Art history is a monthly activity catered for children enrolled at the centre, aged 5 and above, to grasp a better understanding on the different topics in art. Ranging from topics like the different elements in art, to famous artists, children are get a broader reach of the art world. The monthly activity will also be accompanied by with an art session allowing them to create a piece of completed artwork or handicraft surrounding said topic.
This February, the students learned about the 2nd biggest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur. It consists of 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statue. The students coloured the Borobudur, the mountain, and rendered the grass and glue silver crepe paper on the Borobudur too. Afterwards they folded a piece of paper to and pasted the pieces they coloured to create depth in their craft. Here are their works.
The theme on the month of October was "The Pendulum”.
A pendulum is a freely hanging weight that is capable of swinging back and forth under the action of gravity. Assembled from a string or a light rod with a weight at one end. The time it takes a pendulum to swing back to its original position is called the period of the pendulum.
Galileo Galilei made fundamental contributions to the sciences of motion, astronomy, and strength of materials and to the development of the scientific method. Observed the motions of a chandelier hanging in a cathedral and noticed that it has a constant period even when moving at different angles. In 1602, he began conducting experiments with pendulums in order to examine: If their periods are indeed constant?
Our students created an artwork by using another method that is similar to pendulum, using marbles and poster paint to create a swirly pattern on a piece of paper. These are some of their artwork.
The theme on the month of September was "Tessellation in Art”.
Tessellation is repeating shapes or patterns that cover a surface without gaps or overlaps. The shapes in a tessellation can be a geometric like squares and triangles, or shaped like animals and people. They are often used on designs of packages and interior designs. There are 4 types of tessellations, Regular tessellations, Semi-regular tessellations, Demi-regular tessellations, Non- regular tessellations. The students understand tessellations through the activity craft by tracing the pattern on a paper and repeating the step. After they have done so, they proceed to transforming the pattern into their favorite characters and colouring the characters. These are some of their work.
The theme on the month of August was ''Maria Sibylla Merian".
She is a German born naturalist and scientific illustrator whom first started observing insects directly. She collected insects from a young age of thirteen and not only identified them but also found out about their habitats. So, we taught the students about the life cycle of a butterfly and they decorated and coloured the make shift window pane and the pictures to view the cycle. These are some of their works.
The Theme of the art history in July was "Leonardo Da Vinci".
There are two major differences between art and science, Art is subjective, expresses knowledge whereas Science is objective, system of acquiring knowledge. While we look at painting we all sees it differently as Art provoke emotions whereas Science is more regimented with procedures to follow and facts to prove it. What if we combine Art and Science together? Hence our students did a simple craft using oil pastel/ colour pencils to decorate a paper plane. These are some of their works.
The theme of the art history in June was “Horses in Art”.
We all see a Horse paintings at least once in our lives. Because the truth is that paintings of horses are among the most common artworks out there. Going back thousands of years, horses have always been present in the story of man, as both a valuable asset and a unique companion in times of war and peace alike. Our students made the horse craft using paper for the horse body and glitter, markers and string to decorate the horse/unicorn.These are some of their works.
The theme of art history on April was “Fruits in Art”.
Fruits were the common motif and subject that participate in art history since ancient time up to today. Today, drawing Still Life with Fruits is the most common option to all artists, from the beginner to the skillful artists. What fruits can our students create with basic shapes? Let’s see!
The theme of art history on February was “Dog in Art”.
Our four-legged friends are often the muses for art of all kinds.Throughout art history, they’ve made appearances as self-portraits with famous creative. For thousands of years, artists have shown their admiration and respect for canines by painting and carving their likenesses. They even show up in ancient art. Our students did a cute dog key chain using the felt!
The theme of art history on February was “Cat in Art”.
From age-old paintings to modern graphic design, cats have been stealing the show for centuries. Explore the cat's role in art history, paying particular attention to the genres and movements that appear to have especially favored feline subjects.Besides, our students learned to make a cat handicraft “Paper Finger Puppets”. They use their creativity to create their design for cat.
