Celebrating Art

Celebrating Art

Monday, 01 June 2015

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NIE News June 2015, http://www.nie.edu.sg/nienews/jun15/?q=contents/celebrating_art

By Ms Sze-Yenn Cheong, Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and Mr Rino Ratno, Diploma in Art Education

As part of their curriculum, student teachers from the Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group hold small but beautiful art exhibitions for the NIE community to appreciate. Below are two exhibitions, by Ms Sze-Yenn Cheong and Mr Rino Ratno respectively, that caught the eye:

So Beautiful

“So Beautiful” was an exhibition put up by graduating PGDE (Secondary) Art student-teachers from 16 January 2015 to 23 February 2015. Its title is quoted from our mentor, Mr Tang Da Wu, who often uses the phrase to describe an idea or occurrence that is sublime or profound in its simplicity. We wanted to respond to this with our show by creating new works that did not serve to dictate what ‘art’ is or proclaim themselves as ‘art’, but to make something that was “so beautiful” and served as a commentary on art’s influence in everyday life.

Above: Our mentor, Mr Tang Da Wu appreciating one of the works in the show


Above: An onlooker enjoying a beautiful piece of art.

Our exhibition, titled "Essence", was held from 2 to 5 February 2015. The exhibition is a collection of 11 exhibits and artworks from the NIE Diploma in Education (Art) student-teachers.

Consisting of a variety of art genre and medium, each artwork is a depiction of the artist's interpretation on the words, "Essence" and "Do what you love". It was inspired from a quote given by Vincent Van Gogh which states, "It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done."

The short opening night on 2 February 2015 was well received by guests who consisted of NIE staff, family and friends. It was open to the public from 3 to 5 February 2015 with visitors from NTU/NIE as well as friends who missed the opening night. Some lessons were also conducted within the gallery during the exhibition period.

Above: One of many thought-provoking works on the exhibition


Above: Two guests shared a quiet moment while gazing at the exhibits

This article first appeared in NIE's quarterly publication NIE News in June 2015.