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 for art-loving kids, the Craft Complex houses an impressive array of local arts and crafts. Peruse rattan baskets, pottery, intricately woven songkets and beautiful batik fabric. Curious little ones can have a go at batik painting under the watchful eyes of Craft 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). Caterpillar’s safe and comforting environment makes it the perfect venue to throw kids and babies’ birthday parties. In addition, the centre specialises in movement and dance classes for both the young and old. Sample classes include Kids Street Jazz for six- to 11-yearolds, Teen Street Jam for 11- to 18-year-olds and belly dance classes for adults. Call to make an appointment.
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 at Clay Arts Studio, which offers pottery and clay crafting classes for adults and kids. Youngsters are encouraged to explore their artistic side while parents are instructed on how to create functional items. Walk-in customers are offered one and a half hour long trial classes. Tue-Sun, 10am-6.30pm.
5-C, Jalan Subang 3, Subang Jaya, PJ (03 5888 9905/012 380 5505/www. clayexpression.com). Located in an industrial part of PJ, this clandestine clay studio is a haven for pottery fans. You’ll catch teenagers shaping clay at the potter’s wheel and toddlers tracing out shapes at the worktable. Parents are more than welcome, if not encouraged, to join their kids during lessons. Ring up the studio to reserve a spot for the next session. Tue, Thu-Sat, 9am-12noon, 1-4pm.
3A Jalan 17/45, PJ (03 7956 8768/www. larasplace.my). Lara’s Place offers a bamboozling 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. Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm.
Yayasan Seni, 333 Persiaran Ritchie, off Jalan Ritchie, KL (03 4251 5154/www. mybatik.org.my). The myBatik Visitor Centre replaced the TMS Art Centre workshops that used to take place at the National Textile Museum. myBatik offers batik-themed tours and activities in and around the galleries and workshops of its new, well-designed centre. Stop by the onsite café for a coffee break or as an outdoor alternative to create your batik masterpiece. Daily, 8am-5pm.
The Studio at KL
D1-G4-09, Publika, Solaris Dutamas 1, KL (03 6211 3840); 2-5 Nexus Bangsar South, 7 Jalan Kerinchi, KL (03 2242 1626/www. thestudioatkl.com). Sign your kids up for one of The Studio at KL’s art jamming sessions where your child will create art alongside similarly artistic peers in an open studio environment. All equipment such as easels and canvases are provided by the art centre. The Studio at KL also specialises in throwing kids’ art parties and corporate teambuilding events. Art exhibitions where the kids can show off their works are held annually. These exhibitions take place in the Bangsar outlet, while the kids’ classes are held in Publika. 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). While the vicinity around the airport might strike you as rather isolated, Atma Alam is home to the Batik Art Village, where kids and parents can break out the wax and paints. Held in a sweeping high-roofed building inspired by traditional Malay architecture, the workshops draw in droves of locals and foreign tourists, so make sure you call up in advance to check for availability. Daily, 9am-6pm.
The Art eSpace
3c-1-3, Straits Quay Marina Mall, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Bungah, Penang (012 401 9636/www.theartespace.com). Though only open by appointment, The Art eSpace is quick to respond to any
Creative World of Colours
Various locations nationwide (05 545 5288/ www.worldofcolours.com.my). This art centre aspires to enrich children’s lives via entertaining and immersive art lessons. There are four levels of beginner programmes, which serve to introduce the students to the foundations of basic art. Littler ones 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 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. Conducted in a safe, hygienic environment, the programmes have received much high praise from parents.
Various locations nationwide (globalart. com.my). Established in 1999, globalart is a worldwide art institution with branches in the USA, Australia and right here in Malaysia. The centre implements the same learning methodology in every country, and encourages children to adopt creativity as a part of everyday life. Classes are conducted in a creative, conducive space and are taught by experienced individuals.