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"Art is not what you see but what you make others sees"
- Edgar Degas

Art As Therapy

The programme aims to help you to relax and to reconnect with your inner self through exploring art. The sessions are conducted by Yoko Choi, a professional art therapist and our UOB Painting of the Year winning artist.
Session 1
Kick start your therapeutic journey to an overall well-being with us in our first Art As Therapy session conducted by Yoko Choi, UOB Painting of the Year winning artist and professional art therapist. Follow our tutorial and learn how to create an eco-friendly journal using materials available at home.
Session 2
In our second Art As Therapy session, Yoko will be sharing on art appreciation and the positive influence it brings to our psychology and emotion well-being. Learn how to create an artwork in the experiential workshop using objects that you find at home.
Session 3
How can creating a three-dimensional container using ingredients from home help to contain one's emotions? Join us in our third Art As Therapy experiential workshop with Yoko. She will also be sharing on the psychological and emotional effects of creating art.
Session 4
In our fourth Art As Therapy session, join us to learn an art activity to release your emotions through exploring the use of different materials and media with Yoko.
Session 5
In our fifth Art As Therapy session, join us to learn how to create an artwork by repurposing a book, and how art is an agent of change with Yoko.
Session 6
How do we gain self-awareness through art? Find out in our sixth Art As Therapy session with Yoko. She will also share how you can create an intuitive self-portrait.
Session 7
In our seventh Art As Therapy session, join us to learn the practice of self-reflection through art. Yoko will also be sharing two therapeutic paper craft activities using recycled paper.
Session 8
Learn to express your idea and feelings through action painting using homemade dye in our eighth Art As Therapy session and explore the therapeutic effects of this tangible form of art with Yoko.
Session 9
Did you know that you can explore memories through creating collages? In the ninth Art As Therapy session, Yoko will share on the relationship between art, creativity and memory.
Session 10
In our tenth Art As Therapy session, explore how art making helps you to focus and give full attention in the present moment. Learn the practice of mindfulness through two therapeutic activities led by Yoko which include mark making and zentangle drawing.
Session 11
Did you know stress can affect our health? In our eleventh Art As Therapy session, Yoko will show you how to relieve stress through three therapeutic activities using coffee painting.
Session 12
Self-care brings positive health outcomes and promotes holistic well-being. Join us in our twelfth Art As Therapy session to explore the concept and importance of self-care with Yoko. She will also guide you on a weaving therapeutic activity for self-care.
Session 13
Art can help us in letting go and to improve our mental well-being. Join Yoko in the thirteenth Art As Therapy session to learn two therapeutic activities for letting go.
Session 14
Did you know you can improve your health and develop positive emotions by expressing and receiving gratitude?
In our fourteenth Art As Therapy session, learn how to show appreciation to ourselves with Yoko through a journaling art activity.
Session 15
Did you know art helps us to understand and make meanings of our existence? In the fifteenth Art As Therapy session, Yoko will also share the relationship between art and human existence, and how art can be a journey to freedom through two therapeutic activities.
Session 16
Art is an avenue of hope. In this sixteenth session of Art As Therapy, Yoko will demonstrate how art brings hope and dream amid the challenges we face through a therapeutic art activity.

Painting of the Year

Driven by a passion to encourage talented artists in their creative pursuits, UnitedOverseas Bank (UOB) started the Painting of the Year competition in Singapore in 1982.Today, the annual art competition is the longest-running in Singapore and one of the most prestigious in Southeast Asia.
Held in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, the UOB Painting of the Year competition has helped to uncover a new generation of Southeast Asian artists and contributed to greater awareness and appreciation of art.

Mr Goh Beng Kwan, one of Singapore’s masters of modern art, was the inaugural winner of the competition in 1982. Mr Goh went on to receive Singapore’s most distinguished art award, the Cultural Medallion, in 1989. Other well-known artist who won the competition are the late Mr Anthony Poon and Mr Chua Ek Kay in 1983 and1991 respectively. Both artists are recipients of the Singapore Cultural Medallion.
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