Creative Remix 6 -Painting with Fabric

Here is the 6th art-ivity at my Creative Remix workshop at the Roundhouse…Painting with Fabric! Yes, you heard that right..not with paint but with fabric and we went with the bird theme.

Here are the materials we used:

  • square paper plate (as canvas)
  • textile combo (2 coordinated prints and 2 plains)
    (precut and pre-mixed & matched; kids choose from an assortment of combos)
  • water dish
  • Mode Podge glue, matte
  • brush
  • pencil
  • bond paper
  • bird books and cliparts for inspiration
  • rags
  • scissors

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And here are the steps:

  1. Choose the bird you want to make. Draw it ‘big!’ on the bond paper provided, making sure it fits as centrepiece of square plate.
  2. Hold bond paper (top) and selected fabric (underneath), and then cut.

Tip: For bigger kids,  you could use some dressmaking pins to secure the two layers together for easier cutting.

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3.  Continue following this method to cut the other elements of your design.

4. Cut to size  and  glue on biggest fabric provided onto the middle of plate using Modge Podge. (Brush glue onto plate)

5. Glue on main body of bird, then continue with other bird features and background embellishments. Note that Modge Podge dries clear so use it under and over your fabric. No worries!

6. When completed, mount on plate/frame stand and delight with pride with your family and friends!

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Each unique and colourful. Well done, kids!

Here are the masterpieces of my students. Great work, kids!

Soon after we finished the art plates, we went downstairs to the exhibition hall to prepare for the special showing of the kids’ works. They all helped mount the exhibition and were all excited to show their families and friends all the work they created in the Creative Remix sessions. Check out their art display, up next…

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Creative Remix 5-Outdoor Mandala

We come to the 5th art-ivity in my Creative Remix workshop at Roundhouse Centre…Outdoor Mandala.

Originally, we were going to try making one at the park or near a beach but in the end we just did one right outside the Roundhouse.

Here are some of the components of our mandala:

  • hangers
  • mini toy components
  • cut cardboard shapes (rounds and strips)
  • big multicoloured blanket yarns
  • pompoms (we had an abundant supply from a previous  pompom workshop at Roundhouse)
  • giant coloured plastic buttons
  • chenille (craft pipe cleaners)
  • golf tees

-basically all things colourful and wonderful (in great numbers) are a welcome addition
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Steps

  1. Determine the size of mandala you are making. It is best you mark the pavement with a chalk to guide the kids.
  2. Group kids and assign component to add onto mandala. Designate which part of circle they are filling.

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3. Stop and assess. Do you need more components? Are the kids expanding the circle too much? Is it even still looking like a circle, hahahah. (FYI-This was just a spontaneous design and free flow mandala.)

4. Take group photo and enjoy the group’s outdoor masterpiece.

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(Sorry to blur their little faces but I don’t have photo/social media consent from their parents so that’s why you only see my face)

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5. Then of course, everybody helps in tidying up after.

Bear in mind again, these are kids ages 5 to 10 working on an outdoor mandala for the first time. I think they did an amazing job. Bravo, kids!

 

 

 

 

Creative Remix 3 -Spin Art

We continue with the art-ivities at the Creative Remix workshop that I facilitated at the Roundhouse Centre. Today I bring you SPIN ART!

Turn things you already have at home into fun spin art machines! Try what we used in class — a mini toy gear and a salad spinner…

A- Spin Art using a Mini Toy Gear

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I was looking for something I could use to make spin art. I found this toy gear at a Thrift Store. Here goes…

  1. Using masking tape, secure the mini round paper to the platform of mini machine
  2. Press/use different coloured markers onto the paper while the machine is spinning
  3. Keep adding colors until you are satisfied with the results.

Here are some of my students’ works:

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Then we turned them into key rings, by using self-adhesive laminating sheets, strings and rings… check out their final creations

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B- Spin Art using a Salad Spinner

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Here is another fun and simple tool to use to create beautiful spin art…the salad spinner.

  1. Using masking tape, secure the paper onto the basket of the salad spinner 
  2. Apply paint (acrylic or tempera) by hand, brush or by squirting it onto the paper, cover and then spin away!!!
  3. Open spinner, check results, keep adding paint and spin until you get desired results.

stepsOptional: Spritz a bit of water if you want the paint to flow more (as long as paper quality allows it).

