03 7725 4598/ www.clayartsstudio.com). Prepare to get your hands dirty. The Clay Arts Studio offers pottery and clay-crafting classes for both adults and children. Youngsters can explore their artistic side while parents who are interested to join are usually encouraged to create functional items. Walk-in customers are offered a one and a half hour session trial class.
3A Jalan 17/45, PJ (03 7956 8768/ larasplace.my). Lara’s Place offers a huge selection of activities and classes for both kids and adults. Young ones can look forward to participating in ballet, sewing, speech and drama, cooking, baking and even Wing Chun kung fu classes. The centre is also available to host parties or events with a variety of themed options on offer.
Yayasan Seni, 333 Persiaran Ritchie, off Jalan Ritchie, KL (03 4251 5154/www. mybatik.org.my). The myBatik Visitor Centre replaces the TMS Art Centre workshops that used to take place at the National Textile Museum. myBatik offers tours and activities in and around the galleries and workshops of its new, well-designed centre for everything batik related. Both kids and adults can learn to make their own batik creations. Check out their onsite café for a coffee break or as an outdoor alternative to paint your batik.
The Studio KL
D1-G4-09, Solaris Dutamas 1, KL (03 6211 3840/www.thestudioatkl.com). Sign your kids up for one of the studio’s art jamming sessions and let them discover their artistic side in a controlled environment. Kids can paint together in a group, exploring their talents freestyle. All equipment is provided by The Studio KL and instructors are on hand to help them with ideas and technique. You can also book a kids party. Art jamming sessions cost RM130 for adults and RM106 for kids under 16.
Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm.
Batik Art Village at Atma Alam
Padang Matsirat, near the Petronas petrol station, Langkawi (04 955 1227/www. atmaalam.com). The area around the airport probably doesn’t strike you as the most creative of places but Atma Alam is actually home to the Batik Art Village, where kids and parents can break out the wax and paints. Separate batik workshops for kids and adults are held in a sweeping high-roofed building inspired by traditional Malay architecture. Locals and foreign tourists alike are drawn in droves, so make sure you call up in advance to check for availability.
EE Art Studio
Sungai Petani (012 408 6143). Children can try out a variety of new activities at EE Art Studio such as painting, drawing, pottery, clay modelling and batik painting classes. Classes start at RM38. Give them a call to book a class but take note that classes are scheduled in the afternoon.
Creative World of Colours
Various locations nationwide (05 545 5288/ www.worldofcolours.com.my). Aspiring to enrich children’s lives by providing fun, creative art lessons, Creative World of Colours’s art programmes do just that. The beginner programmes teach the basic art foundations, consist of four levels and are catered to little ones, introducing them to their creative abilities. Alternatively, they can opt for the craft programme and dabble in clay projects and batik painting.
Da Vinci Creative Kids
Various locations nationwide (www.dvckid. com). Founded by the esteemed The One Academy, one of the most prestigious creative education institutions in Asia, Da Vinci Creative Kids is the place to shape budding artists. Expect top-notch teachers and progressive learning aimed at boosting kids’ self esteem and heightening their creativity. Conducted in a safe, hygienic environment, there are programmes available for kids of all ages. This kid-centric centre receives the highest praises from parents.
Various locations nationwide (globalart. com.my). Established in 1999, the globalart centre is a worldwide art institution with branches in the USA, Australia and right here in Malaysia. Adapting the same learning methodology across the globe, this centre aims to enhance children’s creativity to be a part of everyday life. Classes are conducted in a creative, conducive space and there are many options available to suit all kids’ preferences. The classes are taught by experienced individuals and abide by the globalart world class standard.