Homeschooling, My Life in Watercolor

First Face-to-Face Painting Class with Homeschoolers

Has it been two months since I last wrote here? Whew! I had not realized it’s been that long but I have been so busy as a homeschooling mom while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Geology. I also find a blank page of a WordPress blog daunting these days since I have been doing a lot of academic writing. Today I just want to share that I managed to squeeze in this free painting class session in my tight schedule because you know me, I love painting. While I often paint out of my imagination and reference photos, I’ve always dreamed of going places and painting en plein air. I got the chance to do so during our trip in Boracay last year but that was the last time. I had an idea of hosting an event for our fellow homeschoolers as a chance to finally meet-up and let the kids play with each other instead of just interacting virtually via Zoom. It was also a chance to finally meet the kids I taught in my virtual watercolor lessons and do painting together, face-to-face.

watercolor painting of a tree by Grass
One of the subjects we painted in UP campus is this paper tree (?). We are still not sure about its identity but it’s a beautiful tree set against a muted blue sky and greenery.

In order for the kids and parents to warm up towards each other, we started the rendezvous with an egg hunt play where the parents planted eggs around UP lagoon. We did this while the kids were distracted with getting to know each other through singing and running around (how they manage to do both is also beyond me). The parents then give each child a basket or toy pail and asked everyone to hunt for the eggs. The photo below is the kids opening each egg and enjoying the treats the parents put inside. Some of the kids also exchanged eggs.

egg hunting play
Kids happily counted their loot and even made exchanges.

We then proceeded to paint using the watercolor kits I asked the kids to bring. The subject was acacia trees around the academic oval and paper tree (first photo above) near where the kids had their picnic. I taught the kids about where the light is coming that should reflect in their artwork as well as how various shades of greens can be mixed with primary colors. Of course kids being kids, most of them just painted the way they want to and thus, we all ended up with amazing and unique artworks. πŸ™‚

watercolor art session with homeschooling kids in UP Diliman campus

It was altogether a very happy experience for everyone. All parents hoped that I host another one so I am now in the process of cooking up another event to get the kids and parents together again. For now, here’s a photo of the artists and their artworks.

kids and their artworks
Aren’t they a happy bunch? πŸ™‚

Take note, this class was free. The whole thing would not have been possible without the help of my fellow parents. I thank them all for this successful play date. Have a happy day, everyone!

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7 thoughts on “First Face-to-Face Painting Class with Homeschoolers”

  1. Very well done, kids!

    I remember joining an art class in summer school. At the end of the course, our work were exhibited for our parents to admire 😁 it was fun!

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping here and sharing your experience also. I enjoy attending art workshops also. There’s so much to learn about watercolor in particular that’s why I would study and practice with out almost daily. Have a nice day! πŸ™‚

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      1. I’m sure. I understand what you’re going through. I’m doing postgrad studies, too (working towards my MSc), working full time and helping out in the business. I’m glad I am able to remotely do my studies and at my own pace pa! Glad I have no kids, though

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