The Jose Rizal Museum in Calamba hosted an art workshop
using naturally-derived paints – much like what the Filipino hero used in 19th century Philippines.
The Museo ni Jose Rizal’s two-day “Malikhaing Rizal” Summer Art Workshop and Exhibits featured paintings created with pigments made from scratch using raw materials like coffee, annatto, charcoal, blue ternate, and turmeric.
Nineteen schoolchildren joined the art workshop facilitated by Janina Sanico. Sanico is known for her artworks using naturally-derived paints.
The Laguna children’s unique art creations were displayed on May 30-31 at the Rizal Museum, alongside the Debujo Natural exhibit by Janina Sanico and the Etimolohiya exhibit by Catherine Lizo Hernandez.
Certifications, awards, and tokens were given to the naturally-derived paint artists. Nyssa Anika Aguilar, a 13-year-old second-timer at the Jose Rizal Museum workshop, was cited for her work which stood out from the rest of the paintings.
Janina Sanico told Good News Pilipinas how she started using naturally-derived paints at a young age due to lack of funds to buy coloring materials.
“Kung wala iyung mga damo sa amin, saan ko ilalagay ang art sa utak ko? (If it were not for the grass/plants back home, where would I express the art inside my head?),” shared Sanico.
Etimolohiya Exhibit artist Catherine Lizo Hernandez revealed that the event intended to have aspiring young artists practice their talents using the cheapest material. Hernandez also wanted her hometown, Lumban in Laguna, to be remembered through her exhibit.
Museo ni Jose Rizal Senior Curator Zarah Escueta conceptualized the yearly public event to increase audience and community engagement at the museum. One of their goals is to share how the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, created some of his artworks using naturally-derived pigments.
All the materials used in the art workshop were provided through the sponsorship of the Calamba Cultural Heritage and Historical Society and the Kababaihang Rizalista.
The Jose Rizal Museum in Calamba City, Laguna “Malikhaing Rizal” displays are free admission exhibits and are open to the public until June 30, 2019.
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