2013-2014, Digital Print, 250 x 300 cm

By NORLITA MARSUKI, Orchid Park Secondary School, Subject Head, Aesthetics

In search of the green city in me focuses on how I must make the effort to put aside quality time to activate my senses to really see, enjoy, experience what the beautiful and colourful physical world can offer me. Though it could only be as short as 10-minutes pockets of time when I am able to be one with nature, I am truly thankful and appreciative of the calm and serene feeling when I am with Mother Nature. Just like how Singapore is continuously developing its physical beauty as a busy hub-cum-spa-like-tropical island, where the concrete is now befriending the flora and fauna, I too need to channel some of the daily-madness-energy into the small bites of compartmentalised soothing nature in me. A continuous attempt to survive each vibrant day.

Lesson Ideas for In search of the green-city in me (2013-2014) by Norlita Marsuki

This lesson is suitable for students in: Secondary 1 to 3

Artwork title: In search of the green-city in me

Name of artist: Norlita Marsuki

School: Orchid Park Secondary School

Possible Guiding Questions

1. What do you see in photographs?

2. Describe the lines, colours and textures.

3. Why do you think the artist has chosen these as her areas of study?

4. What do you think is the significance of the subject matter to the artist and people living in fast-paced Singapore?

5. How would you re-create the work? What other media would you use to convey similar intentions?

Possible Elegant Art Tasks

In this lesson idea, students could be asked to think about Singapore’s natural environment and habitat. The teacher could introduce different local places of interests such as MacRitchie Reservoir, Bukit Timah Reserve, Bukit Brown, and a park near the school. The teacher might used examples of artworks shown in this exhibit that relate to nature, and artists who have spoken strongly about environmental issues, such as global warming or climate change. A possible elegant art task could be:

Your new task as a designer is to design a set of living room furniture for a 3-generation family.

Drawing inspiration from the photography prints (organic lines, textures, colours etc), design a set of chairs or settees, coffee table, reading chairs, lamps and other furniture of your choice to create green and eco-friendly living spaces for the family.

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