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Make SAM your contemporary art classroom through immersive learning experiences for audiences of all ages to encourage critical thinking and creative expression.

SAM’s educational programmes demonstrate the relevance of art in relation to the world around us through conversations about contemporary art. Explore works in the museum’s permanent collection at the Learning Gallery or sign up for the Think Contemporary Programme and Educational Workshops for targeted age groups.

Think! Contemporary Programme

The Think! Contemporary Programme is a multi-visit, museum-based school programme that is aimed at promoting educational learning through art.

First developed together with Haig Girls’ School, the Think! Contemporary Programme integrates school curriculum with museum visits and uses artworks from SAM’s permanent collection as primary resources for the classroom teaching and learning of Art, Humanities and English language subjects. Through close looking and discussions about artworks, a multidisciplinary approach is employed to cultivate analytical and creative thinking skills among students.

SAM will conduct training for participating teachers.

A lesson package has been created in collaboration with teachers from Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls' School, Mayflower Primary School and St. Anthony's Primary School. Download this resource book here.

For enquiries, please email [email protected].

The Think! Contemporary Programmes for secondary schools focuses on place-based and inquiry based learning through the use of SAM’s permanent art collection at the Learning Gallery.

Tapping on the expertise of secondary school teachers, the Think! Contemporary Programme seeks to enhance the teaching and learning of subjects such as Art, English and Humanities through activities that can be conducted prior to the visit to SAM, during the visit and after the visit. The resources created by teachers in collaboration with SAM will be available on the website later in the year.

Think! Contemporary Exhibition 2017

Exhibition dates: Friday, 6 October 2017 – Sunday, 29 October 2017
Exhibition opening:Thursday, 5 October 2017, 6pm - 8pm
Venue:Gallery 3.12, Level 3, SAM at 8Q

The Think! Contemporary Exhibition 2017 is a culmination of students’ involvement in the Think! Contemporary Programme.

This year’s exhibition features students’ artworks from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Fuchun Primary School, Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls’ School, Mayflower Primary School and St. Anthony’s Primary School. Various themes explored in this exhibition include family, community, identity and the environment, which are responses to the issues and ideas investigated by the artists featured in SAM.

Schools interested in a museum-based partnership programme are invited to join us for the exhibition opening on Thursday, 5 October 2017, from 6pm - 8pm at SAM at 8Q. Register here by Wednesday, 4 October 2017.

For enquiries, please email [email protected].

Think! Contemporary Closing Week Programmes

Don’t Just Think! Contemporary, Do it!
Date: Friday, 27 October 2017
Time:4pm – 5pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q

Free with registration.

Register here

Practical tips for teachers on how to create a meaningful and sustainable partnership with museums. Join SAM Education Manager, Shirley Khng, and teacher from Mayflower Primary School, Peh Kai Le, as they share more about this collaborative working processes, as well as ideas and concepts behind the artworks in the Think! Contemporary Exhibition 2017 during this hour-long tour and consultative session.

*Note: Tour will not proceed if total sign-up rate is below minimum number of participants. Registration closes one day before the event.

Artist-led School Workshops

During the month of October 2017, the Singapore Art Museum will be presenting artworks inspired by the theme of community, and created by different communities. Educational workshops are designed and conducted by artist Nicola Anthony, who is exhibiting in Gallery 1.11 and the artist-mentor to the female inmates participating in the Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2017. These workshops will offer students a multidisciplinary and holistic contemporary art experience. Workshop content includes specific art techniques and encourages self-expression and originality.

Available on Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 to 27 October 2017
10.30am or 2.30pm | SAM at 8Q

This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy.

The educational workshops are for school bookings only. Download the Educational Workshop Booking Form. Completed forms should be sent to [email protected]

Each workshop accommodates a minimum of 20 participants, and a maximum of 40 participants for primary, secondary and tertiary level students.

Primary School Workshops (7-12 years)

Chromatography Art: Make Your Own Wishing Tree (2 hours)
$20 per person (before GST)

Learn to use artists ink and water to make your own patterns, and apply these new techniques to visual story-telling through art. Students will be given the opportunity to use their imagination in making their own wishing tree, and reflect their own stories, wishes and dreams through writing and pattern-making.

Secondary School/Tertiary Institutions Workshops (13 - 18 years)

Inky Adventure (2 hours)
$30 per person (before GST)

Be exposed to various ink painting techniques such as marbling, blowing ink and different ways of making patterns and textures in this workshop. Students will get to focus on personal interpretations and self-expression when creating their own ink drawing map or journal, and develop visual literacy and interpretive skills along the way.

