I was disappointed when YX told me that he wanted to stop his Art Class which he will be attending for about 1 year coming this November. I still remember when he first attended, he was so excited and full of enthusiasm. I've blog about it over here.
Starting from last month (September), he started to lost interest in attending the Art Class and always giving me excuses that he does not want to go. When I managed to persuade him to attend, he will always ended up crying when I went to fetch him. He complaint that I was always late to fetch him and he has to wait very long for me. As his class was 1.5 hours, I always went about 10 minutes earlier to fetch him, yet he complaint I was late.
In the past, he will entertained himself with toys and comics or just sit around at the sofa waiting for me. Lately, he felt lost and wanted me immediately after the class. The teacher said he was not being bullied or anything like that. As far as I'm concerned, the system in this Art Class was like that. Once you have finished the whole drawing (the teacher estimated 1.5 hours for each lessons), you can go home. I believe once he finishes his drawings (less than 1.5 hour), he did not see me and ended up crying for me. He doesn't have any friends in the Art Class as the students there were a mixed of ages. Some are about his age while majority are older.
Last week, I was there to accompany him throughout the class. I sat at the sofa waiting for him and monitored the environment. Yes, it's true that he don't have any friends and he finishes his drawings in less than 1.5 hour. But I was glad that the teachers were both very friendly and even can jokes with the older students (around secondary age). Both teachers are very soft spoken and did not even raise their voice throughout the lessons. It was a very relaxing class with laughter in the air. I guess YX felt lonely and makes him out of place.
I've promised him that in the future, I will pick him up earlier. I also promised that I will arrive at the Art Center before he finishes his drawing. However, he refused. I felt it was such a waste to stop the class since he enjoyed drawings very much, but I have to respect his decision. Since I've already paid for the October Fees (have to pay on every 1st week of the month), I explained to YX hopping he could finish the classes for the whole month of October and we shall stop the lessons starting from November.
I wanted to laugh when he said, "I don't want to attend Art Class in November, but I want to go in December ! " *Ohhh....so there is still hope*
I told him to think carefully because we cannot simply stop and go as when we like. I've yet to talk to his teacher about stopping the class. I'm not sure if we can stop the class temporary for 1 - 2 months and continue again when he is ready. Keeping my fingers crossed.
I know YX loves drawing a lot because he still draws EVERY DAY. To see his drawings, hop over to his drawing's blog over here.