Third IBON Kiddie Arts Workshop held with theme 'Bonifacio then and now'
This workshop is third of a series of art lessons that began in drawing concepts and basic principles, and progressed into art being a medium of social consciousness
In line with its 35th anniversary and commemoration of Filipino hero Andres Bonifacio's quincentennial, IBON Foundation held its third Kiddie Arts Workshop this summer. Children of IBON Bookshop Club members participated in the series of art lessons facilitated by visual artist June Padilla, who is also a member of IBON's artists pool. The theme of this year's workshop is "Ang mga Bonifacio ng Ngayon". To introduce the course, Padilla led a simplified, kiddie-language discussion on the state of farmers and workers, who comprise a large portion of the Philippine population. Throughout the eight sessions, the art students were taught to draw various faces of Filipino farmers and workers, using various media such as pencils, pens, crayons, watercolor and acrylic. "We are treating this workshop as third of a series of art lessons that began in drawing concepts and basic principles, and progressed into art being a medium of social consciousness," said Padilla. Last year's workshop featured the young artists' various renditions of Bonifacio as IBON was kicking-off its year-long series of Bonifacio150 activities. It culminated in an exhibit titled "Bata-Batuta, Sino ang Bayani Mo?" which included artwork on subjects whom the little artists referred to as their chosen heroes. Some kids' artwork featured their parents, Filipino farmers and "new Katipuneros". This exhibit sequeled the First IBON Kiddie Arts Workshop results put up in exhibit "Bata-Batuta, Papaano Mo Ginawa?", which, among others, featured a murale by all participants on the rights of the child. IBON launched the Kiddie Arts Workshop two years ago in line with its continuous attempt at popularizing its research and analysis with art. Artwork produced during this year's workshop will be put on exhibit at the IBON Center at #114 Timog Ave in June 2013.