Image Description: The above banner is for ARTDIS (Singapore) Ltd’s Virtual Openhouse 2022. In the centre is a computer screen with details of the event including dates, timings and an invitation to learn more about our new arts programmes. Framing the computer screen are four characters – from the top left and moving clockwise, the first character is a young, visually-impaired girl playing the Angklung, the second character is a young, autistic girl manoeuvring a hand puppet, the third character is a young wheelchair user drawing on his iPad with a stylus, and the fourth character is a hard-of-hearing hip hop dancer grooving to the beat. Surrounding these characters are lots of bunting and musical notes, adding to the lively atmosphere of everyone having fun with art.
Image Description: The above banner is for ARTDIS (Singapore) Ltd’s Virtual Open House 2022. In the centre is a computer screen with details of the event including dates, timings and an invitation to learn more about our new arts programmes. Framing the computer screen are four characters – from the top left and moving clockwise, the first character is a young, visually-impaired girl playing the Angklung, the second character is a young, autistic girl manoeuvring a hand puppet, the third character is a young wheelchair user drawing on his iPad with a stylus, and the fourth character is a hard-of-hearing Hip Hop dancer grooving to the beat. Surrounding these characters are lots of bunting and musical notes, adding to the lively atmosphere of everyone having fun with art.

Your art journey starts here! As Singapore’s only arts charity that provides learning and livelihood opportunities for any and all persons with disabilities in the arts, ARTDIS (Singapore) Ltd will give your child the right resources and environment to grow and discover. From our person-centred approach that looks at the holistic development of every student, to our certified teachers who developed our unique curricula and are professionals in their own practice, we are committed to helping your child reach their potential through the arts.

Learn more about what we have to offer at our Open House. Happening on ZOOM, tune in from the comfort of your home on any of these dates/times:

For new students For current ART:DIS students
Session 1A: Fri 22 Apr (7:30–8:30pm) Session 2A: Fri 20 May (7:30–8:30pm)
Session 1B: Sat 23 Apr (5:00–6:00pm) Session 2B: Sat 21 May (5:00–6:00pm)
Here are some new Foundation programmes we’ll be introducing at Open House

Angklung is a full-ranged, traditional percussion instrument originating from Indonesia and part of Singapore’s ethnic arts. The nature of angklung music is ensemble-based hence in this programme, students will learn to work together to produce a beautiful melody. This trains students to be a team player as everyone plays an important role in harmonising the music. Additionally, the programme aims to:
  • Cultivate students’ appreciation for ethnic arts
  • Develop skills such as reading musical notes and expressing a music piece
  • Improve social and cognitive skills
Teacher's Profile This is an image of Teacher Mei Tan. She has short hair, wears a pink dress, and is posing with a flute. Behind her in the background is a natural landscape of trees and water.

Mei Tan is a flautist and music teacher who is well-versed in instructing various instruments, as well as digital music creation. She attained her Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Kingston University, London, and further pursued a Postgrad certificate in the Suzuki method from Malmo Conservatory, Sweden.

Since 2017, she has taught individual piano classes at ART:DIS. Her other recent experience includes teaching music at Oasis Primary School and United World College South East Asia, instructing keyboards and the ukulele at Catholic High, and ethnic percussion instruments at Singapore Chinese Girls School, Holy Innocent’s Primary, St. Joseph’s Institute and more.

Drumming is an art that is commonly observed in many cultures, and yet the complexity of modern drum kits make them intimidating. With our simplified curriculum, we inject the fun into understanding the basis of all music – rhythm. The group-based setting further provides a platform for students to connect with each other as they learn to:
  • Count and develop hand-eye coordination
  • Retain information through repetition
  • Develop creative perception and expression
Teacher's ProfileThis is an image of Teacher Irwan Raman. He is wearing a headscarf and a black vest over a red shirt with polka dots.

Irwan Raman is a veteran percussionist and music instructor with two decades worth of experience in Singapore’s music scene. As one of Singapore’s pioneer cajon drum activist, Irwan is keen to inspire a new generation of percussionist musicians. He became a MOE-registered music teacher in 2011 and continues to educate young minds till date. He joined ART:DIS’s teaching faculty in 2017 and prior to that, Irwan had amassed a wealth of experience in local schools, instructing students on subjects such as world music, ethnic percussions, acoustic guitar and cajon.

