Art Sessions at Artist's Studio
Drawing and painting lessons with Singapore artist Prabhakara Jimmy Quek at the artist's studio
Anyone who is interested to do painting or drawing at any level can register online to book for the art classes; drawing and painting classes are conducted either in a small group or one-on-one with the artist.
1. Acrylic Painting for Beginner
For beginners as well as those with some experience
You will learn to paint with acrylic medium, and learn to use art materials effectively and techniques to mix colors. You will be guided in using various methods to achieve different visual effects.
Besides practical exercises to investigate colors, lines, shapes, form, volume, light, texture, you will learn to develop skills to paint and to complete your painting and in doing so, discover the freedom and ease of painting with this versatile fine art medium - Acrylic.
Finally you will get to enjoy the freedom of expression in creating your original acrylic paintings either by direct observation, studies made from photos and visual references or visual impression through your own experiences, feelings and thoughts, ideas, dreams and imagination. Read more
2. Painting for Improver
For those who have some experience, but keen to improve themselves further
For those who wish to develop their problem solving and decision-making skills related to visual perception and visual realization such that further progress in painting, technical and conceptual skill can be made.
Thus, further develop one's ability to reflect upon ones work, to improve and to communicate one's formal and conceptual intentions into a piece of work and further artistic development.
3. Painting with Artist
For those who are seeking painting as a recreational activity
Suitable for ex-participants of our programmes and those who wish to have fine art drawing or painting sessions or experiment alternative artistic traditions at any level during the available session.
You may explore further on either representational or non-representational painting, like still life, landscapes, floral, portraits, abstract painting or creative painting for fun. You may use a variety of medium either watercolor, acrylic or oil medium for exploration, creativity and innovation with a broader context of contemporary visual culture.
4. Basic Sketching / Drawing
Drawing has been the very foundation of all art. Accurate drawing is the basis of all representational art. You will learn how to "see" and "record" what you see, using pencils on paper for your drawing. You will do sketching and drawing using a direct observation method on still-life. Practical exercises include drawing shapes, drawing in line and tone, relationships between subjects, perspective and proportion.
These lessons are helpful for those without any experience at all and plan to take up fine art painting lessons in future and for those who wish to improve their painting skills by first strengthening their foundational drawing skills.
It is also useful for those who just simply like to learn the skills of sketching and drawing as a method of conveying an idea or feeling in pictorial terms. The skills and techniques acquired here will change your awareness of visual aesthetics for the rest of your life. Read more
If you like to learn how to paint orchids or other subjects with watercolour, click here. If you like to learn colouring techniques with colour pencils and to start enjoy colouring works with pencils, click here. If you wish your children (Age 7 to 10, 11 to 16) to have art training with the artist, so to improve and develop their drawing and painting skills and abilities in critical thinking, creating thinking, problem-solving and practical thinking via art, click here. If you like to have one or a few sessions for "Painting for Joy" at our studio, you could also join us. Jimmy will show you examples and demostrate techniques to you and give Step by step guidance wheneven it is needed, click here.
Time Schedule and Fee
1. Small Group Session
The size of the class is capped at 6 people per small group session. Each participant progresses at their own pace and art course following their unique time schedule. Personal attention and individual guidance are assured.
You could register and book for your painting or drawing sessions and begin your art practice any time when there is a slot available. Booking is based on a first comes first served basis.
Fees per person depending on the number of sessions you book:
2. One-on-one Session
Booking is based on a first comes first served basis. One-on-one session. Personal attention and individual guidance. Practise and learn accordingly to your level.
Fees per person depending on the number of sessions you book:
For any other days of the week, please contact to check with the artist for availability. Tel: 67823579 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is done online or via email. We shall reply to you by email, informing you of the availability of your scheduled sessions after registration has been made.
Payment of fees
Payment can be made online or by cash payment when we meet in the first session. Click here to make an online payment.