School Visits

Self-Directed Visits

Teachers may guide their students on an independent tour of SAM's galleries. Visit our  Exhibitions page to select the exhibition you wish to see and download Educator's Guides and Student Activity Sheets. For more information and to book a slot for your school download and complete the School Visit Booking Form, then send it to [email protected]. Booking forms must be received 3 weeks in advance.

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Workshop for Educators

Friday, 24 November | 3pm – 5pm | Workshop Space 2, SAM at 8Q
Free with registration.

Want to learn how to engage students with the ideas, imagery and stories presented in Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia?

Join us for a two-hour workshop where art educator Adrian Tan will be sharing about the pedagogical strands behind this exhibition and how to use the activity sheets to guide your Secondary and Tertiary students during the visit. Educators will also explore ways to actively engage in open dialogue with students through the works of art in the exhibition.

Whilst this workshop may be targeted at Secondary and Tertiary level educators, we welcome Primary and Preschool educators to register. Each educator will be given a copy of the educational resources.

For more information and to register, please email [email protected].


Education Resources

Activity Sheets

Suitable for both students and young adults, the activity sheets – which are based on selected artworks in the exhibition – are catered to different age groups and are available for download at the SAM website.

Education Resources

Purchase Education Resources created by the SAM Education team. Contact [email protected] for school purchases.

Diver's Logbook

Retail Price: $2

Travel over the ocean and explore under the sea with this interactive diver’s logbook as you make your way through Imaginarium’s aquatic landscape. Appealing to all ages, the logbook is filled with beautifully detailed illustrations waiting to be brought to life through sketching and colouring by you.

Traveller’s Diary

Have you ever wondered how other people live? Or what happens in their country? Using the clue in the traveller’s diary, take a trip around the Asia-Pacific. Find out more about the history and culture of other people, record your observations and share your favourite memory with everyone!

Download here

The Route to Utopia

Retail Price: $2

Where is your utopia? Follow 3 explorers – Elizabeth, Marco and Utama – as they explore the 4 different worlds in After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art. Suitable for both children and adults, this treasure map will guide you through selected artworks in the exhibition and challenge you to probe deeper. Your journey to utopia begins here.

Moon Passport

Retail Price: $2

Travel through time and space with this limited-edition passport as you make your way around Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas. Featuring artists’ impressions, fun facts and leading questions, come discover and explore realms of new possibilities through your very own personalised passport and work your way to being a fully certified citizen of the Moon – a Moonwalker!

Who's Afraid Of Contemporary Art?
A Survival Kit

Retail Price: $30
ISBN: 978-981-08-8954-8

Who's Afraid Of Contemporary Art? A Survival Kit is an education kit designed by SAM with Singaporean artist Dawn Ng to introduce contemporary art to children, using detailed, easy-to-use activity plans and teaching aids.

Suitable for children aged 6 and above, the kit takes children through the artist's conceptualisation of the artwork WALTER, exploring the idea and concept of spaces, drawing inspiration from stories and applying what they have learnt to create their own artwork.

The kit contains:

  1. Information booklet with 5 detailed activity plans
  2. Picture cards and cue cards
  3. 1 WALTER colouring book
  4. 1 WALTER inflatable
Let's Discover Contemporary Art!
With Natee Utarit

Retail Price: $10
ISBN: 978-981-07-0802-3

Let's Discover Contemporary Art! With Natee Utarit is an activity book specially designed for children aged 9 and above to discover Southeast Asian contemporary art through interesting information, challenging questions and engaging activities based on Thai contemporary artist Natee Utarit. Children will find out more about painting as an art form and see how it can show interesting ways of looking at the things around us.

Are You Afraid of Contemporary Art?
(Natee Utarit)

Retail Price: $10
ISBN: 978-981-07-1028-6

Are You Afraid of Contemporary Art? (Natee Utarit) is a book developed for young adults to discover Southeast Asian contemporary art through interesting information and challenging questions based on the works of Thai contemporary artist Natee Utarit. Readers will find out more about painting as an art form and see how an artist explores the various elements of painting.

Are You Afraid of Contemporary Art?
(Vincent Leow)

Retail Price: $10
ISBN: 978-981-07-1029-3

Are You Afraid of Contemporary Art? (Vincent Leow) is a book developed for young adults to discover Southeast Asian contemporary art through interesting information and challenging questions based on the works of Singapore contemporary artist Vincent Leow. Readers will find out more about how an artist can be inspired by personal journeys and events, and see how ideas or concepts are important elements in his creation of art.


All publications are on sale at For school purchases or enquiries, email [email protected].

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