Aesthetics

AESTHETICS DEPARTMENT FORMAL
Senior Teacher (Music) Mrs. Irene Chin
Music Coordinator Mdm. Chew Peixi
Art Coordinator Ms. Er Kah Hui

OUR MISSION

To Establish, explore, experience, extend and express in learning through the Arts

OUR VISION

To develop in every child to become a Gracious, Informed Audience of the Arts

 

Long Term Goal - Excellence in The Arts

Short Term Goal

  1. To develop and maintain a vibrant arts culture
  2. Develop mastery of various Arts forms which have attained achievements
  3. To develop an aptitude for the art and music

NAEA Glow award  (2011), Learning for Life Programme  (LLP 2014)

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The programme aims to benefit pupils at all levels through explicit teaching via different learning experiences to enhance the pupils’ skills in reflecting and deep thinking through the school’s Arts curriculum.

Pupils are taught basic analytical skills through Artful Routines as they explore the process of Arts making. The pupils will be able to link the relevancy of the arts with their daily lives through asking, answering and reflecting upon these questions by themselves.

Through the learning experiences provided, the pupils develop deeper thinking into the process of making of art and music. Learning journeys to arts museums and other arts venues are organised to support the pupils in consolidating and applying their learning.

In addition, pupils record their thoughts and reflections in journals and conduct peer assessment of performance-based tasks via the use of rubrics. By fostering creativity, our students gain from the experience of seeing their ideas grow from scratch and develop through the process of experimentation and refinement into a final satisfying visual product they can call their own.

OUTCOME

The student-centric Arts programme provides our students opportunities and platforms to express their different interests, needs and talents. They also benefit from the constant infusion, negotiation and reconciliation of different ideas and skills as well as the constant interaction between the students’ own perspectives and the new knowledge they gain.

By fostering creativity, our students gain from the experience of seeing their ideas grow from scratch and develop through the process of experimentation and refinement into an outcome they can call their own. The Arts curriculum ensures every student establish, explore, experience, extend and express learning through the Arts in order to become a confident person, a self-directed learner, concerned citizen and active contributor.

Click here for photos of AIP/MIP 2015

Visual Arts
Our student-centric Arts programme provides our students with the opportunities and platforms to express their different interests, needs and talents. They also benefit from the constant infusion, negotiation and reconciliation of different ideas and skills as well as the constant interactions between the students’ own perspectives and the new knowledge they have gained.

 

By fostering creativity, our students gain the experience of seeing their ideas grow from scratch. They will also develop through the process of experimentation and refinement into an outcome they can call their own. The Arts curriculum ensures every student is able to establish, explore, experience, extend and express his learning through the Arts in order to become a confident person, a self-directed learner, concerned citizen and active contributor.

Arts Curriculum

P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6
Art Value Art Captures Imagination Art Expresses Emotions Art Communicates ideas( Arrangement of EOA varies to create different meaning) Art communicates ideas ( Variation of EOA and their meanings when composing a picture) Art has purposes and functions ( Application of Art in design) Art has purposes and functions ( Art and society)
International Artists Joan Miro,

Henri Matisse

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri,

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Wassily Kandinsky,

Gustav Klimt

Claude Monet,

Van Gogh

MC Escher,

Julia Rothman

 Andy Warhol
Local Artists Cheong Soo Pieng Liu Kang Sarkasi Said Ong Kim Seng, Chua Ek Kay Georgette Chen Justin Lee
Focusing On Shapes, forms, colours ( Primary & Secondary ) Lines, texture, colours ( Warm/cool ) Variety, scale, contrast, colours ( analous ) Tone, space, depth, movement Balance, proportion, harmony, dominance, pattern Balance, proportion, harmony Rhythm, Complementary Colours
Main Medium Collage and oil pastels,

Modelling Clay

Oil pastels, Collage Watercolour pencils, Batik, Air-dry Clay Watercolour, Chinese ink, terracotta clay Digital photography, Pencil Shading Printmaking, 3D printing, Acrylic

 

Students in Arts lesson

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Our students’ art work

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Music Curriculum

In line with the General Music Programme, our music curriculum includes lessons which enhance pupils learning through the Experience – Concept – Application approach.

The experiential phase allows pupils to experience new concepts through singing, movements, aural and visual activities in the form of games.

The conceptual phase consists of lessons that help pupils relate what they have gone through in the experiential phase. It is a phases whereby pupils make sense of the musical concepts they have learnt.

In the application phase, pupils are given the opportunities to apply what they have learnt through creating. This is also the phases where we weave in our new Design Thinking lessons. Our Design Thinking lessons are pupils centric and values driven. They are crafted in a bid to help pupils enhance and develop their creativity, critical thinking and entrepreneurship.

The following table shows a rough guide of what our pupils learn throughout the year

TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4
P1

&

P2

·         Singing in unison with movements

·         Play on some pitched and un-pitched classroom percussion instruments

·         Solfege names and handsigns

·         Rhythmic and melodic improvisation

·         Music appreciation through thinking processes such as

Music covered consist of rounds, festive songs, national songs and music from different cultures and genres.

Design Thinking

Through the 5 stages of Design thinking, pupils are able to empathise with the user’s need, define the problem and from there, they ideate and come up with their creation to meet the user’s need. Thereafter, pupils will learn to critic their peers; work and give valuable feedback.

Themes

P1 (Children’s Day) Pupils are to improvise/create movements to show what is important to children around the world.

