Visual Arts Centre

Fever For Pop Art at Visual Arts Centre Exhibition Gallery – A Must-Stop for SAW At Dhoby Ghaut Sunday, 14 Jan 2018, Visual Arts Centre For Singapore Art Week – Visual Arts Centre Exhibition Gallery runs two important exhibitions, presenting a Pop Art exhibition – INSTANT FAME by seven artists: Billy Ma, Stefanie Hauger, Leo Liu Xuanqi, Andre Tan, Justin Lee, Iskander Walen, and TR853-1 (Traceone) from 17-22 January, and a solo exhibition – The Beauty of the Lotus and Landscape by established Chinese migrant artist Fan Shao Hua from 24-29 January. In INSTANT FAME, seven prolific Pop Art artists convey their reflections of modern life and pop culture through their art. Delving into our ever-increasing obsession with celebrity, money, branded goods, popular culture, and global consumerism gone wild, the artists have created their own iconic representations and styles. Andre Tan’s bold appropriation of pop culture images, Hauger’s provocative social commentary, Ma’s advertisement-like poster design of art, Leo Liu and Iskander Walen’s wildly colourful, ironic and playful art, TR853-1’s ingenious portrayal of hidden messages contained in his work, and Justin Lee’s double happiness are already well-known and appreciated by pop and modern art lovers locally and globally. Do not miss this show which opens daily from 11am to 8pm from 17 to 22 January.

Fever For Pop Art at Visual Arts Centre Exhibition Gallery

The Beauty of the Lotus and Landscape by Fan Shao Hua starts from 24-29 January, and features the artist’s recent oil paintings. Versatile in both the Chinese Ink Painting amd Western Oil Painting, Fan Shao Hua conveys a signature style across his themes. His work embodies both the Eastern and Western styles. Unlike the thick textures and appearance of oil painting, his work carries an atmospheric lightness and a deeply poetic mood that captivates the senses. Originally from China, Fan Shao Hua has made Singapore his home since 1992. An artist to look out for and surely an artist familiar to seasoned art collectors, Fan Shao Hua’s art has doubled in price from 2002 to 2008, and since 2008 has maintained a stable increase in price until today. The Beauty of the Lotus and Landscape by Fan Shao Hua opens daily from 11am to 7pm at Visual Arts Centre from 24-29 January. With two exciting exhibitions lined up for the SAW this year, visit Visual Arts Centre at Dhoby Ghaut, while you may then continue to tour other art spaces around the Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Brasah and Civic districts. If you have yet to visit this space, Visual Arts Centre is a beautiful glasshouse Exhibition Gallery and Studio located at Dhoby Ghaut Green, just above the Dhoby Ghaut MRT. (Exit B – left turn)

Visual Art Centre at Dhoby Ghaut

So here’s another tip! As the SAW stretches from 17-28 January, not all the art exhibitions and programmes may be available during the entire period! Hence, plan your art visits according to the calendar of certain events and shows you would like to catch, and your journey could also be more efficient by foot and public transportation! Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Brasah makes up the Arts and Heritage district in Singapore, and all the venues within Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Brasah/City Hall/Bugis are walkable within several minutes to about twenty minutes on foot. A good suggestion would be to spend half a day to a full day on foot or bus to cover all the Singapore Art Week spots, starting from the Dhoby Ghaut to Brash Brasah, Civic and Bugis precincts. You can begin your journey by alighting at the Dhoby Ghaut MRT to visit Visual Arts Centre as your first stop, then you can take a short six minute walk towards the National Museum, or the Singapore Art Museum at 8Q (Queen Street). Then head to the Waterloo Street and then southwards to Hill Street (MICA), and definitely plan a longer visit to the National Gallery which has the largest South East Asian art collection in the world! Of course, the marquee event of SAW is Art Stage Singapore at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre (Basement One), and one should plan at least three hours to half a day to tour the entire fair. And if you can, definitely catch the Art After Dark event at Gilman Barracks on 26 January. Lastly, take note of two special dates to meet with the artists and rub shoulders with fellow art lovers and collectors. INSTANT FAME opens on 17 January from 7pm, and The Beauty of the Lotus and Landscape opens on 26 January from 7pm with an artist demonstration. For those who require more information about the exhibitions, please contact Visual Arts Centre at 6255 0711/email [email protected] Address: Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Road, Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469 (Just above Dhoby Ghaut MRT Exit B, turn two lefts and walk 30 metres) Website: Email:  [email protected] Phone: +65 6255 0711/ +65 6733 2155

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.