The Floral Assemblage Self Portraits

We are proud to share with you the creations of our recent Learning from Nature’s Resilience 2 workshop. Taking inspiration from the resilience of flowering plants and trees, the teenage participants were invited to create a floral assemblage self-portrait. They were also asked to focus on personal traits that make them resilient. Some of the traits mentioned were STRONG, UNIQUE, CONFIDENT, PRO-ACTIVE, …
(Click on this link to see workshop process and instructions.)

Here is a gallery of the group’s works. Left image is the actual floral assemblage, right image is the water-colour recreation of the assemblage portrait.

We thank the teenage participants for joining us for a fun learning experience at the Nature Sanctuary.

LEARNING FROM NATURE’S RESILIENCE 2: FLOWERS

Yesterday my sister and I co-taught  part 2 of our Learning from Nature’s Resilience workshop series. This time we took inspiration from flowers, and worked with a younger group – teenage survivors of difficult situtations.

My sister Eddy Lee, a conservation educator and ecotherapist, led the nature walk and discussion on nature’s resilience while I facilitated the art session on the making of floral assemblage self portraits.

The group with Eddy Lee, conservation educator and ecotherapist.

I went on an early morning walk at the Sanctuary to gather the variety of flowers to be used for the art session. I was expecting a group of 17, so it was quite a challenge since this is post-typhoon times and there’s not many kinds of flowering plants left. Despite that I am proud to say that i managed to gather more than enough variety for the participants.

Since this was an exercise on resilience, the participants were not allowed to choose from the floral selection and had to make the most out of the flower assigned to them. However,  they were free to choose the other natural add-ons (stones, twigs, leaves, cowrie shells,etc) to complete their assemblage piece.

Creating the Assemblage Portrait

It was fun watching the girls so focused on creating the assemblage then recreating it on another sheet of paper using watercolor as a medium. Later when each of them had the chance to share their process and their reflections, some said they enjoyed making the assemblage better than painting.  Others said the two versions of the portrait were equally fun to create and complete.

Recreating the portraits using water-color

My thoughts on this is that the medium of flowers and other natural elements was a more relaxing medium for the teens, once they drew and painted they started becoming critical of their work (and themselves). Suddenly, i could hear some saying, ‘I’m not good at drawing!’
My reflection on this is that the closer we work with nature and what’s natural, the more we are free and spontaneous, the more we can be our true selves, and without a doubt creativity is at the core of our human nature.

The artists with their assemblage art at the Roundhouse of the Nature Sanctuary
Museum visit after the workshop to see Paulina’s FLORAL CHORUS collection and other works

The teenage participants with the workshop facilitators – Far left expressive arts educator Paulina Constancia and conservation educator and ecotherapist Eddy Lee. Photo also shows a golden retriever named GABBY, the Nature Sanctuary ambassador.

Pre-GSK Rangoli Art Community Workshop – 2 of 3

Here are photos showing the process of creating rangoli art during the community workshop facilitated by MoNA’s visiting Indian artist Yasha Dabas.

Rangoli #1- “Form in Flow”, created by Gail and Hanz Florentino
materials: petals, pebbles, wood chips, beads, leaves

Rangoli #2- “Kerala Flower Kolam Flowers”, created by Yasha Dabas
materials: all flowers

Rangoli # 3- Five Elements of Earth (Organic Indian Holi), created by Yasha Dabas
materials: rangoli colors, gravel

Rangoli # 4 – “Diwali Happiness Rangoli”,  created by Yasha Dabas
materials: coloured rice
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Rangoli #5- “The Call of Nature”,  created by Eric, Reymart, Erde John, Angelique of CTU- Moalboal Campus

Rangoli #6- “Hidden Paradise”, created by Aggie Tomayao and Maruchine (CTU-Moalboal Campus)
materials: petals, leaves, shells

Rangoli #7- “Detailed Paradise”, created by MJ and Danica
materials: flowers, shells, gravel, wooden birds

Rangoli #8- “Smiling Nature”, created by Retired UP Professor Thelma Lee-Mendoza and Teacher Grace Cabaero-Ferreros of St. Michael’s Play Garden, Steiner Waldorf Education in Cebu
materials: flowers, pebbles, wooden beads

Rangoli #9- “Yoga Shack”, created by Gigit Sulit and Jeanne Torrefranca, both yoga teachers
materials: flowers, beads, leaves, stones and sticks

More rangolis on the next post…

Waves of Hope Workshop in Moalboal- Part 3

We come to last feature of the Waves of Hope/Mga Balud sa Paglaum expressive arts workshop recently facilitated by Paulina Constancia on the beach in Moalboal for the Cebu Technological University World Literature students of Miss Robbie.

