The Resilient Leaf Self-Portrait Art Workshop

Today I thought I’d show more photos of the art making component of our “Learning from Nature’s Resilience” training the trainors workshop which was participated by head teachers and principals of Cluster 7- Carcar City DepEd.

It was a fun and inspiring day learning about resilience through nature’s example.   From a previous post, I shared the enormous damage caused by Odette to the Justice Lee Nature Sanctuary here in Carcar. Below is a photo of our beloved Acacia tree right after Odette.

It appears that the super-typhoon basically “claimed its life”, but picture below shows what our beloved acacia tree looks like now…fresh new branches and leaves have emerged.

It is a living example of resilience. It may have been hurt and broken by Odette, but it has evidently bounced back and is now thriving!

About the WORKSHOP

Inspired by the re-emergence of leaves amongst the trees that were originally thought to have been completely damaged by the super-typhoon, we initiated a resilience art workshop using leaves as base material.

We had a tray of various pre-cut leaves and distributed them among the participating head teachers and principals. They were not allowed to choose because this is a workshop on resilience. You have to find a way to make good use of your “givens”. I was amazed by what the teachers came up with.

The instruction was: Using the leaf provided make a leaf self-portrait that shows this..”I am resilient because I am _________” (participants choose their key personal resilient trait)

This teacher painted a background of rainbow colours before making the leaf imprint.

This teacher made a few two-colour imprint of her leaf and then drew her portrait using a pen once the water-colour imprint had completely dried

This teacher made several leaf imprints using three different colours and turned it into hair for her self-portrait.
Tri-colored leaf hair for her self-portrait.
Head teachers and principals of Cluster 7- Carcar City DepEd busy creating their Leaf Self-Portraits
Here is an image summary of the works of all the participants from Cluster 7 of Carcar City DepEd
Our tall acacia tree may have fallen but it is definitely not dead. Now lowered closer to the pond, its bent trunk is more accessible and serves as an awesome rest and recreation spot for our farm felines. Once again –All’s well (actually “better” according to our cats’ meows.)😹

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.