The Art Niche in Zhonghua was grown from 2000 and matured in 2010 with the school becoming the fifth secondary school and first co-education secondary school to offer the MOE Art Elective Programme (AEP). The school has a 2-storey Art Centre that houses 4 art studios to support the AEP. There is also an Art Gallery where every year, art exhibitions are held to celebrate the efforts of our AEP and General Art Programme (GAP) students.
Since 2012, Zhonghua AEP adopted the Lincoln Centre Education (LCE) approach to develop imaginative capacities in our students. The ten capacities provide students and teachers with another dimension to understand students’ artistic development over the years. With the support from the National Arts Council (NAC), the school’s practice and customisation of the LCE approach has been endorsed and affirmed by LCE when the LCE artist-instructors from New York visited the school in 2013 and 2015. More information on their visit in 2015 can be found here.
Scholars o Leaders
In line with the school's vision of developing scholars and leaders in every Zhonghuarian, AEP@ZHSS will help our students develop academic discipline, self-direction, creativity and interpersonal skills to become scholars and leaders who will draw on their creative talents to enrich society.
Nurturing Zhonghuarians to be passionate artists in pursuit of artistic excellence; dynamic and resilient leaders in the artistic arena with a passion for innovation in fine arts, design, and digital media; cultured and caring citizens with a global outlook, developing relevant artistic, design and media skills and capacities for the 21st-century economy.
Strategies and Programmes
General Art Programme (GAP)
In Zhonghua, the lower secondary General Art Programme aims to develop visual literacy skills. At the end of the 2-year programme, students acquire the basic skills in art-making as well as the knowledge to discern and understand the roles of art in our society. Students, who have an inclination towards art, are encouraged to continue the General Art Programme at upper secondary, when they gain a deeper understanding and further hone their art-making skills. The key objective of the Zhonghua Art programme is to develop in students their own voice, expressing visually their thoughts, ideas and feelings about their experiences and issues around them. The upper secondary General Art Programme is offered to all streams.
For more artistically inclined students, the 4-year Art Elective Programme (AEP) is designed to stretch students to have a deeper understanding of art from Sec 1. Through contextualised learning experiences, students learn to apply their art skills on real-world issues and situations. This is further underpinned by the theoretical knowledge of the development and roles of art in different contexts of culture and time.
Annually there are camps, workshops and learning journeys for the AEP students.
More information on Zhonghua AEP can be found here.
To find out more about the AEP, visit the MOE Art Elective Programme website at this URL: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/secondary/other/art-elective-programme/
Community Art Projects
‘WeCare Singapore’ banner & Art installations for Passion Arts Festival 2017
In January, Our Sec 4 AEP students designed one of the “WeCare Singapore” banners that were showcased during the Opening Segment – Crescent Moon and Stars in the Chingay Parade Singapore 2017. Likewise, in conjunction with the Islandwide PAssionArts Festival, our Sec 1 & 2 AEP juniors did large format community art installations, which are exhibited along Serangoon Ave 2 from July 2017.
Nationwide Ocean Conservation Art Competition 2017
1st Prize (Secondary School Category) : Tan Teng Na, Janthina (2E1, AEP)
In June, Our Sec 1 & 2 AEP students took part in the Nationwide Ocean Conservation Art Competition hosted by Woodgrove Secondary School and Resort World Sentosa. They had to create artworks showing the theme of ‘The Cycle of Plastic Pollution’. One of our Sec 2 AEP students, Tan Teng Na, Janthina has clinched the 1st prize for the Secondary School Category among the 900 school entries.
ZHSS Annual Art Exhibition "Expose 90" E-catalogue
Expose 90 was held on the 10 to 28 April 2017. This exhibition was curated by the 2016 AEP graduates, featuring artworks by 2016's graduates from all academic streams.
The exhibition titled “Expose 90” makes reference to an iceberg that hides 90% of it beneath the surface of the water. This exhibition aims to expose our Art students’ hidden selves through their private and personal journeys. These passages are authentic and exclusive with a myriad of artistic expressions.
View the catalogue via this url: https://tinyurl.com/
Downloadable PDF file is here too!