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The last activity was “STAR of HOPE”.  Paulina taught the group PAGLAUM, a song she composed en route to Moalboal, and it goes this way: (ukulele chords provided)

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Paglaum, paglaum sa atong kasingkasing
Isibya, isidlak ngadto sa uban
Kalipay, kadasig sa atong kahimtang  (sung as kahimta-ang)
Paglaum, paglaum sa kalibutan

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Lovingly translated for you, Miss Robbie…
Hope, hope in our hearts

Spread and shine onto others
Joy and cheer to our existence
Hope, hope onto the world.

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Now let’s form a star…

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A star in the making…

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Paulina’s brother Joel Lee accompanies the group singing of PAGLAUM

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The group forms a star and sings PAGLAUM

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Sunset at Club Serena Resort, Moalboal with Robbie’s World Literature Class (Cebu Technological University- Moalboal Campus)

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Paulina’s son Lucas joins in the group photo shoot…

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HOPE it all starts in our hearts…

A heartfelt gratitude to Robbie and her CTU students for the wonderful enthusiasm and cooperation. May your lives be your message of hope within your home, circle of friends and wherever your life journey takes you…

Waves of Hope Workshop in Moalboal- Part 2

We continue with the Waves of Hope/Mga Balud sa Paglaum expressive arts workshop recently facilitated by Paulina on the beach in Moalboal for the Cebu Technological University World Literature students of Miss Robbie.

So the first activity was Stories from the Sea, followed by Message in a Bottle.  The third activity was Self-Portrait on the Beach. The instruction was -Reflect on your best trait as a person. And then answer and portray this…How can your life be a message of hope to others?

Here are the participants with their portraits in progress…

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Paulina checking out the portraits in progress…

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Miss Robbie happily working on her own portrait on the beach…

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Busy bees on the beach…

And here are their PORTRAITS on the BEACH: Click on individual image to see large picture.

These are 18-19 year old college students and it is nice to hear they believe their happy and courageous spirits will be their message of hope to the world. Bravo to you Robbie and your World Lit class at CTU-Moalboal!!!

Waves of Hope Workshop in Moalboal- Part 1

The last of the holiday workshops that Paulina Constancia conducted was “Waves of Hope/Mga Balud sa Paglaum“.  It was an expressive arts workshop held on the beach in Moalboal in front of Club Serena Resort. This was facilitated by Paulina for the Cebu Technological University (Molaboal Campus) World Literature students of US Peace Corps Volunteer ROBBIE. Being Hawaiian, a workshop on the beach surely made Robbie super excited.

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The first activity was “Stories from the Sea” . The participants were tasked to find an object on the beach and come back to the group to tell its story.

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Everybody gets a turn to show their found beach object and tell its story

The assortment of found objects in one of the blue trays is Miss Robbie’s and she calls it “The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side”, and it goes with an environmental message. Apparently this is a sampler of the Little Mermaid’s whosits and whatsits galore.
She says “remember, pick up every piece of plastic you can find on the beach to save the mermaids!”

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The group proudly showing their beach discoveries…

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Another photo of course, with the beautiful ocean in the back…

The second activity was “Message in a Bottle”. The participants were made to pretend they’re sending a message in a bottle. And it had to be a message of hope for somebody in despair across the sea. When they were done writing, the message went into a jar (since there were lots of messages to accommodate). Then they pick a message to read and respond out loud. The identity of sender is then revealed to the receiver and they shake hands or hug.(sorry no pictures to show here).

More activities and photos in the next post…