Study of Visual Arts (SOVA) at GCE O-Level
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Shuqun Secondary School is one of the few schools in Singapore that offer GCE O LEVEL Paper 3: Study of Visual Arts (SOVA) to its Art candidates. SOVA paper provides opportunities for candidates to describe, analyse, interpret, and evaluate artworks and artists in response to visual stimuli. In this written paper, our students are expected to have knowledge and understanding of the artists and artworks listed in the content of Study of Visual Arts and be able to form personal opinions about the visual arts and its significance.
Our SOVA students participating in the Singapore Biennale peer guiding programme.
The teaching of SOVA in Shuqun Secondary School is paired with Studio Practice in a contextualised approach where it enhances and reinforces critical learning experiences. Our students are taught awareness and critical appraisal of artists and their artworks and the context in which the artworks are made. This allow students to experience and engage with the visual arts in greater depth and breadth.
Art ignites both sides of the brain and allows students to learn to use their senses. Our art studio provides a safe space for them to express themselves in an open, stimulating and nurturing environment. The students are taught to tell their story, to think openly and to have confidence in their opinions on life and the world around them.
Through SOVA, the learning of Art goes beyond the academic excellence as it involves work with the community. This approach provides opportunities for our students to apply what they learnt and presenting their ideas confidently on a bigger stage with confidence as it gives them a sense of connection and responsibility while they develop themselves into a global citizen.
Apart from developing their critical thinking skills, they are also exposed to art practitioners to make the learning of SOVA more engaging. It gives them insights and experience to collaborative work involved in the process of art making. No longer are the students becoming just a consumer to a completed work, they also understand the creative development that involves learning from setbacks as well as engaging in problem solving.
The learning of SOVA encourages healthy risk taking, builds collaboration among others and bridge differences. It helps students recognize new skills in themselves and others, provides a way to differentiate instruction and improve their communication skills as gives a voice to a story that each child wants to tell.
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