The revamped Centre offers seven new interactive and stimulating learning zones centred around the theme of Art & Wonder, promising to stimulate children’s sense of creativity and artistic expressiveness.
The Keppel Centre for Art Education (Centre), one of National Gallery Singapore’s (Gallery) most popular spaces, is reopening on 16 December 2023, just in time for the year-end school holidays. The entirely revamped centre features new child-centric learning zones and activities that revolve around the theme of Art & Wonder: Nurturing Wonder through Play and Creativity. Free for all visitors, the Centre offers a fun learning experience for the entire family to enjoy a day at the Gallery.
The Centre was the first dedicated art education facility of its kind in Singapore and the region when it first opened in 2015, and quickly grew to become one of the Gallery’s most well-loved spaces, offering engaging learning opportunities to nurture children’s creativity through art and play. The internationally recognized Centre was unanimously awarded the winner of the 2018 Children in Museums Award, an initiative of the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. Eight years on, the Centre reaffirms its leading position as the perfect destination for families, children and youths to embark upon a journey of artful discovery, with its line-up of refreshed spaces and exciting programmes all year round.
The reopened Centre features an immersive learning space comprising seven zones, with stimulating and interactive experiences suitable for children aged 4 – 12. Each zone offers a welcoming and nurturing environment, providing a gateway through which children can be fully immersed in the wonderment of the world of art through play and creativity. With the revamped Centre’s series of drop-in activities and facilitated workshops, children will develop imagination, critical thinking and visual literacy skills as they are exposed to the seven core elements of art: space, form, colour, texture, line, shape and value. The Centre also continues to cater to the different physical and learning needs of visitors, with wheelchair-friendly furniture and learning stations of various heights.
At National Gallery Singapore, programmes for young learners are built upon the principles found in educational pedagogies that kickstart the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development in children through active engagement with the arts. The reopened Centre features an immersive learning space comprising seven zones, with activities designed to amplify learning approaches for children aged 4 – 12. For example, play is adopted as a pedagogical approach encouraging children to explore, discover and make personal connections while learning about subject matters of interest. Young learners are encouraged to express themselves in imaginative ways, be it through the play of materials to create unique 3D sculptures, role-playing or interacting with an immersive multimedia space. By embedding inquiry-based learning within art, children have the opportunity to develop understanding and appreciation of visual language through play.
The Centre is free for all, with select ticketed facilitator-led programmes that offer guided learning experiences.
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
City Hall Wing, Level 1