National Gallery Singapore’s biennial children’s festival, Small Big Dreamers, returns for its second edition as the first online festival in Singapore for children to play, learn and create with art!
As museums remain temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the National Gallery Singapore's biennial children's festival, Small Big Dreamers will return with a digital twist from 1 June 2020 to 28 March 2021!
Following the introduction of new weekly activities on Gallery Kids! during the May school holiday, #SmallBigDreamersAtHome will be an online art festival aimed at bringing more art experience to families at home!
Expect a series of fun and engaging activities curated for children aged 6 to 12. This festival boosts interactive games, and easy-to-follow, hands-on activities designed to let children unleash their inner artist!
Interactive Site: 5 Fun-Filled Experience Zone
The festival is inspired by the art of five artists in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and through the festival, families will learn about the artworks, have fun with interactive online games, enjoy downloadable hands-on activities, and catch videos that include guided art tutorials.
Your children's adventures start at the new (and already LIVE) #SmallBigDreamersAtHome interactive site. With four distinct experience zones, each featuring content and activities based on the five key artists and their works. And a fifth experience zone will be added from September, featuring scheduled live-streamed programmes for children to sign up for.
Experience Zone 1: Artist Studio
Through an immersive art-viewing experience, kids can begin their journey by learning about the artworks and their respective artists upon which the festival is based on.
Get up-close with all five artworks, and learn about interesting facts and details about each masterpiece as you scroll through the zone.
Experience Zone 2: Make and Create
Parents can download a collection of activity sheets for home-based fun! Comprising fun arts and crafts projects, these printable activities explore the practice of every featured artist in a child-friendly and interactive way.
Experience Zone 3: Play and Discover
In our opinion, this should be the most exciting hands-on zone where kids can have fun with interactive games that also serve to educate them on artmaking techniques.
Three games are currently available, namely, An Artist's Tropical Landscape (inspired by Georgette Chen's Tropical Fruits), Feeling Blocks (inspired by Choy Weng Yang's Horizontals I) and My INK-credible Adventure by Yeo Shih Yun.
BYKIDO TIP: We recommend letting your kids explore An Artist's Tropical Landscape to teach them about the effects of light and shadows.
Experience Zone 4: Watch and Listen
A series of on-demand tutorial videos facilitated by educational experts, independent artists, and illustrators, which hope to inspire kids to embark on projects of their own while simulating the artistic practices of some of the featured artists.
Something New To Engage With You Through The Year
You may also expect a new Experience Zone: SBD Live! in September, where families may register for and enjoy a series of scheduled programmes such as live-streamed workshops, talks, and performances, bringing the fun of a Gallery outing into their homes.
Two more games will be added to the Experience Zone: Play and Discover, Music Making (based on works by Indonesian artist Sudjana Kerton) and Dungun Dreaming (inspired by Malaysian artist Ruzaika Omar Basaree's Dungun Siti II) will be released in July 2020, while the Experience Zone: Watch and Learn will have fun and engaging storytelling sessions along with sit-down chats with artists, educators and curators joining the line-up later in the year
Take Part, Share and Be Featured
Parents and children are encouraged to share their artworks created with the hashtag #SmallBigDreamersAtHome for a chance to be featured in a series of compilation videos under the banner Made by #SmallBigDreamersAtHome. These videos will be published on the website in August and December 2020, and further reinforce Small Big Dreamers as a festival created for children, and with children.