In an effort to further enhance students’ knowledge, exposure and experience in various subjects and disciplines; R.E.A.L Schools regularly engages external expertise by inviting professionals to the school to give talks and conduct workshops or training. Such initiatives are carried out to provide platforms or opportunities for students to pursue their passion and individual interest in fields which are considered beyond the norm, particularly within the context of a typical school setting or environment.
This was certainly the case when R.E.A.L Schools National, Cheras Campus collaborated with Raffles Design Institute to organize an Interior Design Workshop earlier this year for the school’s Senior 5 Art students. Held in one of the campus’ well-equipped Art Rooms, the two-hour workshop was conducted by Mr. Mark Tuen, Raffles’ Education Consultant, who imparted valuable skills and knowledge to the students on interior design and what the job of an interior designer entails.
The overriding objective of this workshop was for students to understand, apply and present practical methods and suitable interior furnishings and finishing materials for interior design projects. They also learnt the basic knowledge of interior design such as planning, selecting, as well as the placement of interior fixtures and defining space allocation.
The workshop has also given students new ideas on how to decorate their own personal spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens in the most creative way. To put what they have learnt to the test, a mini group project competition was held, which required the seniors to create their own diorama of a ‘3D miniature interior scene’ using cut-out images of furniture and floor plan designs as well as colour selection. Each group was only given 45 minutes to brainstorm, execute the brief and present their creations to a panel of judges comprising Mr. Darmindar, Ms. Koo and Ms. Lee.
Judging by the many aesthetically-pleasing designs, it was clear that the workshop proved to be a beneficial one. A prize-giving ceremony for the winning group and facilitators concluded the workshop; one which left the students with a fresh outlook on Interior Design and for some, a newfound interest towards a field which not only demands critical thinking but creativity as well.