Tell Ronald Stones OBE, founding director of Singapore Pinacothèque de Pairs Art Academy, you can’t draw and he will all the more welcome you with open arms to the academy.

“Everyone can do something,” is the mantra he goes by.

IMG_0115

Creative juices unleashed at the Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris Art Academy’s studio

An education nexus, the Art Academy is the latest addition to the Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris that was newly opened in late May this year, offering a myriad of art experiential courses. From hands-on art and craft classes to seminars and lectures on art history and appreciation, all walks of life can get to tap into their inner Pablo Picassos and Monet Claudes for just 90 minutes.

Usually kicking off with a tour around the musuem, the art classes are meant to trigger a response to the galore of masterpieces and artefacts found in the galleries. In its taster workshop, participants were told to create an image of a person in a chair, inspired by Picasso’s own engagement with women in chairs as featured at The Collections gallery.

IMG_0108

My Picasso-inspired “abstract” product after a taster session at the Art Academy! The process of art making was easy-to-follow, derived from mere scribbles round the table and a few solid colours.

If you’ve always been clueless about the elusive world of art, feel free to orientate the direction of classes! Mentors are open to customising sessions to suit their participants’ desired learning outcomes. The easily accessible and personalised lessons are one of the reasons why the Art Academy stands out as an effective teaser for art lovers and skeptics alike.

Each class sign-up also entitles participants to an all-day access ticket (lasts up to 3 months from the date of purchase) to the art museum’s galleries – The Collections, The Heritage and The Features.

IMG_0134

At The Collections gallery: Curated through the concept of transversality, ‘The Cabinet of Curiosities’ identifies unusual connections between European Modern Art and Primitive Tribal Art. Watch out for the stark similarities as the Western and Eastern worlds collide in a one of its kind display.

IMG_0125

Occupying the largest exhibition space, The Features gallery currently houses ‘The Myth of Cleopatra’ exhibition, showcasing close to 200 artefacts. Questioning the wonders of the Egyptian queen, the exhibition explores the various artistic representations of the goddess through the likes of archeology, paintings, theatre, opera and of course, cinema. Catch it before it ends on 4 October 2015.

And what more a better time than the Jubilee Weekend to get down and artsy with the family! The newest kid on the Fort Canning Arts Centre has whipped up a $50 family package deal from 7-10 August 2015. Popspoken’s readers can also enjoy a special discount to individual sessions at the Art Academy! I daresay, a cultural immersion has never been this tempting!

Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris

What: The Collections, The Heritage and The Features galleries
When: Opens Monday-Thursday from 10am to 7.30pm, Friday-Sunday from 10am to 8.30pm
Where: Fort Canning Arts Centre, 5 Cox Terrace

Gallery goers can get an all-access $50 family package deal this Jubilee Weekend from 7-10 August 2015.

Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris Art Academy

When: Opens daily from 10am to 8.30pm

Click here for studio and lecture schedules.

Simply quote “Popspoken” to enjoy 20% off individual sessions (cannot be combined with early bird special and 10-week package). Promotion is valid for all sessions before 13 October 2015.

Stay updated and social with Popspoken: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook