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…

Sunshine and Spray Paint

For this activity we took advantage of the beautiful sunshine and went to the garden for our workshop. The children mixed their own paint colors in spray bottles and I laid out recycled butcher paper for them to spray. I let the children unroll the paper as large as they would like, so they could…

I Love You More Than the Universe

Using recycled cardboard, finger painting, glitter, scraps of unused foam and a bit of photography, we created one of a kind gifts for Father’s Day. The theme, I love you more than the Universe!  

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…

Crazy Hair Day

This art project was inspire by Pablo Picasso. We spent some time looking at images of how he painted faces and distorted reality. I asked the children in the group what they thought and they said, ” it looks crazy!” I told them they were going to make their own Picasso inspired crazy faces, but…

Jungle Forest

In this activity we talked about Africa and different habitats, and the plants and animals which call the jungle, home.  I also used the topic as an opportunity to discuss recycling and how creating with reused materials is a great way to show our respect for the environment. The kids created what they imagined was…

Deep Sea Stencil

In this activity, first the children watched me make a stencil which they spray painted, and after they understood how a stencil was made they got to create their own. They loved working outside with the spray paint and watching how quickly the color rushes from the can. They were screaming with excitement at this…

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…