Our holiday fun started off with Fort Canning’s tour where hubs explained to the kiddos on the significance of this hilly area.
Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris
After our leisurely outdoor tour, we proceeded to Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris Museum for a Studio Workshop invitation. The kiddos were excited to find out what’s in store for them. We arrived half an hour earlier and was glad to have an interactive mega screen to occupy the itchy fingers while waiting at the Heritage Gallery. It was informative and fun with quirky effects of paint squirts, changes of colours and designs, displacement of items when they touch the ‘items’.
Studio Workshop by Mr Richard Kearns
Kiddos were greeted by Mr Richard and settled comfortably in their cosy studio to the rainbow coloured papers, introducing the Colour Wheels.
He started by giving them 2 primary colours (red and yellow) and asked them to imagine what colour will they get if the 2 colours are mixed together. Only J was able to visualise and recall from our own painting experiences. Red and Yellow makes Orange. Then he goes on to another 2 primary colours, blue and yellow makes? Green. At this point, I would prefer that he shows the actual mix of colours for a more effective visual impact. Nontheless, he went on to teach a simple yet impressive concept through overlapping of 2 colours. When the kids couldn’t see the effects, he asked them to step back and look at their work from afar which explains A standing on top of the stool to observe his work. This is an important act that I frequently miss out.
The instructor gave many helpful examples and demonstrations to illustrate this art technique. For your convenience, here are my summarised To Follow instructions.
- Place 2 different colours (e.g. yellow and Red) together, cut out a simple shape (for a start, a square)
- Then overlap one colour over the other partially in any way. Once satisfied, paste them in place.
- Choose a third colour (e.g. Orange or any other colour) to cut out the shape that forms when they intersect with each other. (The key is to imagine these 2 papers like light, merging together- the intersection will produce a blend of a third colour/tone)
- Once the third colour is cut out, paste it on top of the overlapped section.
- Voila! it’s as though that section has been blended and we literally see the overlapped areas!
Below J had overlapped a blue strip on top of the yellow square. If you noticed, the overlapped intersection is covered with a third colour – green.
He then starts the process again by cutting out 2 pear shaped like colours and overlapped them partially. Now he has cut out a third colour mainly the oval intersection to paste over the purple section of the paper.
This process itself took us a good 30-40mins. A had grasped the concept soonest and did his independently while J and E were still trying to grapple with it. At the end, they did have an idea of the process.
Next up was a simple science experiment. I liked how Mr Richard directed the kids to tear the piece of paper with the metal ruler. These are simple but crucial processes to develop their dexterity and promote independent learning.
At this point in the below photos, Mr Ronald himself kindly stepped in to probe and prompt the boys in their art making process. ‘ What is the relationship between this section (pointing to the pear shaped cutouts) and this area (pointing to the oblong section) ?’ J thought hard and after more encouragement, replied, “Because I like!” That’s where Mr Ronald affirmed him and explained it is good to know why you do it, and naturally liking the way you see things is good. There are no right or wrong way in your art making.
Other thought provoking questions were directed to A, ‘Why do you choose smaller shapes to work on as opposed to larger shapes? How did you decide on the flow of patterns, by their shapes or the colours?’
A after much hesitation, muttered colours. A pause. Then he restated it’s based on both shapes and colours. It was encouraging to see how the boys responded and their opinions affirmed.
There was also a simple experiment on playing with colours via the use of light and dark coloured paper as backgrounds. The blue strip of paper when placed against a light (yellow) coloured background appeared to be darker in tone than when the blue is against the dark (black) coloured paper background.
By the end of the hour long session, we were pumped with a new level of understanding. As an Art Educator, I had learnt a new technique of playing with coloured papers! My children were stimulated and evidently pleased with their new found knowledge of working on a collage work. I was impressed by how this paper art work could garner their keen attention throughout the entire workshop. I believe it is due to the process based art, which required a level of thoughtful processing while handling the colourful tactile papers.
Lastly, it is encouraging to note that Mr Ronald Stones, the director of this Art Academy had started this school with an emphasis on Process-Based Art. In Singapore, it is still mainly Product based Art enrichments in general. This is something that I wish our perspectives can change. To have a better understanding of his school of thought, pop over to ArtHop where he is interviewed.
The kids left with their pieces half done and completed the rest another day at home. As this particular art works required a certain level of patience and thinking, I encouraged them to do as much as they could. E was happy with her work so I let her be. A despite knowing the concept wasn’t patient enough to complete the work adequately as you can see the chaos rambling in. J was conscientious enough to manage the piece comfortably. For this particular piece, it stretched their tenacity and skills in cutting the abstract shapes out for the intersections thereby bringing them to another stage of growing!
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Disclaimer: We were invited to participate in the studio workshop by Pinacotheque de Paris. No other form of compensation was received. All opinions are 100% from the blogger.