by TeacherLem Iglesias
Our Art Department successfully organised the SISB End-Of-Year Art Exhibition featuring artworks of students from Terms 2 and 3. The opening of the exhibition last May 2016 was attended by SISB CEO Kelvin Koh Yew Hock, Khun Wilawan Kaewkanokvijit, Head Of School Victor Giam and Primary School Principal Cecilia Ng. Students, parents and other VIP guests were also present at the event. The exhibit featured the most recent watercolour and acrylic paintings, charcoal and coloured pencil drawings, as well as papier mache and ceramic works of SISB students. It was the perfect environment in support of the secondary school’s performance of the play Mono No Aware, which was scheduled on the same week. Here’s how we did it.
The Exhibition Poster
The exhibition poster design (see featured visual above) was courtesy of Palmy from Primary 6L. The original design (below), which was the basis of the final poster, was her entry to A Different Look Art Competition in Poland. We used Photoshop to minimise some of the elements in the design and add the needed text about the event. It came out nicely and quite appropriate for our purpose.
Just like our previous art exhibitions, the art pieces were displayed outside the school’s Multi-purpose Hall. However, this time, we requested that the Primary Level boards be painted black (the Secondary boards remained white). Normally, the backboards and frames we use for the artworks are coloured black. So, to save time, we just posted the artworks without any frames or backboards. This gave us more freedom to experiment on the layout of some the pieces we displayed (see how the t-shirt designs were posted).
Primary 1-3 Level (7-9 years old)
The Lower Primary kids under Teacher Michael displayed the following art pieces: Pinch-Pots, Imaginary Creatures, Boomerangs and Cave Art Tablets which were all made of ceramics. Other pieces were Aborigine-inspired Art, Surrealist Art and African Masks.
Primary 4-6 Level (10-12 years old)
My Upper Primary students opted to display their Illustrated Poems by Shel Silverstein, Papier Mache Robots, Stenciled Flowers, Charcoal Drawings and T-shirt Designs.
Secondary Level (12-15 years old)
Teacher Daniel’s Secondary students displayed artworks showcasing higher skills ability: Linocut Trees, Expressive Self-Portraits and Serene Landscapes.
Poland Art Contest Winners
During the exhibition a special area was provided for the students who had won Distinction Awards from “A Different Look: International Art Competition”, held in Sosnowiec, Poland. They are Patrick from Primary 5L, Jai-jai from Primary 5P and Tintin from Primary 6L.
Art Exhibition Opening Ceremony
We organised a lunchtime ribbon-cutting ceremony on 26 May 2016, attended by Head of School Victor and Primary Level Principal Cecilia. Also in the event were Primary Vice Principal Jasmine Choong, Secondary Vice Principal John Kurton, and several groups of Primary students. Other VIP guests, especially SISB CEO Khun Kelvin, were able to grace the exhibition during the final performance of “Mono No Aware” the following day, 27 May 2016.
How to Get More People to Visit the Exhibition
Another innovation in this exhibition was to incorporate raffle giveaways after the event. The raffle contest was simple:
(1) Place a conspicuous drop box at the entrance of the gallery.
(2) Instructed the visitors to look at all the displays from Primary to Secondary carefully.
(2) Asked them to give the title of 10 artworks that they liked.
(3) Told them to list each title on the entry form we provided.
(3) After the exhibition week, we picked out winners from the drop box.
The response was overwhelming. Students flocked to the hall to see and enjoy each other’s art work and also received prizes for being there. Two students won Oil Pastel sets, another two won Colour Pencil sets and couple won two sets of Watercolour Paints.
My Sincere Appreciation!
To Art Teacher Michael and Art Teacher Daniel… thank you for always being proactive members of the Art Department, for being there from the exhibition’s conceptualisation to setting-up and clearing-up. Most especially for being a great inspiration to your students, whose work shines through in every one of our art shows.
To HOS Victor and Principal Cecilia… thank you for always giving us your full support in every Art project we do, and for helping us make important decisions to improve our ideas.
To Khun Kelvin and Khun Wilawan… thank you for always gracing us with your presence in our art shows, which always adds elegance and prestige to the event.
To all our students… thank you for being… YOU. Remember, all of us — your Art Teachers — are doing all of these for you in the hope that someday, maybe one of you will have your very own solo Art exhibition and make us all proud 🙂
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