For subsequent booking, you can either make your booking and payment of fees online or during your painting/drawing session using cash payment.
Terms and Conditions
There will be no make-up session if you are absent from your scheduled session. No reschedule of sessions is allowed once the scheduled sessions are confirmed. Fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Participants make satisfactory progress each time according to their levels of artistic practice and development.
Below are some examples of their artworks:
Participants are from all walks of life. They are accountants, auditors, bankers, corporation directors, physicians, teachers, lecturers, engineers, financial analysts, lawyers, IT personnel, executives, stewardesses, translators, architects, researchers, game testers, consultants, professional counsellers, businesspersons, housewives, CEOs, managing director, secretaries, artists, designers, monks, retirees, students from university, polytechnic, art college, art school, junior college, secondary and primary school.
They are of different ages and from different countries, such as Singapore, Netherlands, India, China, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Britain, Portugal, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Serbia, Italy, France, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Tibet, Nepal, Nigeria and Kazakhstan.
Participants bring their own art materials for their sessions.
For acrylic painting
You need acrylic paints, acrylic mediums, stretched canvas or canvas panel or acrylic pad, some painting brushes, tear-off palette, paper towel, spray bottle, water container, watercolors pencil or charcoal stick or pencil, a color wheel for acrylic painting. Others like painting knives, impasto gel medium, glaze medium, texture paste, slow drying gel and gloss varnish are optional for the beginner.
Recommended colours for beginners: Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Medium Yellow, Brilliant Red, Crimson, Blue Lake, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine, Pathalo Blue, Light Green, Pathola Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Mars Black.
For oil painting lessons
You need a set of oil paints, brushes, canvas, low odour turpentine (or low odour thinners), purified linseed oil, alkyd flow medium, double dipper, charcoal stick, painting knives, tear-off palette, paper towel, a color wheel for oil painting.
For sketching & drawing lessons
You need 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B pencils, kneaded eraser, eraser (though erasing is discouraged in sketching), pencil sharpener, tortillion, drawing paper, drawing block (min size: 273 x 375mm or A3 size: 297 x 420mm). You can use pencils, eraser, sharpener and kneaded eraser that are available in the studio for your lessons if you wish.
Where to buy art materials
You can buy art materials from bookshops or art shops in Singapore such as Art Friend, Overjoyed Pte Ltd, Straits Art Co Pte Ltd, Spotlight Stores, Daiso, Popular Bookstores, Times Bookstores, neighbourhood shops and you can even buy whatever art materials you want online.
Prabhakara Jimmy Quek. Born in Singapore. Jimmy started learning art in 1971. He has been practising art full time since 1986.
Jimmy held his first one-man art exhibition in 1987 and since then he had held 11 one-man art exhibitions. He has exhibited his works in more than 80 group exhibitions in Yokohama, Kobe, Sapporo, Rotterdam, New York, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Dallas, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Beijing Quanzhou, Shanghai, Korea, Fukuoka, Osaka,Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Jimmy's paintings adorn major areas of corporations, institutions, ministries, convention centres, airline lounges, banks, hospitals, offices and homes of art lovers and art collectors worldwide. His works are in the permanent collection of Singapore Art Museum.
Jimmy was the winner of the First Prize in IBM Art Award in 1988. He was a member of Judging Panel for Della Butcher Award for Excellence in the Art in 1994. He was also a Member of Judging Panel for Philip Morris Group of Companies Singapore Art Awards in 1995. Jimmy was awarded Third Prize in National Art Competition for Open Section Western Painting in 1974.
Jimmy was invited as External Assessor for Diploma in Visual Arts Assessments for 2D Studies in the School of Fine Art, Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts in 1999 and as Member of the Department of 2D and 3D Studies Course Accreditation Committee, Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore in 1999/2000.
His arts are featured in many important publications. His artistic activities and achievements are reported in the news.
