Storytelling and Communication | “The Creativity of a Girl’s affection for art”

“I encourage people to love art” a quote from Panha, a 13-year-old girl was sitting on the bright-comfortable-blue sofa, where she could expose her creativity by saying so. She was born in Kampong Thom province, Cambodia and was selected as a Liger Leadership Academy student because of her potential embedding with her side. Her hobby is precious and valuable to her, revealing her talents which she could never discover. Many people perceive art is a complicated subject, although Panha considers the opposite. 

In this whole year, she has been drawing lots of pieces, knowing there’s no constraint to waylay her from her hard-working work. She loves her art pieces and her expectation for people to do so. But what inspires her and why? 

The stage of letting the art comes through 

Don’t be afraid to love art, just because it’s a challenging skill requirement. Panha before was not interested in art either. One day, she was sitting in the car, seeing the beautiful aspects of shops and buildings. When the car passed by a glamor, she focused on it and now she knew it has been her inspiration. she captured the picture in her brain and felt it deep in her heart. It was a stunning wedding dress, displaying in front of the shop. She can feel the beauty of the dress was spreading inside the car. Therefore, she decided to ask herself this question, “What is it like to be a designer?” She determined to herself that she wanted to make something even more beautiful than that. 

A great experience of discovering other types of art

To own a meaningful answer, she started to welcome art to enter her life, slowly and slowly. Panha said, “ I do model design a lot, draw those stuff, so let draw other stuff too.” She exposed her smile and hugged the pillow on her lap, such a joyful view. Furthermore, art also helps her to define who she is, what she wants to be in the future, and what she likes. Therefore, she dedicates her time to her artwork. 

The emotion within the artwork

Art has the ability to alter her emotions from sadness to enjoyment. Thus, her passion for art will present there while sadness may be arriving at any time. Moreover, she said, “My mom wanted me to be a lawyer. No one have I tell that I love art. My mom told me my art is good.  I don’t know [the answer] when she asked me “what is your future dream job?” Panha turned her face to her left gesture, glancing at the transparent glass while peacefully release a small laughing voice. Despite the love and practices, she also can feel the failure a lot of time. As she mentioned, people have different tastes in every particular field. When she found out that her artwork is not quite matched with her goal, she would feel desperate. As such, she gives up on her artwork for a few days. However, because art is what she passionate about the most, it probably would appear into her mind back, to think of it. I asked her, “What is the most successful part of your artwork?” She said, “Art is her lesson of life, it is what she needs to improve on.” Her facial expression was filled with determination and fondness.  

“Art is not relaxing”, I never knew that 

I asked Panha this question, “Does art truly boost our feeling of relaxation?” and the answer was unpredicted. The answer I got from her was, “ Doing art is very stressful. When it’s good, it makes you happy. Not relax doing art.” Her face was looking straight at me, so she could awake the memory of herself while drawing. She then continued, “When it turns out good, feel proud. Coloring makes me feel relaxed, but drawing is not really.” Her eyes opened wide as she finished talking, like trying to get my attention toward her. 

For Panha, “Art is the core of her happiness and is what takes up space in her heart.”

Written by Cheatra Chheang

Interviewing with the art topic

Khmer Children Book Exploration | Thrive in Khmer Literature

NOTE: This post is the combination of the same exploration that I had in two rounds together. 

Khmer Children Literature was the exploration that I was in for the round one and round two. The ambition of the exploration is to motivate Cambodian children to love reading. We are also hoping to thrive in Cambodia’s literature. Many people perceive literature in divergent perspectives; for me, I perceive literature as my happiness and treasure because I will always enjoy it when doing things regarding this topic. 

Round one, the process of writing and illustrating 

To ensure the audiences, there are six books that we have been progressing on and each group is responsible for each book. The six books depict the theme of our school’s core values: Integrity, Determination, Ingenuity, Stewardship, Appreciation, and Optimism. My book’s theme is optimism. 

After knowing the theme already, we started to brainstorm the structure of our story. Brainstorming is a very productive strategy to start writing the story, for me I don’t jump straight to write, I always prepare for the upcoming by brainstorm. After brainstorming, we started to write our kid stories. Initially, we did not expect the children’s age of our book to be 10 or 11. Although, after the writing session, we have found out that the target audience’s age is from 10 to 15. I did not expect this and I was a little shocked. Despite the audience’s age, we were still working with passion and determination together. For the illustrations, we only did a little in round one because we were focusing so much on our writing in both English and Khmer.   

Sharation round one of the year, 

On the Sharation day of our school that we have every once in seven weeks. It is the day when many guests enter our campus to get to know what we have studied in the seven weeks’explorations. 

This was the first sharation of the 2019 year; my exploration, we didn’t have the books published yet so we showed the writing and some illustrations pictures. Moreover, we also had characters game for them to entertain themselves. We heard many compliments and encouragement. I wanted to give them a big thanks for visiting our school’s sharation. It was a very phenomenal day with many voices spreading out over our school’s atmosphere.

Round 2, the process of publishing 

Round one finished and round two began; where we were focusing on publishing the book. We also worked with a senior, Rithy, he has taken the exploration as his impact project relating to Khmer Literature. Therefore, we tried to finish our book by this round so we can publish it. 

Within the full round, my optimism group just did all the art by painting with gouache. Likewise, we edited some of the Khmer writing in preparation for the Bamboojaya’s trip. 

Bamboojaya trip

The trips was so awesome and productive. Bamboojaya is a children school that provided child-led project-based education. We went there to read our Khmer stories to those kids. The teacher there told us that she could not really find some Khmer children’s books that suit her kids’learning level because some contain difficult vocabularies which turn out hard for the children to read. Therefore, we hope to strive for succession in the future with these completed six books. 

Kampot Reader and Writer Festival 

We had so much fun during the trip to Kampot for the Kampot Reader and Writer Festival. Despite the event is a huge difference from what we have expected, we still managed to read our books to the kindergarten students and met some new writers also. It was a successful trip because I feel the reading activity to those young students genuinely made us all feel happy for the moment and we have enjoyed our new experience in Kampot. 

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At last but not least, I hope we can distribute the six children’s books around Cambodia because remember “READING” is always essential for your life. After reading this, go and read your book.

 

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Mathematics [Slope-intercept Form]| How I gain my Confidence

 “You should be effortful into the difficult exercise and make mistakes rather than sitting there without doing anything” Jeff always says this phrase to us. 

The first year of school and the first round of the class, here the first time for studying with Jeff. We were focusing mainly on the topic of slope-intercept, which initially I had no idea what it is at all. Although, with a multitude of practices inside and outside the class, I was able to understand the materials. At first, I was a student who had no confidence at all and I also was desperate with myself. 

The most grateful moment in class, Jeff always settled me down whenever I became overwhelming. With Jeff’s precious words, I’m sure everybody in the class would be energetic for the whole day. I could gain my confidence in the math class, even the answer I said was not right, but I have learned from my mistakes. As a result, I understood, need to learn and learn and learn. Only this could help me to develop my math comprehension and to be confident in answering questions. 

Slope-intercept form, I had never heard of this math term until Jeff introduced it to us. As we always know, math requires thinking to have a solution for the prompt. I am a slow-speed student in the class, and I need a bunch of times to come up with a solution. Occasionally, I just feel so stressed and I can’t tolerate the problem that I am facing. However, studying with Jeff is not only covering only with the math world but he expands the class to the lesson of “life”, too. I was really impressed with the fun learning class in the last hour here. 

Hopefully, we will continue our journey of this math class to a harder level at each pace we step. 

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