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Art What!: Preschool kids create artwork as part of SAM’s Think! Contemporary Programme

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Preschoolers from Nobleland Arts N Learning Place @ Punggol (Preschool) working on their art piece; image courtesy of Nobleland Arts N Learning Place @ Punggol (Preschool)

Singapore Art Museum (SAM) presents Hello Future: Connecting People and Nature, the second edition of SAM’s Think! Contemporary Preschool Exhibition, from 6th March to 4th April 2021 at Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is the culmination of the Think! Contemporary Preschool Programme, a structured art programme initiated by SAM which aims to encourage learning through contemporary art and inspire creativity among younger audiences. The exhibition showcases works by preschool children that highlight harmonious connections between people and nature, envisioning a future where Singapore’s garden city continues to inspire the imaginations of young and old alike.

Preschoolers from Nobleland Arts N Learning Place (Preschool) @ Clementi working on their art piece; image courtesy of Nobleland Arts N Learning Place (Preschool) @ Clementi

SAM’s signature Think! Contemporary Preschool Programme engages preschool children in lively discussions on contemporary art and issues through works in the museum’s collection or exhibitions. During the programme, the children take part in art-making and create their own works around the themes of each edition of Think! Contemporary. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interactive talks and tours of The Learning Gallery by SAM, which showcases contemporary artworks from the museum’s collection and special commissions that explore ideas of home, community, identity and memory, were conducted virtually.

Preschoolers from Nobleland Arts N Learning Place (Preschool) @ Punggol attending a virtual talk as part of the Think! Contemporary Preschool Programme; image courtesy of Nobleland Arts N Learning Place (Preschool) @ Punggol

For the Preschool Programme’s second edition, the children’s works are inspired by themes of communities in Singapore, nature and climate change, and also respond to works by contemporary artists such as Jing Quek, Nguan and Vicente Delgado in The Learning Gallery. Speaking about the programme, Pauline Cheong, Senior Manager of Education and Programmes at SAM, says, “Think! Contemporary is a platform for children to learn about the world around them through art as well as develop creative and collaborative skills. It is part of SAM’s commitment to nurture an appreciation of contemporary art from a young age by offering engaging educational programmes and bringing art to the classrooms. SAM is pleased to partner with Singapore Botanic Gardens for this edition, which encourages children to be more attuned to the natural environment and create their own interpretations of contemporary ecological issues in Singapore.”

‘Can you spot me?’, 2021, by Preschoolers of Nobleland Arts N Learning Place (Preschool) @ Clementi for Think! Contemporary Preschool Exhibition 2021; image courtesy of Nobleland Arts N Learning Place (Preschool) @ Clementi

SAM partnered with six preschools for this edition, including Arts Kidz International, MOE Kindergarten @ Oasis, Nobleland Arts N Learning Place @ Bishan, Clementi, Punggol and Waterway (Preschool).

Krystle Choo, Visual Arts Teacher from Arts Kidz International says, “Through the programme, the children are able to express themselves and rely on the freedom of their imagination to create unique works of art. In doing so, they learn something very valuable about art – to create extraordinary works, sometimes all you need are ordinary things used in unusual ways. This programme was also an opportunity for the children to appreciate the creations by their fellow classmates, nurturing respect, empathy, and a strong sense of school community.”

SAM’s Think! Contemporary Preschool Exhibition runs from 6th March to 4th April 2021 at at the People’s Gallery at Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate), Nassim Gate Visitor Centre, and Botanic Gardens MRT Exit A (Bukit Timah Gate), Singapore Botanic Gardens. More information here

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