We had a wonderful time at Art Garden 2011 and are excited to check out what this year’s Children Season at the Art Museum have for the kids. We arrive at the Singapore Art Museum, happy to see familiar “Walter” the rabbit at the front lawn and happily got our tickets. The exhibits for the Art Garden has a building all for itself this year at Sam at 8Q just adjacent the the main building
We cross the road and are greeted by the big banner and the fascinating dancing electronic flowers.
The doughnut shape ping-pong table is so much fun that we almost forgot about entering the building.
Our first stop in the building require us to put on protective “socks” for our shoes. The pigment powder used for the art work on the floor are displayed in wine glass outside and a video show us the process of creating the work. The flowers on the wall used to decorated the floor as well but it is already blurry from the human traffic. It is a beautiful room nevertheless as we admire the space with the beautiful flowers motifs on the wall for quite some time before we move on up.
Painting the room took 10 days. Watch day 10 on the video to see what the end product looked like at the beginning of the exhibition.
We are told we can exchange our tickets for a clay flower on the second level and are pleasantly surprised to see a room full of clay flowers, butterflies and other shapes with beautiful patterns on it. The patterns were all created with everyday objects.
We got our clay flower magnet and got to experiment, creating patterns with every day objects on it. We were told that it is air dry clay and it should harden in half a day.
The gallery of clay patterns made from everyday objects leads to the activity room where kids and parents are busy colouring, drawing and stamping on the materials given.
We can choose to bring the finish work home or paste it on the wall of the room.
The next gallery we visited is “The Art of Imagination” where ink and acrylic on cardboard boxes made up the exhibits. We can draw on the boxes and rearrange them. We can also purchase a similar box to decorate and bring home for a dollar.
Connected to “The Art of Imagination” is “Dress me up”. It is one of last year’s favorite. Kids love dressing up the giant canvas dolls and mixing the heads, clothing and shoes. We love the birthday cake in the centre too.
The digital exhibits are exciting as well. The boys enjoy making noise on the microphone as the sound created influence the speed and complexity on the graphic projection on the wall.
Another multimedia art the kids love is “Let’s Dance”. The kids and parents can make a recording of themselves dancing in a separate room and come out to see their images projected on screen.
Yet another interactive art piece is the 5QU1D which is beautiful in white and lights up in different colours as you interact with it.
We enjoyed some quite time making origami, choosing to fold a butterfly, leaf or flower. When we are done, we got to paste the finish work in a room where the origami glow in the dark. We feel like we are in an enchanted garden, complete with sounds of birds chirping.
Like last year, we had a great time admiring and interacting with the art pieces. This year’s exhibit feels quieter that last year’s. I mean in a good way. The exhibits seems to emphasize more on giving us exposure to a variety of medium and introducing how everyday things can be use to create art and craft pieces, hence inspiring us to create work of art using everyday things.
When: Fri 18 May – Sun 12 August 2012 | 10am – 7pm daily (last admission at 6:15pm)
Where: SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street
$$$: $10 for adults, $5 for students. Free for kids 6 year and below. Enjoy free admission on Friday 6pm – 9pm and 26 & 27 May