On 9 March, the Cavenagh meeting room at One Raffles Place came alive with the laughter of students enjoying themselves at an art workshop by UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) alumni, Ms Geraldine Martha Schubert.
Under the friendly guidance of Ms Schubert, the Silver Award winner under the Established Artist Category, the seven students from Pathlight School and nine UOB volunteers created artworks using plywood, paint and craft materials like glitter glue. They also toured the UOB Art Gallery at UOB Plaza 1 to view the ongoing Sky Deep exhibition, which showcases paintings drawn by these students and their schoolmates. The day’s session ended with a discussion between Ms Schubert and the students on how they could further use art to express their ideas.
Artists from Pathlight School visited the UOB Art Gallery where their paintings are on display in an exhibition titled Sky Deep.
Mr Stephen Yeung, VP from Group Processing Excellence, was one of the UOB volunteers at the workshop and he was impressed with the students’ creativity.
“I was very amazed by their artistic talent and would have thought that the works were by art professionals. As I admired their artworks at the UOB Art Gallery and their creations during the workshop, I felt that the paintings and drawings are windows to their minds where we can gain a whole new level of perspective and understanding” said Mr Yeung, who partnered Pathlight student Mr Glenn Phua to create a mixed-media collage of the Marina Bay Sands.
“I felt a great sense of fulfillment having gained more understanding about how persons with autistism express their thoughts through art. I will certainly volunteer again in future UOB Heartbeat events,” he added.
Mr Glenn Phua is a familiar name with many art lovers at UOB. His drawings of the UOB Bonham Building and UOB Plaza were featured on the limited edition coaster sets produced for the bank’s 80th anniversary celebrations.
This plywood art workshop is the first of five art workshops to be hosted by UOB in 2016 for children from our beneficiary organisations.