For this month's Art History, our students learnt about “Singapore Playgrounds”
Today most of the playgrounds found in housing estates are standard plastic play set with rubber mats. But in the past, children playing in the sand based playgrounds with local-styled designs. These playgrounds would feature geometric design or animal and fruit shapes. Some of these playground designs also paid tribute to the estate’s place history. What will the next generation of playground look like? Only time will tell…
This time our students use their creativity to design their own sea horse spring ride.
For this month's Art History, our students learnt about “National Flower”
The designation of Vanda Miss Joaquim (pronounced Wah-kim) as
Singapore’s national flower in 15 April 1981 was a part of an overall effort to
foster national pride and identity. The choice of this orchid is most
appropriate because orchids have long been identified with Singapore.
For this month's Art History, our students learnt about “Sculptures that tell the Past”.
In reality, there are many beautiful sculptures in Singapore. Some of them are rich in their historical values. We can see sculptures everywhere, from parks, places of worship, shopping malls, alongside the rivers. When we showed some photos of the Sculptures, some students were excited to share where they have seen it. Teacher then explained to them the history behind those sculptures, the story and value behind it.
Our students created their own sculptures using aluminium foil. They expressed their interest and creative ideas by creating different sculptures such as animals, human figure, shapes, name’s initials etc…
In this month’s Art History, our
students learn about
the painting on a ‘$50 note’. There are two painting artworks on the $50 note. One is done by Cheong
Soo Pieng & the other one is from Chen Wen Hsi. Our
very excited to learn about Chen Wen His’s
style of Chinese painting. The painting artwork could
also function as a postcard that can be posted to their friends.
In this month’s Art History, our students learn about the painting on a ‘$50 note’. There are two painting artworks on the $50 note. One is done by Cheong Soo Pieng & the other one is from Chen Wen Hsi. Our students were very excited to learn about Chen Wen His’s style of Chinese painting. The painting artwork could also function as a postcard that can be posted to their friends.
Kids! Judging by the photos, guess what were we celebrating?
That’s right, National Day! We were celebrating Singapore’s 52nd
Aren’t you excited for the firework and the performances at Marina Parade? I am sure you do. This week, the students decorated National Day card with lots of colour on it. The kids sure have fun decorating, many of whom included some of the creative ideas like drawing parachutes, helicopter with Singapore flag and many aircrafts! After all, we love Singapore!
Besides, art history for this month, students learn about history for Merlion. Merlion is the iconic symbol for Singapore & It was designed by Fraser Brunner, a member of the Souvenir Committee.
Student got chance to make a modeling cray for Merlion & combine with their National Day handicraft.
This March’s Art History, we included a fun time of Hello Kitty pencil holder decoration! Hello Kitty is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company, Sanrio. Hello Kitty is known worldwide for its depiction of a white bob-tail cat with a red bow.
Hello Kitty can be found on various products like jewellery and media such as music, video games and television series of over 100 episodes. She is widely known as a fun and kind character among children!
February ended with a great time of creating fluffly sheep magnets ! The fluffy handicraft is a replica of the Chinese cartoon Xi Yang Yang, or also known as Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf. China’s successful animated series, Xi Yang Yang has 530 episodes.
It stars a group of goats living in the Green Pasture and a clumsy Wolf who wants to eat them – but fails every time.
Xi Yang Yang was very well-received by our students as many get to learn about this character for the first time and play with fluffy cotton wools!
This month we did Art History on an animation steeped in Chinese Legend – the Monkey King! The Monkey King has a deep history – he originated from the Chu Kingdom, who worshipped Gibbons, and has Taoist and Buddhist elements in his story. Students also get to learn on a pre-film animation device, zoetrope that produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs showing progressive phases of that motion. Students get to paint a Monkey King mask and watch a video clip on the Chinese character.
Many of them were very excited by the opportunity to play with paint. Have fun playing with your Monkey King masks, kids!
