Visual Arts Centre

记得在2013年我们画廊刚成立时,得力于几个新加坡老一代收藏家的大力支持和信任,我们画廊的第一个展览就是汇聚他们藏品的《新加坡第一代艺术先驱》-南洋画派始祖画家画展。这个展览机会让我们通过藏家便进一步了解第一代艺术家的经历和故事。而我们又通过欣赏作品再结合艺术家的故事,进而对南洋画派有了更加深刻的印象。

 

从2013年至今,我们举办过多次大型画展,有新加坡第一代已故画家遗作展,新加坡第二代画家展览;新加坡当代画家展览;新加坡实力派名家画展;新加坡青年画家展览等。在无数次画展中,通过和画家还有众藏家接触中,新加坡第一代和第二代画家作品还是在人们当中最具分量的。真可谓没有新加坡第一代画家就没有南洋画派;就没有新加坡艺术。

 

那么,到底什么是南洋画派?南洋画派的代表,新加坡第一代画家领军人物是谁?

 

我们首先来了解一下“南洋画派”的开山鼻祖之一,新加坡第一代艺术先驱陈文希(1906 – 1992)。

 

提起陈文希,新加坡新一代年轻人可能并不熟悉,实际上绝大多数新加坡人都接触过他的作品——他的代表作《枯藤双猿图》就印在每张50新币的纸币背面。

陈文希出生于 1906年出生在中国广东省揭阳县, 他中学毕业后,考入上海美专,后转校至新华艺术专科学校,受教于潘天寿等名师。1928年与陈宗瑞等画友合力创办春阳绘画社,并在汕头、广州、香港、上海等城市举行个展。1937年,参与在南京举行的中国第二届全国美展,受到徐悲鸿赏识,同年,被英国画室杂志列入当代中国十大画家之一。1948年,陈文希远道下南洋,先后任教于新加坡华侨中学、南洋美术专科学校(下文统一简称“南洋美专“)。1952年,陈文希和刘抗、钟泗滨、陈宗瑞,结伴到印尼峇厘岛旅游写生创作。次年,四人在新加坡联合举办轰动一时的“峇厘之旅作品展”,此后一种展现南洋地区社会风貌的艺术语言逐步形成——“南洋画派”,奠定了他们“四大先驱画家”的地位。

 

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Foundation In Digital Art

Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

Colour & Texture Exploration With Acrylic Painting & Collage

Prepare to unleash your inner artist in a kaleidoscope of color and creativity with ‘Colour Blast: Acrylic Painting & Collage Techniques’! Dive into a whirlwind adventure where vibrant hues and mesmerizing textures collide in a symphony of imagination. From mastering the art of seamless color blending to discovering the magic of mixed media collage, this journey is a playground for your artistic soul. With each brushstroke, explore new techniques that breathe life into your canvas, transforming it into a vibrant tapestry of expression. Join us and let your creativity run wild as you embark on this colorful escapade!”

World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Funk with Graffiti

Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

Batik Tales

In the Batik Introduction Handkerchief Painting workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique originating from Indonesia. The workshop begins with a brief history and overview of batik, highlighting its cultural significance and various techniques. Participants will then observe a demonstration of applying wax with tjanting tools and dyeing the fabric. Following the demonstration, each participant will design and create their own batik handkerchief, applying wax to create patterns and then dyeing their fabric. The workshop concludes with a group discussion, allowing participants to share their creations and reflect on their learning experience.