About Us

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About CreativeKids

Since 1991, CreativeKids has been committed to advance and advocate creative development in children and teens, bond families and mobilize communities with integrative art, design and architecture programs. With an ever-increasing student and alumni body, professional team and scope of services, CreativeKids has ignited a creative spirit in the community, expanded collaboration with schools, centers and corporations and reached out to families from diverse backgrounds.

From a Picture to a Future

In the visual language of art, design and architecture, youngsters are engaged to explore creative possibilities and solutions for personal and collective challenges.

With our developmentally-appropriate curriculum and a research & development team, we build positive mindset and practical skillset. We inspire dreamers to disciplined doers and thinkers to problem-solvers, turning each picture towards a future.

Our Beliefs

We believe that children are inherently curious, creative and capable of constructing their own understanding of the world through imaginative experiences and expressions in visual, verbal, written and varied forms.

We believe that opportunities for creative development through art and design education should be made available to all children, irrespective of their capabilities and socio-economic backgrounds.

We believe children are meaning- and symbol-makers in art. Children’s art is their visual growth record in which their autonomy, individuality and originality are to be respected. Children’s visual literacy is best developed when creative mindset is supported by foundational skills.

Our Vision

To empower children with creative competence and character to become catalyst for a better world.

To help children to think and create with the sensitivity of an artist and sensibility of a designer.

Our Mission

To make quality art and design education a part of every child.

Our ArtproachTM

To inspire the mind (HEAD)
instill passion (HEART)
develop dexterity (HANDS)
in an individual (PERSON)
through exploratory art experiences (PROCESS)
through exploratory art experiences in an imaginative environment resulting in genuine and original artwork (PRODUCT)
in pursuit of success and significance (PURPOSE).

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We see children as catalysts for change that ripple out to families, schools and communities.
For over 20 years, CreativeKids has seen a slow change in parents’ expectations from rigid representational depiction to more spontaneous expression in children’s art. Schools are opening up for more diverse ways of visual expression and opportunities for CreativeKids’ involvement in teachers’ training and visual art curriculum design. Since 1999, shopping malls have brought children’s creativity to the communities through sponsoring CreativeKids exhibitions in Cityplaza, Harbour City, K11, Olympian City, Central Plaza, Times Square; and as public art on Canton Road.

Children’s art is expressed as visual voices in response to social issues such as poverty, warfare, ecological disaster, social order and teenage pregnancy. Families are engaged in parent-child collaborative projects with World Vision, Mother’s Choice, Oxfam, Playright and other organizations. By engaging in hypothetical design such as children hospital, city planning and architectural projects, children assume the role as connectors, communicators and contributors to communities.

Although our order of emphasis from person, process and purpose to product may go against the norm of fast-paced families, there have been gradual changes in parents’ values. There is a spectrum of how art can be pursued: from learning art purely for its own sake to the practical application of art for social involvement or strategic preparation for art/design/architecture schools.

Art education takes a child from a picture to a future.

Our Scale

With our headquarters in Central, a branch in Taikoo Shing and a social-enterprise-based art studio, IM Creative in Mei Foo, our studio space covers over10,000 sq. ft. Our professional team has grown to over 80 employees, committed to high quality teaching, outreach, management and consulting service.

Our Environment

The purpose-built studios offer an immersive and multi-sensory space in which children experience art individually and collaboratively. Children sometimes become part of the creative art work and process.

About CreativeKids

Since 1991, CreativeKids has been committed to advance and advocate creative development in children and teens, bond families and mobilize communities with integrative art, design and architecture programs. With an ever-increasing student and alumni body, professional team and scope of services, CreativeKids has ignited a creative spirit in the community, expanded collaboration with schools, centers and corporations and reached out to families from diverse backgrounds.

From a Picture to a Future

In the visual language of art, design and architecture, youngsters are engaged to explore creative possibilities and solutions for personal and collective challenges.

With our developmentally-appropriate curriculum and a research & development team, we build positive mindset and practical skillset. We inspire dreamers to disciplined doers and thinkers to problem-solvers, turning each picture towards a future.

Our Beliefs

We believe that children are inherently curious, creative and capable of constructing their own understanding of the world through imaginative experiences and expressions in visual, verbal, written and varied forms.

We believe that opportunities for creative development through art and design education should be made available to all children, irrespective of their capabilities and socio-economic backgrounds.

We believe children are meaning- and symbol-makers in art. Children’s art is their visual growth record in which their autonomy, individuality and originality are to be respected. Children’s visual literacy is best developed when creative mindset is supported by foundational skills.

Our Vision

To empower children with creative competence and character to become catalyst for a better world.

To help children to think and create with the sensitivity of an artist and sensibility of a designer.

Our Mission

To make quality art and design education a part of every child.

Our ArtproachTM

To inspire the mind (HEAD)
instill passion (HEART)
develop dexterity (HANDS)
in an individual (PERSON)
through exploratory art experiences (PROCESS)
in an imaginative environment resulting in genuine and original artwork (PRODUCT)
in pursuit of success and significance (PURPOSE).

