Passion fuels purpose in her active ageing journey
Shanta had always been interested in the arts especially in watercolour painting. Her interest started in her younger days when she was working as a secretary where she discovered that she wanted to pursue a hobby of her own. Due to work and life commitments then, it was difficult to balance the time between work and leisure and she could only attend night classes at art institutions such as NAFA and LASALLE. Though, she found that the classes were really beneficial and fun.
From interest to passion
Shanta first discovered National Silver Academy (NSA) through visiting an NSA roadshow in 2017 and has explored different areas of the arts such as attending courses like Acting Skills for Stage Performance and Acrylic Painting.
She took a liking to watercolour painting in particular as it was a challenging medium to work with and it spurred her to pick up skills and knowledge from various resources to master the medium.
Through attending the progressive levels of watercolour painting courses under the National Silver Academy (NSA) and conducted by LASALLE, she managed to develop a good proficiency in it. She had signed up for this series of courses taught by Mr Steve Chua as he is knowledgeable and approachable in class with watercolour techniques.
“I feel that it is always important to cultivate a hobby and spend sufficient time in honing the skill as it is very easy to lose interest along the way. Not only will it become something to fall back on later in life, it also helps to keep us occupied and sane,” she expresses.
As Shanta is now semi-retired, she has more free time to pursue her hobbies and participate in courses. She believes in keeping oneself active. Besides working 3 times a week as an administrator, her schedule is packed with various learning activities such as attending talks and the NSA Urban Watercolour Painting course by LASALLE and NSA Chinese Ink Painting by Family Central which she had just signed up for. Shanta is truly a good example that learning does not stop with age.
Hobbies are important to ageing well
Shanta highly encourages her friends and family to take up courses too. She feels that it is important to have a social network to encourage one another and she attends the courses together with her friends where possible.
“It is really great having this initiative, with NSA tying in with colleges and organisations to offer these courses and making them affordable for seniors like us. It gives us the opportunity to explore learning beyond our usual avenues.”
“The roadshows held in the communities are great too to find out more information as I noted that some senior participants from my class actually decided to sign up after visiting the roadshow,” said Shanta.
**Special thanks to Ms Shanta Subramaniam who accepted our interview, we wish her all the very best in her lifelong learning journey.
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