Eyes on our Community

For this project I took inspiration from the artist JR (http://www.jr-art.net). JR made a global project where he pasted giant portraits of eyes onto sides of buildings, trains and rooftops in impoverished areas of the world. The eyes were printed so large that anyone could see them passing by or above. The goal of his…

Koinobory Flags

In celebration of Children’s Day in Japan, I made koinobory flags with some of my little artists. My students are living in Istanbul, but originally from Japan, and I wanted to hold a workshop that would celebrate something from their culture. Traditionally in Japan, families hang the koinobory flag outside their home as a symbol…

Art in the Park

For this activity we took a trip to a local park in Istanbul and spent the first half the lesson exploring, observing and collecting. We found different and new plants we hadn’t seen before, we discussed smells, sounds and textures, and we searched for the perfect spot to create in. Once the kids were all…

Bee Happy

Recently, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to spread positivity in a world that seems to be ever effected by corrupted politics, violence, discrimination and the loss of freedoms. I don’t believe that the world is overwhelmingly bad, or that people are inherently bad. I believe that we are all born…

Garden To Go

Using a cut tree log and a handful of clay, the children made their own portable gardens. We shaped the clay into different sized pots and when it dried we painted it and sealed it with a glue mixture. When the Pots were ready for planting, we mixed grass seeds in with soil and filled…

Guiding One Another

The most important focus in creating art is that the child is always enjoying themself. If they feel good and are happy during the process, their confidence is being boosted, both creativity and emotionally. Children learn to experiment in art and take risks in order to discover an outcome, and this is a skill that…

Colorful Life

In this workshop, the children worked together on a group painting. They first were asked to create the night sky, and then to decorate it with fireworks. We used different types of brushes to sprinkle paint, and used straws to blow the paint onto the paper to create an “exploding” effect. The goal of this…