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Monday, October 28, 2013
BEFORE classrooms are emptied and the din of its dwellers fades into the semestral break air, there’s got to be something to look forward to in the next school year.
For an art school, art is naturally that something. Just this Oct. 12, the University of the Visayas’ School of New Media and Design (UVNS) in Banilad, Cebu City, opened house for “Pillars of Art,” to let the artworks of young visual design students linger in the thoughts of enthusiasts and most importantly, fellow students.
In cooperation with the Department of Education, the event was also a “slipper (donation) drive” for the benefit of public schools in Danao City, Cebu. The profit of the nearly sold out items was directed to the charity.
The pieces on display were digital creations under Art Fundamentals, which is handled by mentor Hannah Martinez. The subject covers the elements, principles and application of design. Since the class started in July, Martinez decided that every topic of discussion would have a corresponding output to gauge each student’s grasp of the lessons.
The artworks were critiqued by a panel of local industry players: Genesis Raña of UVNS, Ken Onozawa of Spectrum and Nicolo Nimor of Nick Automatic. After presentation, the works were reviewed for another month prior the show.
The artists were Gio Bayon-on, Yuno Bastareche, Red Duterte, Elijah Escobedo, Rabbi Fernan, Alexandra Diane Iso, Quennie Jumao-as, Elle Mancao, Raymond Mantilla, Mac Nierra, Myko Pastoriza, Angel Rubio and Gilcy Wagas—all were between 17 and 24 years old.
Technology, what’s in it for budding (Cebuano) artists?
“These days, I don’t think digital art is a trend. It is here to stay. Technology is readily available and constantly evolving. Digital art will only get more interesting,” Martinez said with confidence.
Aside from being a culminating activity of sorts, the purpose of the exhibit was really just to highlight the competence of the students. Most of the guests invited were business owners who might have a need for graphic design.
“It’s exposure and opportunity altogether,” Martinez, a big fan of local talents, quipped.
Martinez used to believe that a digitally produced artwork was not as difficult as creating art with traditional media. Her perceptions has changed while teaching at UVNS, being drenched in the science of the whole digital process.
“It’s different of course for obvious reasons, but it still requires a set of skills that you don’t just pick up over night. The base and foundation is still the same. Along with all the diverse areas of art—painting, sketching, sculpting or in this case visual design, it starts with fundamentals. Digital art is just applied differently,” she explained.
According to Martinez, on a practical level, for artists with default orientation on digital art, technology is definitely an advantage. Cebu is an emerging digital art Mecca for new artists but the Internet is an ocean of possibilities for world domination.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 29, 2013.