it’s been a struggle finding ways to inspire artistry and foster creativity in our homeschool
I would hardly ever consider myself a creative person. So as a teacher to my children, it’s been a struggle finding ways to inspire artistry and foster creativity in our homeschool. Especially when many homeschooling families we know are really passionate about the arts and music, in their various forms.
Uri is our artist in residence. From when he was little he was fascinated with colors and all things unique. As he grew older his artworks ranged from upcycled cartons to vividly colorful crayon drawings to blueprints of robot designs.
I loved seeing him work with his hands and create amazing things from practically nothing. I knew deep in my heart that there was a budding artist in this little boy, and I did not know how I can cultivate such talent.
When Uri was 5, I signed him up for a one-day taka (papier mache horse) painting workshop with artist Yvette Co. It was our first time to meet Yvette and little did I know that she would later become a good friend of our family, and Uri’s mentor in the arts. During the activity, I saw how Yvette gave guidance to the little children painting their individual takas. “This is how you can shape the eyes, or, paint a saddle on the horse’s back”, she would instruct. I knew this was something I could never do or teach Uri.
After the activity, I approached Yvette and asked if she gives regular art lessons, thinking it would be a good complement to our bahaySKUL activities. But back then she was still based in Manila and was holding her classes there.
Fast forward to 2015, Yvette made Los Baños her home base. She opened up Ginahawa Craft Studio and Asian Art Café which, since its opening, has been a regular morning hangout for our family. This time around, she readily agreed to give Uri weekly art lessons.
Uri thrived under the mentorship of a real artist. He was learning while doing what he’s always enjoyed doing – creating. He’s always giddy with excitement for his Saturday art sessions, he made new friends, and we are always very impressed with his works. I couldn’t be prouder. And thankful. For this wonderful opportunity for my child to learn and thrive and be passionate.