Here are some of my students’ fabulous salad spinner creations:

Here is an option as a post-spinning activity… “Figure it out!” Get the students to look at their spin art and find the figure or hidden image in their work and highlight it with a black sharpie. This is a great activity for expressive arts therapy.

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Here is my spin art figure: “Dreaming of Flight”

Creative Remix 2-Flying Superheroes

Here is the second activity we did in Creative Remix at the Roundhouse Centre… The Flying Superheroes.

To create your superhero follow these steps:

  1. Create your superhero identity and origin story
your superhero name

Here is a fun guide to making your own superhero name that I found on-line.

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Here is a sample of a template for writing a Superhero Identity and Origin Story. There are many on-line, here is one that simpler ones I found.

2. Colour and cut template.
Template inspired by the Free Flying Superhero Father’s Day Craft  on 
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Notice there are two options for the cape.

 

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Check out the beautiful color combinations of double-sided origami paper.

3. Glue front and back pieces together, leaving enough room in the middle to fit straw hero launcher. Then adhere cape over the shoulders.

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4. Insert straw. Allow to dry. And launch your Superhero!

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Here is a sample made by my son – he calls this “Lava Boy”

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Ready, set, fly, my hero! *use whatever straw you have- paper, stainless steel or bamboo, perhaps.

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Super Rainbow

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Blue-blue Lemon

I think the double-sided Origami cape really makes the costume more interesting. And you know how kids are – they love colors.  It’s like choosing crayons or frozen yogurt toppings just in paper form, hahaha

Creative Remix 1-Magnetic Puppetry

Hello friends of the MoNA and lovers of naïve art! I bring to you a series of kids art that were created at the CREATIVE REMIX summer workshop that I facilitated at the Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver. The kids were ages 5 to 10.

I bring you 6 art-ivities from the workshop:

  • Magnetic Puppetry
  • Flying Superheroes
  • Spin Art
  • Monoprinting
  • Outdoor Mandala
  • Painting with Fabric

     

We begin with MAGNETIC PUPPETRY:

  1. Two or more animals that would not normally meet, are stranded on a tropical beach…what will they talk about?
  2. Colour, cut and attach magnet to your paper animal puppet
  3. Create a dialogue between the animals
  4. Present dialogue to class and animate your magnetic puppets on the mini stage provided.
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You can see the magnet attached to the back…

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A bear and an octopus ..hmmm u have to wonder what they might talk about?

The kids each held a magnet to control their paper puppets.

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How about a kangaroo and a dolphin — “G’Day Mate!”

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How about an elephant, a pelican and a moose? What could they possibly talk about?

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Here’s a giraffe and a turtle, crossing paths on a sandy beach.

Magnets are tricky to use. However with some practice, the children enjoyed controlling the animal-puppets behind the backdrop and performing before the class.

Dino Sock Puppet Workshop

What’s a T-Rex’s favourite number? Eight (ate!) And yes, that’s the same number my son is at. For his 8th birthday he asked for a Dinosaur-themed party.  He decided on a crafts and cupcakes party in his school.  So today I will share with you the Dino sock puppets that he and his friends created during the workshop that I facilitated for his class.

Here are the steps in pictures:

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The socks were pre-sewn and most of the embellishments had sticky backs. Other embellishments had to be adhered (like spikes, pompoms, etc) using a hot glue gun. The kids would come to us and the teacher and I were the only ones allowed to handle the hot glue gun. So we did that part for them while they waited.

Craft Supplies Buffet

Here is the craft supplies buffet table. Each of the kids got a tray and then they picked socks and embellishment for their Dino puppet.

Here are the puppets my son and his classmates handcrafted during his birthday crafting workshop:

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It was so much fun for all of us… and to add to the birthday fun here are some dinosaur jokes. Here’s to some ROARing laughter for you folks!

Q: Can you name 10 dinosaurs in 10 seconds?
A: Yes, 8 Iguanadons and 2 Stegasaurus.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up?
A: Try and try and try and try-ceratops

Q: Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl using the bathroom?
A: Because the ‘p’ is silent

Q: What do you call it when a dinosaur gets in a car accident?
A: Tyrannasaurus wreck!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A: a thesaurus.

DINO JOKES Source: www.jokes4us.com

Virtue Journal and Hand Lettering Workshop

We are happy to share with you some photos and details of the latest sustainable expressive arts workshop at the MoNA, facilitated by Edna Lee of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes.

