Art appreciation

A traveling truck operated to stimulate art appreciation in elementary and secondary schools

SINGAPORE — An initiative to bring art to primary and secondary school students will soon hit the road with a traveling art truck visiting the first batch of seven schools.

The National Gallery Singapore project, which costs $200,000 and is funded by semiconductor company Applied Materials, aims to visit every primary and secondary school here over the next five years.

Launched at the Applied Materials building in Upper Changi on Friday June 17, the truck contains 10 framed prints of artworks which are on display at the National Gallery. Signs with questions such as “If you were in the scene depicted in the artwork, what would you hear and feel?”, encourage students to think about the artwork.

The artworks are by prominent Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists, such as Jaafar Latiff’s Wandering Series batik paintings from the 1970s to 1980s and Georgette Chen’s Singapore Waterfront from 1963.

Artwork will be changed quarterly.

The truck will spend approximately three to five days at each school. Students will be guided by an Art Educator from the National Gallery who will encourage them to share their observations and co-create art with their fellow students via an inspiration wall and a co-creation wall in the truck .

The first seven schools the truck will visit from July include Bedok Green Primary School, Park View Primary School, St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School and Xinmin Secondary School.

“By bringing art engagement activities to the school door, not only do we provide convenience, but our art educators on board the truck can bring the artwork to life and create a dynamic learning experience” , said Ms. Suenne Megan Tan, senior director of the national gallery.

The truck is the National Gallery’s latest initiative to improve the accessibility of art. Past efforts include posting QR codes in empty Housing Board decks and teaching children the basics of lacquerware and batik painting.