Our Different Butterflies
The Singapore Women's Weekly|August/September 2020
Our Different Butterflies
Artist and art educator Saharra discusses the importance of art education as coping strategies for our young ones during these unprecedented times
Saharra

Almost overnight, a new world has emerged with social distancing measures put in place even as schools reopen. Kids are still donning masks and unable to freely socialise with their friends. The stress cast over this new lifestyle must not be underestimated. Feelings of despair, fear, confusion, and helplessness manifest as the coronavirus affects our daily lives.

Make Sense Of The World

Art is the essential language of emotions, and the subconscious, much like dreams are. As an artist and a mother to a 14-year-old daughter, we often turn to our creative outlets to make sense of our inner worlds. My teenager takes her creative interests in forms of journaling and dance, while I immerse myself in acrylic painting and music-making.

Calm Down

With younger children, visual language comes before spoken words.

Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of art for calming the mind and soul. With our excessive technological dependence, everything is happening too fast. In art, children can learn to observe slowly and look deeply, really listening to one another and to themselves.

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August/September 2020