On Saturday, my siblings and I co-taught part 3 of our Learning from Nature’s Resilience workshop series. This time we took inspiration from the surviving trees and the regrowth of their leaves and worked with a group of teenage scholars from the St Alfonso Maria Fusco Home, Compostela.
My brother Joel Lee, Permaculture and Aprotech Solutions educator, facilitated the warmup laughter yoga and encouraged its regular practice as a way to health and relaxation.
My sister Eddy Lee, a conservation educator and ecotherapist, led the nature walk, inviting our teen participants to pay attention to the various species of the trees that survived Super-Typhoon Odette and their leaf patterns. They were able to identify most of our fruit trees and surprisingly some of the native trees. When asked why they had some familiarity with the native trees, most of them said that they still had these trees in their mountain villages.
The ME Tree Self-Portrait
(the camote stamps)
We were recently gifted with some camote (sweet potato) and I thought of using this as a medium for the day’s expressive arts session which is the making of The Me Tree Self Portrait.
I used two medium camote and cut them into thick slices and distributed them among the participants. They were each provided a dull knife as a simple carving tool to make their leaf stamps.
The instruction for the activity was :
If you were a tree, what kind would you be, what leaves would you bear and as you createyour portrait focus on your pesonal resilient trait and be ready to share this with the group.
How to Make Your Stamped ME TREE Self Portrait using a camote slice:
- Choose leaf design (shape, veins,etc)
- Cut the camote slice to shape/margin of your leaf of choice
- Using the dull knife provided start carving out the pattern, bearing in mind that the part you remove from the camote is what won’t print or register on your paper.
- Practice stamping on scrap paper before doing your prints and composition on the artboard.
- Use watercolor or stamp pad for the color and allow to dry before adding design details with ballpen and pencil crayons
- Prepare to share your work and personal resilient trait with the group.
Thank you Sr. Inday, Sr Salve and our teenage workshop participants for the learning adventure that we shared at the sanctuary. Till the next time!