SG Art Book Dialogue is a series of book launches, discussions & artist talks curated by and held at the Singapore Art Book Fair.
All programmes are held at The Engine Room at Singapore Art Museum, located beside the Exhibitor Hall

14 April 2023, Friday

5:00PM — 6:30PM

Session 1: Portraiture
Fee: S$15.00 per participant

Limited to 15 pax per session

Register here.
Drawing through Touch: Charcoal & Pastel Workshop

with Painter Kok Choon Choo
In collaboration with Unseen Art Initiatives
Participants will learn how to draw self-portraits and a portrait of fellow workshop participants, or work on a unique animal mascot as they explore and discover their facial features through touch or sight. They will learn forms of mark-making using pastels and charcoal.

Born with visual impairment, painter Kok Choon Choo fell in love with drawing and painting when he was a child. Choon has been painting for over a decade, exploring human portraits and character design. His images are often provocative and explore multi-faceted aspects of our human psyche. A highly skilled and versatile painter, he is inspired by German expressionism and Japanese Manga. The process invites participants to develop unique approaches to materials and their aesthetics.

Workshop Features
  • Introduction of Choon’s art practice as a visually-impaired painter;
  • Understanding different approaches to portraiture and character creation;
  • Building confidence through exercises that help you explore different types of mark-making.

Suitable for beginners • All materials included • Language: Mandarin with English Translation

Kok Choon Choo (Choon) is a painter based in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
His works are inspired by the German Expressionism and Japanese Pop Culture - creating vivid characters that bring his ideas of the society across. Choon has been given awards for his paintings. He also works as an arts educator in Malaysia, regularly conducting workshops. He is a National Art Gallery Malaysia member, PPM (Malaysia Artists Society) and Persatuan Senilukis Rekacipta Negeri Johor (SERUPA). He graduated from the University of Tasmania (UTAS @ Hobart Campus) and has a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) in Painting 2001-CAA Academy of Art (Johor Bahru Campus).

Unseen Art Initiatives is a Singapore-based arts platform that aims to evoke and harness the creative potential of people through the arts. Through arts-based interventions and curating art exhibitions and cultural programmes, we enable collaborations between professional and emerging disabled artists across creative industries, schools, community organisations and public institutions. Our projects include Edible Art Club, an intercultural collaboration with Aung Mental Health (Myanmar), Move For?ward (Unseen: Inside Out) 2020 - 2022, which premiered at the National Gallery Singapore's Light to Night Festival, Unseen: Constellations (2014 - 2016), a mentorship programme for visually-impaired youth and Unseen: Shift Lab (2015) a collaborative project with Dialogue-in-the-Dark Malaysia and artists from Kuala Lumpur. Our platform also developed research for the pilot Touch Art Collection for the Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore, researching accessibility practices for visually-impaired museum patrons.

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