Champey Academy of Arts: Free Cambodian Traditional Arts Instruction

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Students pursue their passion in Cambodian traditional arts at Champey Academy. Supplied

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – If you’ve ever dreamed of engaging with Khmer arts, Champey Academy of Arts is the place for you. Champey Academy is a small art school where students can learn traditional dancing, music, drawing and painting for free.
Once you reach its campus, you will be warmly welcomed with the beautiful melodies of Khmer musical instruments played by students. The atmosphere of students drawing, dancing, and playing classical Khmer music makes visitors proud to witness the richness of Cambodian culture.
Located down a small alley on street 19Z, behind the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), Champey Academy of Arts is open for its students and visitors from Monday to Saturday, except national holidays. 
Champey Academy focuses on three main traditional courses, including Drawing and Painting, Music, and Dance (Folk and Classic). 
All courses are provided in two shifts: the morning shift from 7:30 am to 11:00 am and the afternoon shift from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 
Thy Sina, an administrator at Champey Academy, told Khmer Times, “Due to the limited musical instruments, we are not able to offer musical students a full-time course load. Some are able to learn for 1 or 2 hours a day.”
“On Friday and Saturday, there will be a special class of Chapei Dong Veng [a Cambodian two-stringed, long-necked musical instrument] taught by professors from RUFA,” she added. 
Currently, there are over 100 students aged between 5 and 22 years old enrolling in classes at Champey Academy of Arts. 
15-year-old drawing student Lay Swear, who has been studying drawing and painting at the academy for almost three months, said, “I have improved a lot on the basic concepts of drawing. I encourage any beginners who would like to start their journey on drawing to come here, it is free of charge.” 
Another student, Lay Smile, who is currently studying dancing, encourages Cambodian students to take part in preserving Cambodian culture by enrolling at the academy.
Founded and sponsored by Kasumisou Foundation, Champey Academy of Arts has been instructing Cambodian children on how to understand their culture since the early 2013. Its mission is to preserve and protect Cambodia’s artistic heritage for future generations.

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