Giveaway | Faber-Castell Art Festival Launches Artistic Adventures, Inspiring Workshops and a Local Art Exhibition at Marina Square

Faber-Castell, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality products for writing, colouring and creative designs, is proud to present the inaugural ‘Faber-Castell Art Festival’ taking place from 27 May to 4 June 2017 at the Marina Square Central Atrium. Held on a grand scale in a ‘castle’ setting and encompassing 4758 square feet of space, the festival welcomes all to be inspired by the possibilities of art in its many facets, and even try their hand at creating a form of art – regardless of age or experience.

Over nine days that include two weekends, the public can look forward to a wide variety of activities that revolve around the brand’s quality products – ranging from two Singapore record-breaking events, interactive workshops with local and overseas art makers, an art exhibition by local emerging artists and a colouring competition for families. Most of the activities will be held on the weekend.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore. There will also be a wide selection of Faber-Castell products that range from materials for artists, hobby artists, kids, the office, technical drawings and even writing implements on sale, to complement the store on level 2 of Marina Square.

We have put together the entire list of events that will be happening during the festival for your reference.  For more details on respective events & workshop information, scroll down beyond this table.

Faber-Castell Art Festival
Schedule for weekend workshops and free activities

All prices quoted are nett. Workshop details are correct at time of release, for updates, the public can visit Faber-Castell Singapore’s Facebook page.

Free activities

Schedule for weekend workshops and free activities are listed below for your convenience.  For more details on respective workshops/free activities, pls refer to information below this schedule.


Tiffany Yao
‘Cupcake Fantasy’ Illustration

Family Bonding Art Competition with Hans Art
10.30am -12.30pm
Lucinda Law
Brand Ambassador
Botanical Illustration
11am to 12pm (free)
Peter Draw
Creative Drawing11am-1pm

The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Floral Wreath

Fringe activity (free)

Badge Making


11am-1pm (free demonstration)

Mr Thum Cheng Cheong

Creative Mind-mapping


Family Bonding Art Competition with Hans Art
Fashion Illustration
Abbey Sy

Watercolour Lettering

Abbey Sy
Creative Journaling
The Lettering Workbook
Brush Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Sticker Making
Neh Oh Mee
Brush Calligraphy
The Lettering Workbook
Sticker Making
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Floral Wreath
The Lettering Workbook
Brush Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Brush Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Lettering
Neh Oh Mee
Watercolour Foiling
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Floral Wreath

 Family Bonding Art Competition with Hans Art
27 May, Saturday 130pm and 3 June, Saturday 1130am

Open to families and free to enter (with any purchase of colouring materials), contestants with the use of Faber-Castell products will engage in a friendly competition to create a unique masterpiece in a bid to win attractive prizes. It is the perfect opportunity for bonding over a hands-on activity.  Participants who pre-register at will receive extra perks.

 Badge Making with Puffingmuffin
27 May, Saturday, 12pm-3pm, free with purchase of any Faber-Castell products

Candice Phang, better known as Puffingmuffin, is an illustrator and character designer based in Singapore. She expresses through her work, which is characterised by cheerful characters clad in pop colours and textures from various media, both digital and traditional. For this session, participants will have the opportunity take home a badge of her work, or design their own badge. | @puffingmuffin

From 28 May to 4 June, the public can design their own badge with any purchase of $30 and above in a single receipt.

 Creative Mind Mapping by Mr Thum Cheng Cheong
28 May, Sunday, 11am to 1pm

Using the brand’s versatile PITT Artist Pens, the public will be treated to a demonstration of how to represent ideas and concepts in a ‘mind map’. Mr Thum is currently teaching at the Singapore Institute of Management and has conducted Mind Mapping and Visual Thinking workshops for a diverse group of professionals in Singapore and overseas.

Creative Workshops by Local and Overseas Artists

Encompassing a wide range of genres from brush lettering, watercolour painting, fashion illustration to botanical illustration, the workshops are a wonderland of discovery. They are led by passionate art makers who encourage all to release their inhibitions through creating and let the process guide one through the moment. Faber-Castell products will be used in all workshops and beginners are welcome.

