5 art activities that can add colour to your dates

5 art activities that can add colour to your dates

After many a restaurant date and movie outing, many couples would appreciate an injection of novelty and colour into their dates. Activities around arts and culture are an excellent way to make time spent together more meaningful, not to mention memorable.

The best part: there are endless options across genres to choose from. The A List has put together five suggestions to consider.

1. For the couple keen to bust a move (or learn how to!)

The Esplanade’s da:ns festival is offering a wide range of dance workshops that couples can take part in, even with little to no prior experience.
The Esplanade’s da:ns festival is offering a wide range of dance workshops that couples can take part in, even with little to no prior experience.

What better way to get up close and personal than to hold your special someone in your arms, dancing to the beat of the music? da:ns festival’s Footwork workshops offer a wide variety of classes for couples to discover the joy of movement and learn new dance moves together.

There is lindy hop, a partnered genre popular from the 1920s to 1940s, and ballroom dance genres like the waltz, rumba, and cha-cha. There is also hip hop, and for those looking for a style strong in passion and emotion, there is even flamenco.

The workshops, held from 13 Aug to 25 Sep, are conducted by professional instructors such as Sinclair Ang of Jazz Inc and the crews from O School and Danz People, and are designed for those with little to no experience.

Find out more about the Footwork workshops here.

2. For the hands-on couple

Couples can work towards an embroidered portrait in this illustrative embroidery workshop, which requires no prior knowledge.
Couples can work towards an embroidered portrait in this illustrative embroidery workshop, which requires no prior knowledge.

A picture speaks a thousand words, and an embroidered one will probably mean that much more. In this illustrative embroidery workshop, couples will be introduced to hand embroidery techniques.

The techniques, once learned, can then be applied in different ways – be it decorating clothes, bags, or embroidery hoop art to be placed around the home. No prior knowledge is necessary and participants will get to bring home their own illustrative embroidery work.

Find out more about the three-hour workshop here.

3. For a romantic night at the museum

One of the specially-curated Art Journeys at National Gallery Singapore is a 2½-hour experience for couples to experience together.
One of the specially-curated Art Journeys at National Gallery Singapore is a 2½-hour experience for couples to experience together.

Beyond its majestic structure and spacious halls, National Gallery Singapore is also a place with many romantic spots for couples to spend quality time together. The museum has a ready programme on its Art Journey slate that has curated nine experiences suitable for couples to go through together.

Art Journey is a web-based initiative that helps visitors choose from a range of ready-made itineraries or design their own journey through the Gallery, giving them the ability to tailor and curate a museum experience to their heart’s desire.

It’s a Date! Is one of the nine journeys that includes a building highlights tour, picturesque photo spots, and artworks that tell the story of the artist’s romantic stories.

Find out more about the It’s a Date! art journey here.

4. For the active couple looking to go off the beaten path

Social enterprise Better Trails has partnered with NParks in this guided nature trail of Chek Jawa, which will end in an air clay sculpting workshop for participants.
Social enterprise Better Trails has partnered with NParks in this guided nature trail of Chek Jawa, which will end in an air clay sculpting workshop for participants.

Chek Jawa, located on the eastern end of Pulau Ubin, is a unique natural area home to one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems. This guided tour will take participants on a nature trail featuring the coastal mangrove habitat and Jejawi Tower, a 21-metre tall viewing tower named after the native Malayan Banyan tree that grows next to it. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of birds like the Kingfisher and rare white-bellied eagles from the observation deck.

YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvhntoAcsJc

The trail will conclude with an air clay sculpting workshop for participants to mould their shared memories with their loved ones.

Find out more about the guided tour here.

5. For the patriotic couple interested in a piece of Singapore’s history

The LKY Musical, a home-grown musical that tells the story of Singapore’s founding prime minister, is back after a successful first run in 2015.

The LKY Musical, a home-grown musical that tells the story of Singapore’s founding prime minister, is back after a successful first run in 2015.

The production, with music written by Dick Lee, is a story about grit, facing hardship, and rising from setbacks. This time, it stars two of the city’s best-known talent: Adrian Pang and Kit Chan, as the late Mr. Lee and his wife Kwa Geok Choo respectively.

Presented by Aiwei and Singapore Repertory Theatre, audiences can expect new musical arrangements and songs, and subtitles will be provided for Mandarin-speaking audiences.

The 150-minute musical runs from 7 to 25 Sep at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands.

Find out more about The LKY musical here.

(Photos: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, The Naked Studio, National Gallery Singapore, Better Trails, Singapore Repertory Theatre)

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