Bulletin Board Design Class
On July 21 and 28, 2018, 20 students spent their two Saturdays for the Bulletin Board Design Class at the Tan Yan Kee Library in Binondo, Manila.
The students aged 8-70 years old were brought together by their passion and interest in art even though some of them are students and teachers coming from various schools in Manila and Quezon City. Their schools are: St. Jude Catholic School, Chiang Kai Shek College, Hope Christian School, St. Stephen’s High School, Uno High School, San Lorenzo Academy, and Philippine Institute of Quezon City.
Cut-out colored papers were shaped and pasted together to come up with various images of animals like owls, elephants, lions, bears, birds, penguins, spiders; trees and fruits such as strawberries, oranges, pineapples, watermelons, and cherries.
It may seem like an easy thing to do but one needs an imaginative mind and patience to come up with designs that will form an image and incorporate their unique character. Through the guidance of Dr. Ulysses Yu, colorful illustrations flooded on both days they learned arts and crafts.
The students enjoyed learning new things and at the same time earning new friends from different schools. In turn, the teacher felt that the students left an impression of excitement and anticipation.
Chinese Ink Painting Class
Fifteen Saturdays saw emerging and blooming talents in the hands of 15 students from August 18 to November 24, 2018 when they participated in Chinese Ink Painting Classes held at the Tan Yan Kee Library.
The students learned step-by-step painting methods on various media. Aged 13-84 years old, they collectively explored their artistic talents and limitations as the tips of their brushes illustrate various painting subjects such as mountains, bodies of water, pine tree, crane, eagle, chicken, sparrow bird, peacock, and ancient Chinese woman.
As a quick break from every painting session, the class had a Mid-Autumn Celebration where they played dice games on October 6, 2018 at the 16th floor of the San Fernando tower. This simple activity fostered stronger camaraderie as they become friends and not just mere participants of the activity.
Dr. Ulysses Yu, the art teacher, commended the students as they displayed enthusiasm in learning Chinese Ink Painting techniques. The age of the participants did not hinder them from producing colorful and graphic images in various applications like hand fans, lamp shades, kites, and lanterns.
The Foundation believes that activities such as this does not only keep one busy. Talent and skills can always be improved as long as one puts one’s heart and dedication in learning it.