Today’s blog is a guest post by my colleague Puspita Hidayat, one of our very talented Innovation Technicians at my school in Singapore, Stamford American International School. I am always inspired by what Puspita does, going above and beyond to ensure teachers, students and parents have positive experiences in our innovative spaces, using innovative tools to solve problems. In this article, Puspita has outlined an inspirational weekend hosted at school recently in which schools from around Asia came together for an Arts festival. If you are not connected with Puspita on Twitter, do so now for daily inspiration!
Stamford American International School in Singapore had the great honor of hosting the South East Asia Student Activities Conference (SEASAC) Arts Festival this year for the first time. Together with twelve schools from across Asia, as part of the SEASAC group, students met like-minded friends and engaged with various visual and performing arts-related activities, inspired by this year’s theme, Rhythm of Life.
It is our mission at the Stamford Innovation Center to inspire the Stamford community to create their unique future through the opportunities of exploration and discovery within a space built for their interests and passions. We encourage ‘Design Thinking’ as a tool within student to create well-rounded creative problem seekers, problem solvers, and idea explorers.
We could not have been more excited when Ms. Sarah Dutta, the Head of the Visual Art Department approached us to ask if we could run two mini-taster workshops for the SEASAC Arts Festival. The 3D pen Masquerade Mask workshop was a collaborative idea of our Head of Digital Learning and Innovation, Mr. Craig Kemp and Ms. Sarah Dutta.
In the image above, you can see me (on the right) introducing the activity and explaining how to use the 3d pen to students during the workshop.
During this session, students learned how to use the 3D pens to create an intricate, rhythm of life inspired masquerade style mask. For most of the participating students, it was their very first time using the 3D pen. It was quite a challenge in the beginning when straight lines turned into scribbles. However, after a lot of trial and error, they gained momentum and confidence in translating their imaginative design into beautiful and unique functional masks.
Chris, a teacher from Bangkok Patana School joined the second session. It was his very first time exploring how to use 3D pens, and he was able to create his unique superhero masquerade mask inspired by the land, water, and fire.
We believe that everyone had fun and we hope they will continue their creative journey afterward in their schools. This could also be an inspiration for art students to integrate technology into their art making.
For more inspiration follow my Twitter handle, @bypyuschan to see the great things happening in the Stamford Innovation Center. Please Visit SEASAC Arts 2019 at Stamford to find out more about the event.