ACPG Project by Siglap Secondary School
The Siglap Great Wall Project was designed to creatively capture the school’s rich history and increase awareness of the school’s legacy amongst students and the community, further enriching its 60 years of history while commemorating Singapore’s 50th Birthday.
In collaboration with The Band of Doodlers, a collective of artists with a passion for illustration, the school aimed to promote the love of drawing amongst all her Secondary One students, stakeholders and members of the public. As the collective championed inclusivity through accessible art forms, students were encouraged to draw freely to express their hopes and dreams.
Through the collaboration, participants first experienced a creative art workshop that both nurtured their interest in art and taught them to value teamwork. They were subsequently able to paint alongside the professionals, who encouraged them to paint on the walls regardless of their’ own perceived drawing abilities. The mural then culminated in the school’s SG50 celebrations where members of the public were also invited to paint part of the wall. The school encouraged students to explain their work to the public and guide members of the public to draw on the wall as well.
The founder of The Band of Doodlers, Mas Shafreen, shared that the workshop sessions were designed for students to value co-creation and appreciate others. The sessions were all in line with the Band of Doodlers’ mantra of presenting art by the community, for the community. The students, equipped with new-found skills, were more confident in facilitating others to contribute to the mural.
All the participants in the project expressed that the final artwork was not simply a montage of doodles. Through the process of art-making as a team, it now carried greater meaning and emotional connections to the school, and the community.