Last October 21, parents proudly attended the opening of the “A World of Art” Exhibit, held at the Mega Atrium, as 47 of their children’s artwork were displayed for the public’s viewing pleasure.
The idea to organize an exhibit was originally suggested by one of the parents of Aubrey Bea-Decloedt’s students. A cum laude graduate of UP Fine Arts, major in Painting and Art History, Decloedt has been mentoring young children in art as a private teacher since 2006.
At present, 30 students come to Decloedt’s house once a week to have their art lessons. Classes include a combination of painting, drawing, and crafts.
“You have to be patient,” she shares, when asked how it is teaching children as young as three years old. “But it’s fun,” she adds. “It’s just nice when you see them produce something; it comes so naturally to them.”
A mixture of surprise, happiness, and sheer pride swept parents of the young exhibitors as they beheld their children’s artworks. They believe that letting their kids take art lessons has been an effective and enjoyable outlet for them to practice self-expression, imagination, while instilling discipline. More than anything else, having the young artists’ works for everyone to see gives them a sense of self-esteem and confidence in their unique talent.