P2 (Teachers’ Day) Pupils are to improvise/create a melodic or rhythmic phrase to suit their teacher’s personality, likes and dislikes

P3(Mid-autumn festival) Pupils are to create their own programme music based on the legend of Chang’E

P4(Racial Harmony Day) Pupils are to create their own soundscape based on RHD.

P3

&

P4

·         Singing in parts

·         Playing a variety of pitched/unpitched classroom instruments and the recorder

·         Solfege names and handsigns

·         Rhythmic and melodic improvisation

·         Music appreciation

Music covered consist of canons, festive songs, national songs and music different cultures and genres

P5 (T1 & T2)

P6

(T3 &T4)

Design Thinking

P5(National Day) Pupils are to compose their song based on National Day

Design Thinking

P6(International Friendship Day) Pupils are to compose their song based on IFD.

 

Arts Talents Identification
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Throughout the year, various platforms are provided to enable the pupils to showcase their talents as well as to participate in competitions to reflect and assess their artistic abilities. These opportunities range from school platforms in visual art and performing arts, to national art competitions and community outreach efforts. These boost the pupils’ confidence, self-esteem and inculcate a sense of belief in their potential. We believe in providing vast exposure and opportunities for our students.

PLATFORMS FOR STUDENTS

The Arts Ambassadors are appointed to extend their interests into leadership roles for the pupils who are able to become champions for the arts. They play a more active role in sustaining a vibrant arts culture in our school and the community. These student leaders will also require more exposure and experience from school and national arts activities to help them further extend their thinking process, thus specially-tailored learning journeys for selected ambassadors will be organised to increase their engagement and nurture their passion in the Arts.  These Arts Ambassadors will then give back to the school through either presentations of their learning journey experience or through the organising of arts-related events for the school and the community.

Arts Ambassadors Training

During the June Holidays, the Arts Ambassadors had a training session. During the March holiday, the P4 attended Leadership training conducted by the CCE Department. The P3 undergone a Public Speaking Workshop while the P5 had a photography sessions. They were equipped with skills that will help them become a better Arts Ambassador. They had a fun time attending the sessions.

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Community Exhibition

We are also moving into the neighborhood for our art exhibition where pupil’s artwork will be showcased in public. Our students create these artworks during their weekly Art curriculum lessons and through exhibiting at community spaces; we encourage the other schoolmates to attend it to inculcate in them the habit of visiting an art exhibition.

Not only this, parents and families of students’ whose works were exhibited would be able to visit the exhibition too. Arts Ambassadors also take this opportunity to host theArt Talk to provide brief explanation of certain key works, as outreach to community on Art Appreciation. Click here for photos of Community Exhibition 2014

Arts Fiesta

Arts Fiesta is a yearly event helmed by the Aesthetics department for the entire school. The event took place to celebrate the arts in our lives. The department has planned an array of interesting activities for the students for the entire week.

Auditions for talent time took place online through Microsoft office platform online during the March Holidays. Students then were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite performances online. The most voted performance performed on stage for the school during the Arts Fiesta Week.  The audience was really blown away by the awe-inspiring performances of various genres.

During recess, students were involved in a great variety of music and art games. There were Music and Arts related games. The students had great fun during their recess.

P3 and P6 students attended special lessons conducted by dance and Acapella external trainers, they were able to experience a class of a different art form, to trigger their interest and inspire them to pursue that art form. Information on composers and artists, as well as famous works, and information of art schools were introduced to increase students’ exposure and promote better understanding of the art scenes in Singapore.

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Online Arts Auction

2016 was the year where WGPS held our first online auction. In 2016, we finally took the Art Auction online with the intent of reaching out to a wider audience so that more may benefit from the efforts of our students. The website was made possible with partial funding from Art Community Participation Grant granted to West Grove Primary School by the National Arts Council.

Though Art Auction, our students learn concepts of demand and supply factors determining the art market. This helps them to move into the future of art making, where art is done not just to express oneself, but also to meet the needs of the community This is indeed a valuable learning point for our students about the importance of giving back to society through their diverse talents and learns to be active agents of change.

Parents are encouraged to log on to https://www.whereartsgrow.com/ to indicate your interest to bid for artworks done by some of our students, as well as artworks contributed by invited schools. The online auction began on 14 November 2016 and closed on 19 November 2016 (2359). We are proud to announce that in 2016 we have raised a total of $890 through the auction and have auctioned off 33 pieces of our students works. 100% of the gross proceeds from the art auction has been donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation.

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Internet Resources

West Grove Primary Art Museum

www.westgrpveprimary.net.museum

Matisse

https://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/henri-matisse-biography.htm

Hundertwasser

https://www.digitalpalette.org.uk/worcboxes/hundertwasser/index.html

Kandinsky

https://www.nga.gov/kids/kandinsky/

Monet

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cmon/hd_cmon.htm

M.C. Escher

https://www.worldofescher.com/gallery/

Andy Warhol

https://artsmarts4kids.blogspot.com/2008/09/andy-warhol.html

Art Glossary

https://www.ket.org/artstoolkit/visual/glossary.htm

Within Singapore

https://nationalartgallery.sg/

https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/

https://www.singaporeartsfest.com/

https://www.nationalmuseum.sg/

https://yesterday.sg/museums/

https://www.theartshouse.com.sg/

https://www.thelittleartsacademy.com/

https://www.esplanade.com/community_engagement/young_audiences/index.jsp

https://www.nac.gov.sg/sta/sta02.asp

International

https://www.artsonia.com/

https://kids.tate.org.uk/

https://www.moma.org/interactives/artsafari/index.html

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/learn/ngv-kids/ngv-kids-corner

https://www.metmuseum.org/explore/index.asp?HomePageLink=explore_l