Virtue Journal Making and Hand Lettering were the focus of the recent workshop. Below are the materials used.

Tools Needed:

  • Two-hole Punch
  • 12 different beautiful printed papers such as origami and printed card stock;  recycled magazine pages and wrapping paper would also be nice (to use as month dividers)
  • 1 sheet plain or corrugated craft foam (to use as journal cover)
  • Different coloured markers

 

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STEPS:

1. Choose a colored craft foam cover (letter-size/short size)

2. Choose 12 different beautiful printed paper (like origami paper)  to use as dividers for the 12 months

3. Get 26 sheets of letter-size (short) bond paper/printer paper and cut in half horizontally

4. Fold foam cover horizontally and put 4 sheets of  the cut bond paper for each month and put one sheet of printed paper (48 sheets total)

5. Punch, fasten and cut edges sticking out

6. The first four pages are for hand lettering practice.
(At the workshop, the alphabet was written in script on the board and samples of different types of hand lettering  were providedo for every table- —letters embellished with curls, shading, dots, strips, spaces)

8. Write your name on the  inside of the front cover using a combination of hand lettering styles.

9. Write the name of the month on each of the printed paper dividers.

10. Choose one virtue/value you want to reflect on for each month. Use hand lettering to write it on each divider.
(At the workshop, the participants were asked to suggest the virtues they would like to work on. They made a list on the board, and they chose 12, one for each month).
Examples of VIRTUES:  Respect, Generosity, Industry, Joy, Helpfulness, Love, Care, Simplicity, Fairness, Happiness, Obedience, Sincerity

 

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Here are some of the skills developed through the workshop: 

1. DIY – Constructing things helped develop confidence
2. Hand Lettering– Opportunity to improve one’s handwriting and be creative
3. 12 Virtues in Focus– An Invitation to challenge oneself to improve throughout the year

With their newly handcrafted VIRTUE JOURNAL, the participants are tasked to:
Reflect on the following every week:

  • How did I manifest the virtue this week?
  • What can i do to learn this virtue?
  •  List your behavior or manifestation of the virtue in focus
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Handcrafted VIRTUE JOURNALS created at the MoNA Workshop

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The participants proudly holding their handcrafted VIRTUE JOURNALS

We hope that this workshop will inspire you to make your own VIRTUE JOURNAL and aspire to better yourself this new year 2018.

Here is a set of virtues of the great Benjamin Franklin.

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Image from the envole.net blog

Repurposed Tarps

Happy New Year to all of you from your friends at the Museum of Naïve Art [MoNA] in Cebu.

Recently, the MoNA, in cooperation with the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes (Psych Vols), organized a workshop for women and children in difficult situations. It was a simple activity with a very important message – what society might perceive as trash can still be repurposed and revitalized.

The project:  Turning old tarpaulin banners into useful book bags and day packs (workshop concept and facilitation by Edna Lee of Psych Vols)

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Three simple steps: 1)cut the tarp, 2)sew with running or blanket stitch, 3) attach strap

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Pretty good for first attempt at reused/repurposed tarp bags

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Check out their handmade DAY PACKS

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Proudly handmade –book bags, day packs, grocery bags!

A Beary Fun Workshop

It is with great pleasure that we share with you our most recent workshop “Beary Fun”, which took place last Saturday, Nov 25th.  The project concept and materials were prepared by  Zed Lee of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes (Psych Vols)  while the actual workshop was facilitated by Edna Lee also of Psych Vols, and another regular MoNA volunteer Wae Seon Yun.

The workshop participants were women and children in difficult situations.

A pattern, some old jeans material and a set of instructions were provided by Zed Lee. Here are the steps:

First Step: Trace pattern on the underside of fabric.

Second Step: Sew along tracing – using running or back stitch to create the Teddy bear shape inside out.  Leave about 3 inches open/unstitched to give you room to insert filling/stuffing (preferably on the side of belly or top of the bear’s head)

Third Step: Give about 1/2 inch allowance and cut around the tracing/stitching

Fourth Step: Now bring the pattern side to the outside by pulling it through the 3 inch opening.

Fifth Step: Stuff your bear and stitch up the opening (slip stitch)

Sixth Step: Embellish/dress -up your Teddy Bear with buttons, patterned fabric and laces. You may also add extra details using a sharpie or acrylic paint.

