“There is no right or wrong when it comes to making art. Making sure that you have fun is the most important part. Splash a little paint, draw a little line, just make sure that you have fun each and every time.” –Disney Art
has been known to be effective in teaching children how to express their feelings and ideas thru the use of their imagination. It is also considered as a fun, creative and therapeutic way of helping children especially those with disabilities, the skill to socialize and communicate with other people around them. How Art can build the connection between the inner self of a human being and his surroundings, is what gave the Metro Bank Foundation the idea to create and start their Project HeART, an Art Therapy program by Metrobank‘s Art and Design Excellence-Network of Winners (MADE-N.O.W.) headed by their President Mr. Noell El Farol and Clinical Psychologist and Project Consultant of MADE-NOW, Dr. Grace Brillantes- Evangelista. The program aims to help children show their talents, use their imagination and express their ideas and feelings using the different media from simple and inexpensive materials to techy equipment.
The first session of the 9-day art workshop started last April 14, Tuesday.Our students’ parents/guardians were invited to participate in the introduction and brief orientation about Project HeART. Dr. Grace introduced each of the volunteer members comprising the team conducting the program at our school. Executive Director Dayal Nandwani welcomed Dr. Grace Evangelista-Brillantes, point persons Mr. Henri Palma and Ms. Lalaine Calicdan, Psychologist Ms. Joanne Javier, and artists Buddy Ching, Ferdinand Doctolero, Rex Tatlonghari, Nilo Germino and Noel Tigas. The students were then asked to join the facilitators to do some simple Yoga movements with them. The students were grouped in two. Group 1 was composed of Maverick, Agatha, Crae Joy, Pauline, Santinn, Belle, Lorence, Jarmel, and Eunice led by Dr.Grace, Kuya Rex, Kuya Doc and Teachers Irene, Gizelle and Mayang. Group 2 was composed of Terrence, Ferdie, Nyssa, Harvey, Vicky, Armie, Jay, James, John Brian, Airam, Janver and Leceelee led by Mr. Noell, Ms. Lalaine, Ms. Joanne, Mr. Henri, Kuya Buddy, KuyaNilo and Teachers Kim, Ralen, Dada and Jamie.
The first art work to do was a paper plate hand puppet. The objective of the activity was to guide the students in using their imagination to be able to make a hand puppet out of simple materials. The students were provided all the materials needed like paper plates, pencils, yarn, glue, scissors, pen markers, oil pastel, colored paper and popsicle sticks. Each student was asked to draw the features of the face on the paper plate. The kids were able to think and draw different types of eyes, nose, eyebrows, lashes and lips as they wanted. To complete the paper plate face, the kids used yarn to outline their drawing, then adorned their puppets using oil pastel and colored paper. After finishing their puppet, each student was called to the front of the session room to show and tell something about his/her work.
The kids truly enjoyed the first day of the art workshop because they were able to make puppets on their own. The activity also gave the students the chance to spend precious time with their parents/ guardians and new friends and mentors in a fun and creative way.