DULAANG Filipino. / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF STAR COMMUNITY
The annual STAR Community Art Workshops, a series of free online trainings in the performing arts, aims to impact collective action and serve as an accessible, skill-sharing avenue for aspiring kids and teen artists in local barangays. This initiative is inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry and the spirit of bayanihan.
The classes will be facilitated by internationally lauded student-artist groups, including the award-winning Coro San Benildo, Saint Benilde Romancon Dance Company and Dulaang Filipino of the Culture and Arts Unit (CAU) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. The Karilyo Shadowplay Collective, Production Operations Team and Cultural Promotions Team will likewise share their knowledge and skills.
Aspiring performers may learn the basics of acting and theater through “May Kuwento Ako,” a storytelling workshop that builds the foundations of acting, hones the participants’ imagination to form characterization, develop techniques in improvisation, character sketching, as well as proper voice and body conditioning.
“Home Crafting” guides those who are passionate in upcycling household items into decorative yet functional pieces, while “Pintahanan (pinta + tahanan)” holds a series of activities that encourages kids to have a creative outlet in the safety of their homes.
Karilyo Shadowplay Collective.
The “Build-a-Brand” webinar is ideal for budding entrepreneurs who want to explore the digital platform to advertise and establish their customer base. Attendees will be equipped with the fundamentals of online marketing and will likewise be trained how to build their own brand identity and personality.
In “Creative Movement for Kids,” budding ballerinas will learn about proper form, coordination, movement and balance through the basic exercises that are storytelling- and imagination-centric.
Dancers who are into a more vibrant choreography may join the hip-hop classes, while those who wish to try basic contemporary and improvisation techniques may opt for “Movement Exploration.”
Music enthusiasts may enroll in guitar sessions to discover more about the instrument and get a grasp of the basic techniques on how to play it. There will likewise be voice lessons for those who wish to learn the elements of chorale and theater singing.
The sessions will run for approximately one hour per session and can accommodate 15 to 25 participants on a first-come first-serve basis.
STAR Community Art Workshops are free and are scheduled on Saturdays, 19 and 26 June and 3, 10 and 17 July via Zoom. Those who wish to contribute to sustain the project and interested participants may access details at benildecultureandarts.com/.
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