The Art of Wellness

THE ART OF WELLNESS – In celebration of the National Teachers’ Month, Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) recently held its MADE-NTM Art & Wellness Workshop for Teachers at the Le Pavillon, Pasay Citylast September 21. Various art workshops in visual arts, movement, and other artistic practices related to wellness were conducted as part of MADE’s support to Art Education.

In celebration of the National Teacher’s Month (NTM), the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) held the MADE-NTM Art Exploration: Art & Wellness Workshop for Teachers, a free art & wellness workshop for teachers, last September 21 at Le Pavillon, Pasay City.

The workshop started with a short lecture on the “Seven Dimensions of Wellness” with sessions on creative self visualization and imaging conducted by clinical psychologist Dr. Grace Brillantes-Evangelista. Going deeper into the self, the session was followed by a Mask Making Workshop by the MADE Network Of Winners. Facilitated by well-known painters, the participants were guided to an internal journey of recognizing and finding the “self” in each individual and manifesting it into creative output through hand painted masks.

Travelling from the visual to movement, a Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) Session was conducted by Ms. Baebee Reynoso. DMT utilizes movement and dance for emotional, cognitive, social, behavioral and physical conditions. Through the unity of the body, mind, and spirit, the introduction to DMT will provide a sense of wholeness to the participants. The last session was Art Discards which was facilitated by artist Alma Quinto. Art Discards utilizes everyday materials transforming them into works of art. Through this workshop, the participants were empowered and helped them explore how their daily struggles can be transformed into learning experiences through creativity by discovering their strengths and what they can do in whatever situation they find themselves in.

Another highlight of the lecture is a special interactive sculpture entitled “Teacher, Teach Her” by renowned sculptor and Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture awardee Juan Sajid Imao. The sculpture is that of a little girl painted in green blackboard texture where students and teachers alike are encouraged to write on the sculpture using a piece of chalk. The model is his own daughter, Arya Imao, who led the teachers to write in honor of their own mentors. As the title “Teacher, Teach Her” suggests, messages from thankful students and grateful teachers were written on the sculpture creating a visual conversation between the student and the mentors.

Now on its third year, the MADE Art Exploration: Art & Wellness Workshop for Teachers holds various art workshops in visual arts, movement and other artistic practices in relation to wellness as part of their support to Art Education.

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