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To develop our students as an active artist and informed audience with:
• visual inquiry skills to discover and explore their surrounding;
• curiosity, imagination and enjoyment in art-making and art discussion;
• confidence in working individually and in groups to focus ideas and create artworks; and
• awareness and respect for histories and cultures of key artworks and artists in Singapore and the world.
Apart from visual arts subject knowledge and skills, the study of visual arts aims to nurture sound values, develop students’ social emotional competencies and the emerging 21st Century Competencies of:
• Critical and Inventive Thinking (CIT);
• Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills (CCI) and
• Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills (CGC).
In order to achieve the learning outcomes, our art teachers strive to provide a student-centric curriculum that promotes greater student agency through:
• Inquiry-based lessons
• Choice-based lessons and
• Museum-based lessons
With the above approaches, students acquire knowledge, skills and values through positive classroom culture, sound lesson preparation, effective use of teaching actions /activities and quality feedback for learning.
Our art teachers strive to train students in artful thinking routines through the spiral approach. The design of our visual arts curriculum emphasizes the various artful thinking routines across all levels. As our students progress up the levels, new routines will be introduced while previous routines are revisited at a deeper level.
InnoMakerz Joy via Art
|2||Museum-based Learning @ Mobile Museums – The World of Shadow Puppets||
|3||Museum-based Learning @ Singapore Philatelic Museum – Draw My Stamp Story Art Competition||
Place-based Learning @ Singapore Art Museum
|5||InnoMakerz @ Recess – Tinkering STEAM Activities|
P1 student assembling the axels of her wind-powered toy car during InnoMakerz JOY via Art lesson.
P5 students creating a parachute model during one of the InnoMakerz lessons.
Primary 2 students trying out traditional shadow puppets replicas in class to understand the use of light source
and shadows in theatre.
Shadow puppets from various cultures in South-east Asia on display for students to interact with.
Thematic stamps on display during a Primary 3 stamps workshop conducted by the Singapore Philatelic Museum Senior Manager, Ms. Lily Samuel.
Budding Student-Artists and their artworks for the Place-based Learning @ SAM Think! Contemporary Art Exhibition
Students’ Artworks on display at the Place-based Learning @ SAM Think! Contemporary Art Exhibition
Students’ Artworks from our Art curriculum featured during our Termly Art Exhibition
Teachers’ Artworks on display during the Teacher’s Day Edition Spotlight Art Exhibition
Talent Identification and Development Education
MFPS Visual Arts Talent Identification and Development Education (VATIDE) aims to identify students who are interested and / or talented in visual arts. Talent identification is mainly through our interaction with students during curriculum time (Art Lessons), CCA Art Club and teacher / parent recommendations. Development education for identified students is carried out via a few platforms:
• Individual/small group coaching sessions after school
• Specialized art-making clinics
• Portfolio building sessions
• Project-based art-making sessions and
• Training sessions for competitions.
VATIDE serves as a specialized platform to guide and develop students with knowledge, skills and studio practices at intermediate/advance levels. This selected group of students are either aspiring budding artists who wish to pursue art in their secondary and tertiary education or are highly motivated and passionate in developing their artistic skills and talents.
Budding student artist and her personal artworks at Student Artist Spotlight art exhibition.
3D Sculptures of Singapore iconic buildings and landmarks created by our selected P4 students during one of the 3D Pen art-making clinics
External Links for Artful Thinking Routines
Observing and Describing:
Questioning and Investigating:
- See/Think/Wonder > click http://pzartfulthinking.org/?p=81
Comparing and Connecting:
- I used to think, …now I think > click http://pzartfulthinking.org/?p=105
- Step Inside > click http://pzartfulthinking.org/?p=40
- What Makes You Say That? > click http://pzartfulthinking.org/?p=38