Our teachers at Globalart turned a typical childhood paper game into material for Art History last month! Asterix, a French comic, makes a funny comeback in the form of paper wings and a unique set of questions inside.
Like many comics, Asterix explores the social and political issues prevalent during that period of time (1959). For Asterix, there are rich descriptions of racial stereotypes. The comics also centre around the exploitation of a village of Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. However, putting that aside, the comics are a humorous and entertaining account of Asterix, his best friend Obelix and his dog Dogmatrix. They have been translated into 100 languages and posters of Asterix even adorned the Eiffel Tower once!
The comic series TINTIN has sold over 200 million copies worldwide; it delves into the deep historical and cultural context of 20th century. Even today, there are movies and TV series produced of our reporter hero and his faithful dog, Snowy.
For the month of November, students engaged in sand art – using sand to cover an area, with the other areas coloured by oil pastels.
While having fun laying the coloured sand onto their paper, our students had a rich educational experience on TinTin’s artist, Herge. Herge had inspired many other cartoonists, including Simpson’s creator, with his clear-line drawing style.
Many of our students’ parents had grown up reading these comics, and we hope our students will fall in love with these comics as well.
Do like these pictures to commemorate our students’ efforts!
During Art History in October our students learnt a magic trick with Doraemon! With just paper, glue and oil pastels, our students coloured Doraemon and even created a disappearing act for Doraemon!
Many of them looked proud and excited as they showed their magic Doraemon to their friends and parents.
Superman is a superhero character of the DC Comics brand created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1933. Disguised as a mild- mannered reporter named Clark Kent, the character secretly turns himself into Superman and save the world when needed.
For decades, Superman has stood as the most iconic comic book superhero. People around the world recognize his signatures ” S ” and it stands as the most patriotic symbols America has. Superman’s ”S” emblem is not only Superman’s Symbol but also an object in Pop Art, an icon, a unique piece of Americana and more.
Starting from July 2016, students will be learning about cartoon and comic characters.
For this month, students will be learning the history of “Mickey Mouse”.
Mickey Mouse was created by Walt Disney and Ub Werks at The Walt Disney Company. He was officially debuted in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. Our students will watch a shortened version of “Steamboat Willie (1928)” and learn how it was created.
Through this activity, students ...learnt that Mickey Mouse's history has goes a long, long way in the history of animation.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
They get to pick a season (spring, summer, winter or autumn) as their subject matter and fill them up with monochromatic colours!
We hope students had fun learning and apply what they have learnt through this 1st half of Art History 2016!
Look forward for what's ahead! Think animation and comic! It's going to be very interesting!
May, students learnt about
colours! They get to exercise on colour theory inspired by Paul Klee’s works of
art. Drawing Klee’s Townscape on newspapers, students filled up the buildings
with either primary/secondary/warm/cool/complementary colours.
This exercise helps student to understand how to mix and match colours!
Such skills allows them to organize placement on their work of art
Such skills allows them to be more observant and also to view ordinary objects in an extraordinary way.
Students can apply such skills in their artworks to showcase creativity and spacial awareness.
For art history this month, our students learnt about shapes. Based on their age/ability, our students were grouped into two different activities.
Students who were still learning from our Foundation books learnt to use different shapes to form a fox! They were taught to identify and position the pieces together. Students who were learning from a more advanced Visual Arts level were given a transparency sheet and were allowed to explore ways to place basic shapes together to form a fox or kangaroo.
They were then advised to sketch the basic shapes out in the sketchbook, and draw out the details of their selected animal. Both activities aimed to cultivate shape awareness in an artwork and for the child to have a better understanding of the breakdown of a seemingly difficult object.
For January's art history activity, children learnt about lines and the importance of using different variations of it to create visually appealing artworks! They
created their own line artwork with their own traced hand artworks and colour pencils. Children are given the artistic freedom to apply the knowledge of different types of lines into their artwork. This contributes in creating artwork that is not only unique but also more thought provoking as well.