Star - March 11, 2012

Christine Jacob-Sandejas
and Her Super Creative Bunch

It was the usual leisurely stroll through the mall. Celebrity mom Christine Jacob-Sandejas noticed a small art school tucked in the corner. She went in, liked what she saw and the Jacob-Sandejas brood was hooked.

The school is Global Art, a worldwide chain of art schools that prides itself with its unique step-by-step art education syllabus. Global Art accepts students as young as four years old, teens and adults. Anyone can enroll anytime.

Global Art has branches at Ortigas Avenue, San Juan, 515-7005, 726-0435, Serendra, 404-4399; Makati, 392-6200; Del Monte, Quezon City, 666-0033; Katipunan Avenue, 546-4115; Alabang Town Center, 861-2061; Fun Ranch Tiendesitas, 806-5290; and even Davao City, (082) 221-9980. For more information, please contact 726-0435 or find them at Facebook.

"It was an amazing find!" Christine recalls that fateful day one year ago. To think that this Olympic-athlete-turned-entertainment-celebrity-mother was not even scouting around for an art school for her kids.

"At first I thought it is just your usual art classes that fill up spare time when school is off," Christine comments. Christine soon found out how it could be farther from the truth. "Even just after a few classes, suddenly my kids' creativity blossomed, they became more confident and it started to have positive effects in other parts of their lives."

A good example is Christine's eldest, Paolo who at 11-years old looks every inch a heartthrob. Ever since he can remember, he had been drawing and doodling even during class. It has gotten to the point that his teachers eventually gave up reprimanding him.

After he started attending Global Art classes, he got enough skills and confidence to join his school's editorial cartoon contest. He did not win the top prize but he was able to prove to himself that he can do anything he puts his mind into.

Gabby, the second in the family had earlier on declared that she truly loves to draw. Global Art made it easier and more fun.

"Drawing is where I can express my feelings and thoughts and just have fun," the chatty 10 year-old declares. "It is something you can't stop doing. Just like riding a bike, you can't forget how to draw."

Gabby then proudly showed her latest artwork of a lion travelling around the world.

Eight year-old Nina gushes about how Global Art pushes her imagination. The work she is most proud of is that of a boy playing tennis. "I will always draw from now on, even when I am older."

The youngest Global Art student in the household is five year-old Luis. He is the proud artist behind a landscape masterpiece. His latest artistic collaboration is with Kuya Paolo who taught him how to draw Angry Bird.

To find something that her children love is a most welcome experience for a hands-on parent like Christine.

Christine states that going to Global Art is such a happy occasion for her children. "I did not even have to force them to enroll. They all wanted to sign up. They are all eager to attend their sessions with no prodding." They meet new friends, the teachers are so accommodating. After just a few classes, she says she can actually see improvement in their drawing and coloring skills.

The enthusiasm and results stem from the fact that Global Art follows a program developed and constantly upgraded, by its founder Mahair Goh of Global Art Malaysia. Children and adults will definitely find something that will suit their current skills and advance from there. The core program consists of a series of levels that begin from basic to advanced levels. Each level engages the student to master specific skills through themes. Together with the guidance of trained instructors, students participate in the exploration and development of their creative side.

Christine does not expect her kids to pursue art as a career. This early Paolo is into soccer. Gabby wants to be a fashion designer or a singer. Nina loves cooking and baking and is a budding marathoner like her mom. Luis is still a carefree and fun-loving little boy.

What is important for Christine is that her children are now more confident, creative and imaginative thanks to Global Art, the school that they all found on that fateful day over a year ago.

Global Art started in Malaysia in 1999 and now has more than 500 centers in 18 countries including the US, Australia, China and all Southeast Asian nations. It has been in the country since 2008 and is fast gaining popularity.

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