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Aesthetics

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Head of Department
Mdm. Betty Chan
Senior Teacher (Music)
Mrs Irene Chin
Subject Head, Music (Covering)
Mrs Tang-Chew Pei Xi
Subject Head, Art (Covering)
(Physical Education & Aesthetics)
Ms Er Ka Hui


INTRODUCTION:

  • The Aesthetics Department looks into developing and maintaining a vibrant arts culture in our school. We aim to help our students develop aptitude for the Arts and develop their mastery in the Art forms they express interest in a fun and engaging manner.

MISSION:

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

VISION:

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

GOAL(s):

  • To develop and maintain a vibrant arts culture in the school
  • To help pupils develop an aptitude for the Arts
  • To help pupils develop mastery in the Art forms they would like to focus on.


CURRICULUM:

Visual Arts
Our Art Curriculum is enhancing student centricity and improving students’ engagement through Design Thinking and Inquiry based approach. Clarity in outcomes through providing feedback to parents on students’ growth in the domain of Aesthetics learning; to motivate and cultivate a strong sense of eagerness to learn.

Music
In line with the General Music Programme, our music curriculum is designed to enhance pupils’ learning through the Experience – Concept – Application approach.

Our music teachers are also trained in Kodaly Method, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Orff Approach and that helps them in preparing interesting lessons for our pupils.

During such lessons, our pupils are constantly provided with opportunities to explore and create, individually and in groups. Furthermore, Design Thinking has also been included in our curriculum so that we can develop and enhance our pupils’ 21st century competencies and social emotional learning skills as they pick up musical knowledge.


PROGRAMMES OVERVIEW (ART):

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) 
Focusing On
Shapes, forms, colours (Primary & Secondary )
Lines, texture, colours (Warm / Cool )
Variety, scale, contrast, colours (analogues )
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, Acrylic

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Art: Design Thinking Processes

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PROGRAMMES OVERVIEW (MUSIC):
Levels Semester 1 Semester 2
Stage 1
(P1 & P2)
  • Singing(in unison and in parts) and playing classroom instruments individually and in groups
  • Solfege and handsigns
  • Music appreciation through artful thinking processes
    • Hear/Think/Wonder
    • Listening 10x2
    • Colour Symbol Image
Design Thinking Project
  • Compose 2 bars (rhythmic ostinato and melodic phrase in C pentatonic).
  • Apply the 5 stages of Design Thinking process in the creation of their work.
  • Pupils learn to empathise with the user’s need and define the problem. From there, pupils will then ideate and create their work according to the user’s need.
  • Pupils will present their work and peers will give valuable feedback so that they can improve on their creation.
  • This Design Thinking Project creates opportunities to enhance our pupils’ 21st Century Competencies.
Stage 2
(P3 & P4)
  • Singing(in unison and in parts) and playing classroom instruments, inclusive of the recorder, individually and in groups
  • Solfege and handsigns
  • Music appreciation through artful thinking processes
    • Hear/Think/Wonder
    • Creative Quesitions
    • Colour Shapes and Lines
  • Songs in the curriculum consists of folk songs, festive songs, national songs and music from other cultures and they can be in C pentatonic mode, C, F, G major and A minor
Design Thinking Project
  • Compose 4 bars (2-part rhythmic phrase and melodic phrase in C Major scale
  • Apply the 5 stages of Design Thinking process in the creation of their work.
  • Pupils learn to empathise with the user’s need and define the problem. From there, pupils will then ideate and create their work according to the user’s need.
  • Pupils will present their work and peers will give valuable feedback so that they can improve on their creation.
  • This Design Thinking Project creates opportunities to enhance our pupils’ 21st Century Competencies.
 Stage 3
(P5 & P6)
P6 (Semester 1) P5 (Semester 2)
  • Singing 2-part songs as an ensemble
  • Play the recorder at a higher level of proficiency

Design Thinking Project
  • Compose 4 bars (2-part rhythmic phrase and melodic phrase in C Major scale)
  • Apply the 5 stages of Design Thinking process in the creation of their work.
  • Pupils learn to empathise with the user’s need and define the problem. From there, pupils will then ideate and create their work according to the user’s need.
  • Pupils will present their work and peers will give valuable feedback so that they can improve on their creation.
  • This Design Thinking Project creates opportunities to enhance our pupils’ 21st Century Competencies.


KEY PROGRAMMES (ART):
1.

Community Exhibition


We are also moving into the neighbourhood 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 the Art Talk to provide brief explanation of certain key works, as outreach to community on Art Appreciation. Click here for photos of Community Exhibition 2014
2.

Art Auction


Though Art Auction, students learn concepts of demand and supply factors determining the art market. The proceeds of the Art Auction would be donated to Child Aid (Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and Business Times Budding Artists Fund). This is an event the school has been organizing since 2011 as part of our community outreach effort and collaboration with other schools. This is indeed a valuable learning point for our students about the importance of giving back to society through their diverse talents. Click here for photos of Arts Fiesta and Art Auction - 2014

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 http://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. And we have raised $ 1459.60 in 2017. 100% of the gross proceeds from the art auction has been donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation.

The website was made possible with partial funding from Art Community Participation Grant granted to West Grove Primary School by the National Arts Council.

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3.

Termly School Art Competition


The termly school art competition provides a platform to let the student showcase their talent. Students are invited to submit their artwork in any mediums: painting, drawing, mixed media. The students will be given different themes, they are able to express their own feeling through drawing.

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Superhero Me Day Camp


To support our students in realising their fullest potential, the Superhero Me Day Camp aims to empower students to believe in themselves. This value-based movement is led by a team of Allied Educators (Teaching & Learning) from West Grove Primary School, in collaboration with Pioneer Primary School, who has worked with children from all walks of life. In this day camp, students learned to build resilience as they imagined themselves as superheroes through elements of literacy, art and photography. As they heightened their imagination and creativity, students crafted a costume that they wanted and learned that dreams with effort can turn into reality.

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KEY PROGRAMMES (MUSIC):
1.

Performing Arts Space @ Bus Bay


This platform serves as an avenue to develop our pupils’ Confidence, Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Leadership skills through meaningful art and music activities. Such activities can range from mini recess concerts to handicrafts.

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Arts Fiesta


In order to nurture our pupils to be well-informed audience of the Arts, we hold Arts Fiesta annually to create opportunities for pupils to experience and create Arts which they are seldom exposed to in their daily lives.

  • Assembly programmes consist of performances by various performing groups recommended by National Arts Council and a talent time put up by pupils who expressed interest in dancing, singing or playing on an instrument.
  • Recess activities allow pupils to collaborate and put up performances for busking. Funds collected through were donated to the Children Cancer Foundation.
  • Some levels also get to experience dance/vocal lessons conducted by professionals during the Arts Fiesta week.

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Resources:


Internet Resources

West Grove Primary Art Museum

Matisse

Hundertwasser

Kandinsky

Monet

M.C. Escher

Andy Warhol

Art Glossary

Within Singapore

International