Thursday, August 18, 2016
A Collaborative Painting with U.S.A. and JapanAugust 06-19, 2016
Kids' Guernica exhibition was held in Nagasaki to commemorate the 71th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing. Nagasaki children created new peace murals for this exhibition and several Kids' Guernica paitings from foreign counties such as Poland, Italy and Indonesia were also exhibited.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
June, 2016A new Kids’ Guernica peace painting was created in Gossau-Flawil, Switerland and it was sent to Japan for the exhibition in Nagasaki.
A report from Kiwanis Club Gossau-Flawil
In Fall 2015 I had the chance to join a Kiwanis meeting in Nagasaki. At the beginning of this year, Mr. Takeshi Fukushima (President of the Kiwanis Club Nagasaki) asked me to do a peace picture based on the Kid's Guernica project, since the Kiwanis Club Nagasaki likes to do an exhibition with four pictures from different regions of the world.
I could motivate the Kiwanis Club Gossau-Flawil to support the project and I found a teacher interested in this project also. Well, the project started. The Project Team Painter: Primary class of the Notker school building in Gossau with 22 pupil 4 without Swiss passport 6 with two parents that are foreigners 9 with one parent that is a foreigner There are the following nationalities represented by the children: Swiss, Italy, Bosnia, Serbia, Austria, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Turkey
Initiator: Kiwanis Club Nagasaki Supporter: Kiwanis Club Gossau-Flawil. The Project Phases Draft creation Each pupil had to create a draft with the topic peace. 22 drafts were created.
Idea on the Artwork Children of all races holding each others hand are protecting the jewel earth. This atmosphere of peace is symbolized by the pigeons, which not only protect the earth but also the children. Further more the birds imply the existence of a superior power. The Work All pupil were strongly motivated to do this picture and were proud to present the result to the parents. The Project was a good experience for the children. They looked into the subject of peace, could do a group work and with the connection to Nagasaki in Japan, the feeling of a connection to a different part of the world was very exciting.
President Kiwanis Club Gossau-Flawil
Kids' Guernica International Photo Exhibition was organized by Kiwanis Club Nagasaki and it was successfully inaugurated at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. Many photos of this exhibition gave a good opportuniy to overview the 20-year hisory of Kids' Guernica project. Not only photos but several real Kids' Guernica paintings were also exhibited in the venue including new peace paintings from Switerland, Italy and the United States.
Monday, May 30, 2016
May 28, 2016
Flying Peace from Nakateshima Elementary School in Osaka, Japan
The sixth grade students learned a lot about war and peace, hearing a story of war from an old person who had an actual experience of war and visiting Hiroshima as their school excursion. They realized that they were living in a very peaceful world which they took a granted while many people were suffering from conflicts in some places of this world.
Last September, each of them made her/his own poster on peace and wrote an essay about her/his wish for peace. In October, they went to Hiroshima and visited many historical places related to the tragedy of atomic bombing. In December, they started making their Kids’ Guernica peace painting. First, they decided to put the main idea of seven representative students in the center of the canvas and surround it with each student’s peace poster. The painting expresses their seven wishes for peace.
Their school symbol mark shows their school’s commitment to creating a peaceful world. A rainbow as a way to peace. An uncomplete puzzle of world map and letters of “PEACE” is a wish to bring peace into this world which is not yet peaceful. Various pigeons trying to place some pieces of puzzle show cooperation for building a happy world. People with their arms on each other’s shoulders also represent a necessity of cooperation of all the people in the world. A phoenix with a world map is a symbol of permanent peace. As the last seventh message, peace posters created by all the sixth grade students and pigeons express there are various ideas of peace and the importance of working together.
Finally, each of their wishes for peace became one in their wonderful bright picture. They could have a good opportunity to unite all of them and share their wishes for peace through this project.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
April 28, 2016 A wonderful Kids Guernica Stop Motion film was created with children and adolescents from the Tennessee School for the Blind and gifted and talented first graders from the Discovery School.
Filled with colorful hot air balloons, a collaged sky, and happy children, Tennessee students from three different schools collaborated to create an international stop motion film called "Peace Is In The Air."
This innovative stop motion film highlights Tennessee children’s perspectives of peace. It is inspired by the International Kids Guernica Peace Mural Project, based in Japan.
In 2005, Dr. Debrah Sickler-Voigt and Mrs. Suzanne St. John created the first Kids Guernica Peace Mural from Tennessee with children from Mitchell Neilson Elementary’s Extended School Program. Our peace mural was exhibited in Bali, Indonesia as part of their 10th Anniversary international peace mural exhibition. Dr. Sickler-Voigt also created a peace mural in Brenderup, Denmark in 2011 during a study abroad program with Dr. Isaac Larison and Lone Bodekaer.
Peace Is In the Air revisits this theme using a different medium and students. This project is the first example of a Kid’s Guernica Peace Mural using stop motion film as its medium.
Under the direction of Dr. Debrah Sickler-Voigt, MTSU Pre-Service Teachers enrolled in Art Education Practicum planned the project’s activities. To make a connection to the original peace mural in Japan, the pre-service teachers appropriated the concept of the hot air balloon. Our project started at the Tennessee School for the Blind with the diligent efforts of Ms. Monica Leister.
In the diverse school settings, all students discussed the meaning of peace and developed the collage sky background to film their project. The students created visual representations of peace that included playing, cooking, resting, and spending time with family. The students from Tennessee School for the Blind utilized found objects to create colorful hot air balloons for the production and planned the stop motion film’s initial storyline. The three first grade classes from The Discovery School added singing sound clips and created the stop motion animations using art objects, found objects, and their bodies.
Peace Is In the Air also includes an original song about peace by musician Brian Shind and a professional music production by Dwayne Russell.
Our stop motion film adds to the collective body of International Kids Guernica peace mural projects created by children across our planet. It presents peace from the perspective of children in Middle Tennessee communities, including children who have special needs and children who are gifted and talented.
(Tennessee and Danish murals)
Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt, Ph.D.
Professor of Art Education
"Art Education: Thriving in Teaching & Learning” - Forthcoming Textbook
MTSU Senior Art Education Faculty
MTSU Scandinavia Study Abroad Program Director
ICEFA Lidice International Juror
Monday, April 18, 2016
The Alcmeone Alcmeone School, the Proloco of Strongoli, successfully organized a Kids' Guernica exhibition at the Museum of Strongoli Municipality in Italy. This wonderful exhibition couldn't be realized without the tremendous voluntary work of Francesca Iannotta of the civil service.