A new workshop starting soon at TAES just for kids!


The exhibition will continue from  7th to 20th December. Viewing during this time will be by appointment only.

Please contact TAES at 
email: enquiries@theartespace.com
telephone: 0124019636


Conducted by Reconnectivist artist Elspeth McEachern


“Reconnect with nature through the ancient art of woodblock printing”


Step back in time and learn one of the oldest forms of printmaking – woodblock (woodcut) printing.  This printing method was first used by the ancient Egyptians, Indians and Arabs to stamp designs onto fabric. It was then adopted by China in 7th century AD to combine text and drawing on the same block. Woodblock printing on paper didn’t emerge in Europe until the 14th century AD; 100 years after the introduction of paper.


Printmaking workshop

In this course you will learn the steps involved in the ancient art of woodblock printing and complete your own original work of art.


Week 1

Wednesday 24 September 2014 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

In this session you will learn how to finalise the design for a print, transfer it to a woodblock, and following a demonstration in woodcarving techniques, begin to carve your wood. You will need to be committed to finishing the woodcarving at home before the next session.

PREPARATION: Please come to this first workshop prepared with an idea for a woodblock print based on the theme of “nature” (eg flowers, leaves, tree, animal or bird). During the workshop you will learn how to adapt this idea to suite a woodblock print (help will be provided for beginners in art).  The design size will be 150mmW x 145mmH. Please allow a 6-10mm surrounding border in your design.

Week 2

Wednesday 1 October 2014 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

In this workshop you will be shown how to correct any carving mistakes that may have resulted during the carving process. You will then go straight into printing your woodblock (edition of 4 prints).

[Please note the ink used is oil-based and therefore turpentine is used for cleaning.  Fumes and staining are inevitable, so please wear old clothes and bring a face mask or gloves if you have an allergy].

PREPARATION: Please remember to bring your finished woodblock and carving tools to this session. Also please bring a large desert spoon or soup spoon as this is used as a burnisher (to rub the back of the paper).


Week 3

Wednesday 8 October 2014 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

In this session, you will learn how to hand-paint your woodblock print using watercolour paint.  Each print will be on watercolour paper, so the technique will be much like watercolour painting. You will be shown two techniques to choose from; either the transparent mixed colour layer technique or a more opaque (solid) single colour approach.



RM20 per session (for 3 weeks) plus RM18 for materials TOTAL COST: RM78




Enjoy a creative Saturday morning! A self directed playful art session directed by Molly Tay ( art instructor).
Saturday sessions : 9:30 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:30 
RM20 per one hour session, inclusive of all art materials. Except canvas (available to purchase)

Kids at Taes:
• Children < 6 year of age must be accompanied and supervised by a parent.
• You may sign up for a max. of 2 hours.
• It’s a self directed art session. However, the instructor will give guidance if necessary.
• There are no child care facilities at Taes. Parents, please be aware that you are solely responsible for the safety of your children and property. 
• The toilets are external to the premises. 
• Disruptive behavior which could result in injury or damage to property will not be tolerated. 

Please contact Molly for further enquiries: 016 442 6866

Go APE for ART is a closed group for and of artists, dedicated to stepping up and out to change the world we live in through our donations of art works, focused on the orangutans, in support of wildlife conservation, specifically the OrangUtan Protection Foundation http://opf.org/.

Sales of this Orangutan art will be donated in full to the Foundation to assist in the care and auspices of the Foundation to eventual release/restoration of orangutans into the wild.

Sharon Kow, colour pencil artist has kindly donated a beautiful piece, titled " Selamat Pagi" to this cause. Do come into TAES to have a closer look at this wonderful example of how the humble colour pencil can be used to create beautiful works of art!

Sharon has kindly offered to share her knowledge of colour pencil art in the new year, so look out for announcements of her workshops to come!

TAES will be closed from the 20th December 2013 to the 12th January 2014.

Happy Holidays everyone and see you in the new year!

Molly Tay
Artist/ Visual Arts Instructor
Master of Fine Art and Design, University of Tasmania

Molly studied art at Nanyang Academy of Arts, Singapore and then at Edinburgh College of arts Scotland, and on returning to Malaysia, she took up a teaching position as Fine Art lecturer at Equator Academy of Arts (1998 – 2003, March 2008-2011). She was awarded a Master of Fine Art and Design in Dec, 2004 at The University of Tasmania.

Molly brings into TAES a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience. She is a very talented visual artist who has the capacity to work across a range of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, mural painting and sculpture. Her original and thoughtful approach to making contemporary art has resulted in works that are subtle, investigative, speculative and bound in cultural references that project outwards to the world of today. While Molly’s art often communicates in narrative form, it also can surprise through fashioning propositions in a reductionist, symbolic idiom. 

Her vision is to see artists of all calibers striving to improve their skills and creativity, and have their artwork make a unique artistic and cultural contribution to the environment at TAES.

If you are interested in art, want to develop skills to enable you to create art

( whether for leisure or for an existing course), and are above 13 years of age, then check out these courses in:

DRAWING -  RM 100/ month ( 4 sessions)

Develop your observational and sketching skills through a series of exercises in contour line rendering, tonal and free hand drawing.

OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTING - RM180/ month (4 sessions)

Learn the fundamentals of painting in oils and acrylics, how to apply colour and render volume and forms.

PAINTING - RM 260/ month (4 sessions)

Learn the fundamentals of painting in water-based paints, how to apply colour and render volume and forms

Courses start in September 2013.  A 25% discount will be offered if you sign up for 2 sessions / week!

For more details on the courses, click MOLLY TAY COURSES