KIDS’ METALSMITHING CLASS
It’s not often that kids get to participate in a master class, and rarer still when the instructor is a renowned artist.
Many a steel sculpture in Malaysia has Nizam Abdullah’s fingerprints all over it. Art enthusiasts might recognise his workmanship in venues such as Heli Bar and Publika Solaris Dutamas or at events such as the annual George Town Festival, where you can catch his next art exhibition on August 14. But If you’re unfamiliar with the artisan’s craftsmanship, simply swing by his studio in Shah Alam.
Being surrounded by Nizam’s work sets an inspiring tone for his kids’ metalsmithing classes. Gigantic pink doves, Salvador Dalíesque figurines and geometrical furniture strewn about the studio serve as extraordinary examples of what deft hands and a creative mind can create.
The Limkokwing alumnus recommends taking his class ‘not necessarily because you want to be sculptor, but because it’s important to understand how things work.’
Having kicked off in February this year, Nizam’s kids’ classes
materials also helps breed a child’s patience and sharpens his or her concentration.
Recommended for older kids and teenagers with nimble fingers and an eye for detail, Jewelz’s introductory jewellery-making course comprises eight modules, during which students will master the three-strand necklace, floating necklace, bracelets, head pin looping project, V-neck necklace and fireball earrings in said order.
The retail store opens from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Reservations are necessary for the eight-module courses and standalone workshops. D-0-6, Plaza Damas, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, KL (03 6201 3220/ www.jewelz.com.my). involve more theory than practical work. Besides discovering different kinds of metals and their pliability, students will get a firsthand look at metalsmithing machinery and take home their own personalised souvenirs. All hazardous steps are carried out by Nizam and his assistants while the kids learn by observation. Safety comes first at the studio: Students are requested to don jeans and covered shoes, while goggles and ear muffs are handed out during the plasma cutting, welding and grinding processes.
Nizam Sculpture Studio’s Metalsmithing class is recommended for seven- to 14-year-olds and can be reserved for parties of five to ten kids. Lot 8522-A, Jalan Subang Permai U6/3, Subang Permai, Shah Alam (012 608 2250/ www. nizamsculpture.blogspot.com).