Feel like you’ve missed out on a chance to dabble in the arts when you were younger? Or that you’ve always loved the arts, but you’ve never gotten round to it, or feel like you’re not “talented”? Well, Artefakts believes that there’s an artist within each of you, and you can definitely discover that “artist” with them!
Artefakts is a boutique art studio, passionate about reviving traditional handcrafts and creating art with a refreshing, contemporary twist. At Artefakts, you can immerse yourself in authentic craft workshops while spending quality time with your loved ones. Primarily, Artefakts hopes to reach out to adults who missed out on a chance to be involved in art, and help them discover their artistry.
An Artist Through And Through
The founder of Artefakts, Jeffrey Ang, was a graphic designer and then an art educator for a combined 33 years. Despite being in the art industry throughout his career, he ironically found hardly any time to make art. At the age of 57, he decided to quit as lecturer, and venture out on his own to found Artefakts after meeting an elderly Japanese woodblock print artist at a workshop and exhibition. That was the turning point for Jeffrey, as he conversed with the Japanese and learned more about his philosophy and lifestyle as an artist. It was motivating and Jeffrey realised that was what he was looking for. Jeffrey’s wife Ching joined him last year, and they run Artefakts as a husband-and-wife team. When they have big events, they have a team of young art and design trainees to help them out.
Artefakts offers several drawing courses and traditional craft workshops, and most of them are taught personally by Jeffrey himself. Drawing courses include basic drawing; portraiture; and urban perspective, which teaches students about urban sketching. The craft workshops include paper marbling, linocut printmaking, rubber stamp carving, ceramic tile painting and pot painting. By far, their specialty and most popular workshop is paper marbling, a traditional art form dating back to the 15th century. Ching, a graphic designer and lecturer herself, sometimes assists in the classes too. As most of their students are working professionals, Artefakts adopts an open and flexi-schedule. Students don’t have to worry about missing classes, and they can pick up where they left off anytime.
Discover Everyone’s Artist
Besides a flexi-schedule, Artefakts also customises content to suit the learner’s experience and goals. There’s a lesson plan in place, but it’s more of a guide, as Artefakts modifies it to match each student. As classes are mostly taught by Jeffrey personally, he sometimes finds it tiring and mentally exhausting. But in order to give his best to each student, he maintains a balanced lifestyle with sufficient time for personal art making as well! Artefakts also shares the gift of art with several charities and non-profit organisations. They have partnered Club Rainbow Singapore, a charity that supports young children with chronic illnesses and disabilities, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Down Syndrome Association, and Home Nursing Foundation, a home nursing and after care service for elderly patients who have been discharged from hospital, to plan art themed experiences for their beneficiaries.
I believe there’s a little artist in all of us… waiting to be discovered. – Jeffrey Ang, Artefakts.
For authentic classes that allow you to discover the artist within yourself, visit https://artefakts.sg/!