by TeacherLem Iglesias
Singapore is celebrating its 50th Year of Independence this 2015. The Singapore50 (SG50) Steering Committee has planned a year-long programme to commemorate the occasion (read it HERE).
It’s a perfect opportunity for our school’s Art Department to collaborate with the Humanities Department in exploring the history and culture of the Singapore. We decided to organise an art contest to take part OUR SCHOOL’S celebration of SG50 and to reinforce the lessons in Social Studies about Singapore this month.
Project Title: SISB/SG50 Art Contest
Art Works Created by: Primary 1-6
Age: 6-12 years old
A4 Strathmore Paper
To prepare the students for the art contest, the Social Studies teachers gave a lesson about Singapore’s history using a short animated video titled “The Violin” (view it from THIS LINK) and a pdf information sheet (read it from THIS LINK) as a starting point.
Then the Art Teachers gave a quick summary about Singapore’s history to reinforce the lesson during the Art period:
- Occupied by the British from 1819 to 1942
- Occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945
- Lee Kuan Yew was elected as Prime Minister in 1959.
- Joined the Federation of Malaya 1963 (forming the New Federation of “MalaySIa”)
- Left the Federation on 9 August 1965 to become an independent state.
- Today, Singapore has a “highly developed market economy” with the “most technologically advanced military” in the Southeast Asia (based on THIS LINK).
STEP 1: Discuss design possibilities
We told the students that the theme for the contest is “Happy Birthday Singapore from Thailand!”
We asked them to imagine:
“What if you were invited to a birthday party hosted by Singapore and you wanted to give her a greeting card? — How would you design this card?”
We gave them some ideas to help them start their designs.
- Use symbols identified with Singapore and SG50
- Use symbols identified with Thailand (since my current school is in Thailand)
- Use symbols related to a Birthday Party
STEP 2: Create 4 Composition-Sketches
To resolve the concerns about the composition of the design, I asked the students to create four pencil sketches of their ideas (size A6) , showing different choices for its final layout. I told them to choose the best one from the four composition-sketches and enlarge it into an A4 paper.
STEP 3: Colour the Final Design
We then advised the students to choose a colouring medium that they are good at to improve their chances on getting a slot in the finals. We offered the following materials: Coloured Pencils, Coloured Markers, Oil Pastels, Crayons and Watercolours. We also told them not to leave any areas uncoloured since it might be assumed as unfinished by the contest judges.
Here are the winners of the SISB/SG50 ART CONTEST:
Primary 1 Love: Pita
Primary 2 Faith: Moji
Primary 3 Faith: Thomas
Primary 4 Peace: Nathas
Primary 5 Peace: Meta
Primary 6 Love: Mai (see featured artwork on top)
After awarding the gifts and certificates to the winners, we had an art exhibit in our school to showcase their art works.
On behalf of the Art Department we would like to thank our awesome school and following people who have supported and inspired the “SISB/SG50 Art Contest”:
Principal Cecilia, VP Jasmine and Teacher Bea who took time off from their busy schedule to help us choose the winners in the contest.
The coordinator of the SG50 Team, Teacher Christopher and also Teacher David W. and the Social Studies teachers who collaborated with us in explaining about the significance of SG50.
And of course, the hardworking members of the Art Department– Teacher Michael and Teacher Daniel D. who was there from Day 1 inspiring students to participate actively.
Once more, congratulations to the winners from every level and thanks to all the students who participated.
Our sincere gratitude to all of you.
Try this out and I hope you and your kids will have as much fun as we did with this project. See you next Saturday 🙂
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