Monthly Archives: May 2011

Pastel Art Bearfruit Workshop


Pastel is coloured chalk, composed of powdered pigment and a binder. It can be used for painting portraits, figures, landscapes, seascapes, still life, floral subjects, animals and wildlife and abstracts. This painting medium is vibrant, colourful and easy to use. Pastel paintings, when properly kept, can remain beautiful and fresh for many years.

The National Library Board, together with local pastel artists, is organising a pastel art workshop where participants will learn about pastel art and its techniques. Participants will produce their own pastel art at the end of the workshop, with guidance from pastel art experts. There will be two runs of the workshop, in English and Mandarin, consisting of 4 sessions each (over 4 weekends). Please note that this workshop is open to participants aged 18 and above.

Pastel Art Workshop [in English]
Saturday, 23 & 30 July, 6 & 13 August, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

The English workshop will be led by Ms Janice Chin and is targeted at those with an interest in pastel art.

Workshop Outline
Session 1: Introduction to pastel medium
Session 2: Tonal Value and Basic Colour Theories
Session 3: Composition
Session 3: Perspective

Ms Janice Chin graduated with a BA (2nd Upper Hons) Fine Art (Painting & Drawing) from the University of Huddersfield, UK. She has won awards in 2003, 2005 and 2008. She is a full-time artist and also a part-time lecturer with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Drop an email to ilyani_suhaimi@nlb.gov.sg by Wednesday, 13 July 2011 with the subject header ‘Pastel Art’ and include the following details:
– Name, Date of Birth, Gender
– NRIC No
– Contact number
– Occupation
– Painting/Drawing experience : Yes/No
– Reasons for joining this workshop (not more than 100 words)

Pastel Art Workshop [in Mandarin]
Saturday, 23 & 30 July, 6 & 13 August, 2.00 – 5.00 pm
Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

The Mandarin workshop will be led by Mr Siew Hock Meng and is targeted at pastel art practitioners interested to improve their painting techniques. Mr Siew Hock Meng is a well-known artist, especially for his paintings of the human figure. He has exhibited locally and overseas from the 1980s.

Drop an email to sandy_toh@nlb.gov.sg by Wednesday, 13 July 2011 with the subject header ‘Pastel Art’ and include the following details:
– Name, Date of Birth, Gender
– NRIC No
– Contact number
– Occupation
– Painting/Drawing experience : Yes/No
– Reasons for joining this workshop (not more than 100 words) :

Notes:
– Application for both workshops ends on 13 July.
– Successful applicants will be notified via email by 15 July.
– Successful applicants are required to bring along the following art materials for the workshop. Selected participants will be advised where they can purchase the materials for the workshop.
o 2 pieces of black mounting board (slightly bigger than A4 size);
o A piece of softboard/plywood (slightly bigger than the black mounting board);
o A set of fairly soft pastels comprising about 15 different colours (for still life painting or figure/landscape painting).

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Ideas & Innovations irregardless of age

Students – Wong Kai Wern, 10, Tan Su Fern and Jonathan Aeruthayan, both 12 invented an insulated bag that keeps food warm until recess time.

Read more here.

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BearFruit: Miniatures Creation Workshop

Ever seen those intricately delicate pastries that looks ‘oh so savoury’ on websites and later discover that they are only sitting on one-eighth of your palm?

Discover the art of miniatures with our mentor – Ms Cindy Teh (http://snowfern-clover.blogspot.com) today. Incorporating the aspects of selling your crafts through online mediums, you might be on your way to owning your very own business very soon!

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Session #1
Saturday, 23 July, 11am – 1pm
Ang Mo Kio Public Library, Programme Zone

Introduction to miniatures & Setting Up of Blogshops
Part 1: Participants will learn about the basics of Miniatures Creation which includes:

• measurements and scale
• various colouring mediums to use with Air Dry Clay
• how to handle and store Air Dry Clay
• basic tools for working with Air Dry Clay
• drying and sealing of Air Dry Clay
• using Breads as an object, participants will learn more on the ‘hows’ of mixing and colouring clay to resemble breads.

Part 2: Participants will learn the basics of setting up their very own blogshop
In the second part of the workshop, participants will learn more on the essentials of setting up a blog shop as a retail front to sell their miniatures.
The syllabus will include:
• the basics of taking good pictures
• how to specify the measurements and materials when listing the products for sale
• how to set up payment gateway
• how to ship and handle the miniatures
• an introduction of other sales avenues online

Session #2
Saturday, 30 July, 11am – 1pm
Ang Mo Kio Public Library, Programme Zone

Going Deeper into variations of Miniatures
In this session, participants will delve deeper into the mechanics to make their craft more attractive through:
• learning how to handle very small items
• working with translucency to achieve better results
• understanding various mediums suitable for translucency
• conceptualisation of cakes/danishes for use in Session #3

Session #3
Saturday, 6 August, 11am – 1pm
Bishan Public Library, Programme Zone

Adding parts to make a whole – the masterpiece!
In this session, participants will get to create a larger masterpiece through the additions of their various masterpieces by:
• making danishes and croissants
• making cake bases,creams and textures for cake slices
• create creams for danishes/cakes
• Items to make includes: differently shaped fruit danishes, decorated whole cakes and decorated and textured sliced cakes

Session #4
Saturday, 13 August, 11am – 1pm
Bishan Public Library, Programme Zone

Presentation!
At this finale, participants will have a chance to share within themselves on the blog sites and masterpieces they have created through the workshop.


Requirements:
a. A commitment to attend all 4 sessions
b. Comfortable with working with crafts: Clay and paint

The winning entry will have a chance for his/her works to be showcased in our GoLibrary Publication.

Interested applicants are invited to email jane_foo@nlb.gov.sg with the header “I want to join BearFruit: Miniatures Creation Workshop” by Sunday, 10th July 2011 with the following:

a. Share with us the reasons why you would like to join this workshop in 100 words
b. Full Name
c. NRIC Number
d. Email Address
e. Contact Number

This workshop is limited to 25 participants and only successful applications would be notified.

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Planning, Creating and Voilà!

Read about how 4 makers mastered the medium of wood, metal, plastic and silicon to create new inventions.

Read more here: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/03/ff_makestuff_materials/

one-of-a-kind coffee table with an eerie lunar surface

one-of-a-kind bicycles

miniatures

blinky lights suit

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