Art from the heart

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  • Friday, 13 Apr 2012

ADORABLE Heng Zhe Quan held aloft his artwork featuring his rendition of his mother’s car, as he described his wish for it to be a flying car.

“My mummy’s car is a white Toyota Wish, but my (painted) car is peach in colour. I wish the car can fly, just like my favourite Transformers cartoon,” the four-year-old Transformers fan said.

Aspiring pilot Jayden Yeoh, six, painted an aeroplane to reflect his love for his favourite form of transportation that also takes him for holidays with his family.

Zhe Quan and Jayden will be among a group of 87 budding artists whose artworks will be displayed at the Our World Children’s Art Exhibition 2012 by Jane Yap Atelier.

The exhibition features two paintings by each child, one of which will be sold for charity.

Paintings that will be sold are priced at RM120 each. The children are also encouraged to identify their own buyers.

Jane Yap Atelier principal Jane Yap said the art school tried to organise a biennial exhibition that was aimed at showcasing the children’s work and taught the children that their work could help create a positive impact.

“We want to encourage the children to understand the power of visual art, and gain a better appreciation of what they have,” she said.

“We also want them to understand the preparations and details required in organising an art exhibition, which is why we roped in some of the older ones to be involved in setting up, putting decorations and manning the reception area.

“For the parents and adults, we want them to understand that the main purpose of sending their children to art classes is to allow them to have fun, express their feelings, build their confidence and, most importantly, be happy,” she said.

Yap said the beneficiary of this year’s exhibition was World Vision, specifically for its Child Sponsorship programme.

“All proceeds from the exhibition will go towards supporting three children from Thailand for the next five years,” she said.

Mynn Ho will be one of the older students roped in to help out with the exhibition.

The eager volunteer said her painting was that of her favourite South Korean star — Kim Bum.

“He’s very cute and can sing well. I liked watching him in the movie Boys Over Flowers,” said the Year Six SJKC Serdang Baru 2 pupil.

Twin sisters Lim Hui-Lin and Lim Hui-Wen, 12, said they would be inviting their grandmother and friends to the exhibition, and hoped that someone would buy their paintings.

The painting by Hui-Lin, an avid storybook reader, depicts a fantasy scene with a floating boat.

Hui-Wen’s inspiration is a little closer to home as her artwork, inspired by her collection of pets, features a menagerie of animals like a whale, snake, spider, cat and rabbit.

Following Our World Children’s Art Exhibition 2012, Yap said Jane Yap Atelier would be working with her artist friend in China for a joint exhibition in Kunming.

The two-week exhibition in June will see the children working together with a group of pupils from a rural school.

Having taught art for the past 15 years, Yap herself is an accomplished artist, and uses mixed media to paint her pet subject — cats.

Our World Children’s Art Exhibition 2012 will be held from April 22-29 at The Space @ Citta Mall, F37, First Floor, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

Viewing hours are from 10am-9.30pm.

All the artists, whose ages range from four to 19, will be present on the opening day at 10am to share their thoughts and stories behind their paintings.

For enquiries, contact Jane Yap Atelier at 03-7831 8632 or

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