WWF Philippines To Host Art Workshops With Renowned Local Talents
We've said it before and we'll say it again: local talent is in no short supply. Despite the difficulties that Filipino creatives face, artists around the country have come up triumphant in making, creating, and cementing a name for themselves in both local and international playing fields. This November, some of our most artistic kababayans return — ready to share what they've learned.
In line with WWF Philippines' Earth Exhibit initiative, a handful of Filipino talents will be hosting a series of creative workshops starting this 7 November 2020. This initiative is set to raise awareness about environmental conservation, while simultaneously raising funds for the provision of 100 environmental education modules for our local students.
Every week beginning the 7th of November, artists will host a workshop on a variety of crafts. This will be kickstarted by a drawing workshop by Kenjay Reyes and Aubrey Rose Bea-Decoledt.
Aubrey Rose, an obvious aesthete, says: "Through the visual art, particularly paintings, and artworks that promote and communicate nature conservation and wildlife, we are able to cast a vision in people's minds, whether young or old, which inspires them the act and take care of nature.”
On the 14th, Anina Rubio and Nina Hidalgo will share tips and tricks on painting. Meanwhile, Sabine Buhai and Tristan Yuvienco are set to hold a tutorial on Digital Arts come 21 November. An interesting mixed medium session will then be held by Micole Tam, Leeroy New, Nico Ng, and Mansy Abesamis on the 28th. Don't miss out on their exciting lineup of activities that include calligraphy & lettering, pottery, and sculpting.
Leeroy, whose works have been recognised internationally, states that the artistic narrative can be a helpful tool in conservation. "Art can contribute in telling stories that lead to the changing of mindsets about humanity’s relationship to their environment," he says. "Creative practice can and should evolve to actively propose solutions to environmental issues.”
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And Mansy, who's a clay artist, has an interesting take on his own medium that relates to conservation. "When you see your hands moulding earth, clay, into different shapes, you are reminded that for better or worse, the future is in your hands and that you direct its course. It’s very empowering."
All workshops will be held on Zoom. Each session will have a registration fee of PHP400, save for the Pottery session, which people can enrol in for PHP2,800. All materials will be provided for each class. Those who wish to partake in the pottery session will be given clay, stickers, and all necessary materials. The students' final products will be returned to the artist for baking and promptly sent back to them.
Join WWF Philippines in their advocacy for a better world by learning something new this month! Stay tuned on their official social media channels — Facebook and Instagram — for updates.