The road to art education: National Gallery Singapore presents the new Roving Art Truck for students
The Art Truck is an exciting and immersive learning experience for students from all walks of life to get a taste of art outside the classroom and museum.

The road to art education: National Gallery Singapore presents the new Roving Art Truck for students

The June holidays might be coming to an end, but the fun doesn’t have to. National Gallery Singapore (NGS) takes art education on the road to bring an interactive learning experience to Primary and Secondary school students.

From July, the all-new Roving Art Truck – Singapore’s first community art space on wheels – invites students to join in on imaginative storytelling and hands-on activities centred around artworks from the National Collection. This new initiative, supported by Applied Materials, is a part of the Gallery’s continued efforts to bring art into everyday spaces and make it more accessible to the public.

The colourful, patterned façade of the Art Truck is inspired by the artworks from the National Collection.
The colourful, patterned façade of the Art Truck is inspired by the artworks from the National Collection.

Having taken in feedback from teachers and art educators, The Art Truck’s activities are designed to support a variety of students’ development and learning outcomes. One of the ways it accomplishes this is through its modular and portable props, which can be easily reconfigured into different variations to suit the needs of different schools, education levels, locations, and spaces.

The A List takes a look at the three programmes offered by The Art Truck.

1. Look, Imagine and Tell Stories! feature wall

An activity where students can nurture their visual literacy by observing artworks and identifying visual qualities.
An activity where students can nurture their visual literacy by observing artworks and identifying visual qualities.

The Look, Imagine and Tell Stories!feature wall encourages students to engage with 10 artworks from the National Collection to learn about artistic techniques and materials. The collection features works by prominent Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists such as Chua Mia Tee, Jaafar Latiff, and Lê Phổ. Students can then ask questions and gather information to make meaning of what they observe from the artworks.

Portable Cinema (1977) by Singaporean artist Chua Mia Tee.
Portable Cinema (1977) by Singaporean artist Chua Mia Tee.
Wandering Series 19/76 (1976) by Singaporean artist Jaafar Latiff.
Wandering Series 19/76 (1976) by Singaporean artist Jaafar Latiff.
Harmony in Green: The Two Sisters (1938) by Vietnamese artist Lê Phổ
Harmony in Green: The Two Sisters (1938) by Vietnamese artist Lê Phổ

2. Inspiration Wall

After observing the artworks, students are encouraged to write or draw about their favourite artwork and collaborate with their schoolmates on the Inspiration Wall.
After observing the artworks, students are encouraged to write or draw about their favourite artwork and collaborate with their schoolmates on the Inspiration Wall.

If students are feeling inspired while exploring the truck, they can use the available Post-it Notes to draw or write about their observations and add them to the Inspiration Wall. Students are also encouraged to discuss the artworks with their peers and co-create something to add to the Wall.

3. Co-Creation Wall

The Art Truck also features a big blank wall where students can articulate their thoughts and feelings using stickers.
The Art Truck also features a big blank wall where students can articulate their thoughts and feelings using stickers.

At the end of the Art Truck is a 30-foot wall – the Co-Creation Wall – where students can work together with their peers to create artworks using stickers from the truck’s motifs. Through this collaborative activity, students can be inspired to share how they perceive the artworks with their peers and express their collective creativity through art making.

The Roving Art Truck premiered at Children’s Festival 2022 on 18 and 19 Jun and will begin its journey to seven schools in July when students are back in the classroom. The schools include Bedok Green Primary School, Park View Primary School, Saint Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School, and Xinmin Secondary School.

Learn more about the Gallery’s other art education outreach programmes for schools here.

(Photos: National Gallery Singapore)

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