Art What!: National Gallery Singapore Launches Weekly Online Art Experiences
Play, explore and interact with new art experiences online every week with National Gallery Singapore. Starting from 5th May 2020, the gallery will be offering plenty of free home-based art activities and resources to hone your interest in art, from home. New multimedia and hands-on activities, including interactive games, art-inspired storytelling video sessions, as well as artist masterclasses and art tutorials will be introduced weekly on Gallery Kids!, a dedicated website for families and kids about art.
In My Ink-credible Adventure, a collaboration between National Gallery Singapore and Yeo Shih Yun, kids can explore abstract expressionism in an open and playful manner through an online game, with endless colour combinations of ink splashes, splatters and drops. In addition, visitors can also hear from artists on the process of making art, exploring the different mediums, and experimenting with various techniques. Yeo Shih Yun, for example, will guide teenagers in building their own unconventional painting tools from items found around the home, and be surprised by the special appearance of a painting robot.
In I-Spy Game, aimed at kids between 4 and 9 years old, don your detective hats in this weekly game where you’ll be prompted with questions to identify items, colours and patterns.
Finally, the gallery will also be offering downloadable art activities, best suited for families with children of ages 3 to 10. Inspired by various artworks from the Gallery’s collection and special exhibitions, get ready to get creative with an array of activities ranging from sketching portraits using simple lines to designing buildings using architectural features found in the Gallery. Families can also participate in craft projects inspired by five key artworks by Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists. These works will also take centre stage in the Gallery’s upcoming #SmallBigDreamersAtHome, an online edition of the bi-annual family offering from 1st June 2020 to ignite children’s imagination towards art creation through play.
NGS will also feature a newly commissioned series ‘out of isolation’. The current pandemic has revealed a range of unique tensions, fears, doubts—and possibilities—about the future. With this in mind, NGS reached out to a small group of artists who in their own capacities, shared their thoughts, concerns and creative responses. Hear from Lin Hsin Hsin and Bani Haykal on Perspectives Magazine, with forthcoming contributions from Ho Rui An, A Weekend Affair, Susie Wong and more.
Says Ye Shufang, Deputy Director of Education at National Gallery Singapore: “Art can be a wonderful way for kids to share their creativity, imagination and thoughts while developing their fine motor skills, confidence, and expressions. As parents spend quality time with their children, we hope that Gallery Kids! will provide families with the inspiration and ideas to explore and create together, and experience meaningful and playful family time.”
Check out National Gallery Singapore’s online activities here