After months of renovation, Asia Art Archive (AAA) is getting ready to reopen to the public with our new, expanded library. On this occasion, a series of programmes and previews will be held for visitors and educators as a prelude to the official reopening. 

Participants will have early access to our library and the latest exhibition, The Collective School, to learn how AAA Learning & Participation supports the teaching of contemporary art. Six experienced educators from local and international schools will share how they found inspiration for teaching from AAA, and how to use online and onsite library resources to design a variety of curricula. The speakers will also elaborate on how they introduced timely and seemingly obscure contemporary art to the classroom. Through hands-on activities, the speakers will demonstrate how teachers can apply inquiry-based learning to creatively address students' frustrations, when they are unsure where to begin in their creative processes, in order to motivate them to find their strengths and develop their works in more diverse ways.

We hope to develop a community of educators who can learn from and support each other in a relaxing environment. Through the programme, they can enrich their understanding of contemporary art, further develop their interests, and explore other possibilities of integrating art into their teaching. The programme is designed for local and international school teachers of visual arts, humanities and social sciences, and theory of knowledge. Teachers of other disciplines and pre-service teachers are also welcome.

Free with registration. If you would like to join, please register here


Saturday, 8 October 2022, 10am–1pm HKT
Speakers: Peggy Kwan, Carmen Kwok, Lam Mau, Florie Tse Siu Wah

Peggy Kwan: From Emotions to Creations
How can students make art from their interests, follow their emotions, and find inspiration from the inside? Peggy Kwan looks at how students can find creative ideas through AAA’s materials, and express their ideas and feelings through artworks. 

Carmen Kwok: Performance Art in the Classroom
Can performance art be carried out in the classroom? Carmen Kwok considers its myths and potentials.

Lam Mau: Getting Inspired by Artists' Archives and Start Making Art
Lam Mau looks at what paths student can take to explore their own identities and characteristics as they develop their themes and make artwork for the School-based Assessment. Lam talks about how, taking the artists’ archives as a starting point, students are motivated to reflect on the self and create their own archival research workbook.

Florie Tse Siu Wah: From Static Archives to Diversified Artistic Creations
Florie Tse discusses her teaching strategies, including how she uses AAA’s resources as a catalyst for creative inquiries. Taking the archives as a starting point, Tse demonstrates how students developed resonances and artistic connections with seemingly arcane archival materials—a process that allows them to diversify their works and gain motivation.


Saturday, 15 October 2022, 10am–12pm HKT
Speakers: Wendy Tai, Michelle Wang

Wendy Tai: Research by Visual Association: An Introduction to Using AAA Resources
Wendy Tai discusses how she uses AAA’s resources in her classes. She facilitates a short hands-on activity to familiarise participants with the archive, followed by a group brainstorming session on other approaches to using the resources available.

Michelle Wang: AAA as a Creative Platform: Curriculum Inspiration for Teachers
Michelle Wang shares how she adopts ideas from AAA artist workshops and integrates AAA resources into her teaching. She starts by exploring ways of reading and browsing collections, introducing programmes and workshops offered by AAA, and ending with a hands-on and playful activity to build a personal connection to the archive. This workshop is recommended for pre-IBDP courses.

VENUE: AAA Library, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan


Preview (Cantonese): Wednesday, 5 October 2022
Preview (English): Wednesday, 12 October 2022

The programme is part of AAA’s professional development programme designed for educators. A certificate will be given to participants upon request as proof of Teacher Continuing Professional Development.

About the Speakers 

Peggy Kwan is Panel Head of Visual Arts Department at Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School. She has been awarded the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence of the Arts Education Key Learning Area in 2011–12 and 2016–17, and Outstanding Performance in the Basic Education National and Teaching Achievement Award (Hong Kong SAR) in 2018. She is currently the Arts Education Key Learning Area Coordinator, Chairman of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority Subject Committee (Visual Arts), and Chairman of the CDC-HKEAA Committee on Visual Arts. 

Carmen Kwok is Visual Arts Department Panel Head at SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School. An art educator for over thirty years, she believes art education does not belong in an ivory tower, but has the power to inspire students, nourish their minds, and equip them for future challenges.

Lam Mau is Head of Visual Arts Department and Head of Publication Committee at Munsang College. With seventeen years of experience in visual arts teaching, she deeply understands the importance of art education for students’ personal growth and development. She hopes to help students explore themselves and achieve more possibilities through artistic thinking and practice.

Florie Tse Siu Wah is Head of Jockey Club Ti-I College Staff Professional Development Committee, a Specialist of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, a mentor with the CUHK Mentorship Programme, and a member of the Advisory Committee for AAA’s Ha Bik Chuen Archive Project. She received the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Arts Education Key Learning Area from the Education Bureau in 2007, and the Basic Education National Teaching Achievement Award (China) in 2018. Tse led teaching research as the Leader of Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence Awardee Workshop.

Wendy Tai is a mixed-media artist. Her work ranges from quiet, personal introspection to playful, social engagement. Her current research interests include exploring the intersections between medicine, grief, healing, education, and art. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania; an MFA from Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Tai divides her time between teaching art at Li Po Chun United World College, being a mother, and her studio practice in Hong Kong.

Michelle Wang is an educator of visual arts and science. She has taught for more than ten years in both private and international schools in Hong Kong and Canada. Her interests range from interdisciplinary education to sustainability and healing through art. She holds a dual degree from Queen’s University and a Masters of Education specialising in curriculum studies and development from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Wang currently teaches at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong, working on charitable art projects in the community.


The AAA Learning & Participation programme is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited.