BUDDING artists and art enthusiasts learned the fundamentals of their passion as the UST Museum hosted the Pebeo 2012 Summer Art Workshop from April 16 to 24.

According to Kathrina Gaid, Advertising Arts alumna and senior marketing assistant for Pebeo, the museum was the ideal place for the workshop because of its reputation and its accessibility to the participants.

“What we wanted for the students to learn is that they should not fear painting because it’s a fun activity to do. Even though you’re a beginner, you have the potential to paint,” Gaid said.

She added that this was the first time Pebeo and UST Museum collaborated for a workshop, but they had been partners with the University for three years in the annual UST National On-the-Spot Painting Competition.

Unfortunately, original plans for the workshop collaboration did not push through because of difficulties in the registration process.

A line-up of sessions for drawing classes supported by another recognized art material brand (Derwent) had to be postponed. Despite the setback, the workshop fulfilled its purpose of developing skills in acrylic painting among the participants.

UST Biology student Joy Horneja said she was happy she learned a lot of techniques in her first formal training despite painting for a long time.

The participants said that Basic Acrylic Painting sessions facilitated by visual artist Robert Deniega were most helpful in heightening their art know-how.

Deniega is the secretary of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) and an active member of the Saturday Group. He majored in Painting in the University of the East. CATALINA RICCI S. MADARANG

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