Arts course for those with special needs

15 June 2018
The Straits Times, Page B9

From left, Mr Chia Mia Chiang, NAFA President, Ms Maureen Goh, Executive Director of VSA, Ms Linda de Mello, Director (Sector Development, Visual Arts) of National Arts Council, Mr Khor Kok Wah, Dean, Centre for Lifelong Education and Ms Sim Hsien Lin Audrey, Board Member of VSA, holding artworks done by aspiring artists from VSA.

Aspiring artists aged 18 and above with special needs can now enrol in a programme launched by arts school Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) and charity Very Special Arts Singapore (VSA) yesterday. The programme will give a boost to those hoping to forge a career in the arts. The certificate in visual arts, issued by Nafa’s Centre for Lifelong Education, is open to artists who have at least four years of visual arts training at VSA. Applicants are subject to a selection process. Mr Cavan Chang, 30, who has Down syndrome, is keen to sign up. “I want to join so I can be a better visual artist,” said Mr Chang, who enjoys creating abstract art with acrylic paint.

The five-month programme, to be held at VSA (Bedok Centre), will help participants sharpen their conceptualisation and time management skills, and they will be assessed on two projects. Set to begin this October, each edition of the programme will train between six and eight students. The programme offers artists with special needs an opportunity to improve their career prospects and show that despite their special needs, they can produce quality, conceptual works within a given timeline.

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