Our Scope

  • Creative Thinking
  • Design Thinking
  • Art making
  • Designing
  • Visual Literacy
  • Skills mastery
  • Art appreciation
  • Aesthetic judgment
  • Cultural awareness
  • Media exploration

Our Scale

With our headquarters in Central, a branch in Taikoo Shing and a social-enterprise-based art studio, IM Creative in Mei Foo, our studio space covers over10,000 sq. ft. Our professional team has grown to over 80 employees, committed to high quality teaching, outreach, management and consulting service.

Our Environment

The purpose-built studios offer an immersive and multi-sensory space in which children experience art individually and collaboratively. Children sometimes become part of the creative art work and process.

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Creative Concentric Circles

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We see children as catalysts for change that ripple out to families, schools and communities.

For over 20 years, CreativeKids has seen a slow change in parents’ expectations from rigid representational depiction to more spontaneous expression in children’s art. Schools are opening up for more diverse ways of visual expression and opportunities for CreativeKids’ involvement in teachers’ training and visual art curriculum design. Since 1999, shopping malls have brought children’s creativity to the communities through sponsoring CreativeKids exhibitions in Cityplaza, Harbour City, K11, Olympian City, Central Plaza, Times Square; and as public art on Canton Road.

Children’s art is expressed as visual voices in response to social issues such as poverty, warfare, ecological disaster, social order and teenage pregnancy. Families are engaged in parent-child collaborative projects with World Vision, Mother’s Choice, Oxfam, Playright and other organizations. By engaging in hypothetical design such as children hospital, city planning and architectural projects, children assume the role as connectors, communicators and contributors to communities.

Although our order of emphasis from person, process and purpose to product may go against the norm of fast-paced families, there have been gradual changes in parents’ values. There is a spectrum of how art can be pursued: from learning art purely for its own sake to the practical application of art for social involvement or strategic preparation for art/design/architecture schools.

Art education takes a child from a picture to a future.

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Our Services

Regular Programs

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Events

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Exhibitions

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Consultation

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About Our Founder
Angelina Lo-Chui

  • Founder Director of CreativeKids and IM Creative, Hong Kong
  • Speaker and Trainer in Art Education
  • Art Consultant for school development
  • Art Education Advocate and Advisor
  • Founding Member of Ednovators
  • Member of EDiversity
  • Angie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, University of Hawaii, Manoa and a Master of Religious Education, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, California, United States. She started her PhD studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design since 2015.
  • She founded CreativeKids with the vision of maximizing creativity development in children, bonding families and mobilizing communities with the visual language of art. She is a recipient of numerous advertising and graphic design awards locally and internationally.
  • She has served the community as:
    • Art Advisor in Art Education of Hong Kong Arts Development Council
    • Art Advisor in Art in Hospital participant
    • Guest Speaker in Hong Kong Art Museum
    • Keynote Speaker in Art Education Conferences in China
    • Teachers and Parents Trainer in kindergarten and schools
    • Evening Lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in advertising design
    • Art Consultant for school development
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About Our Management Team

Several years ago CreativeKids has embarked on the journey of inquiry into a deeper understanding of how children think and create. Since 2015, our Founder Director Angelina Lo-Chui has started her PhD study in design education, firstly, to underpin CreativeKids’ methodology with more in-depth theoretical and philosophical foundations and secondly, to mobilize the whole studio in continued efforts to improve conditions conducive to children’s creative development through research.

This new direction is made possible with an emergent tier of management for operations, service expansion, curriculum design and delivery. Our management team is made up of competent staff of diverse education backgrounds and experiences, all dedicated to empower our students with 21st century creative capabilities.

Lopo Lo

  • Lopo has over 10 years of experience in the education field, with a mission to promote art as a medium for the development of the new generation as positive, fulfilled, well-adjusted and creative people.
  • Prior to joining the Company, she had worked as a marketing expert for various leading international brands such as Canon and Coca-Cola.
  • After becoming a mother of two, she facilitated child-development and Art & Family Therapy to build up positive learning among children and families, while running her own Art Studio.
  • She has served at People Impact Intelligence Training Centre (an E.Q. & I.Q. Training Centre to Children) as a Centre Manager in two branches.
  • She gained a Bachelor of Marketing and a Certificate of Fashion Design from Australia.
    She is a Qualified Art Facilitator of the Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists
  • She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations, a Diploma for Trainers in Early Childhood Activities and a Certificate in Family Therapy from Hong Kong.

Josephine Chan

  • Josephine has been devoted to creative art education for more than 10 years, with the goal of promoting art to all people, and making art a part of everyone’s life.
  • She manages training programs for teachers from different kindergartens.
  • She is actively involved in voluntary services in creative art teaching children with autism, and those from low-income families.
  • She oversees IM Creative, our social enterprise, to make art and design education accessible and affordable to the  diverse community.
  • She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Visual Art, and a Master of Arts in Visual Culture Studies.

Angelica Fung

  • Angelica has over 10 years of experience in advancing children art and design education at CreativeKids, conducting  research, designing curricula, promoting and organizing art events and activities for children, families and community.
  • She is a professional stage & costume designer, with professional membership at the Hong Kong Association of Theatre  Technicians & Scenographers.
    She is also a trainer for creativity development among educational communities.
  • She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honors) degree with a double major in Theatre Stage Design and Costume Design.
  • She started pursuing a Master of Expressive Arts Therapy since 2014 and started the CreativeKids HeART Program in 2015.

Patsy Lum

  • Patsy has over 10 years of experience in teaching, curriculum design and branch management for children art and design education at CreativeKids.
  • She is responsible for the planning, supervision, design and production of all marketing and public relations materials.
  • Prior to joining the Company, she worked in the advertising field as a Senior Graphic Designer.
  • She has a passion for creative art and received advanced training in visual art, graphic design, website design and ceramics.

Sandra Chan

  • Sandra has been instrumental in implementing CreativeKids’ management information & enrollment systems, in addition to art instruction.
  • Prior to joining the Company, she had spent over 10 years in the electronic industry holding management positions in Product Marketing & Engineering.
  • In pursuit of her mission to serve people through art and illustration, she switched field to children art education.
  • She has a passion for illustration and loves to develop her own illustration book and characters.
  • Graduated from England with a Bachelor of Science in Physics with Lasers and Photonics, she also holds professional diplomas in creative illustration, creative cross-media illustration and digital drawing techniques from Hong Kong.

Stephen Lai

  • Stephen was Managing Director at CreativeKids before taking up the role of Strategic Advisor.
  • Prior to joining the Company, Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in the creative industry, holding positions as Chief Financial Officer at Enterprise IG in San Francisco and Chief Operating Officer at Landor Associates in Hong Kong. He  has extensive experience in partnering with world-class artists to implement branding programs for many prestigious  international clients.
  • Before pursuing a career in business, Stephen had spent 10 years in the education field. He was a lecturer at Grantham College of Education and a teacher at St. Paul’s Co-educational College. He also served on the Advisory Board for the  Swire School of Design at the Polytechnic University.
  • At CreativeKids, Stephen applied his business skills and education experience to nurture a highly competent  management team. He also introduced the Consulting and Training disciplines into CreativeKids’ business mix, applying  a new strategic approach.
  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from America, he also holds an  Education Diploma from Hong Kong.
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Stages of Creative Development

Art education advances the development of the whole child. The creative competence and character developed are so indispensable for personal fulfillment and success in the complex and competitive society.

Effective art education hinges on an appropriate understanding of each stage’s developmental characteristics.*

Adapted from Lowenfeld, V., & Brittain, W. Lambert. (1987). Creative and mental growth (8th ed.). New York : London: Macmillan ; Collier Macmillan.

Scribbling Stage (Age 1.5-4)
Scribbles are visual records of children’s arm movements over surfaces. As children gain more basic motor control, their lines turn into energetic horizontal lines, circles and wiggly marks.

Pre-schematic Stage (Age 4-6)
Children turn curved lines into conscious creation with improved eye-hand coordination. Extending lines from circles, they draw typical ‘tadpole figures’ to represent humans or animals. Objects and symbols float randomly on paper and change meaning with children’s experiences.

Schematic Stage (Age 6-9)
Children draw in symbols (schemas), usually with geometric shapes, to represent objects. A sense of spatial relationship and hierarchy of importance gradually emerges. Objects are placed on a baseline in order of sizes to symbolize degree of importance. Colors are used relating to real objects.

Stage of Transition (Age 9-12)
The schematic generalization of early stages is replaced by increased efforts for visual details of objects. Children are easily discouraged at this stage as their artwork does not match up with expectations. With greater awareness of proportion, form and perspective, drawings become smaller and more rigid. Children’s understanding gradually moves away from the concrete to more abstract concepts. Realism is more prevalent.

Period of Naturalism (Age 12-18)
Teenagers tend to arrive at naturalism of drawing objectively what is seen rather than what is subjectively known. They rapidly develop skills in observation, sketching, painting, designing, sculpting and constructing. Personal styles emerge as teenagers develop mastery over media and techniques in communicating ideas.

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Recognition

We are grateful for the affirmation brought by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Award (Bronze) for Arts Education in May 2013. It gives us greater determination to develop alternative ways to foster children’s creativity.

On Competition

We believe a creative spirit springs from intrinsic motivation, best in an adventurous environment that allows happy mistakes and failures. Competition can be good for children in developing healthy attitudes about winning and losing, encouraging growth and excellence. Competition can be bad, though, when too much emphasis is on the winning few and when children’s original creative intention is distracted.

We believe that children’s winning edge is not in defeating others but in solving problems with best possible ways.

Yearly we enter children’s artwork selectively (without making art contests too much of an extrinsic motivation) and have many affirming results.

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Media

 

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