Following the declaration of the President regarding the enhanced Community Quarantine due to the fast spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines, many people have become more creative to be productive while spending their days indoors.
Artists and designers have grabbed their pens, pencils and digital styluses to create images of support and informative illustrations to help distribute advice on how to slow the spread of coronavirus. They have also used their respective arenas to give words of encouragement and positivity to everyone, one of which is renowned local artist, designer, and illustrator Robert Alejandro, who took his creativity online by conducting free classes for those who want to learn about arts and creativity.
Inspired by what he saw overseas, Alejandro started conducting his free online class last March 15. He brought his announcement using his own social media account which later drew a lot of attention from the netizens “[The] truth is, I saw someone from overseas doing it and I thought it was a great idea” He shares.
The free online class lasted for an hour focuses on his expertise in drawing figures and comic-like animals, “Art could be a way to set aside the concerns and problems even for just a while.”, Robert shares in an exclusive interview. He also shows how random shapes and letters can be formed into a beautiful picture, highlighting his unique vision for creativity, arts, and crafts. Since then, the response from the art community, and even those who are just starting in the field of arts have been immense “I’m really happy that so many have been drawing, creating and having fun with me during my classes.” he gleefully shares when asked to give a message for his online viewers and avid fans. “[Creating and teaching art] is a great opportunity to learn and have fun,” he added.
For Robert, the essence of doing free online classes was driven by his love for arts and passion for sharing. The artist views this current situation as a beacon of hope and a gift to learn, give and help for most of us. “It is a golden opportunity [for us] where we can shine and be our very best. I am so grateful to all of you for sharing your talents and joy with me” he closes.
Kuya Robert’s latest update is that the class will return on March 20, 2020, at 10AM once again.
We all can learn a thing or two from artists like Robert Alejandro who creates something useful that can make a whole difference to the mindset of all the people who are stuck at home and curing anxieties about the current situation in the world.
As of writing, infected people have been detected in at least 143 countries, according to the New York Times. There are 202 confirmed cases in the Philippines and a death toll of 17.
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