 Creative Drawing with Peter Draw, Singapore
3 Jun, Saturday, 11am to 12pm, free

Peter Draw, born Peter Zhuo Ying Wei, is a Singaporean artist who uses his first love – drawing – to remind the world to “First, Love” (begin with love). He is also a four-time Guinness World Record holder – Largest Caricature (2007), Largest Art Lesson (2010), Longest Drawing (2014) and Longest Drawing by Individual (2014). He will be using Connector Pens for this workshop. | @peterdraw

 Art Experiences with The Lettering Workbook, Singapore

Taught by Kai Yun, these fun and breezy workshops encompass a variety of styles and media. Brush Lettering and Watercolor workshops are priced at $85 each, with a special price of $150 if participants sign up for both. Sticker making is priced at $50 per person.


Date/ Time 27 May, Saturday 28 May, Sunday 3 June, Saturday 4 June, Sunday
11am to 1pm Watercolour floral wreath
1.30pm to 3pm Brush lettering
3.30pm to 4.30pm Sticker making
4.30pm to 5.30pm Brush lettering Sticker making
4.30pm to 6pm Watercolour floral wreath
5.30pm to 7pm Brush lettering
6pm to 7.30pm Watercolour lettering
6.30pm to 8pm Watercolour lettering
7pm to 8.30pm Watercolour lettering
7.30pm to 9pm Watercolour floral wreath

 Fashion Illustration with Clayrene, Singapore
28 May, Sunday, 1pm to 3pm, $130 per person

Chan Clayrene is a Singapore-based fashion artist and illustrator. Also the founder of Artclaytion, she is best known for illustrating her works with nail polish. With a background in fine arts, Clayrene’s works are delicately artistic and have made waves in the art circuit with features on; and to name a few. She has also collaborated with renowned brands such as Christian Louboutin, Carolina Herrera, Longchamp, Harper’s Bazaar, Diane von Furstenberg and Clinique. In this exclusive session, she will be using Faber-Castell’s watercolour pencils and nail polish. | @artclaytion

 Colour Pencil Illustration with Tiffany Yao, Singapore
28 May, Sunday, 11am to 1pm, $30 per person

Artist, designer and illustrator Tiffany gained attention with her last solo art show – 行 Yao – held at Detention Barracks in February 2017, where her coloured pencil drawings of Singapore, Hong Kong and Swatow showcased a mix of contemporary and tradition; realism and surrealism. For this workshop, she will be working around the subject of ‘Cupcake Fantasy’, allowing participants to learn basic drawing and colouring skills, while letting their creativity go wild as they decorate the pastry of their dreams. | @tiffanyyaoqi

 Art Experiences with Neh Oh Mee, Singapore

Participants will explore the art of brush calligraphy and discover how therapeutic the writing of ‘abc’ can be!

Brush Calligraphy

3 June, Saturday

4.30pm to 7.30pm, $100 per person

The class includes three hours of hands-on practice and is prefect for beginners. Participants will be armed with the basic techniques, and thereafter a brush pen and one’s imagination is all that is needed.

Let’s Foil!
3 June, Saturday
8pm to 9pm
, $70 per person

The visual appeal of foiling and understated beauty of watercolours will be the focus of this workshop. Each participant will take home at least four foiled and watercoloured pieces as well as inspiration for future gifting or personal scrapbooking. | @nehohmee

 Creative Classes with Abbey Sy, Philippines

Watercolour Lettering

3 June, Saturday

1pm to 4pm, $120 per person

Creative Journaling

4 June, Sunday

1pm to 4pm, $120 per person

An artist, designer and author based in the Philippines, Abbey also manages her own brand Abbey Sy as freelance artist and designer, workshop instructor and creative entrepreneur.

