The Dunman Aesthetic programme was envisioned where students of Dunman Secondary School get to enjoy aesthetics which encompasses of Music, Drama, Dance and Art and in return take the initiative in engaging in aesthetics-related activities so that they can contribute to the community.
The school anchors on a triple ‘E’ approach in implementing the aesthetic programmes and activities.
Opportunities are provided for students to expose them to the various forms of aesthetics through:
- Assembly Programmes
Local talent groups which specialises in various forms of cultural music are invited to the school where students are exposed to the different forms of music which transcends across different cultures.
Trips to concerts/ art exhibitions are planned so that students are exposed to the different learning environments as well as the various forms of Art paintings and installations.
Attending Various Arts Activities
Students get to attend various art activities within the school premise or in the community where they get to mingle with the local artist and their art pieces.
Opportunities are provided for students to experience various forms of aesthetics, through:
- Classroom lessons (Music, Art, Literature, English)
The Music lesson introduces Ukulele, Cajon and Garageband as part of their curriculum to get students to experience the various forms of music instruments. The Art lesson brings to students the Silk Painting, Face Mask, Fan Painting, among many of the different forms of Art techniques the students get to experience. The Literature and English lesson infused poetry and music in their lessons to bring life to the characters.
- CCA (performing arts)
The students are given a choice as part of their CCA to select one of the various forms of performing arts in the school so that they get to experience as well as pick up a musical skill which they can contribute back to the society.
- Enrichment activities
Programmes are planned so that the various levels of students are exposed to the different forms of art.
Opportunities are provided for students to excel in various forms of aesthetics, through:
Performances (SYF, Public performance, etc)
The SYF is held every biennially where students in the performing art CCA get to perform and excel at a national level; usually spending their time to hone their skills in perfecting a score or a dance piece.
For Art, students will be exposed artworks of famous artist (i.e. Wassily Kandinsky) to learn about principles of Art. They will be taught with different methods and ways to express their art through paper scrapping, canvas art, silk painting and digital photography.
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Check out how the Virtual Art Gallery looks like!
Students looking at the Virtual Art Gallery
A Virtual Art Exhibition called “The Sound of Colour” was setup (helmed by Ms Nurmasnita, the teacher in-charge) to display the Sec 1 Students’ Art Works. Through this immersive experience, these young artists have not only harnessed their auditory senses but also drawn inspiration from the brilliant works of Wassily Kandinsky. This exhibition serves as a profound lesson in effective communication through art.
The students have discovered the power of technology, witnessing how it can elevate the art of ideation and expression by using the digital tools like the Sketchbook App and iMovie. With these tools, the students crafted their designs and meticulously documented their creative journey. This exploration has unlocked a wealth of visual possibilities, as they experimented with an array of tools and functions.
To enhance their gallery experience, the students were provided with VR Goggles, immersing themselves fully in their artistic world. Additionally, the students have embarked on a gallery lesson, diligently filling out worksheets to capture and reflect upon their experiences.
Performances during the recess (Before Covid-19)
In Music, students will develop the skills to listen and respond to Music, create Music in both vocal and instrumental settings, individually and collaboratively and perform Music in both vocal and instrumental settings, individually and collaboratively.
In particular, Secondary 1 students learn to play the Ukulele – a small four-stringed guitar of Hawaiian origin, as well as the Cajon – an instrument which originates from Peru. They will be given the opportunities to showcase their skills during group performances. The students will also be taught to appreciate music from global and the Singapore cultures. They will experience and perform a variety of community songs that can be heard in Singapore and be familiar with local musicians, composers and performers. They will then present their rendition of these songs during the Sec 1 cohort recess.
For Secondary 2, the students will use their creative ideas to come up with covers of their favourite songs and to perform these songs using digital tools like Garageband, which is available in their Personal Learning Device. To further enhance the music experience of students, they will write their own lyrics and compose their own music through the use of Garageband. A mini performance will be held in the classrooms for them to showcase their compositions.