About Global Art – Think Creative

Global Art was established in 1999.  Today, it has the largest chain of children art schools in the world. It has more than 600 centres in 17 countries.

It holds International Grading Examination to set, maintain and determine standards.  Apart from the various in-house and national competitions, it is the only children art school to organise yearly International Art Competition to build confidence, independence in its students.

The experience of participating in international competitions at very young ages is tremendously beneficial in building confidence in the students.

This will also help to build up impressive track records and portfolios for the students should they decide to pursue art education at higher levels.

HOW DOES GLOBAL ART PROGRAMME WORK?

 

Global Art focuses a lot on the process of creativity. Every child has an idea and the process of realizing your child’s imagination/ideas into reality can be found directly in the creation of “ART” (Drawing, Colouring, Craftworks, etc).

Key Features of Global Art Programmes – The SCENT

S – Systematic programmes to deliver the highest art education
C – Stimulating lessons to expand children’s Imagination and Creativity
E – Best learning Environment ensures lessons effectiveness.
N – Caring and patient teachers Nurture better behaviour.
T – Small class teaching and individualised lesson plan develops the Talent in each student

Global Art offers a wider range of visual art and handicraft courses for children as follows:

Visual art, Cartoon and Comics, Acrylic painting, G Clay, Handicrafts, Decorative Art, Cultural Programme.   It also provides both long-term and short-term courses to suit the needs of the students and parents.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is different about Global Art, compared to other art schools?

  • Our good brand value and track record.  Global Art is the largest international art and creativity school chain in the world today with more than 600 centres over 18 countries. It is the only children art school chain to have the scalability to conduct international grading examinations annually for its students and international art competitions for its students exclusively.  Global Art Singapore started here in 2003 and currently has 28 centres nationwide.
  • Our unique advantage of establishing systematic programs to deliver the highest art education. Stimulating lessons to expand children’s imagination and creativity, plus creating the best learning environment to ensure lesson effectiveness. Top it with caring and patient teachers to nurture better behaviours. Small class teaching and individualised lesson plans develop the talent in each and every student.

2. What is your educational philosophy?

Art should be a special part of our educational system, if that system is truly effective to explore and develop the human intellect and creative side.  Numerous surveys have shown so far that our young tertiary graduates lack creativity. 

Our Confucius-based, examinations-driven and teacher-centred-assessment culture has inhibited creative and critical thinking in our young from surfacing. As quoted from the following established educators:

With the arts, children learn to see. We want our children to have basic skills, but we will also need sophisticated cognition, and they can learn that through the visual arts.

Dr Elliot Eisner, Professor Emeritus of Child Education at Stanford University

While students in art classes learn techniques specific to art, such as how to draw or how to mix paint, they’re also taught a remarkable array of mental habits not emphasised elsewhere in schools.

Prof Lois Hetland & Dr Ellen Winner, The Studio Thinking Project, J. Paul Getty Trust.

3. Describe your approach of teaching art to children.

Our programs are crafted to progressively inspire learners to visualise, comprehend and compose their own subjects, backgrounds and colours to bring dynamism to their finished masterpieces. 

While we teach art, we focus on more than art education.  Students are constantly encouraged to exercise their creativity in each and every lesson. Our teachers exercise good guidance through quality questioning, practise of story-telling and training in choice of colours and elements.

Our programs encourage independent thinking; nurture creativity; build confidence; and develop the “creative” right-side of the brain. 

4. How was your Global Art and Creative Program conceived?

How well one draws depends on how well one sees. Art training can tremendously help in the development of Visual Processing – the foundation of the human learning process. Our aim in Global Art is to unlock the hidden potential of being able to see and process visually, and then interpreting what was seen into an aesthetic work of art.

The founder of Global Art, Mr Mahir Goh, started as an art teacher in 1994. In the course of his work, he found that children, regardless of whether they possess a known talent, can be taught art skills and that their creativity can be nurtured over time through a systematic approach. Hence, he founded Global Art in 1999 with a mission to bring the learning of art to children and to help them nurture their creative side.

In Singapore, many parents have the common misperception that only children with talent in art can successfully acquire art skills. The curriculum in schools has also not put enough emphasis on nurturing creativity through art. Mr Patrick Tan (director of Global Art Singapore) identified this gap and together with Mr Goh, brought Global Art to Singapore in 2003.

 


Global Art Founder Mr Mahir Goh with Global Art Bedok, Hougang & Yishun Principal Mr Lam Kwong Khiam at the 2018 Global Art Singapore Award Ceremony.


Mr Lam Kwong Khiam receiving the 2019 Top 25 International Franchisee Award from Global Art Founder Nr Mahir Goh.

Mr Patrick Tan, Director of Global Art Singapore, receiving a token of appreciation from Mr Lam Kwong Khiam. The token is an artwork piece by the teachers of Global Art Bedok, Hougang and Yishun in thanking Mr Tan for his leadership through the years.

5 How do you encourage a child’s creative process?

We nurture creativity through the process of visualisation and imagination.  In a traditional art class, students are given an object to draw or a picture to copy.  They need to reproduce the same image or picture like taking a photograph.

We structure our programs with functional curriculums covering the foundation of drawing, beginning from getting the lines and basic shapes right, before progressing onto more complicated details. For colouring and painting, objects must always be filled with dark, medium and light tones in their respective directions to create harmony within the artwork.

Apart from tailoring the programs to the student’s abilities, another advantage of this concept is that it does not stifle the individual student’s creativity, which is the most important aspect of learning.


As an illustration, the above 2 pictures are from the same lesson “At The Beach”.  The students chose their own colours and added their own background pictures, with guidance from their teacher.

6. What is the average class size?

We adopt a small-class-size principle, averaging 6 to 8 students, to ensure all students are given the personal attention by the teachers.

7 How are lessons organised?

Our exhaustive and thoroughly researched syllabus aim to provide our students with a formal art training comparable to any syllabus taught in any art school.

We hold our visual art lessons once a week for an hour and a half each.  Apart from teaching the students drawing and colouring, we also teach basic cartoon drawing, handicrafts and art history to ensure that lessons are always interesting to the students.

8. What will the child be doing?

Students learn the basics, from subject composition, perspectives, colour harmony and contrast, to life drawing. Systematic and straightforward, the syllabus is designed to cater to the needs of any student, with or without artistic talent

9. How do you evaluate a student’s progress?

We evaluate a student’s progress through several mechanisms.

  • Our teachers provide updates to parents on the progress of their children, including areas for improvement, on a regular continual basis. We also organise forums to keep parents updated on our work, as well as creating a platform for open dialogue.

Mr Lam addressing parents at our 2019 Parents’ Forum held at the Orchid Country Club

  • We conduct international art grading examinations twice a year.  These assessments are independently set and marked by Global Art International HQ to assess students’ competency level.
  • We organised various internal competitions to benchmark students’ performance against other Global Art students.  These include our annual Facebook Art Competition in February, our In-house Art Competition in July, the Global Art Singapore National Competition in September and the Global Art International Competition in December.

2019 Global Art Bedok, Hougang and Yishun In-house Art Competition held at the Orchid Country Club

The huge turnout of competing students and proud parents at the 2019 Global Art Singapore National Competition held at the atrium of United Square Mall.

Our students in Yangon, Myanmar as part of the Singapore Team for the 2018 Global Art International Competition. 

  • We encourage our students to take part in external competitions to benchmark themselves against other art students.  Our students regularly win competitions in external competitions.  The most recent being the Singapore National Day Colouring Contest organised by Fairfield Book Publishers, where 14 of our Global Art Bedok students were among the Top 100 Winners of the event.

10. What is the educational background and experience of the teachers and staff?

Our teachers are selected based on their skills and their passion for both art and children. All our teachers are professionally trained and certified by Global Art Singapore. They are trained to guide their students to a higher level of artistic appreciation and skill.

Our Chief Instructor Ms Wendy Hong has personally trained many champions in Global Art Singapore, Global Art International and external competitions. Majority of our teachers have at least 3 years of experience in teaching art to children.

We teach visual art, handicraft, acrylic painting, cartoon and comic drawing, and g-clay sculpting.

11. Do your teachers participate in ongoing professional development?

We believe that as an art instructor, one has to possess the qualities of a good caretaker, educator as well as a mentor who can bring out the creativity in all our young students. Such an individual in this profession must also possess the skills, knowledge and flair for artistic delivery.

To ensure we maintain the highest standards, our teachers attend regular intensive upgrading training with Global Art Singapore.  We at Global Art Bedok, Hougang and Yishun also hold our regular in-house and off-site trainings, emphasising on lesson delivery, classroom management, customer service etc.

We had our off-site trainings in Batam in 2018 and Johor Bahru in 2019 respectively.  


2018 Global Art Singapore Teacher Off-site Training in Batam with Global Art Singapore Director Mr Patrick Tan

2019 Global Art Bedok, Hougang & Yishun Teacher Off-site Training in Johor Bahru.

12. What is the most popular program at your school?

Our most popular program is undoubtedly the Global Art Visual Art Program.