Artwork Title: Masak Masak

Name of Artist: Dawn Sim Ee Szu, Dexter Sim Yu Min, Grace Lee Wee Chin, Tia Amelia Abdullah

School: Poi Ching School, Gan Eng Seng School, Bukit View Secondary School, Pasir Ris Primary School


In this lesson unit, students will have a better understanding about the use of nature as vessels to contain food by different cultures/races Singapore and their significance. Students will learn about various materials found in nature used by different cultures to hold food. The different techniques used to fold/bind the materials to hold the food item inside will be explored. E.g: banana leaves, lotus leaves, pandan leaves.

Objective/ Instructions:

Week 1: intro to Masak Masak

Students will learn how an art form can be used to convey a message/statement. An artwork can result in multiple interpretations.

See, Think, Wonder Activity (15 min):

  • Each table (group) will be given an image of Gyongy Laky’s vessel and an Question Prompt card. Groups to describe the artwork (using Formal Analysis: Describe it, Analyze it and Interpret it) and write down their findings on a newsprint

Show examples of Gyongy Laky’s vessel series:

See, Think, Wonder (Sharing-20 min)

  • Students will share their findings on the selected artwork.
  • Students will see and hear what other groups have shared and the various ideas and interpretations they have gathered
  • Students will learn on the meaning of ‘Interpretation’ (Word of the Day)
  • Students to reflect of the main points of the lesson and presentation in their journal.

Week 2: Square Table Assemblage Masak Masak

Students will be able to:

  • combine naturally found products to create an organic vessel (Masak Masak)
  • apply Rules of Play: Alter, Arrange, Attach & Animate
    • Alter: Manipulate the objects by cutting or reshaping them to achieve their desired effect. Document their findings by taking pictures with the iPads provided.
    • Arrange: Construction of their vessel by piecing them together with the altered materials
    • Attach: Learn how to problem solve and think out of the box on ways to attach the materials without the use of adhesives. Experiment with different methods / techniques of binding and weaving to bind the components together.

Masak Masak (45 min):

  • Each student will contribute 5 naturally found objects (eg: leaves from different trees/plants, branches, twigs, tree bark) onto a square table mat placed in the middle of their table.
  • Each student to create an organic vessel using the available products on the table
  • Alter: Students given 10 minutes to “play” with their materials
  • Arrange and Attach: Students given 15 minutes to construct the vessel of their design
  • Each vessel must fit within the boundary of an A4 paper
  • Every group (table) will be given 1 minute to move around the tables and select materials from other groups at the sound of a bell.
  • Teacher to supervise and offer guidance in assembly of the vessel.

Week 3: Students @ Work and Exhibition

Students will be able to:

  • Apply Rules of Play: Alter, Arrange, Attach & Animate
    • Animate: Individually make decisions on where to place the artwork and how it will communicate with the audience

Exhibition & Critique (45 min):

  • Students to complete/touch-up the assembly of their vessels to be placed in around the School compound.
  • Students may choose items found around them to be placed in their vessels.
  • Students to document their works by placing them at a location of their choice and taking photos using the school’s iPads provided for them. Students to upload their photos (with a short narrative about their work) to Instagram (e.g. #masak2G) for sharing and critique.
  • Each student to give positive and constructive comments to their at least 3 of their peers’ works via Instagram.
  • Teacher to monitor via an Instagram hashtag created for this assignment.

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