Portia Placino

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Teaching controversial art

Teaching controversial art proved to be a difficult endeavor. Part of why this in the syllabus is so that I can teach visual literacy and open-mindedness to my students. Sadly, … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Art Object: Drawing and Painting

I find that students are often confused between the terms drawing and painting. They often use them interchangeably when discussing the visual arts. In the lecture on the art object, … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

I stumbled into this interesting piece as I was looking for new movies to watch. Since The Artist was such a success, I decided to look for more Academy Award winning films. … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

What is Art?

What is art? That is a simple question with a very complicated answer. For this week’s lecture, I will use my old lecture notes and give it a new twist. … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Syllabi for 1st Semester, AY 2012-2013

I haven’t updated my blog in a while. I’ve been too busy with summer vacation here in the Philippines. As you’ve seen, I have been baking. Well, in a way, … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Challenging the Ideas of Art

How do we view art? How do we define art? More importantly, how do we accept and challenge these ideas? From the movie Mona Lisa Smile and John Berger’s Ways … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

What is a Filipino? (Collage Contest)

Hi! So, “What is a Filipino?” and “What is your dream for Filipinos?” are questions that I asked my students. Here are their answers. Please vote for your favorite collage … Continue reading

September 25, 2011 · 230 Comments

Art Around Us, Art in UP

These are projects for my teacher, Dr. Eloisa May Hernandez. Hope this inspires you to find art around us 🙂 The photos are linked to the original URL. To find … Continue reading

July 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

Over Rizal

Hi girls, and a few guys. This article might interest you: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/225070/lifestyle/rizal-as-piece-of-stone You’ve all seen the various Rizal Monuments all over the Philippines. At least one or two aside from … Continue reading

July 2, 2011 · 2 Comments
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Umaga at gabi... #toddlerplay #toddlernarratives
Isang hindi kilalang babae, naglabas ng sama ng loob sa tsokolate.
Dear strawberry girl, I wish your grandpa was able to meet you. He would've been a year through his retirement. For now, smile for the world. I never got to spend a lot of time with your grandpa. Your Dad and I will do our best to spend as much time with you as we can. #memories #toddlernarratives
What's left of the strawberries for the momma. Little one attacked the strawberries. I don't know how she did that after eating 3 bananas. She didn't even like this the first time I gave her some. We just bought again coz for days now she's telling us stawbewwies, stawbewwies. #toddlerfood #toddlernarratives
My lazy lunch prep would render keto people catatonic. #gamerchef had to be somewhere, so I am in charge of lunch. After cleaning and leaving the little one to nap, I am tired. I chopped a giant carrot and two potatoes from the market, put some olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil, popped it in the over, and called it a day. I thought about cooking some eggs and heating rice, but I took a nap instead. Lol. Will give her a protein fix later, she had oatmeal and milk for breakfast anyway. Also 3 bananas and a bunch of strawberries for snack. She eats well, but this is probably a growth spurt. I thought I'd make a frittata with the leftovers, but we have none. We ate it all. Lol. Veggies from our suki at the Sunday market are sooo good. #toddlerfood #toddlernarratives
Father and daughter at lunch. We had a very long lunch with the help of a sketch pad, different colored pens, and Frozen soundtrack. Restaurant was full, but at least it helped drown out our toddler's sound. Lol. She loves food! After this, its team bahay all the way. We stayed in and had homemade pancit canton. Too bad their bread ran out before we can buy some to eat at home. Ate said we should've told her we wanted some so she could've set them aside. Oh well, we'll be back, just not too often. #toddlernarratives #toddlerfood #valentine