Jimmy was requested to conduct Sketching/Drawing (Elementary/Intermediate/ Advanced levels) and Acrylic Painting courses at Federation of Art Societies Singapore when it was located at Church Street in early 90's. He conducted Painting Workshops for teachers at Metta School in 2003 and taught art at Siglap Community Centre and Mountbatten Community Centre in the 80's.
Jimmy commits to making himself available for those who seek artistic assistance and consultation. He shares his skills and experiences in the field of visual art with those who wish to learn painting or basic sketching/drawing from him at his home studio at Tampines in Singapore. Many participants have benefited from this ongoing endeavour since 2009.
Below are some feedback that we received from the participants:
"Grateful for your professional sharing of your knowledge and expertise."
"Certainly a metamorphosis from a complete foreigner in painting to an okay-practitioner. Your guidance and pointers, as well as the practical demonstrations were pivotal, appreciate it!"
"When I first step into your house and listen to the way you teach, I knew I've met a fantastic artist. Not just a capable art teacher but also a very caring friend who always teach me to learn and behave in good manner. Totally beyond my expectation... Today, I'm able to get into my course and follow my passion is because of your great help. I have improved a lot and I felt very prepared for my studies. Once again, thank you so much!"
"I enjoyed myself during the lesson, I do like the atmosphere as well! Thank you for being so patient with me!"
"I have passed NAFA's exam. Thanks for your drawing lesson."
"I feel fortunate to have taken this course, and more importantly had you train carefully each step along my drawing journey. I am also glad you shared with me and help me understand the ultimate goal of art which I never knew before. I love to see each member of your family works in harmony, so happy and peaceful."
"I really appreciate for all your teaching and caring. I always enjoy my lessons with you."
"Even though I am an artist and have had several exhibitions in Switzerland, I was not satisfied. From my first to my last session with Jimmy my painting advanced rapidly. Jimmy's enthusiasm is an infection and you can not help but be inspired. The way of Jimmy's guidance is ideal for any level of budding artist. If you really want to realize your full potential then you must visit Jimmy! Thank you again, maestro."
"The atmosphere of the class was very comfortable and I really enjoyed it."
"Jimmy taught me to see differently, use paints more liberally, and break out of the confines of "painting with the outline". He is a very patient teacher.
"My daughter obtained an "A" in her Art at GCE "O" level examination. Thank you very much, Jimmy."
"You have been a great mentor for me in the small journey of art so far."
"If you are looking for an art class to attend, I'll Recommend Jimmy's! I just wish he was not so far away from me!"
"The classes have been useful to me and I did learn a lot from the lessons taught. I look forward to continuing my lessons with you when I next have the time."
"Each session always made me very happy and a grateful person to know you."
"I am very thankful to have attended Mr Jimmy's art lessons. Now that I am dealing with my art exam, I could easily apply the skill Jimmy taught me. Thank you very much Mr Jimmy. I miss you and Siew Hooi. Miss all those lessons I had from you. Will visit you soon."
"I am very happy that I got a chance to learn to sketch from you. I never tried sketching and never thought of doing it, but when I came to you I found it very interesting and learned so many helpful techniques which will help me in the future. Thanks for your guidance."
"I enjoyed all the lessons with you and you have made changes in my life. I am so thankful to know and have you as my art teacher!"
"Thank you so much again, I enjoyed your class very much. I have learned a lot from you and you have been very patient teaching me."
"I see passion and joy in you in every class and to every student. Wow! I admire and salute you. Yes, I enjoy every lesson with you especially your great sense of humour; I am more relaxed. Feels like I have 'escaped' into my painting."
"Thank you for all your guidance, patience and encouragement, and making every class a new learning experience."
"Thanks, Jimmy. I am so happy painting...and surprisingly the pencil drawing! The doctor tells me I am recovering very well from my surgeries. Really, I think all this painting helps!"
"I am so lucky to have got an opportunity to be your student. The skill I learn from you and the resulting happiness are priceless."
"I am very grateful for your invaluable advice. Your 'criticisms' which I take very positively helped me progress in this learning journey and I enjoy our exchanges."
