Our very own, Lumico Harmony conducted this super fun workshop. Children and parents traced the outline of one another while laying on long sheets of paper. Then everybody freely painted their self portraits. Our littlest participant was a 7 month old baby whose outline traced by a bunch of 5 year olds, ended up looking a bit like a crime scene! A lot of children were very fashion conscious and drew fantastic striped socks, floral dresses, accessories, mermaid tails, and lots of different hair styles. One child drew thought bubbles and dove into inner self reflection. Some got really into the process and created multiple self-portraits. We used mixed media, crayons and acrylic paint, markers, and glitter glues. Children explored all different kinds of medium and used them all so well!
There is something about working large scale. Large scale frees children (and adults alike) up usual drawing habits and allows them to make more dynamic marks. Also working alongside peers allows them to exchange methods and ideas. At the end of our workshop we had an array of unique and wonderful portraits pinned up against the wall! Thank you all for joining the fun!
Inspired by one of the three themes of this year's YOKOHAMA TRIENALE, we planned a workshop around STARS and CONSTELLATION. We came across this Montessori lesson on the solar system, where each child is assigned a planet in our solar system and reenact the orbit around the sun. We loved the idea so much and decided to give it a try! We asked JAMES BROCK to teach the lesson, and the kids LOVED it!! My two year old is an expert in spotting Jupiter in the sky now because of this lesson! Our fun lecture was followed by a workshop on creating our own constellation using black paper and dot stickers. The stars were then hole-punched to let light in from the window. These work will be on display at our Year End Party "LIGHT x SOUND x MOTION"!
YOKOHAMA TRIENALE is a big art festival that the city of Yokohama hosts, together with the Yokohama Museum of Art every three years. We believe that looking at art and experiencing art in a museum setting is an important part of art education. By asking simple questions, children react and respond to art intently and honestly. What they take away from a visit to the museum is that, art can be about anything, and that art can be interesting and fun. This year's TRIENALE's theme was "Islands, Constellation, and Galapagos". Artists were invited to explore the concept of "connectivity" and "isolation" in our modern lives.
LITTLE ARTISTS LEAGUE's Haneka Azuma and Eric Frey put togehter an incredible tour of TRIENALE. Each child got a treasure hunt map of highlights of the exhibition. Children were all so curious and engaged. Thank you all for joining! TRIENALE is going on until 11/5!
ヨコハマトリエンナーレは横浜市が主催する3年に一度の現代アートの国際展です。LITTLE ARTISTS LEAGUE YOKOHAMAは、子どもの芸術教育の一環として、子どもの美術館訪問はとても大事だと考えています。簡単な問い掛けをするだけで、子ども達は、素直にアートに反応します。現代アートは、アート好きな大人が見ても「？？？」と感じる作品も多いもの。そんな時は子どもと一緒になって「？？？」と感じるだけでも充分だと思っています。子ども達が美術館に行って、「アートってなんでもありなんだね」ということと「アートって面白いね」と感じられれば最高です。今回のテーマは「島と星座とガラパゴス」。参加したアーティスト達は「接続性」と「孤立」、「独自性」と「多様性」について考え、「相反する価値観が複雑に絡み合う世界の状況」を様々な方法で表現しています。
今回のミュージアムツアーはLITTLE ARTISTS LEAGUE YOKOHAMA講師、Haneka Azuma と Eric Freyが、展示のハイライトをピックアップし、素晴らしいトレジャーマップを作成しました。子ども達は美術館に入る前からワクワク！「この作品は何でできていると思う？」「いっぱい顔があるけど、一つ一つ違うね。どこが違うかな？」といった質問にみんな一生懸命作品を観察し、感想を聞かせてくれました。トリエンナーレは11月5日まで開催しています！みなさんも是非足を運んでみてくださいね！
Together with THE GLOBAL FAMILIES, we co-hosted the second workshop of the "WORLD TRAVEL WORKSHOP SERIES". Paying homage to the Finnish Midsummer festival "Juhannus" we made the Finnish traditional craft HIMMELI, which is a geometric mobile made with straw.
We also had a fun game of "FLAGS OF THE WORLD" where we looked for partners with the same flag, and try to identify the location of the country on a world atlas!
For our July workshop, we headed to Arasaki Park in Miura peninsula to do another LAND ART based workshop. On a rocky beach amongst the hermit crabs, we stacked rocks and made pebble slabs by embedding pebbles and shells into a slabs of clay.
One of the most important aspect of art education is teaching the art of observation. We were on a rocky beach, surrounded by rocks, big and small. With a simple rock stacking exercise, children had a chance to feel out different shapes, sizes, textures. By the time we moved on to pebble slabs, they were experts in finding the most beautiful shells and pebbles. Each piece was so different, so unique and all so beautiful! LAND ART teaches us that mundane objects can be turned into interesting art. It teaches us to find beauty in nature. When we first arrived at the beach, what we saw was a rocky beach. By the time we we left, the rocky beach was a place of infinite discoveries and treasures!
What a gorgeous Sunday that was! We gathered at Rinko Park and painted eggs and did an egg hunt! We feel so fortunate to have an amazing community of friends to gather with and celebrate the arrival of Spring with!