Visual Arts Centre

I am sure in this day and age, everyone has definitely heard of the term “Art Jamming”. The term “Art Jamming” is associated with people going to a nice little cafe hidden at an inconspicuous space somewhere in the most ulu place of Singapore. Some might even associate “Art Jamming” with hipsters who like to plug in their earphones while they paint the artwork they have chosen from some really unknown website.

Well, we are here to let you know that art jamming is for everyone! In fact, art jamming should be encouraged, whether you are doing it alone for fun or as a pair with your significant other or even with your team mates from work. There is absolutely no right and no wrong – just all fun and games! However, if you think that art jamming is just someone taking a canvas and painting it with colours after sketching (which is actually exactly what art jamming is), we are here to let you know there are so many different things you can do with your canvas to make the art jamming session so much more interesting! Stay with us till the end while we slowly reveal the different ideas that can make your artwork come alive!

Firstly, let us address some questions about art jamming!

  1. Art Jamming? But I can’t paint at all. I haven’t painted or even touched a brush since primary school…”
    That is why art jamming is so suitable for you because it’s an activity where you are suppose to have fun and relax with your friends and choose the painting you want to emulate. Forget the times when you were in primary school, stressing over the end results and grades of the art piece (and not to mention, having to get on your art teachers good side). Art jamming is an activity where you will not have to care about who appreciates your drawing. As long as you like it, you have successfully achieved the goal of art jamming

  2. “Do I get to take back the art work?”
    Yes, of course the art work is yours to take back! Art Jamming is where you create something of your own and take back a masterpiece you can call your own. You can decorate your room with that or if you did the art jamming with your team mates, you can choose to frame the mural painting nicely and place it somewhere prominent for everyone to be reminded of the fun times.
  3. How long does such art jamming session lasts?”
    Normally, for group or individual art jamming sessions, you will take at least 2 to 2.5h to complete your own painting or a mural painting with your team mates. There is a need for art jamming sessions to have a cut off time (good times eventually come to an end) or you will see yourself being stuck in the studio for many hours, trying to perfect your drawing!
  4. “Will my grandparents or kids be able to join art jamming sessions as well?”
    Of course they will be able to join the art jamming sessions! In fact, we encourage art jamming sessions among different ages. We cannot expect someone to fall in love with art if they are forced to join classes. Art Jamming is a good way to help your kids develop interest in art. It is also an enjoyable activity for the older ones. For all you know, art jamming session might become a regular family activity that everyone enjoys. You might even be surprised to find out that artistic talents run in your family!

Now that we have addressed some misconceptions and queries about art jamming sessions, it is time to reveal some of the most creative and refreshing ways you can go about doing art jamming sessions. If you think that art jamming sessions can only involve plain white canvases and paint brushes, you aren’t wrong but you aren’t exactly right either. Jump right ahead as we introduce to you some fabulous ideas that you can adopt for your next art jamming sessions!

Combination 1 : Fairy Lights/ LED Lights with canvases – Light on canvas to brighten up your room!

For this incredible idea, poke some holes at the place you plan to place your lights at. Remember to bring along some led lights or fairy lights for your art jamming sessions. Such a piece will be great to brighten and liven up your whole room and make your house so much cosier than before!

Combination 2 : Canvas Art and Craft – Cut up your canvas and make you artwork come alive!

Do you happen to have a pattern that you really fancy? Bring it along with you for your next art jamming session and emulate the pattern on the back of the canvas! After which, you can start using a penknife and carve out the pattern at the back of your canvas. Alternatively, you can also bring along some materials such as cloth for your next art jamming session and cut out them into the shapes that you like and paste them on the canvas itself!

Combination 3 : Glitter on Canvas – Sprinkle some fairy dust and make your artwork something magical!

This is probably one of the easiest idea among these combinations. Just remember to bring along your favourite glitter colour for your art jamming session. After choosing and painting the colour of your background, sprinkle the glitter however you want to on the canvas and you will have your masterpiece in no time.

Combination 4 : Pop Up Canvas – Feel the texture on your artwork!

Do you desire for your artwork to stand out from the other participating in the art jamming session? Bring along some elements that you want such as buttons or fake rhinestones for your art jamming session and paste them collectively on your canvases! This idea even brings depth and dimensions to you art work and you will be sure to leave with an artwork that you will keep for years to come after the art jamming session.

 

Combination 5 : Mixed Media Collage Canvas – Take your trash and make something new!

This last combination is probably one of the most interesting idea. It can even be eco friendly if you want your artwork to advocate that cause. Just be sure to bring along some recycled materials at home e.g newspaper or magazines or bottle caps for your next art jamming session. For this combination, you do not have to just think about painting your canvas. You can paint recycled materials that you brought to the art jamming and paste it on the canvas wherever you think suits the whole collage!

Art Jamming doesn’t have to be oh-so-boring where you only use white canvas and paint brushes! You can look forward to using some of the ideas above to really make your art jamming session a fun filled one! Over here at Visual Arts Centre, we can help you customise your art jamming session, whether it is a company looking to forge bonds by brainstorming about what to paint base on their mission statements or values or just peers.

Do not hesitate to contact us at 6255 0711 or drop us an email at [email protected] for more information to customise your own art jamming session today!

You can also check out our website to find out more about the past art jamming session that we have done before!

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.