Final Step: Hug your Teddy Bear and share its story with the group.

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Here are the girls with their Teddy Bears…

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Fun groupings of the Teddies…

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Everybody gets the chance to share their stories…

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You can tell from our volunteer Wae Seon’s face how much she enjoyed the BEARY FUN workshop..

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Here’s a group photo of the Teddies…

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Here’s a group photo of the Teddies and their creators. Photo also shows facilitators Edna Lee and Wae Seon Yun

Special thanks to Zed Lee, Wae Seon Yun and Edna Lee, the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, West Gorordo Hotel and My Refuge House.

“You really don’t have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear.”
-Rachel Newman

“There’s just something about a Teddy Bear that’s impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It’s almost supernatural.”
-James Ownby

“Teddy bears don’t need hearts as they are already stuffed with love.”
-Unknown

Quotes from I Love Teddies

 

Leafy Butterflies, Cheesy Pizzas

MoNA continues with its community outreach in partnership with the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes   (Psych Vols). This past weekend at the Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm (KPAF) in Carcar, Cebu- MoNA and Psych Vols conducted “Leafy Butterflies, Cheesy Pizzas”, an expressive arts workshop with a group of women and children in difficult situations.

Sample project provided by Paulina Constancia using leaves.

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Below is a slideshow of this nature printing project “The Leafy Butterfly”:

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Here are photos of the girls working on their leaf prints:

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Psychology Volunteer Edna Lee facilitating nature printing workshop

Here are some of the leafy butterflies that the girls created:

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A group photo of the girls with their leafy butterfly art

One more project for the group—-pizza making!!!

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Cheesy- Tomatoey pizzas by design!!!

A big thank you to the Psych Vols, KPAF, My Refuge House and of course to the girls— for their eager and joyful participation in this weekend workshop.

 

Gimbap Fun

A couple of weeks ago, the MoNA, in cooperation with the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, West Gorordo Hotel and  My Refuge House, facilitated an intercultural workshop for a group of  young girls in difficult situations.  The workshop was facilitated by Wae Seon Yun, a Korean Language and Culture Mentor from Busan, South Korea.

Here are some photos from the workshop. As you can see everybody had a lovely time expressing themselves by means of the Korean language and cuisine.

1- Learning Korean

Learning to speak Korean…

2-Korean food

Here is Wae Seon teaching the girls how to prepare GIMBAP/ KIMBAP

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The girls were so happy to learn to prepare GIMBAP/Kimbap with a little help from Korean facilitator Wae Seon

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Assemble, roll, cut and eat…

감사합니다. Kamsahamnida.
Thank you.
Daghang Salamat, Wae Seon!!!

Post-GSK Rangoli Workshop with MRH

On Saturday, May 27th, the day after Gabii sa Kabilin, MoNA’s visiting Indian artist conducted a special rangoli workshop for a group of young participants from My Refuge House.

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The girls checking out the fabulous display of rangoli from the pre-GSK community workshop facilitated by Yasha Dabas

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Yasha talking about the rangoli tradition and giving instructions for the afternoon’s collaborative art making

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The girls busy with their intricate rangoli designs

There were 7 rangolis created plus an extra one made by Paulina’s son who asked to join the workshop. Below are photos showing the process of creating the individual rangoli:

Rangoli # 1- “The Love of Nature”
Materials: beads, stones, flowers, leaves
Created by: Mandy and Loren

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Rangoli  # 2 – “Art of Peace”
Materials: shells, flowers, beads and pebbles
Created by: Stephanie and Alexandra

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Rangoli # 3- “On The Wings of Love”
Materials: flowers, pebbles, rangoli coloured powder, beads
Created by: Jacky and Cindy

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Rangoli # 4- “Nature Garden”
Materials: beads, stones, flowers,  rangoli coloured powder
Created by: Chloe and Nicole

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Rangoli # 5 – “Beauty of the Flower”
Materials: flowers, pebbles, rangoli coloured powder
Created by: Faith and Jessica

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Rangoli # 6 –  The Sun and the Seashore
Materials: plastic beads, petals, shells, pebbles, stones, rangoli coloured powder
Created by: Kim and Gaga

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Rangoli # 7- “The Beauty of Life” 
Materials: flowers, beads, shells, pebbles, rangoli coloured powder
Created by: Shane and Ashley

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Rangoli # 8- “The Flower on the Beads”
Materials: cowrie shells, leaves, pebbles,  rangoli coloured powder
Created by:  Paulina’s son -Lucas, 7 years old

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Show and Tell. The girls said that when they saw the display from the workshop yesterday they wondered if they could possibly make something so beautiful. And they did! Their works were just beautiful!

