Philippine Daily Inquirer - June 1, 2009

Art as a learning tool

AT GLOBAL ART PHILIPPINES, art courses are not just for passing the time during the long school break. Guided by studies the young people who participate in art programs are more likely to excel academically and perform well in extracurricular activities, the school gives students as much room as possible to explore creativity.

Yenny Saw, the young wife and mother behind Global Art Philippines, says art classes at the school go beyond knowing form and color. "unlike other art courses, we do not stop at copying, drawing and coloring" , she says.

With students allowed to interpret their ideas in artistic forms, what happens in the room is, in a way, storytelling through artwork.

Students get a set of 50 oil pastels with each color in at least shade gradations. But they are also taught to use color pencils and poster colors as they progress.

Global Art tries to teach students a skill they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. At the same time, children get a chance to develop a hobby that may prove productive later on.

Courses are curriculum-based and student-centered. The syllabus gradually takes the children from simple to complicated themes. The core programs starts with the foundation level for children aged 4-6 and ends with the advance level for 13 years old and older. Each level can last up to three to four months depending on a child's speed.

Global art also offers courses in glass painting, cartoons and comics, and handicrafts. Courses can take four to six months.

The school conducts annua student competitions to keep creativity constantly high.

An annual international contest is held in Singapore toward the end of the year.

Founded by Malaysian art educator Mahair Goh in 1999, Global Art now has more than 450 centers in 16 countries with more than 100,000 students.

Global Art Philippines (tells. 726-0435 and 0915-874747) opened in 2008 its first branch on Ortgas Avenue, San Juan City. Centers will open soon in cities of Makati, Quezon, and Taguig.

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