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Pinacothèque de Paris is the largest private art museum in Paris, drawing about 1.5 million visitors a year.  It opened its first venue outside Europe, right here in Singapore earlier this year.  I was extremely honoured to be invited to a preview of their Art Academy program.

Overview

Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris occupies the 3-storey refurbished Fort Canning Arts Centre.  There, you will find 3 exhibitions: The Collections Gallery, The Features Gallery and Heritage Gallery, an Art Academy, restaurants and shops.

Art Academy

2 year old MY participated in a Studio Session at their Art Academy, together with two older children aged 5 and 8.  As we moved through the museum, the Art Academy Director, Mr Ronald Stones, showed us some of the features of this new museum.

We first came to the interactive exhibition on Level 1.

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The interactive exhibition was a great way to engage the kids.  It was so bright and cute, kids would naturally be drawn to it.

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Giving the bottle of paint a stir changes the colour.

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Spin Spin the globe!

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Swipe to change the artwork! Because kids these days just love swiping, don’t they?

 

Following that, we were brought into ‘The Collections’ exhibit.

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Unlike museums that often curated artwork by period or genre, the artwork in this exhibition spanned thousands of kilometres and hundreds of years.  They were all on loan from private collectors, and displayed in a manner to invoke critical appreciation of the artworks. As we moved through the exhibit, Mr Stones prompted the children with questions.

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“Look at this mask and this painting.  Why do you think they are placed side by side?”

The older children were quick to point out that they looked similar.  Mr Stones pressed on, “How are they similar?” The children would scrutinize the art work carefully to point out anything similarity they could find.

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“Now look at these two men.  Do you think they are rich?”

“Yes…” the children replied.
“How can you tell?”Answers such as the clothes, the demeanor, the fact that they were plump etc were given.

Mr Stones went on to explain that the two pictures were separated by a golden sculpture (which we were not allowed to take photos of) to signify wealth.  Knowing how we Asians love all things auspicious and prosperous, lighting was shone on the golden sculpture to create a ‘golden river’ on the floor.

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Suntec City has a fountain of wealth.  Singapore Pinacothèque De Paris has a river of wealth.  Walk on it and may riches come your way! (I happily walked on it.)

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We came to this gorgeous painting, which was my favourite painting in the whole exhibit.  It looked so realistic.  The details were amazing.

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“Look at this painting.  Do you notice how detailed it is?” Mr Stones asked the children.
“It looks real.  Almost like a photograph.” The 8 year old remarked.
“Very good.  Now let’s look at this next painting.  Why do you think these 2 paintings are placed side by side?”

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It was not difficult, even for the children, to notice the contrast.

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“Now look at this painting.  Can you find the 5 senses in this painting?”  Slowly, the children looked for things that symbolised the sense of taste (the food), smell (the smoke), sound (the violin), touch (the dog) and sight (the eyes).

Above are just a few examples of what we went through.  Many of the exhibits were not allowed to be photographed and hence I can’t show you more.  I wish I could.  It was extremely intriguing, even for an adult.   What I loved most was that there was never a right or wrong answer.  Mr Stones was always very encouraging.  And the children even managed to point out things that he never noticed before.

Now If you are wondering, 2 year old MY couldn’t appreciate or answer any of the above.  But the 5 year old and 8 year old were very engaged.

After we completed a tour of The Collections exhibit, we moved through a corridor decorated with pictures showing Singapore’s heritage.

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We were brought up to Level 2 towards the Art Studio, passing by an attractive corridor.

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And we arrived at the art studio!  The children were told that they were to draw reference from the portraits they saw earlier to create a portrait of their own.  To get them warmed up, they were first given some randomly cut-out sheets of paper and told to try form a face with them.

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And this was what they came up with!  MY did not help much, but when we saw the final product, he went, “Crab crab!” Haha…

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And it was time for the kids to work on their individual portraits.  They were given a blank sheet of paper for the background. A palette of water colour and a variety of brushes were placed in front of them.  They were free to use whatever they wanted to paint the background.

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And the painting began!

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After experimenting around with some brushes, MY decided he liked the BIG brushes most.

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And we were done with the background.

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Next, the children were to introduce some texture.

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They mixed sand of different colours and size with the paint.  They were to free to use any sand with any colour to see what they could come up with.

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The teacher decided to improvise for 2 year old MY and got him ditch the brush and use his hands.

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With paint on one hand and sand on the other, MY rubbed his hands together with glee.

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And the hand-printing began!

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Painting with his hands was WAY more fun than with brushes for young MY.

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He loved the sand a lot and scattered loads of them on his paper.

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Next, they were given construction paper and told to tear them into any shape they wanted.

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MY was absolutely thrilled to be tearing up paper without getting scolded!

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And once they were done with that, they were to start glueing the scraps of paper to their background to form a face.

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And we were DONE!  MY posed proudly next to his first ‘professional’ art work!

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It was very interesting to see what the 3 kids of different ages came up with.

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Although there are many art enrichment centres in Singapore, this art studio is pretty unique due to its access to real masterpieces downstairs. With easy access to the galleries, reference to works of art could be easily made. I was told that depending on the type of course, the trip to the galleries may be made before class (like what we did), during class or as a reflection after a piece of work has been created.

After the class, we went to do a bit of shopping at the boutique in the basement.  It is really easy to miss out the boutique hidden downstairs, but if you are there with the kids, do check it out.

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Within the boutique, there were chair and tables for children to sit down to do simple craft.

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You could also purchase some children’s craft boxes to complete at home.

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Usually, you wouldn’t think of an art museum to be a child-friendly place.  I was impressed by how they have made Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris into family-friendly destination! With the interactive exhibit, art studio and crafting area in the boutique, this is definitely the most kids-friendly art museum I have came across.

