"We don't grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it."
~ Sir Ken Robinson
Creativity is an inherent part of life. It's a way of seeing and engaging with the world around you, no matter what field you are in. It is in every one of us. However, our inner creative flames get diminished as we are drawn into our everyday routine as we get older.
That is why we offer a plethora of creative workshops to help keep those creative flames burning. Get inspired & learn directly from the creative professionals and find new ways to better yourself.
Creatopia was founded by husband and wife team Johnny and Stephanie.
The concept of this creative learning academy was inspired by their daughter Ashley K Tan. Ashley loved doodling and the logo image for Creatopia was the first complete drawing that she doodled on the black board at home. The couple felt that this image somehow captured the very essence of creativity, where it's raw, free flowing, no inhibitions, which is very much in abundance in very young children.
However, reality is that young children eventually will grow up and this raw creative energy gets dampened and hidden deep inside them along the way.
And that is why Creatopia was created, to help keep our young children's creative flames burning beyond their pre-school years, keep working & building their creative muscles. This will be essential to their future.
Photo courtesy Palita Photographer
Husband and wife team Johnny and Stephanie are both from the creative industry. Both came from humble family backgrounds and both have experienced similar obstacles when it comes to choosing a "lesser known" career in their teens.
Luckily, Johnny met his mentor & art teacher, who went through great pain and effort to grant him his passion of pursuing Fashion as a GCE 'A' Level subject during college. This led to him scoring a scholarship at Art Center College in Pasadena Los Angeles and the rest is history. Today he is a successful creative professionally, having built a career in New York City to leading creative agencies BBDO and BBH in Shanghai and is now Chief Creative Officer leading the 72andSunny Sydney & Singapore offices.
Stephanie was not as fortunate to have met a mentor but found herself getting into the creative advertising agency for half of her career, starting as an Account Executive in MRM McCann, and then BBH Singapore and finally BBH Shanghai. After leaving advertising, she taught yoga for a couple of years before getting married and had a daughter. It was through her research into education for her daughter that she chanced upon and was inspired by Sir Ken Robinson's most watched Ted Talk video "Do schools kill creativity?". She realised that there is no perfect school system anywhere and decided to embark on this project to strive to provide a more balanced and holistic approach for her daughter's education. She hopes to provide this as a platform for like-minded parents and influence the Singapore culture that academic success is not the only way to success in life.