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Art Experience Bangkok 2012

Juan Elani Tulas, one of my former econ stud, a fast emerging local artist, joins the Bangkok Art Experience 2012. The group will showcase Pinoy creativity in Thailand. The leg will  begin on June 9, 2012 at the Philippine Embassy Grounds in Bangkok and culminates on the 16th of June at the Art Safari in Bangkok Museum and Galleries. An Arao Salamat advocacy, the event aims to raise funds for the benefit of 24/7 kids community in Quezon City.  Congratulations to all participating artists!


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Crayon Dreams

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso


Scribbles, circular edges, lines and distorted shapes represent the ‘visual optimism’ of the child. Drawn in bright colored crayons, about 150 public school children signed up when my Humanities class at Northwestern University organized a public school based ‘child art’ project.

Dubbed as ‘Crayon Dreams’, the objective was to experience and learn first-hand the concept of ‘meaning through exaggeration’ and ‘symmetry’ in child art and to reach out to children in need by providing them avenues of expression, empowerment and hope.

Crayons and colored clays were used as art materials. Also, the children had poetry, essay writing and community singing activities. The ‘child artist’ received gifts and recognition for their art works and participation.

Triggered by emotion, bright colors and their preference for happiness and excitement, the children ages 3-12 years old created a total of 100 drawings, essays and poetries. Crayon dreams encouraged the children to open up and use their soaring imaginations in different ways. The kids were asked to explain some of their drawings. One of the child art participant, a grade 6 pupil said, “in drawing ko daytoy gapu ta kayat kunto ti agbalin nga policeman tapnu matiliw ken maibalud dagiti agtaktakaw ti gobyerno, dagiti ti criminal ken agpalpaltug ti kalsada” (I draw this because I wanted to become a policeman someday and arrest corrupt government officials, criminals and gun for hires). Likewise, a grade 4 pupil describing her work believed that by becoming a Supreme Court Justice she would have the opportunity to help the country in the future.

According to ‘the elongated arms, hands, faces, and distorted shapes and lines in their drawings indicate the child’s interests and awareness to concept forming, thinking, awareness of feelings and perceptual development.’ The site deduced that child art is all about concept formation and meaning through exaggeration.

Sublime thoughts, heroism, sacrifice, service, helping the family, justice, fighting criminality, poverty, building a house, believing in oneself echoed in most of the children artworks. Most of their artworks demonstrated individuality, creativity and imagination.

Also, we had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the teachers, school principals and supervisors about the status of arts education in public schools. We took note of the issues affecting arts education in the schools concerned namely the Bingao Elementary School (San Nicolas), San Nicolas Central Schools (San Nicolas) and Gabu Elementary School (Laoag City). Issues and concerns were the lack of arts education teach time and facilities, lack of musical instruments, shortage of teachers trained in the arts, costumes for theater, volunteers, art materials like crayons, colored chalks, pencils, clays, expensive art materials, lack of art books, etc.

The experience gave us the opportunity to learn and appreciate the arts and creativity of the child. The spontaneity of children’s art was remarkable.

As one arts and creativity blogger put it, child art, like most child behavior, is direct and uncensored. A young child doesn’t critique his work – he paints freely and with pleasure, enjoying the fine and gross motor experience of moving paint over paper and watching lines, shapes and colors come to life. Art puts a child in the “driver’s seat” and provides freedom: the freedom of choice, thought and feeling.” (


Anna Reyner, a renowned professor in child arts suggested the following to encourage creativity when organizing child arts projects:

Take time with a child’s art
Show respect for the art and the artist’s process

Comment on lines, shapes and colors: “I see you used three colors.”
Show curiosity: “How did you get this effect here?”
Comment on changes: “You’re drawings look bigger these days.”
Ask open ended questions: “Will you tell me about your picture?”
Provide fuel for creativity: “What other materials do you need?”
Collect recycled boxes, tubes, lumber scraps. Make 3-D creations
Provide a variety of drawing, painting and clay materials
Avoid coloring books


And of course, parent involvement is essential in nurturing child creativity.

Let us nurture our children with positive thoughts and sublime ideas!

Thanks to Angel Raquino, Darwin Cadiz, Jennifer Andres, Lorie Jane Dancel  for the amazing photos! Ms. Eva Tacata, Gilbert Gasmen, Sheryl Delacruz, Jennifer Andres and to all the Humanities students of Northwestern University of SY 2011 Good Job!, Mr. Rakesh Handa, a local entrpreneu for sponsoring erasers,  snacks.

I will be uploading more photos soon…


Posted by on September 8, 2011 in Child Arts and Creativity


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To Rise Above, Create!

We had a KKK + K in 2011.

Kasaysayan (history). Kamalayan (awareness). Kalayaan (independence/freedom). KaARTehan.

Using visual arts and music as a medium, we converged to underline arts in social change and national transformation. The role of arts is essential to social engagement, volunteerism and community.

The  celebration of the 113th Philippine Independence Day obliged us to organized the Araw ng Kasarinlan: An Arts, Poetry and OPM Rock Exhibit last June 11.  Organized by the Maharlika Artists and Writers Ilocos in cooperation with Giannis and the Office of Hon. Portia Salenda, Board member and Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the Province of Ilocos Norte, the AK project succeeded in facilitating the arts and music independence day project.

Alaric Yanos photography. 2011

The AK event featured the works of promising artists in the visual arts and local rock Ylocos. Held at Giannis Resto, about 30 art works were exhibited and 7 local bands performed. The Shotpoof production also launched its Twigs and Stones short film project and  a local  environment advocacy group, the Green Ilocos Norte Network and Advocacy Inc had a ‘powerful’ point presentation.  The bands  Proyekto, Afterfive, Dominant, Bonamanok, Bear and Bones played a a lot of OPM rock and orig songs. Vigan based bands also came to strut the evening.

The art works of Juan Tulas, John Louie Rivera, Wilhelmina Impat, Rionell Victor Rivera, Jelhelmina Real, Basilio Rea, Arao Salamat, Jasper Andres, Richard Quebral, Emil Querobin, Mark Tandayog Darwin Yadao, Joriel Guerrero and Jefferson Baclig were featured in the evening.

The Ballasiw Unlimited Production, an Ilocos based video production group, featured the event in a special video documentary project of Unlimited Ilocos. The special feature was aired for a week in a local cable TV. The proceeds of the AK event will also benefit selected disadvantaged schools in the province of Ilocos Norte.

The local organizers is currently coordinating with a school in the Municapality of Vintar as beneficiary of the AK’s Arts for Children Empowerment project.

The organizers would like to thank Bokal Portia Salenda, Alaric Yanos of iclick photography, Jonathan Lafradez, Humanities students of Northwestern University, Green Ilocos Norte Network and Advocacy Inc., Proyekto, Hymnus, Judelyn Cruz, Sherry jane De Lira, Juan Tulas and John Rivera, MAWF National, Terry Flores, facebook friends, Unlimited Ilocos, etc. To all, Dios ti Agngina! See you again next year!


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