This lesson is suitable for students in Lower Secondary

Artwork title: Thrust Upon…

Name of artist: Ng Jingge Jeanne

  Image 1 (exhibited artwork)                          Image 2 (initial phase of the artwork)

Possible Guiding Questions for discussing art

  1. What do you see in the painting?
  2. Observe closely, how many different kinds of flowers are included in the painting?
  3. Why do you think the artist had chosen these flowers? What meaning does each flower possess?
  4. What meanings do the clocks and gears bring to the artwork?
  5. How do you feel when you see this artwork? What makes you say that?
  6. Compare Image 1 and 2. What are the similarities and differences?

* Image 2 is the first version of “Thrust Upon…” It was the piece before I decided to add in more flowers, which spread out of the canvas, in the middle area. I felt that by adding the flowers that went out of the canvas, it added weight onto the headgear, symbolising heavier responsibilities.

  1. Imagine you are the girl in the artwork, how would you feel wearing the headgear?
  2. If you were the artist, what imageries will you use to replace the flowers and gears to depict similar theme?

Why do you think the artist has chosen the colours used in this painting?


Possible lesson ideas for making art

In this lesson idea, students could be asked to think about the different responsibilites between female & male, adult & child, baby & elderly, teacher & student, wealthy & poor. Teacher may also introduce other artists who have used headgear as an icon/metaphor in their artworks such as Olaf Hajek, Camilla D’errico and Laura Harris. Alternatively teacher may introduce artists who used metaphors in their artwork, such as Georgia O’Keeffe who used flowers to symbolise herself.


A possible elegant art task could be:

Create a mixed media collage to express your thoughts on “My Responsibilities”. Include a synopsis of your artwork.


  • What are some of the responsibilities that you are shouldering now as a teenager?
  • If you were to depict your life responsibilities using objects (such as headgears), what would you use? Why?


Materials needed:

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Paintings (watercolour/acrylic)
  • Markers




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