More than 7000 art teachers and students from 23 different primary schools took part in the inaugural 'A is for Art' programme from May to August 2011. This programme is collaboration between ACM and the Singapore Teachers' Art Academy (STAR) that was sponsored by J.P.Morgan. The programme started with a Day Camp at ACM, where teachers were trained in object-based learning and holistic pedagogies. During the training, teachers familiarised themselves with four objects from the galleries, and created their own responses based on four ARTChallenges. The four objects used were the mythical Makara from the Southeast Asia gallery, the Emperor's Dragon Robe from the China gallery, Moroccan wooden panels from the West Asia gallery, and the Chettiar's door from the South Asia gallery.
Each of the participating school received an empty canvas in the shape of an adorable elephant. For 10 weeks, teachers worked with students painted their own creative and inspiring designs on the elephants. They all submitted reports along with the most interesting responses from the students. The decorated elephants were judged based on all aspects of the project. The programme ended with a colourful exhibition of all the elephant at ACM. Gold, silver, and bronze awards were given to schools based on the quality of their reflection and learning processes.
Exhibition space: The Studio
The Studio is a space in the Asian Civilisations Museum that is committed to showcasing how Asia is interpreted through the eyes of young people. Previous student exhibitions included photographic journeys in Asia conceptualised by Singaporean youth groups venturing overseas to experience Asian cultures as well as an exhibition of artwork created by primary school students who used our collections as their inspiration.
National University of Singapore: FÃ¨s Reborn
13-18 May 2011
This exhibition presents projects on an ancient city by five young minds. studioFÃˆS embarks on an architectural journey in one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Islamic world. An intensive discourse on research, analysis and architecture of FÃ¨s awaits.
You are invited to join us on a journey of exploration into this mysterious city through photographic images, architectural drawings and models. Four students narrate their experiences, observations, research of the Medina and design projects for Place Lallal Yeddouna - the founding site of FÃ¨s along the river.
Each design proposal seeks to engage a dialogue in cultural authenticity, craftsmanship and sustainable technologies. Re-interpreting conservation guidelines, these projects provoke new ideas for a meticulous revitalisation and rehabilitation of the Medina while addressing the complexities and contradictions brought about by cultural tourism.
Bishan Park Secondary School embarked on an Art Learning Journey to Taiwan, Taipei from 18 Nov to 24 November 2010.
The learning journey was planned with the intention of inspiring 24 Art Talent / Art Elective students and 5 Art Committee teachers with the rich culture and history of Taiwan.
It also aims to provide the opportunity of actual field experience in resource gathering and art research. Selected watercolour and acrylic art pieces showcasing the many faces of Taiwan, from the bustling streets of Tamsui, the solemn Long Shan Shi temple, to the old walkways and majestic cascading waterfalls, will be exhibited at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 20 May to 16 June 2011.
National University of Singapore: Year 1 Architecture Exhibition â€“ Us
This exhibition showcased the unique culture of NUS Year One Architecture students through their reactions, experiences and interpretations. Presented through drawings, models, voice recordings, video clips and other techniques, it documents their progress as an expression of encounters and perceived traditions. More than just a public display, this exhibition is a representation of the individual and collective transformations of the students, from new students to ones with a more developed understanding of Architecture.
The lives of Architecture students as shaped by the nature and demands of the course and their encounters.
Individual and Collective Transformation
Each assignment, unique in their pedagogical intent, serves as a vehicle to develop a more mature way of thinking and understanding of form and space. In each student's journey of self-discovery, transformations of the 138 individuals are resonated as a collective maturity.
NUS Architecture Students Fuse Modern Design and Asian Inspiration At The Asian Civilisations Museum
[21 April 2010, SINGAPORE] A wooden stool is the subject of a new student exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). Altering Alvar Aalto is organised by the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment in partnership with the ACM. The exhibition features 136 configurations of 27 Alvar Aalto E60 stools and will be on display at The Studio at ACM from 20 April to 9 May 2010.
ACM-NYP(SDIM) collaboration in 2008 attest to be a rewarding and mutually beneficial experience. Exhibited across 5 regional libraries between February to June 2008 and published online, the game - Imperial Adventures, The Story of Emperor Kangxi - achieved an outreach figure of more than 330,000. The game artwork was widely praised and adopted in several exhibition collaterals such as the children activity sheet.
In 2010, a group of students from School of the Arts, created a video on Wayang Kulit. With the objective of making the Southeast Asian artform of Wayang Kulit more accessible for primary school pupils, they composed their own music and made their own props for the video.
Jurongville Secondary School: Artefact related podcasts
Using various objects as inspiration, students from Jurongville Secondary School created podcasts. Students benefitted a lot from this project as they work on their language as well as their communication skills.
WOW! 2011 attachment to Museums
Asian Civilisations Museum & Peranakan Museum, Education Department
Benjamin Kok and Nur Sabrina (Temasek Junior College) were attached to ACM and TPM for a 6-week internship programme.
"Unlike what can be offered in an academically-oriented environment such as a school or college, an internship at the Museums requires a lot more than just memorising and regurgitating of knowledge, requiring the individual to make his own choices and find the best angle to portray any subject matter..." Benjamin Kok
"The revelation of the process on how the Congo exhibition came about makes it clear to me that details are of utmost important. The minute details add up to a bigger production and it is these small details that make or break the production." Nur Sabrina