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 Baby Fun for six to 12 months old, Kids Street Jazz for six- to 11-year-olds and Teen Street Jam for 11- to 18-year-olds. Meanwhile, mum can sign up for belly dance, Cardio Fit, Zumba, Jazz and yoga. Call to make an appointment. activities in and around the galleries 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. myBatik also offers a 20-minute chocolate and coffee art workshops to teach children how to create latte art – except on hot chocolate. 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). The art jamming sessions here are a fun way for kids to create art alongside similarly artistic peers in an open studio environment. All equipment such as easels and canvases are provided. In order to boost their students’ morale, the studio holds annual art exhibitions displaying the kids’ artworks; these take place in the Bangsar outlet, whereas the kids’ classes are held in Publika. Inquire about kids’ art parties and corporate teambuilding events, and don’t be shy to claim a complimentary trial class for your children every Saturday from 5pm to 6pm. 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. There’s also a café that serves homemade cakes, cookies and coffee for those who want to relax while the others shop. Call ahead of time to schedule a batik painting workshop. Daily, 9am-6pm.
The Art eSpace
3c-1-3, Straits Quay Marina Mall, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Bungah (012 401 9636/www.theartespace.com). Walk in on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with your own art materials to socialise with other artists at the open studio sessions. If it’s lessons you seek, come on a Saturday or Sunday morning instead. Founder Esther Geh is a self-taught artist who pursued medicine as a career, but found her way back to art. The doors to its library are always open in case anyone is keen on leafing through art books and magazines.