Students embrace art school’s online lessons

James Kon

Following the government’s announcement of a ban in mass gatherings to curb the spread of COVID-19, a fine art school has joined countless of learning institutions in the country in shifting the classroom to a virtual world.

Atelier Huifong Ng, an art learning centre for children and adolescents, has been badly impacted since the implementation of the measure, said founder and artist Huifong Ng.

Currently, 12 students aged between four and 14 have signed up for the online classes, while the rest of the students temporarily freezing their lessons until later date.

“After the ban on mass gatherings was announced, I offered parents online classes as a solution, and some students responded well to the idea,” Ng said, while admitting that it was “quite challenging in the beginning”.

“However,” she said, “both the students and I soon got used to the concept of on-line learning.”

She added, “The parents have placed a lot of trust in us to be able to teach their children during these difficult times. We don’t want to be complacent. So we hope to become more resilient as a result of this crisis.”

Ng believed that the online classes are a hit among the students, which she credited to the flexibility of the online platform.

She also saw other positives from the restriction, such as allowing her to generate creative ideas to teach a class.

Meanwhile, Ng has been invited by the High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam to participate in the upcoming art competition, themed “United Against Corona – Express Through Art”, organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in India.

Huifong Ng conducts an art class using her laptop computer. PHOTO: JAMES KON