Illustration Resaerch Method: 408 Classroom

Wing Shan WONG (Art Historian)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


408: The Illustration Classroom, located in the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, served as a creative hub from 2002 to 2023. As it prepares for renovation in the summer of 2023, let us reflect on the profound impact it had on students. Within these walls, students embarked on a transformative journey of self-discovery, nurturing their imaginative ideas and exploring new frontiers of artistic expression. Mistakes were not seen as failures but as valuable stepping stones towards progress. This classroom fostered experimentation, where students pushed boundaries and honed their craft through countless iterations. The classroom is also a space for students to come together, sharing ideas and thoughts, forming a creative collective. Through collaboration, they nurtured each other's growth, leaving behind indelible memories that would forever resonate throughout their academic journey. As we bid farewell to 408: The Illustration Classroom, we would like to celebrate its profound influence on the students who passed through its doors. It will forever hold a special place in their hearts as a space where imagination flourished, boundaries were shattered, and lasting friendships were forged.

The exhibition creates the immersive environment of a classroom, with multiple layers to represent the creative journey consisting of the first trial, repetitive experimentations, and collaborative journey. The audience can review the overall classroom, with different details highlighted, from the items and objects to review the atmosphere and environmental influence on students' creations. The Classroom sketching booklet highlights the iterative nature of the artistic process, observation and presenting evolving illustration practice and emphasizing the importance of learning through trial and error. The video documentation demonstrates the collective experience within the classroom, featuring collaborative projects and demonstrating the power of shared ideas and growth through collaboration. The final classroom exchange section offers the oversea classroom exchange, by inviting participants to illustrate their classroom and exchange the existing one. They could leave messages on the back to deliver the words to the students in Hong Kong. The exhibition offers a concise and engaging exploration of the illustration classroom, inviting visitors to participate, gain insights and contribute their experience to its pedagogy and creative atmosphere.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2023


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