Aesthetics and Art
In line with our school vision to nurture our students in becoming Joyful Learners, Creative Thinkers, and Compassionate Leaders, the Aesthetics and Art department is dedicated to building Meridian Secondary School as a leading Arts Hub. We adopt a whole school approach in art education, and champion arts advocacy and arts pedagogy capacity building Nationally and Zonally. Our Aesthetics and Art Programme has won us numerous compliments and accolades, including the NAC Blaze Award, the highest conferring title of their recognition for the Arts in schools.
MOE Enhanced Art Programme (EAP)
The prestigious Enhanced Art Programme (EAP) was started in 2011 to provide greater opportunities for students with keen disposition and capability in art to develop their talent. It is a two-year programme that provides an enriched learning environment for Secondary 3 and 4 students who are inclined towards Art. These students will study art under an enhanced curriculum and will offer GCE ‘O’-Level Art at the end of their fourth year.
For our strong foundation in the Art Curriculum, Meridian Secondary School was given the honour to offer this programme for our students starting from 2016. Through this programme, our selected students were engaged in valuable art opportunities such as the 2015 Guinness World Record attempt organised by ChannelNewsAsia to break the world record for longest 3D painting.
EAP@Meridian believes in nurturing creative habits as the core of art education. Students are encouraged to be independent creative thinkers through a choice-based style of learning, and lessons that are investigative, experimental and experiential. To broaden our students’ perspective, they are exposed to a large variety of visual forms, overseas experience and professional artists’ sharing.
We distinguish our EAP programme by emphasising on the nurturing of creative habits as the core of our art pedagogy, and offer an in-house advanced art programme, the Meridian Art Programme (MAP) as a foundation laying course for interested students to prepare them for the more challenging endeavours in Upper Secondary EAP.
Summer Art Programme (SAP) & Partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Our signature EAP programme is the Summer Art Programme(SAP). The SAP is a collective set of rigorous visual art learning experiences that occur over a couple of months. These learning experiences include curriculum designed by artists and teacher collaboration, workshops, artist sharing, field trips and overseas experience.
A General Overview of the Summer Art Programme is as such:
Part 1 – 3-day Illustration Workshop (SG)
Part 2 – Discovering London through a Creative’s Eye (Immersion in the United Kingdom)
Part 3 – 3-day Illustration Workshop (UK, Anglia Ruskin University)
Part 4 – 3-day Summative work (SG – “Branding”)
East Zone Centre of Excellence of Creative Arts (EZCOECA) - Art Satellite
As the Art Satellite of the EZCOECA, Meridian Secondary School seeks to spread the joy of illustrating and art making amongst school-going students and the community. We also work with the working committee to organise arts pedagogy development workshops and artist sharing sessions to support our art education fraternity. A notable nation-wide work we do is the Young Illustrator Awards (YIA).
Young Illustrator Awards (YIA)
Launched in 2012, the annual YIA organised by the Art Satellite working committee aims to promote the love of doodling and drawing among young children and teenagers. It provides a platform for young artists to showcase their talents to a wide audience and also encourages networking among art lovers through a buzzing online community. Over two seasons of competition, YIA has attracted over 7000 art submissions and the website was visited over 500,000 times. It is by far the most successful national art competition organized by school for schools.
Applied Learning Programme (ALP) in Visual Communication
In line with the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) initiatives, every school will develop an Applied Learning Programme (ALP) to complement their core academic and student development programme.
Here in Meridian Secondary School, our Applied Learning Programme leverages on the creative industries and focuses on “Visual Communication” with the believe that students should be equipped with the minds of a creative thinker which will serve as their competitive edge for their future endeavours. This forms our first level of Visual Art education that reaches out to the whole school.
Every year through Secondary One to Three, all our students students will take on a real-life challenge linked to a creative industry. Each of these challenges reflects what professionals in the industry need to do. Students will realize that to tackle these challenges, they will require skills and knowledge across their various subjects!
Through partnerships with industry stakeholders, up-to-date information on industrial developments and a multitude of opportunities for real-world application of knowledge learnt, our students will take away with them skills that will give them an edge in their future pursuits and deepened knowledge of their options of post-secondary pathways.
Meridian Art Programme (MAP)
MOE General Art & Aesthetics Programme
As part of MOE’s vision of holistic education, arts education is compulsory for lower secondary students. In Meridian, this comes in the form of Lower Secondary Art Lessons as well our innovative signature Lower Secondary Performing Arts programme called Potpourri.
General Art Programme
General Art Curriculum
In providing a student-centered teaching and learning environment, our curriculum encompasses a broad array of opportunities for students to explore, investigate, invent, design and making art in both traditional and digital media. Students are challenged to develop their aesthetic sense, problem solve to better understand and respect themselves and others through their study of the Visual Arts in Meridian.
We also aim to enrich our students’ study of the visual arts through art excursions to museums and galleries to keep them exposed to the variety of existing art forms.
Upper Secondary Art Curriculum
Supporting our whole school approach to Arts Education, we also offer an extended Upper Secondary Art programme for students keen to take art as a subject for their GCE “O” and “N”-level examinations. During the Art Curriculum, students will learn to appreciate the arts through an enriched experience through the learning of Visual Art. The Art department believes that learning through the Visual Art contributes beyond students’ intrinsic value as it not only nurtures and validates inspiration, intuition and creativity but also shares many attributes to other learning content.
Aesthetics Programme - Music / Performing Arts
The school assembly programme serves as a platform of exposure to the school population. At Meridian, this is used to expose all students to a variety of art forms. These programmes are selected to encourage Meridians to pursue their interest and participation in the arts.
Performing Arts Education in the Curriculum
Secondary 1 students receive hands-on experience in various modules like Dance, Drama, Guitar and Stomp through the Potpourri programme. Developing students in creativity, active/ independent learning and team spirit were some of the key desired outcomes of the programme. The creative dance module for example challenged students to think on-the-spot and out of the box.
Secondary 2 students also will experience training in traditional musical instruments. The learning of traditional ethnic music through authentic tasks brings national education and cross-cultural understanding and appreciation closer to students.