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Carrying the water for the next project...

Carrying the water for the next project…

Creepy Crawlies camp is over but there’s more insects coming with a large project involving 8 classes of Grade 1 at the Lycée Français de Singapour – Look out for the pictures at the end of June. In the meantime:

  • Don’t miss next month’s Tinkering Sunday (First Sunday of the month, 2nd of June). We’ll be exploring Water Sculptures with artist Ila. Go the the Tink Page.
  • Summer Camps unveiled – still some places left. It will be Creepy Crawlies the first week of July and Stop-Motion animation the second week.

It was an amazing week of running after bugs, understanding what makes insects special, discovering new types of insects… and project making! 10 students aged 6 to 11 took over the Observatoire and spent a week familiarizing themselves with the small insects. We were lucky enough to have the support of Gladys, a gap-year student very keen on environment issues. Gladys volunteers at a number of places from NUS to Coastal Clean-ups and is keen to help bring people closer to the environment and science issues in general. We also had the visit of Sean Yap, another energetic gap-year student keen on all sorts of insects but more specifically involved in a ladybug-census project. He came to talk about these insects with the students and walk outside with us. This led to a very informal and fruitful morning as the students watched ladybugs devour aphids LIVE. Nature is not all cute!

Some of the time spent inside was devoted to drawing, but more students were keen on hands-on projects, so some made insect-like drawing robots or an electric questionnaire, a chance to find out more facts about the small creatures.

On the Friday, we had a small exhibition and students from the Senior Kindergarden of the Blue House International School eagerly came to see what the Creepy Crawlies camp had to offer. It was a great moment to be able to share the work from the week with an eager group of smaller public.

Much of the work done during this week will inform the series of Insect workshops planned at the Lycée Français de Singapour later in June.

Now if you’ve missed this camp, it will run again on the first week of July, see detailed info here. Make sure to sign-up early!

Drawing classes are starting again this week, and it will be the 3rd term for most students – expect an exhibition by June!

If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the last Tinkering Sunday, here’s your chance to make your microscope: we are running the microscope workshop again on Sunday 5th of May. Make sure you register early!

From the 6th to 10th of May, we’ll be chasing bugs and making art from them – or rather from their images. So, if your children are off school that week, and they speak French (or want to be “immersed” in French), send them over. We’ll figure out the different classes of insects, go look for the special ones that are abundant in our semi-wild environment, discuss facts, look at them under magnifying glasses or microscope, set up bug hotels… and thus re-sourced, back at the studio, we will take out the paint, the clay, the paper and MAKE books, sculptures, drawings inspired by our walks. Checkout the Creepy Crawlies Camp. But if your kids are not on holiday then, fret not! We will go insect hunting again in July (Camp dates to be updated soon).

Dragonfly on a leaf

Dragonfly on a leaf