Friday, December 25, 2009

Principles of Design & Idea Generation

@ First Media Design School

This module introduces learners to creative skills used to develop and express ideas and concepts such as use of mindmap, block-busting, attribute analysis etc. They are also exposed to basic Principles of Design for their application on design project.

Learners have to design a set of 3 greetings for a certain festival/occasion. Media used should be as creative and as non-conformative, not restricting to only conventional paper and cards. They are assessed on they creative applications of ideas and media used.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Collaging our 'Neighbourhood' with P2

Peiying Primary School

Pupils learned techniques of Collage (tearing and pasting) in this course with understanding of Shape and Part-Whole model in creating Artwork on subject of ‘buildings’ based on theme of ‘My Neighbourhood’.

They were given a context on Collage with stimuli of pictures on our local neighbourhood. They built up their colourful buildings with torn-out shapes before detailing them with oil-pastel.

Composition skills with understanding of background and perspective were taught in ensuring well-composed final-work.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Annual Art Exhibtion 2009

@ Park View Primary School

This exhibition showcases the fruition of its various Art programmes from all levels, particularly featuring its Artist-in-school project as supported by National Arts Council as led by artist/art educator Lau Sheow Tong.

The Artwork exhibited are outstanding pieces from both pupils and teachers. Pupils’ works are selected based on merits of their techniques and ideas with relevance to various attempted themes such as ‘Still Life on Fruits’, ‘My Buildings’, ‘Created Creatures’ etc. As for teachers’ work, they are the results of their hands-on creation from the 'Still Life' Art workshop. Work from Sheow Tong are based on his latest collection on delectable sweet food, ‘Sweetalicious’.

It is a celebration of its whole-school-approach in Art education where pupils and teachers from all levels are involved in cultivating a vibrant Art culture through the visual Art.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mixed Media Art Course (NAC-AEP) for Sec.3

(Woodgrove Secondary School)

In this course, students are taught to combine different media such as dye, acrylic paint and Collage to create mixed media Art in abstract and semi-abstract forms.

As an introduction, they were exposed to abstract work by artists like Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky on Action Painting and Abstract Expressionism. Their hands-on work were based on themes of 'Washing', 'My Room' and 'Jewellery'.

Local artists' work by Goh Beng Kwan and Thomas Yeo were then introduced with them exploring Collage in mixed media. Themes like 'Shells' and 'Florals' were explored with their creation of semi-abstract work.

3D mixed media work is also covered with reference to Frank Stella's work in Maximalist Style. Students have explored semi-3D formation with use of their created 2D abstract work and some construction paper. They were worknig on ideas of 'Speed' and 'Dynamics' from theme of 'Sports'.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Still-life by P5

(Park View Primary School)

In this course, pupils are introduced to Still-life work by Georgette Chen and Paul Cezanne. They adopted the artists' favourite subject on 'fruits' and appropriated their Nanyang Art Style and Post-Impressionism with use of illuminating colours rendered in oil-pastels.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Mixed Media Drawing & Rendering

@ First Media Design School (July 09 - Sept 09)

In this module students are required to render a set of 3 illustrations as posters using mixed media such as gouache, colour pencils, markers and/or felt pens.

Lessons covered:
Conceptualisation of design/illustration
Sketching and rendering techniques in various media
Experimentation in mixed media
Development and composition
Layout for design posters

Students’ assessment is based on several criteria such as their creativity and thinking skills, execution and techniques of mixed media, developmental process of design, commitment and participation in class.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Teachers' Workshop 'Still Life'

@ Park View Primary School

In this brief workshop, teachers are informed of what is Still Life. A brief history of Still Life is introduced from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period to present 21th century. Art movements of Realism, Impressionism and Cubism are highlighted.

Artists featured in this workshop include Juan Sánchez Cotán, Paul Cezanne and Fernand Léger. From these artists’ styles, teachers embarked on hands-on with both representational and semi-representational forms of Still Life on theme of ‘Fruits’.

Teachers also shared on various methodologies and approaches of bringing these learnings to classroom teaching.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Reference & Ideation @ Bedok View Sec. School

Resources & Developmental Processes for Art-making

This workshop aims to expose students to various sources and references in aiding them in their Art-making.

