Coffee Chat @ TAS: Shalini Kapoor – Little Artist Studio

Little Artists Art Studio is a cosmopolitan Fine Art Studio, founded in Singapore in 1997, which for twenty-two years has nurtured the creativity of young and mature painters, sculptors, and sketch artists from 2.5 years – 17 years, as well as adults of all ages. Teaching both observational art and creative art, our students learn from innovative Fine Art Teachers and Practicing Artists with degrees in Fine Art and Design from around the world.

 1. What inspires you to paint?
    Art and teaching art to children was a calling for me. To see their joy as we teach them to unlock their talents and improve on their weaknesses is unlimited inspiration. These children choose to be here, to display their work, to speak with others about  their process – they are never ready to put down the pencil or brush – it is fantastic

Shalini Kapoor, Founder and Director of Little Artists

2. What’s the best thing about being an artist?
     To be able to use images, shapes and lines to tell a story. To reveal yourself without even a title. How many wonderful pieces are left open to interpretation – to give the world so many ways to see feeling and expression.

3. What helps you focus?
    We like to keep our environment fun and energetic – but even amidst the music, the chatter, and the sounds of brushes and pencils, there is a tangible focus. These young artists are riveted to their projects. So while they laugh and chat with their neighbour, they rarely lose interest on their piece. We have found especially in the age of limited focus with lots of tech around, that children and adults will come to the Studio and sit for hours without looking at their phone or a TV or asking when the lesson is over. They create their passion, and that with a good dose of confidence building on technique helps them focus extraordinarily well.


4. If you would go for an art residency where would it be?
I would love to visit one in the mountains in India, take inspiration from glorious nature. We are planning retreats ourselves going forward to India, Indonesia, maybe Thailand as well – countries where art is infused in life and vice versa. My students would love a residency in Europe – Paris, for example, for the romantics.

5. If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?
   To not worry about mistakes. Some of the greatest artists, with the most incredible technique were never able to sell or become esteemed with their “best technical works”. Instead it was the pieces where they took risks, removed all boundaries and just shared their souls through their works. Mistakes – or changes in direction, or a slip of the hand, create magnificence as well. This should be embraced. This is why we are careful in how we correct our students. There is no right or wrong, there are methods and styles, and then they must set off on their path to be great and uniquely stylised artists.


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