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Love and gratitude to MoNA’s visiting artist YASHA DABAS for sharing her time and talents with the girls. ..the time together was memorable and the work- -simply amazing!

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23 Rangolis in 1 Room! The mini rangolis of the MRH girls displayed alongside the bigger rangoli art created from the previous day’s community workshop, also facilitated by MoNA visiting artist Yasha Dabas

Read about the facilitator YASHA DABAS
Read about the  program at My Refuge House

GSK sa MoNA Highlights

Thank you so much to all the GSK Goers who made the Museum of Naïve Art a part of their GSK adventure on Friday, May 26, 2017, 6 pm to midnight. We would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to  our visiting artist Yasha Dabas and our volunteer facilitators; namely: St. Michael’s Play Garden -Steiner Waldorf Education in Cebu, Turtulele, Winnia Products International. Special thanks also goes to the West Gorordo Hotel staff who manned the different activity rooms and to The Detox Bar for sharing some healthy drinks for our GSK goers.

Here is the activities listing of the GSK at the MoNA:

  1. Buy GSK ticket at any of the participating sites or at the registration counter upon arrival at West Gorordo Hotel
  2. Register upon arrival
  3. Get the activity sheet for MoNA TRIVIA BUZZ
  4. “Let’s Dance” Concentric Art Photo Booth
  5. Learn KENDAMA – a traditional cup and ball skill toy
  6. Browse and shop at the Indian Bazaar  (Winnia Products International)
  7. Color a Rangoli Design
  8. The Dot – Storytelling, Movement and Artmaking  (Facilitated by St. Michael’s Play Garden, Steiner Waldorf education in Cebu)
  9. TULDOK: Ukulele Sing-along with Venus Seno-Bernaldez of TURTULELE
  10. Watch brief introductory video of the Museum of Naïve Art [MoNA]
  11. Visit the MoNA and complete the TRIVIA BUZZ for a chance to win exciting prizes
  12. Visit MoNA Studio Gallery
  13. Meet and Greet with MoNA’s featured artist Paulina Constancia
  14. Learn about the CEBU- INDIA Cultural Connection
  15. View the art of our visiting artist Yasha Dabas
  16. View the RANGOLI Art created by Yasha and her workshop participants
  17. Meet and greet with visiting artist Yasha Dabas
  18. Enjoy some FREE LINGIN-LINGIN snacks
  19. Get your TRIVIA BUZZ Activity Sheet checked at the registration counter and claim your surprise gift
  20. Visit our other permaculture-inspired museums:
    Museum of Heritage and Folk Art  (MoHFA) at Mayflower Inn
    Capitol Site, Cebu City
    Museum of Bicycling (MoB) at Elicon House
    Cor. P. Del Rosario and Junquera Streets

And here are some photos from GSK sa MoNA:

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Paulina joins GSK goers at the Concentric Art Photo Booth

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GSK goers from Moalboal: US Peace Corps volunteer Robbieana Leung jammin’ with her students from CTU-Moalboal Campus

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GSK goers learning how to play Kendama, a traditional cup and ball skill toy

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The Dot: Storytelling, Movement and Artmaking facilitated by St. Michael’s Play Garden Steiner Waldorf Education in Cebu

3-Ukulele Workshop

TULDOK sing along and ukulele lessons with Regie and Venus Bernaldez

4-Rangoli Coloring

Rangoli Coloring Workshop

5- Indian bazaar

India Bazaar (Winnia Products International)

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Teaching GSK Goers about the CEBU-INDIA Connection

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Exhibition of the Rangoli art created during the Pre-GSK afternoon community workshop facilitated by visiting Indian artist Yasha Dabas

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GSK Goers guessing the Five Elements of Earth that Yasha wanted to express in her rangoli

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Paulina with some GSK Goers visiting the MoNA

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MoNA this year welcomed GSK goers and participants of “LUMBA PANGITA” a race to various GSK participating sites (promising an evening of more fun and richer cultural experience)

Concentric art-MoNA collection

Since this year’s GSK theme at the MoNA is CIRCLES/Mga Alidong so the concentric art in the museum collection was highlighted and was the subject of The MoNA Trivia Buzz, of which all GSK goers could join and get the chance to win exciting prizes

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Yasha Dabas and Paulina Constancia in front of West Gorordo Hotel –thank you folks for dropping by the MoNA!

