Think art is all about walking through quiet museums and looking at paintings? Think again. The Keppel Centre for Art Education, located in the soon-to-open National Gallery Singapore is set to make art more enjoyable and accessible to youngsters.
At the Art Corridor right at the entrance of the centre, you’ll find the Voyage installation by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng. The large-scale puzzle maze invites visitors to pick up colourful chips and move them through the different paths. The opaque pieces also lets kids learn about colour theory as they observe the way colours blend and mix.
Just one step into the Art Playscape will have you in awe. Created by artist Sandra Lee, the space takes you into a whole new world, just like stepping right into the pages of a pop-up storybook. Jump up the elevated lily pads at the pond, sit for a cup of tea with the forest animals, or explore the split-level tree house which has various crawl spaces, talk tubes and periscopes to give kids different views of the space. You can also pick up one of five trail maps, which guides you through the forest. Each map takes a different route, lets you encounter different characters, and tells a different story.
In the Project Gallery, kids can get creative as they imagine what their world will be like in the future. For the Centre’s debut, visitors are encouraged to think about how the idea of home is changing and what homes will be like in the future. They can also build or draw their own creations and add them to the displays in the room.
In the Children’s Museum, young museum goers get a look into how artists work. There, the display of different art tools show that anything can be used to create art. They can also role-play as curators and learn what goes into creating an exhibition.
In conjunction with the Centre’s opening theme of Homes, it also has two special displays: the bird’s eye panoramic cityscape of Singapore drawn by British artist Stephen Wiltshire, as well as a similar cityscape of the Woodlands estate created with clay, plasticine and sticky foam by 13-year-old Singaporean Xandyr Quek.
The centre will also host regular adult- and family-friendly programmes, such as daily tours, workshops, lectures, forums, family weekends and more. It spans 1,000 sq m and is designed for kids four and older. Find it at the ground floor of the City Hall Wing in the National Gallery Singapore, which opens Nov 24. Admission is free. Visit www.nationalgallery.sg/learn/keppel-centre-for-art-education.