Small Art School makes quality art education available to Cambodian children since 2008.

 

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Making a Difference

The Small Art School (SAS) is a self-financed school that provides art education to its enrolled students. An envisioned Japanese art teacher, namely Tomoko Kasahara, founded it. She aimed to provide free art classes to children of Cambodia. It is an excellent opportunity for kids who have the talent but lack opportunities due to financial reasons.  The small art school was approved by the Cambodian government as an NGO in April last year under the organization name “Wind of Art organization”.

The primary goal of SAS is to help children by providing free and quality art education with the help of Tomoko and her colleagues. The kid’s art gallery helps us promote our students’ creative expression while allowing them to cherish joyful learning experiences as they grow.

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Classes & Workshops

We promote our students’ creative expression while allowing them to cherish joyful learning experiences as they grow. We are very proud of our students who have deepened and broadened their knowledge and creative abilities through Small Art School’s programs and activity.

We think that we find our institution as the binding force between Cambodian culture. This institution uses these traditions and cultures to improve the quality of life. Khmer Arts recruits and trains the individual in such a way that they produce incredible works of art and become accomplished artists.

Tuesday Art Lesson

  • Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • Days of Week: Tuesday
@Small Art School
Free

Thursday Art Lesson

  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Days of Week: Thursday
@Small Art School
Free

Sunday Art Lesson

  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Days of Week: Sunday
@Small Art School
$30.00

Wednesday Art Lesson

  • Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • Days of Week: Wednesday
@Oh Village Elementary School
$36.00

Sunday Art Lesson

  • Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
  • Days of Week: Sunday
@Angkor Krau Community Center
$55.00

Japanese Lesson

  • Time: 5:10 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Days of Week: Monday -Thursday
@Small Art School
$50.00
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Currently, due to COVID-19, we are not accepting any new students.

We will update when we are ready to accept new students.  (Khmer students only)

About a Founder, Tomoko Kasahara

With a master’s degree in art from Tokyo educational university, she started her career as an art teacher at a public high school in Tokyo in 1976.

It has been 31 years since she has been giving art education to the children in art school. To fulfil her wish, she made a “small art school” where there would be a kids’ art gallery and much more. After visiting India and Nepal, her search came to an end in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There she built a Siem reap art school in 2007.

Initially, she gave art education to the children of orphanages and neighbourhood kids. She gave free art classes and painting classes for kids and provided them with free art supplies. To fulfil her dream of accessible art education, she and her team members made a “Khmer kids art gallery.” The team created it to raise funds for the school and painting classes for kids.

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Our Supporters

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Real-World Partnerships

Upcoming Events

Opening the exhibition of artworks you can watch VR gallery and planetarium led by Social compass

The joy of art: Art Gallery

Explore The Collection

Here are some of our student’s artworks.  All artworks have been drawn and painted by the Khmer students.  All profit from the sale will help fund Small Art School’s program expenses.

Khmer Kids Art Gallery

A social enterprise, Anacott Artiste, manages Khmer Kids Art Gallery to help raise Small Art School funds. Also, we try our best to encourage our young artists to make a living using their abilities and art education. Thus, we employ local artists to assist our art program and work at the gallery. We provide students opportunities to improve their technical abilities and gain experience in the “business-side” of art.

SAS collaborates with fellow artists and those who give art education worldwide to provide enriching workshops and encourage a broader, global understanding of the visual arts. We help the artist to be able to make a living through their artwork.

Thus, we employ local artists to assist our art program and work at the gallery. We provide students opportunities to improve their technical abilities and gain experience in the “business-side” of art.

We are very proud that our free art classes have deepened and broadened their knowledge and creative abilities through Small Art School’s programs and activities. Eventually, the school realized the need for more art education and funds to support the Khmer children in the best possible way. To help us realize our vision, we established a venue for more people to recognize the talents and abilities of Khmer Children.

How are the profits from the artworks shared?

50%: The individual artist or organization where the student belongs to.

30%: Operating cost for this gallery.

20%: Operating cost for Small Art School’s educational activities such as art supplies, teaching materials, scholarships and student support.

Recent media

NHK world – Side by side

Painting New Futures: Cambodia

Siem Reap in Cambodia is the home of Angkor Wat, and also a free art school. Former Japanese art teacher Kasahara Tomoko set it up in 2008, and it now has around 100 pupils. Many teachers were killed under Pol Pot and there are still no school art classes. Kasahara believes that drawing freely as a child is deeply important to personal growth. Six of her former students now teach at the school themselves. Follow their efforts to revitalize the spirit of art among Cambodia’s children.

FAQ

How can I apply for the lesson?

Currently, due to COVID-19, we are not accepting any new students.

We teach only underprivileged Khmer children (both parents are Khmer) especially children who are willing to learn, but lack opportunities to learn.

We collaborate with some international and local NGOs.  Their children come on their fixed schedule.

Where does the school funding come from?

Most of the funding is from Teacher Tomoko’s her own saving.  She has prepared and saved her money for more than 20 years since she started thinking to build a free art school.   Originally she was thinking to teach about 40-50 students, but there are more students than she expected and have 350 students now in 2020.  Therefore, we started seeking some other funding.  We were granted some awards from some foundation in 2014.  We also established a social enterprise to help funds for the Small Art School by selling printed products and original artworks.

How can I support the school?

We highly appreciate your generous offer to support us.  We accept donations via Paypal for money transfer.  Paypal Account: smallartschool@gmail.com

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