A National Art Celebration in Padang Elementary School, San Gabriel, La Union
It was a splendid day full of creativity, colors, and happy faces as we left the premises of Padang Primary School. The project created a space wherein each and everyone had the chance to put “ART” in one’s he(ART). In partnership with the Municipality of San Gabriel, Color Your Life was able to conduct a special art workshop and a collaborative art activity for the children of Padang Primary School.
In celebration of National Arts Month, Color Your Life has chosen San Gabriel, La Union for its first-ever project for the year 2018 which was held last February 16, 2018, Friday. The team designed a one-day art painting activity for the students of Padang. For us to be able to execute such a workshop, we invited three young artists—Monique Aousha Yamar, Joy Constantino, and Germaine Peñalosa—who facilitated their respective art activities.
Color Theory Workshop
For the first group, with 17 participants, ages 6-7, Kuya Germaine taught “color theory” which could help the kids be familiarized with basic colors. As such, this could somewhat guide the children to have an appreciation of the world around them—colors associated with emotions, things, and nature.
Still-Life Painting Workshop
The second and third groups, ages 8-10, were facilitated by Ate Monique and Ate Joy. They prepared a “still-life art painting workshop” wherein kids were tasked to copy an object (toy) in front of them. This allowed kids to exercise the process of focusing and observing a certain object and mimicking it with the use of primed wood and different colors of paint.
Portrait Art Painting Activity
The last group, Grades 5 and 6, enjoyed a “portrait art painting activity”. Children were asked to pick a partner and paint their partner’s face. This workshop could aid the students in attempting to depict the physical features of a human subject. In addition to the observation and focus exercise that a child could grasp in this certain activity is also the ability of one to use unconventional colors to portray a human’s face. It would actually give a child the free will to explore his or her artistic ability based on his or her perception of the subject.
Collaborative Art Activity
The collaborative activity is intended to paint, splash, drip, and/or pour whatever color of paint is available onto a huge piece of primed plywood. Such activity was created not just for the kids but also for everyone who was in the event. In contrast with the individual art painting workshop, the collaborative art activity should allow the participants to produce a non-figurative art piece. Its intention, however, is focused not on the output but on the process of creating, mixing, and applying the paint on a 4×6 ft. primed plywood. Further, it allowed the participants to showcase their emotions, feelings, and or/mood at that specific moment of the activity. Simply, it just served as a venue for the participants to have fun when painting!
Start-up Art Kits Distribution
As usual, we prepared start-up art kids for the participants for them to be able to continue their artistic thirst. These kits can aid them to follow through on their activities, whether at school or at home.
Thank You All!
A lot of hard work has paid off to make this project a success. We would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, all those who made it happen. A big THANK YOU to our donors, artists, volunteers, and supportive families who helped us every step of the way to create this awesome project for the kids of Padang.
To the Local Government of San Gabriel, most especially to Mayor Hermie Velasco and his family for giving us the opportunity to share our time by conducting art workshops. We wish to go back to the lovely municipality of San Gabriel to create more art projects for the kids.
And last but not least, the attendees. Thank you all for coming and participating in Color Your Life’s Project San Gabriel. The event was even better than we thought it would be! We will have other future events; we hope you will join us next time.
To know more about us and our future projects, like our Facebook page or visit our Color Your life website. You can support our future projects and child beneficiaries by donating start-up (he)art kits. You may contact Sam [0917-304-7551] or Louie .