"Thank you very much for all the encouragement and guidance given to me during my 4 month's training at Pabha Studio. It was truly a beautiful experience learning art with lots of laughter and good memories. "
"Thank you for the guidance and feedback you have shared these past weeks especially on how to approach each painting project. I'm learning and discovering something new each week about this art form and the importance of practice!"
"I have enjoyed very much the sketching session this afternoon and your enthusiasm to teach my friend and me as much as possible. You are opening a whole new world in the art domain for me. It is much appreciated."
"My courses with you help me so much and I am nostalgic of the moments I spent by your side."
"I have completed 100 painting sessions. That is fast! Thank you very much for the certificate."
"I am glad that I took the plunge to go from West to East to meet you and be tutored by you. In the first session, I felt that you understood my goals and your art work seemed to reflect some of the ideas that I have. I have learnt much from you in the 8 sessions and look forward to continuing to explore more with you when time permits."
"I am proud to share my five years of learning to painting with you has been fabulous. From the very day I started; I am touch by your sincerity, patience and kindness to teach me to paint well. It was 'I like to paint' to now 'I love to paint!' You make my art journey not only, enriching and lighthearted, its absolutely awesome! Thank you Jimmy Quek!
"Been very blessed to be referred to Jimmy for learning art as I've learned so much from him. Jimmy not just teaches art but also inspires me to appreciate and create my own art. Really appreciate Siew Hooi's hospitality - she always makes sure that I am comfortable during the lessons. 12 lessons passed by too quickly. Will visit again."
"My best and most passionate, cheerful and friendly art teacher, Jimmy Quek, who always makes art such a fun and enjoyable thing to learn."
There are many ways to learn a complex and personal subject such as art. However, a sound background in direct observation and representational painting is always useful to achieve a reasonable standard of skill in your chosen medium.
Many objects around us are good subjects for beginners to draw and paint. After you have learnt how to see and how to record objects on a surface, you can then experiment with different techniques and media. You can even explore the world of imagination and work with intuition.
You can do it if you want to learn it, and you take action in art making. Those who practise regularly will certainly produce better results in their artwork, be it representational or non-representational art.
It is fun and useful to learn sketching and painting and to continue learning and practising them regularly.
You are welcome to join the painting session. I'll be happy to assist you along your artistic journey.
You will build-up your self-confidence and attain a sense of achievement through art. You will enjoy art-making and appreciate art in life.
Prabhakara Jimmy Quek
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Pabha Studio : 286 Tampines St 22 #07-171 Singapore 520286. Tel: 67823579.
Take the PIE towards Changi Airport, look for Exit 3B and turn left at Exit 3B. Keep left and turn left into Tampines Avenue 2, keep left and turn left into Tampines Street 22. Turn right into the car park at Block 286. Park your car near the entrance. Click here for location map.
An easy and convenient way.
By MRT and Bus
There are three MRT stations nearby: Simei (EW3), Tampines (EW2) & Tampines East (DT33). Then, take a bus to the bus stop (76099) or bus stop (76091). Click here for location map.
Alight at the bus stop (76099) in front of Block 285 along Tampines Ave 2. Bus services available: 8, 17, 18, 20, 28, 34, 39, 59, 292 & 518. Or, alight at the bus stop (76091) in front of Block 206 which is opposite Block 285, bus services available here: 3, 8, 17, 18, 20, 28, 34,39, 59 & 518. Click here for location map.
If you have any questions regarding drawing or painting sessions, please check it at Commonly Asked Question page, if that has not answered your questions, do feel free to check with Jimmy or Siew Hooi.
For registration, please register online. We shall reply you by email informing you of the availability of your sessions.
Payment of fees
Payment can be made online or by cash payment when we meet during the first art session. Click here to make an online payment.
For subsequent booking, you can either continue to make your booking and payment of fees online or during your painting/drawing session using cash payment.