Located in the scenic lush green habitat of Dhoby Ghaut Green, Visual Arts Centre (VAC) is a 5500 square feet glass-house exhibition gallery and studio. This unique combination of an exhibition gallery and a studio provides a comfortable, immersive and educational experience of the visual arts for the public of all ages. With a mission to spearhead and promote arts and cultural activities and community engagement in the arts, VAC offers a variety of activities for you to explore and rediscover your creativity and artistic side.
With art courses running throughout the week, VAC provides a flexible schedule for you to pick up and master sketching/drawing and painting skills. With copious amounts of natural light streaming in, relaxing music and a friendly community of art students and teachers, VAC’s studio is a cozy and welcoming space for art enthusiasts of all skill levels. The studio also provides all the art materials and equipment which makes learning more convenient and cost-efficient.
The practice of drawing and sketching is the foundation of all visual arts. Through the usage of line and tone, solidity and depth is achieved, giving life to three-dimensional forms on a piece of paper. Systematic training in drawing is not only the first step into the world of art making but it is in fact, much more than that. The practice of drawing is therapeutic in nature and helps also cultivates patience, mental alertness, and perseverance. This course is an introduction to the discipline of drawing, through the honoured tradition of the sketch – the conception of every great piece of art.
From oil painting to watercolour painting, and to acrylic painting, VAC offers a variety of painting mediums for you to develop an appreciation for fine art and your painting capabilities. The oil painting course introduces observation, form and composition, colour mixing and blending, brushwork and various painting techniques. The creative acrylic painting course introduces you to acrylic painting and encourages creative compositions. The watercolour course introduce you to basic art theory and materials knowledge, watercolour theory, mixing & colours usage, and watercolour brush work and techniques.
VAC offers a diversity of art courses, from sketching and drawing to painting, to bring out the undiscovered artist in you.
From regular to customised workshops, VAC offers a variety of options for you to learn, receive professional guidance, and put your skills to the test on a specific genre of art. Nude Life Figure Drawing with Artist’s Guidance, Portrait Drawing with Artist’s Guidance, Chinese Ink Fan Painting are some workshops VAC offers.
VAC also collaborates with various artists to conduct workshops.
Since its launch at 2016, VAC has hosted over 200 exhibitions and events. From sculptures to paintings, the gallery has showcased art and design works from both local and international artists. The public is welcome to visit the exhibitions and attend free exhibition tours, art talks and workshops to explore and appreciate fine arts. The gallery has also hosted multiple media launches and events, such as the well-received Coco Cafe in 2017 where Chanel transformed the space into a Chanel-themed cafe for the launch of their newest makeup line, Moleskine, and Clarins Launch.
Upcoming exhibitions include: The Bridge of Zen on the Silk Road: Zhang Hong’s Ink-Wash Paintings Exhibition (16 August 2018 -21 August 2018, 11am-7pm), The LAUREATES Exhibition (20 September 2018 to 23 September 2018, 11am-8pm), Singapore Teddy and Friends Show 2018 (16 November 2018 to 18 November 2018).
The exhibition gallery is also available for rental, providing a space for artists to showcase their work.
Venue: #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Rd, Singapore 238469
VAC is conveniently located just above the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Xchange (Red and Circle Lines) on Level 1.