TUEETOR CHATS with Dipti Bhatt from MuzArt East Coast
Creating art comes with plenty of benefits. For adults, it’s a form of self-expression that allows the individual to communicate his thoughts. In children, art enhances cognitive and psychological development.
MuzArt, a homegrown chain of art enrichment centres, strives towards providing a holistic platform that encourages creative thinking and imaginative productivity. Their hands-on art curriculum has helped over 5000 students develop their confidence and creativity in a fun and interactive way.
We interviewed Dipti Bhatt, who heads the East Coast branch of MuzArt, to find out more about creative art for children. She lets us in on her personal motivations and what she hopes for each student at MuzArt.
Hello Dipti. What’s your story?
I am a mother of two handsome and extremely fast-growing teenage boys, and the business owner of the MuzArt Learning Centre at East Coast where we run art classes and workshops for children in pre-primary and primary levels.
I believe children who learn about art and paintings have better literacy and critical thinking skills, as well as improved self-confidence and cognitive skills. For this reason, I aspire to be able to share my passion of art with children while contributing to their personal development.
At heart, I am also an artist who took up drawing and painting as a hobby at a young age. Art quickly became a passion to pursue but was inadvertently put aside for many years after my marriage. Fortunately, with my sons grown up, I rekindled this passion and have actively pursued it for the last 10 years.
I am particularly fond of creating abstract work as it allows more flexibility and freedom to put my thoughts, emotions and creativity into my work. I prefer my art work in textures as I feel it stimulates not just the sense of sight but also the sense of touch. It entices the onlooker to be more involved in the art piece itself.
What excites you most about your industry?
Children’s art enrichment industry is all about contributing towards boosting an alternative and creative thought process in a child in a very academic-oriented society. The aim is to enable any child, and adults, to be confident about themselves and the work they produce. So, the fact that I have the potential to contribute to the betterment of a child is an exciting cause.
What do you hope your students at MuzArt will achieve?
At MuzArt, we believe art contributes to the development of a child’s thinking skills, as well as improve their self-confidence and cognitive skills. I hope that the MuzArt East Coast can add value to a child’s education by advocating the practice of those beliefs.
I also want our children to be able to enjoy their classes in a safe, quiet and a conducive environment. My centre aims to provide that, without any pressures and judgements, to just do what they enjoy doing – drawing and colouring!
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
One has to accept the fact that not everyone is academically inclined. Some are masters in their own right in not just art, but also in music, dancing, and other forms of art. We as parents and educators must recognize that, and encourage and guide our children and students in pursuing these interests and strengths.
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
A couple of years ago, I had a student who, although loved colouring, disliked and had no interest in drawing. Kudos to his mum for enrolling him in my classes during his PSLE year. She felt attending art classes may relax him. Initially, he found drawing difficult and frustrating but in time, with encouragement and guidance from me, he started to find some enjoyment and relaxation. His mother told me about how he looked forward to my classes and went home refreshed and ready to tackle his studies. Although he stopped my classes closer to the PSLE period, he continued to pursue his newly-discovered interest in drawing.
Recently, I was told by his mum that he has received recognition in his secondary school for his artwork. It seems he has continued with his interest and passion in drawing, and he spends some time drawing every day. It’s amazing how far he has come for someone who had no interest in drawing. It’s truly heart-warming that I contributed to igniting this passion.
How do you unwind?
I enjoy painting and experimenting with various art techniques and colour combinations. I find this relaxing to my mind, and yet I can work on improving my artistic capability.
But to completely unwind, I enjoy watching movies and television programmes.
Shameless plug for MuzArt:
Visit our centre at The Yards or on Facebook for more information on children’s art classes.
How can people connect with you?
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