'A desire to be creative whilst persevering through challenges' is part of The Arts at Tanglin mission statement. Nowhere has that desire been more evident than during Senior Arts Week, held 1-5 June 2020 during the blended (offsite/onsite) learning phase. Creativity flourished through the constraints of home-based learning with students finding inspiration, and new ways to express themselves, through online media.
Our students are inspired by specialist teachers and, very often, each other. This collaboration continued even when physically apart. Students developed their skills in art, design, drama, music and filmmaking under the guidance of Tanglin's Arts faculty and through masterclasses with renowned artists:
- ART UK artist Ian Murphy, whose atmospheric work is influenced by worldwide destinations and cultural identities.
- MUSIC Signed singer-songwriter and producer Dru Chen - a multi-instrumentalist and experienced music production professional. Yong Seiw Toh Conservatory Composition Professor Peter Edwards, who explores sound as a means to articulate energy, shape, narrative, and perspective.
- FILM BAFTA-winning filmmaker Ben Lock who has worked as a VFX and Animations producer for Aardman Features, Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic.
- DRAMA devising UK theatre company The Paper Birds, whose shows explore voices from all walks of life.
- D&T British designer, upcycler and TV Host Max McMurdo who looks to reduce consumption in the design world.
"It was really insightful to have my composition critiqued by a professional (Peter Edwards), especially as I intend to take music in the Sixth Form. I now know how to take my compositions one step further." Hannah, Year 11
"During the two sessions that I, and two other students, spent with Dru Chen, we saw the process an artist goes through to produce, and learnt how to write and produce music ourselves using the tips, tricks and techniques Dru showed us. These are crucial tools for me to improve my musicianship and for the music industry in general. The sessions motivated me to keep making music and inspired me to become a better recording musician." Angus, Year 11
Each Arts subject created specific tasks that students chose to complete, from 'found sounds' music compositions, to personal interpretations of famous works of art (some of which are sure to raise a smile!), through to character monologues and autobiopics. The Student Lead Team set up a competition for students to creatively express the theme of Community and a website was launched to celebrate outstanding work within the Arts through the year, including the remote and blended learning periods.
Finally, 500 students nominated their Tanglin Desert Island Disc choices. It's wonderful to see that some popular picks in music, film and art have stood the test of time, representing Generations of Excellence much like our Outstanding Contribution to the Arts nominees and winners.
Our OCA winners and a round-up the week's highlights can be viewed in the video below. Thanks go to all students and staff involved in Senior Arts Week.
Video music credit:
'52 Hertz', written by Anjali (Year 13) Winner of the 'Senior School Songwriting Competition'
'Misled', written by Tamsin, (Year 13) Runner-up in the 'Senior School Songwriting Competition'