Hip Hop is a fun street dance characterised by primary movements such as breaking, locking, popping and other freestyle derivatives. This programme provides a structured method of learning for students with mild to moderate disabilities, teaching them movements that will engage their cognitive and physical skills. With a varied exposure to music genres, as well as different footwork, arm sequences and body postures to execute, students will get to:
  • Exercise physical movements that build coordination and balance
  • Utilise their entire body to freely and creatively express themselves
  • Comprehend and perform instructions through observation
Teacher's Profile This is an image of Teacher Luqman Asad. He is wearing a cap backwards, sweatshirt and cargo pants. He is framed by a spotlight, leaning on a bent knee and posing with two hands pointing in opposite directions in a dark studio setting.

Luqman B Asad is a street dancer who is passionate about nurturing the younger generation to follow their dreams. His blazing entry onto the dance scene in 2007 saw him clinch numerous awards in prestigious competitions. Recognised and acknowledged for his craft, Luqman wanted to touch young minds and founded SHIFT, a training programme for young street dancers to develop their artistic capabilities.

His experience in education further extends to being the dance CCA teacher at Pathlight School since 2014, the resident instructor at Converge Dance Studio since 2015, and a dance teacher under MOE’s Programme Active Learning since 2010.

Malay contemporary dance experiments with both traditional and contemporary Malay dance to push the boundaries of creativity and modernity. The programme provides movement modifications for people with disabilities, widening the inclusive perspective of looking at the possibilities of the body and its beauty in the dance medium. Aside from imparting the teachings of Singapore’s multi-ethnic traditions and customs, the programme further strives to:
  • Improve overall physical, cognitive and social functions
  • Build trust and self-confidence
  • Develop awareness of dance as an expression of the whole person
Teacher's ProfileThis is an image of Teacher Hasyimah Harith. She has short hair and is wearing a black V-neck blouse. She is posing with her hair thrown back, back bent at almost 90 degrees and hands twisting outwards from a lotus position.

Hasyimah Harith is a Malay dancer, choreographer and teacher with 15 years of experience, and is especially well-versed in dance forms such as Asli, Inang, Joget and Zapin. She believes dance is a way to create space for collective conversation and thus is a co-founder of P7:1SMA, a contemporary Malay dance company that radically shift perspectives of Malay dance.

Using her body as a starting point, Hasyimah works with themes of history and identity as a way to share embedded wisdom and values in Malay dance. Her working methods involve strategies such as storytelling, vulnerability, empathy and joy. As a choreographer, Hasyimah has created works for Azpirasi Dance Group and has further managed several of their productions.

Puppetry is an ancient form of theatre with roots in many cultures. There are many forms of puppets, ranging from as simple as a tiny sock fitted onto one’s finger to the more complicated marionette, which involves suspended strings attached to multiple points of a puppet’s body and being manipulated by a control bar. In this programme, students will be exposed to various aspects of children’s puppet theatre. They will learn various techniques in constructing drama within traditional and contemporary theatrical art, as well as:
  • Increase their self-confidence in expressing themselves
  • Improve their cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills
  • Strengthen their ability to work cooperatively in a team
Teacher's ProfileThis is an image of Teacher Tan Beng Tian. She is wearing a newsboy cap and a white billowy blouse. She is in a profile shot, smiling widely to the camera and posing against rows of theatre seats.

Tan Beng Tian is an independent theatre practitioner who is especially passionate about children’s theatre for she herself was exposed to the art at the tender age of seven. She is a disciple of the late renowned hand puppet master Li Bofen and upon completing her studies in China, returned to Singapore and co-founded The Finger Players in 1996. Beng Tian has since worked with many theatre companies, including The Necessary Stage, Toy Factory Productions and Wild Rice, and performed in many important Singaporean works such as The Descendants of Eunuch Admiral (The Theatre Practice) and Lao Jiu (TheatreWorks).

She is a proud member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association and Access Arts Hub, having directed Not In My Lifetime?, a play critiquing the Special Needs education system in Singapore, and co-directed What If?, an M1 Youth Connection 2020 performance that showcased disabled performers.

Animation involves the manipulation of figures to appear as moving images. In popular culture, most animations are computer-generated imageries in 3D or 2D styles. However, there are other methods of animation and in this programme, the focus will be on the stop-motion technique. Students will learn the art of storytelling through mediums already familiar to them – by taking sequential photos of an object and combining them together, an animated video can be produced. The goals of this programme are to:

  • Learn about emotion and social awareness through characters
  • Understand the narrative flow
  • Convey ideas through a fun medium
Teacher's ProfileThis is an image of Teacher Joe Chien in the style of digital illustration. He is depicted wearing glasses, a blue denim shirt over a plain black top and has short black hair. He is posing with a smile and a stylus in his right hand.

Joe Chien is a digital artist with a hyperactive imagination, specialising in 2D animations, sprite illustrations and storytelling. He completed his Bachelor’s studies in Digital Art and Animation from DigiPen Institute of Technology in 2013, and immediately began working as a Special Education Teacher at Rainbow Centre. He joined ART:DIS’s teaching faculty in 2016 and continues to help young minds tap into their imagination to tell stories.

Digital art is an umbrella term for all creative works that employ some form of digital technology. In this programme, the focus is on digital illustration by way of tools such as an iPad, stylus and drawing apps. Students will first familiarise themselves with the user interface of the medium, before diving into the possibilities of sketching, colouring and blending on a digital canvas. This programme aims to:
  • Improve one’s traditional drawing techniques in a quick and fuss-free environment
  • Give students the confidence to articulate ideas and opinions
  • Expand one’s knowledge and proficiency in the digital realm
Teacher's ProfileThis is an image of Teacher Joe Chien in the style of digital illustration. He is depicted wearing glasses, a blue denim shirt over a plain black top and has short black hair. He is posing with a smile and a stylus in his right hand.

Joe Chien is a digital artist with a hyperactive imagination, specialising in 2D animations, sprite illustrations and storytelling. He completed his Bachelor’s studies in Digital Art and Animation from DigiPen Institute of Technology in 2013, and immediately began working as a Special Education Teacher at Rainbow Centre. He joined ART:DIS’s teaching faculty in 2016 and continues to help young minds tap into their imagination to tell stories.

The Fine Arts programme at ART:DIS will equip budding minds with basic traditional art knowledge and skills. Through five intensive levels, students will learn the difference between shapes, colours, lines, light and shadows, textures, patterns and mediums such as pencil, ink and paint. They would further hone their skills in observation, hand-eye coordination, comprehending instructions, exercising choice, articulating ideas and expressing themselves.

Teacher's ProfileThis is an image of Teacher Billy Soh. He has short cropped hair and wears a red floral, short-sleeved shirt. He is pictured posing in his art studio, surrounded by many of his cyanotype works.

Bilily Soh is a multi-disciplinary artist with different areas of practice revolving around photography, paper making, sound and installation art. He received a Diploma in Visual Communication from Temasek Polytechnic, and further obtained certificates in teaching from the National Institute of Education Singapore and the Autism Resource Centre.

Billy is co-founder of Play It Forward, a public piano movement in Singapore, and further chairs Singapore Contemporary Young Artists, a non-profit organisation that runs art programmes to promote contemporary art interest in the community. In his own practice as an artist, Billy won the ‘Highly Commended Award’ at UOB Painting Of The Year 2019, had his artwork projected onto National Gallery’s canopy as part of the nation’s 55th birthday celebration, and created giant art installations for Paya Lebar-Kovan CC as part of PassionArts 2021.

At a glance, here are all the class details of the aforementioned new programmes.

Image description: The image above provides class details of ART:DIS’s new Foundation programmes. Beginning with the performing arts, the Angklung class happens every Saturday from 12:30–1:30pm, the Electronic Drums class happens every Friday at 5–6pm, the Hip Hop Dance class happens every Friday at 7–8pm and 8:15–9:15pm, the Malay Contemporary Dance class happens every Saturday at 12:30–1:30pm and 1:45–2:45pm, and the Puppetry class happens every Saturday at 3–4pm. For the visual arts. It further mentions how all programmes are $20 per class except for the Digital Illustration and Stop-Motion Animation programmes, which are $30 per class.Already like what you see and can’t wait to enrol your child into these new programmes? Then we encourage you to indicate your interest as soon as possible as class sizes are limited in order to maintain a conducive teaching environment.

If your child is a current student of ART:DIS, simply inform Azeera if you are interested in a Performing Arts programme, or Victoria/Fatimah if you are interested in a Visual Arts programme.

If your child is a first-time student of ART:DIS, please register with us via the button below. Upon registration, our Programme Executives will be in touch to understand your child’s needs, goals, skills and interests.