Playing With & For The Community
Last week, SCYA spent time livening up the void deck of Blk 112, Hougang Avenue 1, which is also the home of Paya Lebar Wellness Centre.
SCYA’s artist, Giada Tagliamonte, designed the mural, and with the help of SCYA’s project coordinator Victoria and treasurer Billy, spent the first day painting in the sky and marking out the trees, hills and buildings.
Giada suggested engaging residents to help paint the mural as this would give them a sense of ownership over the creation of the artwork.
With the help of PAssionArts, SCYA held a short workshop for the seniors of the centre to introduce them to acrylic paint mixing and drawing.
During the workshop, the residents designed their own leaves and trees, and were given globs of blue and yellow paint to create their personalised shade of green.
The workshop received positive responses, as the managers of Paya Lebar Wellness Centre never knew how well their members could paint! In all their years, this was the first time the residents could demonstrate their creativity and artistry.
The residents were so enthusiastic about the mural project, they came back over the next few days to help paint the leaves, hills and buildings with us!
Everyone was so engrossed in mural painting that we started to attract a small crowd of passers-by, students and toddlers, some of whom wanted to help out as well!
Look at that, who knew your grandma’s and grandpa’s were so skilled in painting?
One of the volunteers, Moi, stayed the entire day to help paint the hills with us, and it was only later that we found out that she had spent most of her life selling noodles and doing Chinese Opera!
The workshop and mural painting was a good bonding opportunity for the residents to share their stories and artworks with each other. All the leaves and trees that they painted during the workshop were displayed all over the void deck during the week.
With so many people contributing to the wall mural, Giada had time to add in extra details like peach blossoms and a bird to the mural.
Say hi to all the happy helpers who joined us for the workshop and painted the mural with us! Everyone was satisfied with the end product and agreed that the colours did brighten up the usually shaded void deck, making it a more comfortable space to spend time in.