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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/ 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. nizam­sculp­

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