Arts caravan tours PH

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


THE gift of art is being taught throughout the country.

In the 5th offering of the Tam-Awan International Festival (TIAF), an art caravan has been touring Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in the hope of inspiring the next generation of artists.

In tandem with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Heritage celebration, the Caravan started in the Visayas, at Corcurea town in the Islands of Romblon in February.

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The Tam–Awan Village Artist (TVA) with its president, Jordan Mang-osan, the only solar drawing artist in the country, led the TVA team with artists, Arthur Lozano, Alfonso Dato and Edwin Macadaeg in series of art workshops for local artists and children.

In five-day art workshop in Corcurea, 100 youth from the elementary and high school levels were taught art, livelihood and the importance of galleries batting to inspire and push into action young artists to display and market their works.

Mang-osan started off with a solar drawing workshop, making the audience use the sun as a prime source in the creation of art pieces, utilizing natural sources for art.

Lozano demonstrated mono print design on t-shirts, combining artistic design as a livelihood for the young artists while Dato lectured on color combinations and design.

The TVA artists travelled to Mindanao in April to give 50 handpicked youth from Jimenez town a glimpse of how art and can become a catalyst for change.

With its rich beaches, TVA artist, Macadaeg, showed how to use sand as an art material utilizing the area’s rich resources and showing artistic expression need not be expensive.

Mang-osan, Lozano and Dato also demonstrated the their signature solar drawing, monoprint design further piquing the interest of the youth drumbeating the importance of art in their daily lives.

The 5th TIAF is being staged here with its official opening ceremonies on Friday, May 9, in a bid to preserve local heritage, art and culture with its theme, “Cordilleran Stories: Rituals and Beliefs.”

Now in its 5th year, the TIAF Art Caravan was crafted to reach out to the entire Philippines and make Baguio City’s Tam–Awan Village as a model, for art, preservation of culture and heritage, highlighting, the life of visual artists as well importance of artistic expression for all.

The 5 day festival kicks off with workshops starting May 7, Wednesday, and May 8, Thursday, with workshops on mask making and painting by Tara Lalaine Natividad; water color painting by Ged Alangui; coffee painting by Patric Palasi; mono print design by Art Lozano; bamboo carving by Clinton Aniversario; solar drawing by Jordan Mang-osan; basic drawing and sketching by Jenny Lorenzo; God’s Eye Weaving by Luisa Galang; and sand art by Edwin Macadaeg.

Close to 400 participants are expected to attend the art workshops before formal opening ceremonies on Friday.

During the May festival, as part of the Heritage celebration of the NCCA’s Taoid program, rituals and beliefs from all over the world are set to be staged at the village making the highland artist haven a melting pot.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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