School holidays are here! For one week, kids can hang up their canvas shoes and take a breather from their textbooks.
Many students prefer to spend their time indoors, playing computer games, watching TV or the newest videos on TikTok and Instagram.
However, while students are online, they should also check out Bandar Aktiviti Seni Kuala Lumpur’s free arts education online series called Seni Untuk Semua Atas Talian (Arts For All Online).
This initiative bridges the gap between the arts, culture and the community. On this platform, many homegrown talents will share their skills and knowledge. These include traditional dances, arts and crafts, and even recycling tips.
Make the best of the holidays by engaging in these fun activities. The best bit is you can learn new things from home. Plus, you do not need to fork out any money for these courses.
Making greeting cards – Join artist Ili Nazurah as she shows viewers how to make simple greeting cards. Learn how to create floral designs and basic calligraphy. Ili also teaches faux calligraphy, a writing method with letterforms that look like calligraphy, using any standard writing instrument like a ballpoint pen, chalk or marker.
Viewers can learn how to turn plastic waste collected from the beach into art pieces from Becs. Screengrab: Youtube/BASKL
Upcycling workshop – Here’s your chance to turn old items into beautiful art pieces. Join Boho by Bujbecs founder Rebecca Becs as she shows you how to create pendants and dreamcatchers using plastic bottles. Becs is based in Langkawi, and her artwork is created using plastic waste collected from the beach. Viewers will learn a few recycling methods with art and understand the benefits of saving Mother Earth.
Contemporary silat dance – Dance instructors Zaidy and Fiqah will showcase the combination of silat movements and modern dance. The class is suitable for students who are just starting to learn about dance or those with a dance foundation. Fiqah and Zaidi, co-founders of Kuala Lumpur-based 2Twenty2 Dance Studio, combine traditional martial arts and modern dance elements, creating new and exciting dance styles. Classes will be conducted in Bahasa Malaysia and are suitable for all ages.
Chong teaches students how to explore different melodic patterns on the electric guitar. Screengrab: Youtube/BASKL
Contemporary Carnatic music – Carnatic musician Haris Nasyeed guides viewers on how to sing and play Carnatic music based on raaga (musical notes) and tala (rhythm) using the keyboard. Suitable for all ages.
Guitar lessons – Do you play the electric guitar and want to learn more about improvisation? Challenge yourself to improvise your guitar playing with musician Andy Chong. The class is in English and suitable for those aged 10 and above.