Category Archives: paper

Drawing Dinosaurs!

Docent drawing of displayed ammonite (graphite and pencil on paper)

Docent drawing of displayed ammonite (graphite and pencil on paper)

Sculpted ammonite (Docent artwork)

Sculpted ammonite (Docent artwork)

I am happy to announce that I will be running Drawing Workshops at the ArtScience Museum for their Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction exhibition which opens later this month!

If you are interested, you can get your ticket early to visit the exhibition and make sure to choose one of the dates where I will be running the workshops:

Dates: Sunday 2, 9  & 23 February, 9 & 23 March, 6 & 20 April

– Sketch-a-Fossil:

Bring fossils to life by drawing them in detail. Observation drawing . Make your piece stand out by placing it in a pre-historical landscape (optional collage). Ammonite or Fossilized wood will be our inspiration.

Timing: 45 minute workshops at 12.30pm and 1.15pm

– Sculpting Fun: Shells and Bones:

What better way to understand a fossil than to feel it in 3D? Carve your own sculpted shell or bone out of soap, and bring your replica home. Children under the age of 8 require adult supervision. Ammonite or T-rex claw will be our inspiration.

Timing: 45 minute workshops at 2.30pm and 3.15pm


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.

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!

Last Workshops for the year: Cards Printing and Portrait Drawing

Saturday 3 December: Print your Christmas cards, a parent-child workshop.

  • Using recycled milk and juice cartons, create plates that can be printed… and used to send season’s greetings.
    Milk Cartons and a Star Print

    A star, designed and printed by a 9-year old student from LFS (French School Singapore) during last month's workshop.

    December 3, 2011, 9:15 – 11:15 am.  Make your own Greeting Cards, a parent/child workshop!

    Using the technique of etching on milk cartons, make delicate drawings that can be reproduced and displayed in front of a lighted candle.

    Timing: 9:15 am-11:15 am

    Location: 102 Gardenia Road Singapore 578873

    Instructor: Isabelle Desjeux (92734991)

    Age group:  5 – 14 year olds (young ones should be accompanied). Adults alone welcome.

    Fees (all materials included):$55/60 (Child alone/team) includes all material.

    How do i Sign-Up?

December 5 – 9: Drawing portraits

  • Learn to draw realistically using various tools and mediums (pencil, charcoal, watercolour and pastels). And learn to have fun and see beyond the lines on the surface to create a portrait with personality, reflecting both your personality and the sitter’s personality!
    Self-Portrait by Ruru (9 years old)
    Self-Portrait by Ruru (9 years old)
    Pastel self-portrait by Calista

    self-portrait (Calista, 8 years old)

    Portrait after painting by Vermeer

    Portrait by Ruru (9 years old)



Self-Portrait by Nana (5 years old)

Timing: 10am-12.00pm

Location: 102 Gardenia Road Singapore 578873

Instructor: Isabelle Desjeux (92734991)

Age group: children from 8 years old (beginners or advanced); adults welcome

Group size: no more than 6.

Fees (all materials included): $300

How do i Sign-Up?