Learning Journey for Pre-School Learners!
Primary learning at MINT Museum of Toys highlights key components of student development, suitable for children aged 7 – 12 years, including Knowledge Skills. Students are being offered a new approach to exploring subject areas ⎯ Science and Arts.
Through individual or collaborating in teams, knowledge skills are taught through facilitated interactions and experiences planned in our programmes, focus on instilling values, developing thinking and communication skills.
An example would be exploring Pulley-systems and Energy with our oldest climbing, pulling monkey toy made in 1903 that tackles subject area in Science. Our oldest toy in the museum; hand painted from 1840s made out of composition materials, allows an insight to the art medium and techniques used in subject area for Art.
learn through art
Art is an important and treasured mode of human expression through history and plays many important roles in our lives, It captures memories, communicates ideas, values and evokes emotions. Art exists all around us in different forms; from the colours, shapes and patterns in nature to everyday images and designs on magazines, products and media which help us to connect with the society and culture.
Through Learning Journey at MINT Museum of Toys, we aim to enable every child to enjoy art, communicate visually and make meaning by encouraging creative and innovative self-expression via three domains: see, express and appreciate. The students will explore the basic genres of visual art – Landscape, Still Life, Portraits, Real Life and History in these four trails. By learning these art genres through toys, we enable the students to appreciate art in their daily lives, such as in nature, household items, photos and events, as well as providing artistic inspirations to complement their techniques in school.
Learning points of art are included in each of our 4 trails.
Museum Level 5
Learning Through landscape
Mountains, valleys, forests, rivers and sunsets! These are the popular themes in landscape art. Today, buildings and structures are also featured landscape art. Why?
Look at the background images and the details of our toys! How do they make you feel about our city landscape today? Can you imagine what the landscape behind the toys should look like? Nature or buildings?
In this landscape trail, the students will be introduced to the landscape art and explore the changing ‘landscape’ through toys. Using the three domains of seeing, expressing and appreciating, the children will identify the materials used in the process of toymaking, experiment with the artistic elements (form, colour, line, texture and space), as well as recreating landscapes through toys such as The Floating Satellite, Two-Stage Rocket Launching Pad and Buck Rogers.
At the end of the trail, the students will be given the opportunity to create their own landscape artwork based on the toys using collages of mixed media – such as strings, paper, cardboard and other household materials.
Museum Level 4
Fruits, flowers, canned food, lamps and toy cars! These are the common objects in still life art! Many young artists spend lots of time painting these objects to practice painting accurately! Why do artists find it interesting to paint everyday items?
In this still life trail, the students will be introduced to still life art and discover the similarities between the still life and toys. Using the three domains of seeing, expressing and appreciating, the students will identify the common objects in still life art, replicate a scene in a still life painting, and discuss the artistic elements (form, colour, texture, shape and space) through the toys of The Batman Car, Popeye Spinach Can and Tetsujin 28 Bicycle Lamp.
At the end of the trail, the students will be given the opportunity to create their own Still Life artwork based on the toys using the medium of print-making. This activity also imitates the process of lithographic toymaking in our tin toys.
Learning Through portrait
One, two, three, cheese! Long before cameras were invented, the rich will invite artists to paint portraits of themselves to capture their appearances. Now that we have cameras on our phones to take selfies, portrait painting can feature just about anyone – your loved ones, your pets or your favourite cartoon characters! Just like photo portraits, portrait paintings focuses on the person’s looks and facial expressions. What can you tell from the facial expressions of our toys?
In this portrait trail, the students will be introduced to the elements of portrait art through toys. Using the three domains of seeing, expressing and appreciating, the students will explore the relationship between the expressions and the personality of the toys through the Toys Mickey Mouse Fabric Doll, Sea View Hotel Chef and Manchu Lady.
At the end of the trail, the students will be given the opportunity to create a portrait of a toy using fabrics based on the materials used in the toys highlighted.
Museum Level 2
Learning Through real life and history
Imagine clicking pause in your everyday life or an event in history! What would you be doing? Would you be eating a burger or playing video games? What would Queen Elizabeth or the President of the United States be doing? Real life paintings (also known as genre art) and history paintings capture the story behind these moments.
In this real life and history trail, the students will explore the difference between the real life and history paintings through toys. Using the three domains of seeing, expressing and appreciating, the students will identify the elements of art (colour, lines, shapes and form) present in the toys, discuss the medium used in the toys, as well as exploring the narratives of a ‘captured moment’ through the Toys of Fleissige Kulis [Busy Coolies], J.F.K & Rocking Chair and Coronation Series – Box D Procession.
At the end of the trail, the students will also be given the opportunity to mould their own sculpture depicting an everyday scenario using the medium of plasticine clay. This activity also imitates the process of die-casting and plastic moulding when toys are being made.