Pre-GSK Rangoli Art Community Workshop – 3 of 3

We continue with the feature on the rangoli-making process, photos taken during the pre-heritage night community workshop facilitated by MoNA’s visiting artist Yasha Dabas.

Rangoli # 10- “Flying Dream”, created by Eric, Erde John, Angelique of CTU Moalboal Campus
materials: sand, beads, rangoli powder

Rangoli #11- “Birds in Paradise”, created by Robbieana and Reymart of CTU-Moalboal Campus
materials: wooden birds, leaves, sand, beads

Rangoli # 12- “Beautiful Me”, created by Charity Escoton and Lolet Aliño of Women’s Law, Centre)
Materials: sand, flowers, beads

Rangoli# 13 – “Grainbow”, created by Joy and Kets (UP Psychology Students)
Materials: earth stuff

Rangoli #14- Embracing Diversity”, created by Anne (40 yrs old), Bjorn, (10 yrs old) and Joy (30 yrs old)
materials: mixed

Rangoli # 15- “4 Pips, 1 Work”, created by Psalm, Ann, Jay and Lezel
materials: mixed

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Yasha and Paulina with US Peace Corps Robbieana Leung and her students from CTU-Moalboal Campus

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Yasha and Paulina with workshop participants from UP Cebu Psychology Program. Far right -another participant- Aggie Tomayao.

It was a lovely afternoon making friends and trying out a new art form. Thanks again Miss Yasha Dabas for sharing your time and talent with us. We are eternally grateful!

Pre-GSK Rangoli Art Community Workshop – 1 of 3

RANGOLI WORKSHOP
with Indian Artist Yasha Dabas

Friday, May 26, 2017, 2:30 pm
Museum of NaÏve Art (MoNA)
2nd Floor West Gorordo Hotel, Cebu City

Our visiting artist Yasha Dabas facilitated a pre-GSK Rangoli community workshop at 2:30 pm at the MoNA, 2nd Floor West Gorordo Hotel.

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About our Visiting Artist and Rangoli Workshop Facilitator:

Yasha Dabas
painter, poet, blogger

Yasha Dabas is a self-taught Indian artist in literary, culinary and visual arts.

Yasha holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. However, explorative as she is, she pursued an alternate profession in Banking & Financial Services. She is currently a Senior Financial Services Engineer in a reputed multinational bank.

She practices various ethnic Indian painting styles like Kerala Murals, Maithili Art and various forms of Rangoli. She has a keen interest in blending different painting styles resulting in hybrid art forms.  In addition to playing with colours on canvas, Yasha blogs about travel, food and common life experiences. She also dabbles in writing stories and poetry.  She has been writing poems since she was 13.  Her style involves heavy usage of colours to depict human emotions and nature.

Yasha lives in Singapore with her husband Peeyush & 5 year old son Ryan.

About RANGOLI

What is RANGOLI?
An art form in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards and by house entrances using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals.

Where is this art form from? India, Nepal and Bangladesh

Some of the other names for this art form: RANGOLI (in Karnataka), KOLAM (in Tamil Nadu), MANDANA (in Rajasthan)

Materials used: colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals

What do Rangoli designs depict? traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area

Design variations: simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower/petal shapes (appropriate for the given celebrations)
Who makes this art? It’s traditionally made by women

What is the purpose of making RANGOLI?
decoration, bring good luck.

When is a RANGOLI made?
Special occasions: festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations, milestones and gatherings.

When is it most commonly created?

*Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights, aka – Dipawali/Deepavali) – India’s most important holiday
*The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.

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Yasha talks about the world of rangolis to workshop participants

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Yasha does a rangoli demo using flour to make an outline

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Gail and Hanz Florentino and Charity check out the wealth of rangoli materials

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Aggie, Teacher Grace of St. Michael’s Play Garden and Retired UP Professor Thelma Mendoza

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Yoga teachers Jeanne Torrefranca and Gigit Sulit – what great team work!