Areas covered:

1. Concept Development & Mindmapping
2. Art Movements of 20th Century
3. Local Artists & Art Styles
4. Inspiration Sources & Principles of Design
5. Design Techniques (Transformation & Manipulation)

Lessons are progressed from teaching of contexts, references and theories to their applications of various concepts and techniques onto class exercises. They are also given a final hands-on where they applied their learnings to their Paper 2 questions with themes such as 'Segmented', 'Isolation', 'Relaxation' etc.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Contextual Study in Art @ Geylang Methodist Sec. School

Artists & Art Styles
This series of lessons has exposed students to various Artists and Art Styles.
Local artists selected for referencing are Georgette Chen (Nanyang Art Style), Thomas Yeo(Abstract Mixed Media) and Justin Lee (Pop Art) where their work are compared and contrasted with international artists such as Paul Cezanne (Post-impressionism), Jackson Pollock (Abstract Expressionism) and Andy Warhol (Pop Art).

They have also been introduced to interpretation of artwork according to the Feldman's 4 stages: Description; Analysis; Interpretation; Evaluation.

Throughout the lessons, students are divided into groups where they get to discuss, debate and interprete artwork introduced. They also have the opportunities to present their findings and outcomes as a contest.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our Country, Our Cityscape!

- Mixed Media Art with Recycled Materials @ Zhong Hua Primary School

Pupils at Zhong Hua Primary School are given an introduction to Mixed Media Art using Recycled Materials. They were introduced to Frank Stella's work in 3D abstract form. From his relief forms in maximalist style, the pupils adapted his work to create semi-abstract 3D work based on theme of Our Country, Our Cityscape!

Pupils have included the HDB flats, The Esplanade, Singapore Flyer and other prominent high-rise buildings of our city in their creations. They experimented with different recycled materials to effect 3D formations in Stella's typical bright and varied colours with maximalist details and patterns.

They have created brilliant colourful cityscapes of ours in semi-abstract forms.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Introduction to Fashion Design

- An Elective Module for Sec 3 NA/NT Students @ Tampines Secondary School

This is an introductory course specially customised as an NA/NT module for sec 3 students who would pursue such a career path or any other comparable design careers. It is a highly applicable course with hands-on in design of garments and exposure to the local fashion industry.

Students were taught figure drawing of human models and sketching of subjects for garment design. Next, they applied their ideas and concepts of various subjects chosen onto the human figures. Techniques of Manipulation and Stylization have been applied to realise the final designs. Various illustrative media were utilised in visualising their ideas.

They were also exposed to the local fashion industry with case studies of bridal couturier Silverlining and FrontRow’s commitment to promotion of local up-and-coming new fashion designers.

Students will be exposed to local context of fashion industry and informed of the development of fashion trend and its industry for the last 70 years.
Students will be taught sketching techniques on Figure Drawing and design techniques as inspired from various sources such as nature, architecture etc.
Students will be able to illustrate, stylise and compose their designs as a project.
Students will get first-hand exposure to the fashion industry from the industry tour.
Students will be able to present, express and review their final project.

Featured trainer:
Lim Jit Hwang
Design Consultant (Silverlining Bridal Couture)

Lim Jit Hwang is the founder and design consultant of Silverlining Bridal Couture which is established in 2002. It is a fine bridal consultancy firm which provides bridal image consultation and specializes in made-to-measure dresses and suits for to-be-wed clients.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mixed Media Illustrations for Design

First Media Design School (April 09 - June 09)

This module has exposed students to various drawing and rendering techniques using mixed media such as gouache, colour pencils, markers and felt pens.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Develop observational skills that will help communicate ideas and /
or messages effectively
2. Produce a series of work that demonstrate clear understanding of
colour schemes.
3. Produce a series of work that demonstrate drawing and rendering
skills in different media.
4. Show experimentation of various drawing and rendering styles in
their development of various ideas.

Final Assignment:
Students have produced a set of illustrations using mixed media for a series of posters on theme of Fort Canning Park.

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