Updated 16:36 PM PHT Fri, April 21, 2017
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Who says the summer break is only for kids? When preschoolers are splashing around in their inflated swimming pools and the much older kids are being enrolled in summer sports teams, summer camps, or summer classes, it doesn’t mean that adults can’t have as much fun. When you’re too old to be enjoying kids' stuff anymore but are looking to make the most of this season’s break, here are five workshops that can make summer more fruitful and productive.
Craft MNL, a community of artisans, crafters, designers, and creative entrepreneurs, is holding summer workshops on a variety of creative activities. For those who have thought about growing their garden, the craft community will be hosting a “Home Gardening for Absolute Beginners” workshop, where participants can discover their green thumb through basic pot planting.
The workshop’s planting kit includes soil, gravel, plastic pots, a watering can, a small spade, and seeds of cockscomb, globe amaranth, common sunflower, alugbati, sweet basil, and kailan (in one vial of each kind per participant). Popsicle sticks will also be provided for labeling the plants, along with the necessary info sheets, among other items.
“Home Gardening for Absolute Beginners” will be on Sunday, April 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m at Craft MNL’s studio in Unit 302, 926 Pasay Road Condominium (Pamana-Languages Building), Arnaiz Ave., Makati. Up to 15 slots are available for the class, and session fee is at ₱2,000, including all materials and equipment. Sign up through this link.
Craft MNL is also hosting workshops on painting, journaling, leather crafting, sewing machine operation, potting succulents, basic Baybayin calligraphy, and even basic financial investing.
For the full schedule and more information about the rest of the workshops, visit Craft MNL’s website.
In just three days, learn the ins and outs of portrait, still life, landscape, figure drawing, and abstract art through the Basic or Advance Drawing and Painting Workshop, with classes conducted by Prof. Yasmin Almonte or Prof. Jamel Joseph A. Obnamia at the U.P. College of Fine Arts, Diliman, Quezon City. Learn basic drawing on the first day, using different mediums (e.g. oil pastel, charcoal pencil, colored pencils, markers), and return on the second and third day for an introduction to oil painting and acrylic painting.
Catch the remaining batches of this workshop for its Saturday sessions, (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on May 6, 13, and 20, for Basic Drawing and Painting by Prof. Obnamia or the Sunday sessions (also 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on April 23, 30, and May 7 for the Basic or Advanced Drawing and Painting by Prof. Alonte. Workshop fee (inclusive of materials) is ₱5,000. For inquiries call 9818500 loc. 3976/3977.
The culinary event space Back of the House is hosting recreational cooking classes for the whole summer. The space will be having two upcoming cooking workshops for adults — “Cook Wine Dine,” which is three-course meal cooking activity over wine, and “Greek Dishes,” which will teach how to cook basic Greek recipes.
“Cook Wine Dine” will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The workshop fee is ₱1,800 and includes equipment and ingredients for a menu of asparagus risotto, mini porchetta, and brownie tiramisu.
“Greek Dishes,” which will teach how to cook spanakopita, kofta balls, and baba ganoush and hummus, will be held on Sunday, April 30, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both workshops will take place at Back of the House, FCL Center, 15 Xavierville Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information and updates about Back of the House’s future culinary workshops, visit their website.
The Storywriting School, a platform for crash courses on writing, will be holding summer workshops for April and May on a variety of storytelling techniques, such as how to write scripts for theatre, writing love stories, crime fiction, and sci-fi, and the basics of story design.
The workshops start off with “How to Write Scripts for Theatre” on April 29, which will be a six-hour crash course on writing your own short play. This will be followed by “How to Create Your Own Children’s Storybook” on May 6, which will teach storywriting and illustration for a young audience.
The workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on their respective dates and will take place at the Storywriting School, 8001 Millenia Suites, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig. The fee is ₱3,500 per class, with a discount for those who register early. To sign up and for the full schedule of classes, visit Storywriting School’s website.
There will be a children’s books illustration workshop this weekend until May, hosted by 98B and facilitated by the visual artist and award-winning children’s book illustrator, Mark Salvatus. The class is designed for anyone who either wants to pursue a career in illustrating children’s books, or simply wants to try making their own book of pictures. The final output will be a picture book with the participant’s own story.
Participants who join will learn to create their own story and character design on April 23, while the workshop’s segment on April 30 will teach about materials and techniques, such as collage, mixed media, and watercolor. The final workshop segment will be on May 7, which entails layouting and binding of the book, as well as tips on storytelling.
The fee for each workshop segment is ₱700 and includes all materials for creating the book. All classes will be held at 98B at the mezzanine of 413 First United Bldg., Escolta St., Binondo, Manila. To register and for more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.