Singaporean artist and illustrator William Sim says his recent watercolor illustrations are inspired by the Malay colloquial term Masak-Masak, or children’s pretend play cooking. These intricately drawn home scenes paint a picture of cozy living. There is a sense of the viewer happening upon these quirky houses in the woods by chance. Each home looks as if it was built by hand, designed section by section as needed. What impressions do you get from these images?
Encourage children to examine these images closely, to really find the details that bring these scenes to life. Once this task is complete, ask the child to create an illustration of their own. What details can they add to enhance their ideas?
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