Passionate about both art and travel, she is best known for her hand-lettering work and travel illustrations. She has written books on lettering and journaling, and continues to explore ways to make art and share stories through her own eyes. Working as a full-time creative entrepreneur, Abbey manages freelance work, writes and illustrates books, conducts art classes and produces her own merchandise —all this while discovering herself on #theroadtoabc. In turn, she hopes to inspire others to chase their dreams, to make things happen, and to Always Be Creating. | @abbeysy

 Floral & Foliage Illustration & Mixed Media Workshop with Lucinda Law, Brand Ambassador of Faber-Castell, Singapore
4 June, Sunday, 10.30am to 12.30pm, $85 per person

Partake in the wonder of nature on the canvas, as Lucinda introduces the beauty of watercolours in this flora and foliage-inspired session. A watercolour artist and teacher who has had more than 13 years of experience, she has also accomplished commissioned works and designed bespoke nature-led creative workshops for clients such as Chanel, Bentley, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore and India, Kate Spade, Melissa, Uniqlo and Clinique. In 2017, she became the first artist in Singapore to be appointed as the Faber-Castell Singapore Art & Graphic Ambassador. |

‘Singapore Book of Records’ milestones

 Biggest Mosaic by Colour Markers

The festival will open with a proud moment as Faber-Castell will aim for the ‘Biggest Mosaic by Colour Markers’ accolade with a gorgeous installation depicting the Singapore skyline that spans 5 metres in length, 1.5 metres in width and 85 cm in height. To be constructed by hand over two days by a Faber-Castell artist, this multi-coloured structure will be made entirely with an estimated number of 25,000 Faber-Castell Connector Pens. Requiring approximately two months of planning, this feat will mark the brand’s first entry into the Singapore Book of Records. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on 27 May, Saturday at 11am.

 Longest Banner of Human Figurine Sketches

Faber-Castell will aim to complete another feat by the end of the festival that will feature a 10-metre long canvas of sketches made with the brand’s iconic Castell 9000 pencils. The sketching will begin on 27 May, Saturday at 12.30pm.

Art Exhibition

24 works by local artists such as Aaron Gan, Artclaytion, Limzy, Joseph Ng, Julie Zhu, Lucinda Law, KY Huang, Tee Bee Tin, and Tiffany Yao will also be exhibited throughout the festival. 5-100% of the proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore.


Thanks to our sponsors, we have a Faber-Castell Hamper worth $50, for our readers. Do follow ALL the instructions below to take part for your chance to win!

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  • Giveaway ends 12 May 2017, Friday at 2359 hrs.
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Marina Square Central Atrium, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
27 May to 4 June 2017
11am to 9pm daily

Admission : Free; Individual workshop prices apply


Hashtag #fabercastell; #fabercastellsg


Marina Square
#02-190A, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Tel: 6252 2203

ION Orchard (Flagship Boutique)
#04-13, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Tel: 6509 3798


[Updated 18 May ’17]


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{Media Invite} Pororo Park Opens in SG

While we have been to so many indoor playgrounds, Pororo Park Singapore is the only one in Singapore that is themed after the very much loved penguin.  Pororo Park Singapore is a 11,000 sq ft play and educational indoor playground located at Marina Square, level 2.  Pororo Park Singapore will be the first in Southeast Asia, and the largest character-themed indoor playground in Singapore.  Targeted for children 1 to 9 years old, expect to have fun play elements, specially curated programmes and a theatre with live performances at the themed playground.

My children literally grew up with Pororo and Friends.  From the daily cartoon on TV to their activity books and utensils, their love for the penguin is evident in my household.  Of course by now at 6yo and 8yo, the love would have somewhat shifted to other more mature characters like Lego Ninjago and Frozen princesses. I was half expecting them to reject my proposal of visiting the new Pororo Park at Marina Square. However they gamely agreed to the media invite and was even very excited over the thought of it.

Pororo Park SG

Pororo Express

The Pororo Express is a train ride for kids and the iconic centrepiece of Pororo Park.  Expectedly, all the children were queueing up to have their chance on the Pororo Train.  Despite being only a very slow and short round trip, there is something strangely about train rides that simply attracts the little ones – even Jiejie wanted to have a go at it.  The ride is administered by two staff on duty who ensured that everyone is safely belted and doors locked properly before the train starts on it’s journey around the “ice cave”.



Pororo House

For fans of Pororo, this will be a familiar sight with all of Pororo’s furniture in place, including this oh-so-cute bathtub.  According to my observation, this bathtub is a must-take photo attraction for every parent and child.  Don’t forget yours!



