Children from SPD’s Building Bridges EIPIC centres were greeted by Toy Story characters when they visited the Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay this June.
Pixar Animation Studio held its first drawing workshop in Singapore for 36 children and their caregivers from the SPD Building Bridges EIPIC centres. The session conducted by its artist, Ms Mara MacMahon on 15 June, also saw the children meeting some of their favourite Toy Story characters.
Taking the cue from the films’ reflection on friendship, our children invited a friend, sibling or neighbour to join them in learning to draw Toy Story characters, thereby enabling greater interaction and bonding among children with and without disabilities.
During the workshop, Ms MacMahon shared step-by-step instructions on sketching characters such as Woody and Bo Peep. The children put in their best effort to follow the instructions closely. Some of them also exercised their creativity and came up with their own unique drawings of the characters.
“I was very heartened to see the children trying their best to keep up and engaged in drawing the characters. I can see that they enjoyed themselves very much,” said social work associate Ummi Shafiah.
The event ended on a high note when the Toy Story characters surprised the participants by making a special appearance. The children rushed to their favourite characters and took a group photo for keepsake.
Mdm Teoh Kher Ein, whose son Ayden Tan attends EIPIC at SPD@Tampines, expressed her appreciation for this outing. “Thank you for inviting us. We really enjoyed the session as our family don’t usually get an opportunity to attend these types of activities,” she said.
We thank The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) and event partner Pico for delighting our children with such a magical and engaging adventure.