Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

Playing With & For The Community

Tote Bag Workshop


This month, SCYA has been involved with conducting tote bag painting workshops for the residents and students of Rivervale Primary School and Rivervale Community Centre. The objective of this workshop was to teach students, teachers, and residents how to paint tote bags using acrylic paint. These tote bags would then be part of the PassionArts Festival 2015 and diplayed at the Rivervale Plaza during August.

In conjunction with this year’s SG50 theme, the tote bags had the PassionArts and SG50 logo printed on it. Everyone was advised to paint pictures representing Singapore and what Singapore meant to them. A selection of pictures was shown to them to give them an idea of what to paint, and they were encourage to paint what they wanted on the tote bags. The students were of different levels and backgrounds. Some were in  Arts and Craft CCAs while others were in Band. All were very excited to be part of this workshop. The teachers were the same. One teacher mentioned how she had never painted before.

With some guidance, she painted a beautiful picture of orchids with vibrant colours! Our artists were on hand to guide the students, teachers and residents on different painting techniques as well as give advice and answer questions posed by the participants, such as how to achieve different colours such as orange by mixing paints together. The colours provided were Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Black and Purple. To achieve orange, participants were advise to mix Red, Yellow and White.

Last weekend, the same workshop was conducted with the community at Rivervale Community Centre.

How the workshop conducted

First, the participants were given name cards to write their names and contact numbers. (This was to make sure we knew which bag belonged to who as the bags would be given back to tha participarts after the festival was over)

Our artists then showed a powerpoint presentation to show what this workshop about and the different images the participants could use to paint on the tote bags.

A quick demonstration of how to paint the tote bags was conducted, like how to blend and fade colours on the tote bags.

After that, participants were given paper to sketch their ideas first. After the participants finished sketching, they were passed the tote bags and instructed to transfer their ideas from the paper to the tote bag.

While they sketched, the painting materials were handed to the participants, such as paint brushes, water to wash their paint brushes in, and the different paints on a plate.

Once they were done, the participants started painting their tote bags. During this period, the artists would walk around giving tips and advice as well as hand out more paint if the participants needed it. At the end of this 2 hour workshop, the tote bags were left out to dry before being collected back and kept for the PassionArt Festival. All in all, everyone enjoyed themselves and smiles where seen everywhere as people showed their friends their art work.

Rivervale Primary School

Rivervale Community Centre

About scyablog

Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: www.contemporaryart.sg Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeContemporaryYoungArtists Thank you!

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