Shark Ball Pool

This is indeed another highlight within Pororo Park SG.  With a huge ball pool consisting of padded base and walls, it has entertained the kids with non-stop play in the ball pool.  They enjoyed swimming and diving amongst the balls.  While I was hoping for a deeper ball pool (that is, more balls added) for more diving fun, I guess having it any deeper will endanger the littlest ones.  I’m guessing the pool to be about 20-30cm deep.



Eddy and Petty’s Rooms

Happening at Eddy and Petty’s rooms aside from holding character-themed birthday parties, educational classes such as Petty’s Art Class and Eddy’s Science Class will also be held regularly to provide a holistic edutainment environment.

Poby’s Jungle Gym

This zone is one great mad house for the children.  I suppose no child would pass up the opportunity to crawl, jump, slide and crawl around?  Atypical of all indoor play gym / playground, the entire structure is safely padded for safety.  I looked like a pretty small structure but I’m not kidding when I tell you to expect the kids to want to play there for 1+ to 2 hrs and still not wanting to leave.  Both my kids were totally drenched in sweat by the time we could fish them out of Poby’s Jungle Gym.  Do remember to pack a spare change of clothes for the little ones before leaving Pororo Park lest they catch a cold from the mall air-conditioning.


Tong Tong’s Little Theatre

Both the young and young at heart can also look forward to mini parades, character meet-and-greets, and sing-along shows featuring Pororo and friends at Tong Tong’s Little Theatre.  Additional shows will be scheduled on weekends to ensure that every minute spent at Pororo Park Singapore is filled with boundless fun and endless surprises.

Loopy’s Café

A very spacious 60-seater cafe that offers Korean-inspired main dishes and desserts, with free Wi-Fi for parents who can chill while the kids enjoy themselves.  The decoration is very simply done although I felt that it could have been more spruced up to reflect the Pororo-themed setting.  If there could be Pororo-themed utensils and character-dining, it would attract the kids a whole lot more!


Rody’s Toy Store

Fronting the premises of Pororo Park SG is Rody’s Toy Store featuring a wide range of Pororo merchandise.   Visitors can purchase their favourite original character-themed souvenir and toys which includes soft toys, activity kits, clothing and accessories.



As a family-friendly indoor playground, Pororo Park has adequate amenities such children restrooms and nursing room (available soon).  There are shelf spaces available for shoes and a designated area for parking strollers as well.



Except for expenses incurred at the café and merchandising store, expect to enjoy all the above attractions at a single admission price without the surprise of having to pay for additional play tokens.

Admission Rates (base on 2 hours playtime)

Age Group Non-Member Annual Member Partners^
Children aged 2 to 12 years $33.50 $23.50 $28.50
Children below 2 years $24.50 $16.50 $20.80
Accompanying adults $6.00 $2.50* $3.50*
Babies below 1 year Free Entry
Additional playtime $5 per block of 30 minutes (of part thereof)

*Up to 2 adults. Additional accompanying adults will be charged normal admission rate (see Non-Member).
^ Card members of DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, Popular Bookstore and SAFRA will get to enjoy Partners’ admission rates.
All admission charges are inclusive of GST.
Rates and offers are subject to change without prior notice.

How to Locate

Navigating to the new Pororo Park at Marina Square was really easy.  Pororo Park Singapore is located at Marina Square’s new retail wing at #02-29.  Entrance to the new retail wing can be found opposite Marks & Spencer (#02-109) OR via the walkway between Tag Heuer (#02-152) and Goldheart Jewelry (#02-279).  If driving, find your way to the carpark at RED ZONE (strange but it is actually painted in pink).  Park near the lobby with escalator.  The indoor playground is just next to the escalator.  How convenient!

SAys! Recommendation

Even though the indoor playground is targeted at children aged 1 to 9 years old, I thought that it may be more suitable for 1 to 6 years old.  If only the Poby’s Jungle Gym can be 2-3x larger, it will definitely be another story altogether!