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Rangoli creation begins for all the groups…

Check out the lone rider blog feature written by one of the participants – Gigit Sulit.

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…

GSK 2017 at the MoNA

We are happy to share with you what we have lined up for this year’s GABII SA KABILIN CELEBRATION at the Museum of Naive Art [MoNA] . For a fun-filled GSK stop with us, please follow the steps outlined below:

Special Feature: RANGOLI and Indian Arts
Special Guest: Indian Artist YASHA DABAS
GSK at the MONA 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Cross-Cultural Workshop at UP Cebu (3 of 3)

The last activity required pair work in which the students were tasked to describe in Korean as well as make a fingerprinted portrait of their chosen partner.

Here are the photos of the pairings and their fingerprinted creations… (please click on individual image to enlarge)

And the last part of the workshop… Korean snacks, of course!
Wae Seon brought some kkul ttok (“kkul” means honey and “ttok” means rice cake).

For those of you who are wondering what kkul ttok tastes like .. well, it’s like our local “masi” just thicker rice flour skin and a slight salty taste on the outside but still the same sweet peanut paste filling.

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Paulina Constancia, Professor Edna Lee and Wae Seon Yun with the Psych 155 Class

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Happy spirits!!!

It was a great cross-cultural experience for both the facilitators and students at today’s workshop at the University of the Philippines- Cebu! Thank you for the opportunity to connect and to share with warm and enthusiastic spirits, Prof. Edna!

Cross-Cultural Workshop at UP Cebu (2 of 3)

The workshop continued with Wae Seon teaching the class Korean words to express their unique traits and that of their chosen activity partner. This was complemented by fingerprinting activities facilitated by Paulina Constancia.
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Here are photos of the students busy fingerprinting portraits.  (Please click on individual image to enlarge)

Who else is busy making art? Ju Hye, 3 year old daughter of Wae Seon.

Here are some of the fingerprinted self-portraits: (Please click on individual image to enlarge)

Check out the next post for more photos from the Cross-Cultural Workshop at University of the Philippines- Cebu…

Cross-Cultural Workshop at UP Cebu (1 of 3)

Today MoNA went to the University of the Philippines – Cebu to present a cross-cultural mental health workshop with Paulina Constancia co-teaching with Wae Seon Yun, a Korean Language and Culture Mentor from Busan, South Korea.

This workshop was made possible by an invitation from Professor Edna Lee for her Psych 155 Class – Abnormal Psychology.

The session started with Wae Seon introducing the students to Korean culture by means of the most famous Korean song – ARIRANG.

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There are many versions of the Arirang. Here are the lyrics to the commonly known one: (Source: sweetandtastytv.com)

Korean
아리랑, 아리랑, 아라리요…
아리랑 고개로 넘어간다.
나를 버리고 가시는 님은
십리도 못가서 발병난다.

Romanization
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo…
Arirang gogaero neomeoganda.
Nareul beorigo gasineun nimeun
Simnido motgaseo balbbyeongnanda.

English
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo…
Crossing over Arirang Pass.
The one who abandoned me
Shall not walk even 4 kilometers before their feet hurt.

Click on this link to hear Arirang and learn more about the meaning, history and significance of this song among Koreans (both North and South Koreans)

After teaching the class about ARIRANG (how to sing the song and its meaning),  Wae Seon talked about the unique characteristics of Korean culture. Then, of course, since the workshop’s  focus was on mental health, she moved onto the challenges that Koreans face – Korean women in particular. Among the topics mentioned were: depression, alcoholism, body image/aesthetic surgery..

Wae Seon mentioned  “200 Pounds Beauty”, a South Korean romantic comedy that highlights radical and extensive cosmetic surgery in the pursuit of dreams and happiness.

Wae Seon then taught the class how to express emotions in Korean with Paulina providing an activity for the students to interpret these emotions.

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Sorry not many photos to show of the fingerprinted emotions, this was the only one captured on camera

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Just to give you a better  idea how the activity goes- here’s a worksheet completed by Lucas (Paulina’s son) made during the workshop

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Check out this photo of Wae Seon and Paulina with their sons in the background…

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And here are Ju Eon and Lucas busy doing their own art while their Moms were teaching…

Check out succeeding posts for more photos from the Cross-Cultural Workshop at UP Cebu.