Artwork Title: Untitled

Name of Artist: Hazel Lim

School: Loyang Secondary School

This lesson is suitable for students in: Secondary 3

Possible Guiding Questions for Discussing Art

Possible Lesson Ideas for Making Art

  1. What do you see in these photographs? Describe the form, colours and subject matter.
  1. Why do you think the artist has chosen these subject matters? Think about Singapore’s pace of life, in relation to nature. How does it make you feel? What does this comparison make you think about?
  1. How else can we convey a similar artistic intent in another medium? What made you say that?
  1. Ask students to formulate questions they might pose to the artist.

Some of the questions might be:

  1. What can we say about the identity of the person portrayed? What made you say that?
  2. What have you been through and what feelings do you have?
  3. What are the places you like?
In this lesson idea, students could be asked to think about Singapore’s natural environment and habitat with urban landscape. The teacher could introduce different local places of nature such as MacRitchie Reservoir, Bukit Timah Reserve, Bukit Brown versus Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa or Orchard Road.

The teacher might use examples of artworks shown in this exhibit that relate to nature, and artists who have spoken strongly about issues, such as industrialisation.

A possible task could be:

Your task is to create a self-portrait inspired by nature and architecture.

Drawing inspiration from first hand observation of natural organic forms around us and building around us.

You can review with a discussion of the purpose of a self-portrait. A self-portrait is an expression of your identity. Show students images of various self-portraits created throughout history and today, such as those by Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Chuck Close. Show selfportraits by artists of the students’ cultures, if available. Discuss the elements in the portraits.

Have students think about what their self-portrait will say about them. Have them think of the things that express their identity, as a student or as a Singaporean.

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