Visual Arts Centre

Welcome to the first installment of Art Buzz – a series of blog posts where we bring you interesting news about the Art world to you! Have you ever wondered what are art auctions and how they work?

In films and televisions, art auctions appear to be for the elite, the wealthiest group of people in society, accompanied by the ever-enthusiastic auctioneer. But is this true in real life? Auctions are public events that anyone can participate in. The being said, for there are also auctions that are private – reserved exclusively for the more well-established collectors, gallerists and guests. Usually, auction houses publish an online catalogue of the available works so that you can take a look at what is up for sale and at the same time find out the history of the work and the artist – to generate an estimate of the value of the work.

Bids usually goes up incrementally. If the final price of the work falls below the minimum selling price, the reserve, the work will remain unsold.

It is always good to visit the auction house when they have presale exhibitions. It is then where you will be able to speak with a well-versed professional on the work, get advice and view the exhibits to find something you love. During some pre-sale exhibitions of some auctions, some auctioneers will allow visitors to examine the works up close, and in certain cases, even touch them.

Auction houses are one of the best places to buy mostly authentic pieces of art. You will also be able to stand in front of a piece of work. The visceral power of viewing an piece of art provides one an experience that is different from viewing a work from a computer screen. You will be able to feel the emotions, the tension and the power of an actual piece of art at an auction house.

Key Terms used at Auctions

  1. Auctioneer –  the Host of the auction session
  2. Gavel – the tool used by the Host to tap on the podium to signify the successful sale of a work.
  3. Paddle – (or a card) is provided to every bidder once he has registered for the auction. This bid paddle is used for the purchase of any art work during the auction. In some cases, your bidding number is written on it.
  4. Specialist – on-staff experts trained in the field of art. They help in the logistics of the auction, to acquire works, assess their value and to contextualize the pieces of art seen in auctions.
  5. Estimate – is the rough guess of how much a piece of work could auction for.
  6. Catalogue – a book produced by the auction house to showcase the works available for the auction. These catalogues are usually sent out to people who might be interested in purchasing works, such as gallerists and collectors.
  7. Telephone bid – made via phone calls, some collectors prefer to remain anonymous or if they are unable to make in it in time for the auction, they call in to make such bids, made in real time.
  8. White glove sale – when every lot in an auction is successfully sold.
  9. Bid – the amount of money one is willing to pay for a work.
  10. Base price – (reserve) the minimum price that the owner will accept.


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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.