Art Street in process

Last year the kids and I visited the Singapore Arts Street at Clarke Quay and so I am happy to learn that the event will be returning in July, 2009, although this year it will be at Marine Parade Promenade (between Parkway Parade & Marine Parade Hawker Centre).

This year promises to be even bigger and better, with lots of fun and interesting activities planned, including kid's workshops, live performances and art demonstrations and bazaar.

This fun, free, eye-opening, interactive and hands-on weekend is a great opportunity to meet the artists in a casual environment and learn about the different processes that go into creating the art. You can even have a go at producing your own art if you feel like it.

We had a fun time last year looking at the art displayed on the Art Wall, which this year has expanded to 60 metres in length and will feature budding and professional local artists, including renowned contemporary printmaker and sculptor Chng Seok Tin, water-colour artist Low Tho Seng, and feline artist Ng Ling Tze.

Browsing through the art bazaar is always fun. This year exclusive art and crafts handmade by various local artists will be available, from intricate mosaic glass candle holders, hand stitched stuffed toys, batik works and even earrings made of paper. The Mouth & Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) will be selling their special art, and the Oasis Day Centre (ODC), part of the Singapore Association for Mental Health, will be selling the pendants, trinkets, cute clips, knitted soft toys that have been created through art therapy.

One of the highlights of the event this year is the massive printing plate which is carefully mounted and which everyone will have the chance to use to create their own piece. This Monster Print features a wall created using paper clay and found objects for you to rub off interesting prints and textures. There will also be a graffiti wall where artists use spray paint in this urban style and guide you while you try.

There will also be street performances to liven things up which will include fire, magic, tap dancing and even the most colourful parrot in the world. Enjoy music by three local artists Rizal Hefni, Pervy Boy, and Tierra on Saturday night, and support various award winning school performances by students ranging all the way from 6 to 16 years old. Participating school groups include SYF silver award-winning choir from Chai Chee Secondary School, Macpherson Primary School’s Angklung and Gamelan group, and the invigorating dance groups from St Stephen’s School, Canossa Primary and Cedar Primary School.

For those of you who want to try their hand at being creative, there are a number of workshops being organised. Some are free while others attract a small fee. Here is a list of what is on offer:

Children's Colouring Contest
Children under 12 can enter this competition which starts at 11.15am on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday and stand to win a set of Field Command: Singapore 1942 boardgame worth SG$119.90. One winner each day, and all colouring materials provided. Register at the Worldforce booth before the contest begins.
Art Bus
Be green! Check out this workshop that spreads the importance of recycling through decorating your own. Earth-friendly shopping bags. Learn to use their DIY kit for that stylish carry-all for your groceries. Plastic bags be gone!
Boon’s Pottery
Don’t miss this chance to get your hands messy with ceramics! Watch the craftsmen at work and have them teach you the tips and tricks of moulding this material into your own art piece.
Creative Ideas
Create your own line of accessories in this beading and jewellery making workshop. Learn to make beads and call it your own. Bring your kids and they’ll learn to make their own jewellery too.
Cut with Kim
Sodas are sweet but empty cans are a waste. Learn to do more with these soda cravings! Make sunflowers, peacocks and butterflies using aluminum cans in this workshop. Now you don’t have to throw those empty cans anymore!
GAT (Gift and Take)
Be part of this big picture! This workshop has you completing unfinished handicrafts made by the disadvantage. Everyone plays a role in the society and by relaying something as personal as an artwork between 2 people, GAT aims to develop this awareness and sense of belonging in everyone through the universal language of art.
My Craft Ideas
Learn to make greeting cards, bookmarks & mini journals with rubber stamping!
The Art Therapy Project
Be in touch with your inner self through this workshop as you learn to reflect and radiate your artistic side through art therapy.
Stick-An-Art (free)
Stick-An-Art is a way to get involved with your children to learn how you can create art
pieces by dotting away with your brush. This activity is an opportunity to watch pointillism
at work.
Crayon Do-doodling (free)
It’s not wrong if it is a wall specially built for children to draw on with crayons. Keep them
busy and watch these mini-artists doodle up a spectacle!

Singapore Arts Street 2009 @ South East
Venue: Marine Parade Promenade (between Parkway Parade & Marine Parade Hawker Centre)
Date: 11 & 12 July 2009 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 11am - 8pm (Sat) & 11am - 6pm (Sun)

Official Opening Ceremony

11 July 2009 (Sat), 2pm

Music in the twilight
Date: Sat 11th July
Time: 6pm - 8pm


elaine said... @ July 3, 2009 at 10:05 AM

How do you manage to find out so many interesting activities for the kids in singapore? You are more well informed than most singaporeans. Good activity resources.

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