As year 2012 starts, it was also time for me to say goodbye to a great student and hi to another. Damon was my first teenage student! It was my first time teaching a sixteen-year-old as well so I actually purchased Mona Brooke’s book on how to teach teenagers and young adults art. As stressful as I see it, it was important to impart to him all I know about classical fine art techniques as I...
merry t-shirt christmas!
During Christmas 2011, thought I would let the children draw and paint their own t-shirts, for them to have some fun making art on a different surface and also part of an unofficial gift from me to them this Christmas. The story of me finding and buying the t-shirts were in itself already a miracle. Because of my terrible habit in doing things last minute, I only went sourcing and buying the...
some of the children whom i teach really have a mind of their own! and it just shows how bright they are and that they know what’s going on and that you can’t just teach them nonsense cause THEY KNOW! Moses could you use crayons to color more of the white spaces —Huh? it’s oil pastels! not crayons! (Moses, 9) Just color it la! —NO “LAH”! (Li-ann, 6) Use the...
the woes of a traveler
As you all may know, due to the nature of my job now, I travel ALOT and I mean ALOT. If I were to map out my route with gps everyday, I think I would get a very beautiful graphically-interesting artwork. And due to my poor directional sense, even though I should think that I am improving steadily each time in my directional skills, I still end up getting terribly lost at least once in a week and...
a tale of two classes
This week has been so busy that I could only squeeze a little time to post and update. This week I went to a school to teach two classes, don’t want to bring up any names but these two classes has intrigued me in good ways and bad. One is first class which I felt completely disappointed about and one which I totally fell in love teaching with how strange is that, and both in the same...
you can do it!
I must say that this week, I was really proud of one of my little artist, Li-ann! Here is what she drew in our previous lesson of a chef: Li-ann has down syndrome but she’s such a special girl with an inquisitive mind. When I first started out with her in her first class, it served as a challenge to me on how I could motivate her to move her pencil and how to teach and facilitate the...
beautifully painted nails are what I have all day, be it ink or dye or paint. Forget about manicure, this is nice (:
you tie and then you dye!
First thing I thought of when I got this Tie&Dye assignment at Radin Mas Primary under Vivarch Arteliar was: what did I take this up! So brave? Reason being that, I have not done tie&dye in my schooling days and yet I am going to teach the class about it! But I guess for some strange reason, I decided to take up that challenge telling myself that it serves as an opportunity to expand my...
clayart and lots of chatting
Dear 4/3 class from Geyleng Methodist Secondary, It was so great teaching you all even though I only came in in your last lesson of clayart and even coming in late because there was some confusion in the classroom allocation and location. So sorry to have made you all wait and I understand some of you all were abit frustrated seeing how you all were playing chess and not bothering when I ran...
The next assignment I got was to teach Mural Painting at Northview Secondary on the 17 and 19 October. Whenever I hear about teaching secondary school students, I get half-sian about it because to me, I feel that it is such a challenge to teach these self-cautious, generally uninterested teenagers, what more for a bunch of Sec3s who have already finished their exams and can’t wait to get...
batik (or buttocks) painting class
My first official assignment with Mastereign Visual Arts started in a mad rush as I ended my dance class at Eunos at 10.20am hoping to rush to my new class at Bukit Timah Primary by 11am. Finally I caught a cab at 10.40am hoping to rush to my class as one of the consultants stand in for me for awhile. While in the cab, I kept asking myself why did I even took up this project when I know I had to...