Art Academy Schedule (Aug – Oct 2015)

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Promotion for Readers

Readers who sign up for above classes quoting “Bumble Bee Mum” will enjoy the following:

1) 20% off Individual Sessions from the above schedule
(cannot be combined with early bird special and 10-week package)

  • Lectures: $54.40 (U.P. $68)
  • Studio: $38.40 (U.P $48)

Example:
If you wish to sign up for a studio sessions for kids under 7, and that you are accompanying the child. You are only required to pay for 1 participant, which is for the child who is creating his own artworks and using the materials in class.
Quote ‘Bumble Bee Mum’ during booking for 20% discount and pay only $38.40!

2) 20% off Family Package Session
(cannot be combined with early bird special and 10-week package)

Understanding that my readers are mostly families, some of whom have young children like MY, the Art Academy has introduced Family Package Sessions.  These are fully customisable sessions, tweaked to cater to the age of the children in the family.  The timing need not follow the studio timing, and you can arrange for a customised time slot during application!

  • Minimum of four paying participants are required for each family package session. Paying participants have to be above 4 years old. One paying adult can bring one child under 4 years old.
  • Price is $48 per pax before discount
  • Each session is 90min long with customised time slot and activities.
  • If your family is unable to meet the minimum 4 pax requirement, you can find another family to sign up for the session together.

Example:
If your family has 2 adults and 3 children, 1 of whom is below the age of 4, a family session costs $48 x 4 = $192.
Quote ‘Bumble Bee Mum’ during booking for 20% discount and pay only $153.60!

The above promotions  are valid for all sessions before 13 October 2015. For more information or queries, please email learn@pinacotheque.com.sg

Do note that each class sign up will include an all-day access ticket to visit Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris, which can be used within 3 months of purchased session!

Singapore Pinacothèque De Paris Visitor Information

Address: 5 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179620

Map: Click here for Google Map location

Tel: +65 6883 1588

Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs 10.00AM – 7.30PM | Fri – Sat 10.00AM – 8.30PM

Official Website: Homepage | Facebook Page

Read More…

Read about Raising Our Successful Children‘s version of the visit.  8 year old Natalie is a true art genius in the making if you ask me!

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.

22Comments

  1. What a fantastic art gallery that they provide this experience for the kids.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, it’s amazing isn’t it? You usually wouldn’t expect art galleries to be a family travel destination. I’m glad to see that they have turned Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris into a family-friendly attraction, both for locals and tourists. Hope to show this to the rest of the world!

  2. Natalie says:

    More museums should be child-friendly. I love that the children pointed out things that Mr Stones hadn’t noticed before- it’s amazing to view things from a child’s perspective. (BTW what a cool corridor!).

  3. I had no idea they such a museum in Singapore. And how awesome it is for the little ones to be able to paint 😀 not every artists needs a brush 😀

    #MondayEscapes

    • bumblebeemum says:

      We are very proud that Pinacotheque de Paris chose to open their international outpost right here in our little country. Hope more people will know about it and come visit! The teacher was amazing to improvise and ask the little one to use his hands instead. There is really no boundary where art is concerned.

  4. Didn’t know there is such a place in Singapore! Only knew that SAM have hands-on activities for children, but those are more craft works, not painting.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      This place is new! But really, too little people know about it. If I wasn’t invited for the preview, I wouldn’t know it existed either! Really hoping to get the word out about this place, because it is a real hidden gem. And they effort they made to make it family-friendly is commendable.

  5. Paula says:

    Oh, what an amazing experience for both of you and MY. I never thought of sending the kids to the museum until I’ve read your post. And it’s a good thing that they also have an immersion for our budding artists!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, an art museum is definitely not something I would think of visiting with the kids. It seemed like a place where, if I brought my kids, I would be frowned upon, because the kids would be causing a disturbance. Which is why I love Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris so much because of their efforts to welcome families. The interactive exhibit, art studio and crafting section at the boutique are such great features!

  6. claudiasg says:

    Ohhh this looks like something Ayra would love! Got to put into our to do list in the coming months!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Try to go before October to take advantage of the 20% discount they are offering for my readers. It is such a good deal really. I am thinking of bringing MF one of these days because I only brought MY there for this visit. Maybe we can go together! 🙂

  7. Shermeen Ching says:

    Wow! The expereince for kids is so different. Something to put on the to do list for us….

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, it was a very different experience. Especially since my specialty is in eating and checking out playgrounds and eating while checking out playgrounds. I was quite surprised to receive an invitation to a MUSEUM. But hey, keep an open mind, and I was well rewarded.

  8. Phoebe says:

    Thanks for sharing and it seems to be an interesting place. I love messy play and it would be a great exposure and sensory experience for children. Would be keeping this in mind and i am hoping they have open house 😀

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yah hor… They should have something in line with SG50 celebrations right? Too bad this place is not under National Heritage Board but privately ran. Maybe that’s why the SG50 fever didn’t catch on here.

  9. Jolin says:

    I didn’t know of this place too. The concept is very interesting and I love it that they are so family friendly.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Seriously… They need more publicity. Even the cab driver didn’t know where to take me. It’s such a pity to have this in Singapore and yet Singaporeans all don’t know about it.

  10. mumseword says:

    I’ve never heard of this place! It’s so cool and the kids would so so love it! thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Happy to share! It’s really pretty cool. Check out their website for more of the other exhibits. I didn’t get to visit the Cleopatra exhibit while I was there, only took a quick peek through the door when we passed by it for our museum tour and it looked interesting. Planning to go back one day to check it out.

  11. Collin says:

    Thanks for sharing. This place looks so interesting. First time hearing of such a place. When my boy is a tad older. probably wanna bring him here

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