Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

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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Little one woke up so early, excited for the day ahead. Too early, as she is now asleep. Sweet dreams, big dreams. #babynarratives
Another day at Vargas Museum with my students. This is truly my favorite part of the semester. #museum #artstud
Tried an early morning shoot with Leia's 6 month cake. Actually, that cake is for her Mommy. Lol. Gluten-frew, vegan, and nut-free dark chocolate cake by @jertieskitchen. Photo did not do the cake justice. Leias's pretty dress and shoes also didn't make it. Lol. We want cake! #cake #babynarratives
Today at baby school, I was finally able to put the little down for a nap. We haven't been able to do that in the past 2 months, she insists on napping on our arms or chest. Whew. Sometimes, its the little moments that matters most. Especially when times get so very difficult. Onwards, little one. May you dream great dreams. #babyschool #babynarratives
Our little potato is now 6 months old. She really loves mashed potatoes! She grabs the spoon and puts it inside her mouth! Lol. The road to 6 months is a tough one, but we made it! She also hit so many milestones. She started baby school, made friends, got held by her teacher, and got left for a few moments at a time in school. She got held by her titos and titas and spent some time with them. She chased bubbles and reached out and popped them! She started her solids and had sips of water. She had a tantrum last night because she got confused with the water in her bottle, so today, we all went shopping for a sippy cup, even though we were supposed to stay in. The shoes that were given to her finally fits without falling so she's gonna try and wear them as much as possible while they still fit. But the little one is more interested in eating her shoes rather than looking pretty. Lol. She also had her fever for the first time, which was scary, but not so bad as it was gone in a few hours. Onwards little one! Hopefully, you'll eat plenty of different yummy food and have eating adventures, just like yout parents. Also, here's to hoping you'll start sleeping better again. Please? #babynarratives
Rainbow Cerine's Baptism. My, my, how fast time flew by... We now have Contagious Baby Edition! Art studies babies! The group just grew in the past year or so... I can only wonder what the future will bring. #artstud #contagious #babynarratives @rainbowcerine @kkvinarao