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Join the Book-Making Camp!

Making artist books – July Camp!

Most places at the Explorator/Robinson Crusoe camp have been taken up for July, but there are still spaces available for the Book-making camp!

So, here is the info again:

Book-Making Camp (July camp only)

Come spend a week discovering how to make books. From building the structure to filling it up. Whether to sketch, write down ideas, or keep notes, many different people keep books. In this camp, we will explore what “BOOK” means to us, and find many different ways to expand on the definition.

Run by artist-scientist Isabelle Desjeux, these camps provide structured time to learn a skill and open time to discover and perfect personal interests. A guest artist will make an appearance, providing a different perspective!

Making friends is also a great part of the camp and we invite parents to join us on the very last day, from 11:00am onward to come and view an exhibition of the works, and meet the new friends. Bring some food to share and we’ll have a picnic.

WHO: for children 6 – 12 years old
WHEN: Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13, 2012 –  9:30am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: l’Observatoire @ Bukit Timah Turf City.
HOW MUCH: $350

For information : call Isabelle at 92734991 or use the form below to send an information request


Open Studio

A place to explore and create art for teenagers.

In this studio, you’ll have a space to create your own art, be inspired by peers, and get advice and guidance when needed. Over 10 sessions, explore different media and find your voice.

Drawing: pencil, charcoal, and alternative mark-making

Painting: watercolour and acrylics

Printmaking: relief printing (woodcut, lino, collographs), etching, silk-screen

Object-making: basic clay work; working with found objects; papier mâché.

Saturday, 9.30 – 11.30 am. Fees:  $ 50 per class or  $ 450 for 10 class session.

Kids Workshops at the STPI!

Kids Workshops at the STPI in 2012

Kids Workshops at the STPI in 2012

I have worked with the STPI before, so it’s a real pleasure to be invited to run more kids workshops this year!

Check the albums of some of these previous events:

“Jazz” at the STPI ; album

“Papiers Collés” workshop

… and make sure you sign up early!

Finding Happiness in the Small Things in your Life

Happy New Year 2012

What better way to start the year than by looking ahead, with expectation and trepidation, at what the year ahead might bring?

Big beads in small bottle work best...

By now, on the second day of the year, if you are like me, you either have already broken one of your resolutions, or you are already beyond making resolutions, knowing that you will be breaking them.
Well, guess what? If you start adding up when you DID follow the resolution rather than when you broke it, you’ll find your glass filling up rather than emptying – et voilà! before you know it, your glass is half-full. Make sure the glass is small too; you can always add a second one when the first one is full!

So now, here is what I am wishing for all this year:

  • Looking at a book from above (Buang's notebook)

    Finding happiness in the small things means looking at what you have with a new eye; looking harder at what is around you; looking differently at what is given to you.


  • Thinking outside the box is a great idea, as long as you don’t neglect what’s inside the box and don’t forget the box too. Always remember that as a kid, it was the box you loved the most…for its potential: you’ll never be bored.
  • Keep teaching… you never know what you might learn!

    ... you never know what you might learn (Watercolour class, Summer 2011)

  • Keep your failures… one day they might bloom!

Failures in Bloom (from my 2010 exhibition, "Laboratory of 'Pataphysics")

  • About reading advice and “inspirational” note: remember that the writer is usually giving advice suitable for him/herself. In most cases, it won’t apply to you…

If they're all pointing somewhere but not looking where you're looking, it's probably not a direction worth following. (Pointers at the Louvre, Paris 2011)

Now, if you came to this page wanting to know when the next art class would be, bear with me while I redraw the schedule within the next few days, and the classes will be ready to start again soon. Whatever you do this year, make sure you JUST KEEP DRAWING and you can be sure the juices will keep flowing!

And if you want to know where my ART is going, remember to go and check my artist blog!

P.S. All pictures above are mine and copyrighted and cannot be used without my permission – as with all the pictures on this website!

Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Tree Opposite

A Green, Optical Christmas tree this year.

 A great thank you to all of you, students, anonymous followers, random passer-bys, friendly commentators, for helping keep this page going by stopping by and sending friendly comments once in a while! The New Year promises some surprises ahead, which I will not reveal yet…

In the meantime, please enjoy my cheeky, green greetings using “optical inks”. Please follow the instructions carefully and ask a child if you aren’t sure… they will know!

1. Find a Christmas card you have just received, and which has a blank back page. Keep that blank page handy.
2. Look at the picture attached. Focus on the top third of the tree somewhere, and look for about 30 seconds.
3. Now, quickly turn to your blank page. Your Christmas card should appear with all the right colours! And you can re-use the card…
4. With thanks to Eric Carle’s “Hello, Red Fox”
3. Merry Christmas!