About Pororo Park Singapore








6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29 (Map)  |   +65 6829 2203

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Opening Hours :  Sun – Thu: 10.30am to 8.00pm | Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9.00pm

Thanks to Pororo Park SG, we were invited to the media preview and the kids had a blasting great time.  Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you’ve read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley 🙂

When Dinos Ruled @ Marina Square 20 -22 Mar 2015

If you have someone at home with a love for balloons, you definitely should not miss this. We’ve come to this balloon extravaganza every year since we got to know about this wonderful event that Marina Square organises every year. And it’s free!

Dinosaur Balloon Extravaganza

This year’s balloon extravaganza is in its 5th year running and centres around the prehistoric age when Dinosaurs ruled.  A definite hot favourite for the boys!

There are 10 awesome dinosaur balloon sculptures including a gigantic T-Rex! With over 90,300 balloons, the team of 55 balloon sculptors worked over a total of 4 days to complete the dramatic display at the atrium.

Marina Square Dinosaur Balloon Extravaganza

Another one for the Singapore Book of Records!

And yes! It’s another one for the Singapore’s Book of Records for the largest balloon landscape and the largest mobile balloon costume!

You can imagine the Wow! on Wey’s face when we arrived this morning to see the completed works of balloon art at Marina Square.  We were in total awe when we came to the Atrium!

Marina Square Dinosaur Balloon Extravaganza

Beware the cutest Velociraptor!! They’re get you with their cuteness!

I can only let the photos speak for the awesomeness 🙂

Imagine, being greeted at by the jaws of a T-Rex! Roar!! haha… we loved this display and it was easily the most popular one with the kids. It got them really excited posing for photos and counting the sharp teeth! Wey roared to his heart’s content! LOL!

Marina Square Dinosaur Balloon Extravaganza

Get into the awesome jaws of the scary T-Rex! ROAR!!

I loved this stray big-claw of a T-Rex which has a nice wrap around for kids to pose behind of… Super Cool!

Marina Square Dinosaur Balloon Extravaganza

Lost a claw somebody?? haha…

How can you not smile when you are surrounded with balloons, balloons and more balloons… Look at the joy written all over the little one’s face!

Marina Square Dinosaur Balloon Extravangaza

Usually reluctant and impatient when Mummy wants a photo, Wey turned on a smile at each photo spot!

Marina Square Dinosaur Balloon Extravaganza

Someone still smiling… not running out of smiles at all!

And a Super gigantic T-Rex towering above all else…

Even I joined in the fun and posed for a picture or two… this one taken by Wey! Not bad since he seldom gets a chance to touch my phone, let alone take photos with it hehe…

More prehistoric balloon sculptures … Loved the cute little Pterodactyl!

One of my favourites because it’s just so cute! Don’t you agree?

And can you recognise this plant? haha it shares the same name as me in The Little Shop of Horrors! hehee…

Marina Square Dinosaur Balloon Extravangaza

Little Shop of Horrors ??

One more shot of the gigantic T-Rex before we headed off!

And so it’s till we meet again next year 🙂 The Dinosaur Balloon Extravaganza at Marina Square is on display from 20 – 22 March 2015, so don’t miss it. We’re sure glad we made it!

At the end of the event on 22 March, the organisers will be attempting yet another book of records… to pop the most number of balloons in 10 seconds!! We wish them luck!

Other Fringe Activities for Kids at Marina Square

Excavation Fun & Crafts
20 – 22 March, 12pm – 8pm
Marina Foyer (Near Desigual)

Embark on an exciting excavation dig, or get crafty and piece together your very own cardboard dinosaur. Also try your hand at painting a personalized dinosaur egg and bring home to discover what is inside! Register with any $30 same-day receipt(s) per child (between 6 and 12 years old), per activity. Limited seats on first-come, first-served basis.

Kids’ Balloon Workshop
20 – 22 March, 2pm – 3.30pm & 4pm – 5.30pm

Learn to twist and sculpt balloons and bring home a goodie bag too! Sign up for the workshop at $12 per child (between 3 and 12 years old) at the Customer Service Counter, L2. Limited to 20 kids per session.

Marina Square Dinosaur Balloon Extravangaza

Thanks for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon. 

SAys! Audrey

In the meantime, don’t forget to hop on over to our {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY} : How Long Is Eternity? and take part in the giveaway of this beautiful book!  We have 5 copies to giveaway!  Click the image below to take part. Good Luck!