In Monochrome

Exploring Self in monochromatic colours

Lesson 1

Black and White.jpg

Learning Activity 1

Lets look at this artwork using See / Think / Wonder.

Black and White.jpg


What do you see?


What do you think is going on?


What does it make you wonder?

What other materials can he use?

Black and White (1970)

Anthony Poon

Did   You   Know?

Anthony Poon is a Singapore pioneer abstract artist who created artworks that play with colours and movements. Black and White (1970s), is a painting which uses simple lines, shapes and colours to create an optical illusion of space and movement. 

Have you seen an interesting red sculpture outside St Regis Hotel? It is an artwork done by Anthony Poon too. Click here to find out more.

Learning Activity 2

Black and White (1970) is a monochromatic artwork.

A monochrome or monochromatic painting is one created using only one colour or hue. It can use different shades of one colour but by definition should contain only one base colour.

Here are some examples of monochromatic artworks. 

Black and White (Number 6) 1951

Jackson Pollock

Homage to the Square I-Sa, 1968

Josef Albers 

Profile (1994)

Kumi Yamashita


How do you feel about these artworks?

             Thumbs Up

if you like this them. 


             Thumbs Sideways

if you are not sure if you like them.

             Thumbs Down

if you do not like them.

What makes you say that?

Share your thoughts with a partner

How do you feel about monochromatic artworks?

Art Challenge

Black and White (1970) is also an optical artwork.

Let's have fun making some optical illusion artworks!


20 minutes


Drawing Paper