JUNIOR SEMINAR: MURALS: EXPRESSIONS FROM/ON THE WALLS
2018/2019, Semester 2
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Tembusu College)
Modular Credits: 4
This module introduces students to mural painting historically, theoretically and technically. Students will first learn of murals from different cultures and periods to get an overview of the history of wall paintings, their forms, styles and purposes. Then through more contemporary examples, the module will focus on critical discussions on the roles of art and aesthetics in our everyday life and on communities. Students will also acquire skills in the technical aspects of mural painting, from conceptualising designs to painting a mural, and develop a strong sense of observation and curiosity about their surroundings in the process. Finally, this module provides students an unusual opportunity for building collaborative and community spirit as they paint the chosen mural together.
In AY2018-2019 Semester II, the module will be partnering with youth development enterprise Bold At Work
, MCCY, NUS Arttero Alumni Wang Yiming and Tan Yi Hong to create a community mural for residents of BLK 319 Jurong East Street 31. Our partners will engage the residents in dialogue to come up with a community brief that will then be shared with students and form the basis of their mural design. The residents will then vote for their favourite design and the one with the highest vote will be painted onto the wall by all students collaboratively.
This is a seminar-styled module with practical components. The first section will begin by looking at murals in their historical, political and cultural contexts, and by extension their role as discursive tools of our modern and contemporary conditions. The second section will engage students practically on the elements and principles of design as they conceptualise and refine their mural design. The last section will focus on the technical and practical aspects of painting a mural through the actual painting of the selected mural.
Students are expected to attend all seminars and keep a sketchbook throughout the semester. This sketchbook is meant for students to collect images and texts; reflect, experiment and produce their own images based on a community brief provided by our partners. Students’ sketchbook has to be submitted as part of their support material mapping their thought processes together with their final mural design.
Through this module, students will be able to:
recognise a wide range of murals from different cultures and periods, and articulate their respective styles and contexts;
critically discuss the roles of art and aesthetics in our everyday life, on public spaces and communities;
observe their surroundings with a greater level of acuity and curiosity;
identify and apply the theoretical and technical aspects of mural painting.
More generally, students should also develop skills in:
interacting and working effectively as a group;
expressing and translating ideas and views creatively;
writing about art and visual culture;
approaching space from a different disciplinary perspective.
In order to make the most of this opportunity, students are expected to:
attend all seminars and related events;
properly prepare themselves for seminar meetings and assignments;
engage with each other, with the lecturer and guests, through talking and active listening;
draw on their background knowledge, curiosity and creativity to strengthen, enrich and enliven the discussion of module topics for themselves and their peers.
As this is a seminar-style class, regular attendance is expected. Unaccounted absences will be reflected in your attendance grade; this grade will drop from A+ to F in three strikes (A+, A-, B, F). Attendance counts for 10% of the final grade.
Absences will be excused if you have a valid reason, such as illness or some forms of official university-related business. In both cases, documentation is required. Note that College-related events and mid-term examinations for other modules are
considered valid reasons for missing seminars. In any given case, unless this is not possible due to an emergency situation, you should contact your lecturer well in advance to determine whether or not you can be formally excused.
Arriving to class on time is also important. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you will be considered absent for the day. If you have a regular conflict that prevents you from coming to class in a timely manner, please schedule a meeting with your lecturer to discuss how it might be resolved. If you have missed a seminar, whatever the reason is, please note that it is your responsibility to find out what was discussed, and, by doing so, ensure that you are able to participate fully in subsequent seminars.
It is NUS policy that one Modular Credit (MC) is equivalent to 2.5 hours of study and preparation per week. Thus, a 4-MC module requires 10 hours of work a week, including seminar meetings, assignments, excursions, reading, class preparation, and project work.
Under no circumstances is it acceptable to pass off another person’s work as your own. At
NUS, plagiarism is treated as a disciplinary offence that is subject to formal sanction and the creation of a disciplinary record. Avoiding plagiarism is first and foremost a matter of academic honesty. In addition, to avoid committing plagiarism unintentionally, you need to develop appropriate writing and referencing practices.
You should always acknowledge all your sources – including Internet sources – with proper citations, and ensure that you use quotation marks if you incorporate literal quotes in your text.
It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the Note on Plagiarism Prevention on the WoodieCentral intranet, and to consult with your lecturer in case you have further questions.
As this is a seminar-style class, regular attendance is expected. Unaccounted absences will be reflected in your attendance grade; this grade will drop from A+ to F in three strikes (A+, A-, B, F).
This includes leading discussions on the assigned readings, lively engagements with the perspectives of others, and active participation in the collaborative painting of the mural.
Students have to research a mural that connects with one of the themes covered in class and do a presentation on it. They have to summarise the cultural context of their chosen example and elaborate on its purpose, style, and significance. Your chosen example should not be the same as those used by the lecturer. Please refer to the Assignments Guide for more details.
Feb, 0900 hours.
Essay (between 2000 to 2500 words)
Students will have to write an essay based on a topic of their choice, relevant to the class, or on one of the essay questions provided by the lecturer. Students may also build an essay around their chosen mural from the class presentation.
Please refer to the Assignments Guide for more details.
Feb, 2359 hours
Mural Design & Concept Statement
Students are required to conceptualise and design a mural based on a community brief provided by our partners. They have to also provide a concept statement elaborating on the idea behind their design (e.g. choice of imagery, symbols, patterns, colours, and lines, their juxtapositions, the way these tie in with the given brief, and the message behind the design). Please refer to the Assignments Guide for more details.
Mar, 0900-1100 hours @ BLK 319
Jurong East Street 31
Refer to Lesson Plan