Some merchandise including mugs and tote bags that feature Junior Art Lab’s distinct brand of humour and design.
One social enterprise has made it fun and engaging for children to develop digital literacy skills using simple computer programmes and punny designs. Junior Art Lab’s courses for children aged three to 12 provide participants the opportunity to learn art and technology to create whimsical and humorous designs that can be sold as merchandise to the public.
Since opening in the Enabling Village in September last year, the creative studio has held several digital art workshops and supported some community outreach projects through the sale of its products, which include greeting cards ($5.90), pins ($7.90) and tote bags ($20).
Many of the designs feature the studio’s distinct brand of humour, which uses puns like “inkuehdible”, “fineapple”, and “tea-riffic”.
Said the studio’s director Aminur Rasyid: “The wordplay and puns were something really fun to come up with. It’s definitely my favourite part of the work I do now. I like to tell people that I draw cute stuff and come up with cheesy puns for a living, haha!”
The studio uses Microsoft PowerPoint to create its designs because it’s commonly used in homes and schools, and easily accessible for persons with disabilities, even for those who cannot draw.
“We aim to grow an inclusive and creative community in the Enabling Village, and provide opportunities for children and youth from lower-income families and persons with disabilities and special needs to learn together with us,” explained Aminur.
The company also hires persons with disabilities as illustrators to create designs and trains them to take on jobs like digital illustrators and designers.
Come down to Junior Art Lab to check out its cool designs made by persons with disabilities, or shop at its new online store, www.artably.co. Opening hours are Tue-Fri (930am-630pm) and Sat-Sun (930am-430pm). Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
The studio’s programmes can also be tailored for company events. To learn more about its children’s courses or corporate programmes, call +6597222935 or email email@example.com.