There are people who say that they have two left feet. Well I guess I have two left hands. Although I liked drawing when I was a kid, as I grew older, art and I went our separate ways. I continued to admire art from afar and was perpetually jealous of artists.
I heard about Design Perception Visual Art & Creative Studio in Quezon City. They were offering basic creative art lessons. Bf and I decided to drop by for a 2-hour session. I was a little nervous, since I could only draw stick figures - my definition of 'basic' might be different from theirs.
The studio was a lot smaller than I expected. At the front was the reception area. The walls were white, made interesting and alive with colorful paintings.
Behind the wall with the octopus design was the study area. Artworks, art books, and art supplies were neatly arranged, maximizing the space.
There was also a sink for cleaning paint brushes and other things.
We brought a little bad luck with us that day. Minutes after we began our painting, power went out. The Meralco post outside the building exploded and it would be hours before power could be restored. Thankfully, there was no fire though of course the commercial establishments in the building were negatively affected.
Taka and Erwin, the two artists in the studio during our visit, were cool despite the setback. We thought our session would be aborted but it turned out that the studio was allowed to use the open space nearby. So we relocated there and continued.
I learned that Taka graduated from UP Diliman and that the studio was a collaborative effort among her and more than a dozen artist friends. I asked Taka about their lessons. They seemed to be offering every kind of art lesson for both kids and adults: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, animation, and even interior design. They probably took turns manning the studio, so better set an appointment online or through phone before dropping by, to ensure that the artist that would be there would be suited to your particular art interest.
In that session, we were introduced to impressionistic painting, Van Gogh style. We could either paint a face or a landscape; we chose landscape.
I painted a simple version of Van Gogh's famous The Starry Night.
Bf, ever the Filipiniana buff, painted something with a local flavor.
After the session, we were asked to come back to get our "masterpieces" since they would have to be dried and processed first. Design Perception also offered framing services for P1000.
As much as we wanted to continue with further lessons, the rates were cost-prohibitive for us. One session cost P1250. But it was good to be made familiar and comfortable with acrylic painting while being supervised by a professional. The rates and packages differ, so if you're interested, just ask them directly.
Design Perception Visual Art & Creative Studio
91 Nueve Uno Building
Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Metro Manila