2013, Acrylic on Canvas, 80 x 100 cm

By CHONG KUI CHEONG, GABRIEL, Bedok North Secondary School, Art Teacher

The mood is the controlling factor of this abstract painting. Its creation employs the elements of lines, shapes, textures and colours resulting in the composition of happiness, peace and contentment. Since the abstraction is not representational, the viewer is free to get involved with his or her own interpretation and personal feelings for the painting. Essentially, I have enjoyed the time and effort in making this abstract composition, which will similarly leave an emotive impression on those viewing it. There is a balance between the two attractive red forms, which gives a reassuring feeling, whilstthe moving lines actively embrace the vast landscaped background.

Lesson Ideas for Free flow (2013) by Chong Kui Cheong, Gabriel

This lesson is suitable for students in: Secondary Two Express

Artwork title: Free Flow

Name of artist: Chong Kui Cheong, Gabriel

School: Bedok North Secondary

Possible Guiding Questions

1. What sort of art form did the artist follow?

2. Describe what constitutes a signature.

3. What do you think the artist is trying to suggest by the title, “Free Flow”?

4. Can you compare and contrast (similarities and differences) this artwork with a graffiti tag?

Possible Elegant Art Tasks

Starting point: craft and technology – abstract painting and graffiti tag

In this lesson idea, students could explore the similarities and differences with graffiti art, abstraction expressionism and a badly done graffiti. The teacher could prepare various visual stimulus related to signatures, graffiti tags, and shop signs to discuss the characteristics of a good sign, signature or graffiti tag. This could be contrasted with seals, emblems, and coat of arms used in other cultures. Discuss the use of positive and negative spaces, and how these concepts are connected to principles of design. A possible art elegant task could be:

Design a screensaver for a desktop, or for a mobile device that shows the personality of its owner. You may use abstract painting, a graffiti tag or an emblem for your design.


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