Monday, June 12, 2017

More Kids' Guernica in Kiev, Ukraine

June 07, 2017
Last week, Mayor of Kyoto, Mr. Daisuke Kadokawa visited Kiev as a sister city of Kyoto and saw the exhibition of Kids' Guernica as well as Okiagarikoboshi project. In this occasion, a new Kids' Guernica was created.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Kids' Guernica at Manila Japanese School in Philippine

April, 2017
The sixth grade students of Manila Japanese School attached to the Embassy of Japan in Philippine created a Kids’ Guernica peace painting. Philippine was a fierce battlefield during World War II. Manila Japanese School is located in Bonifacio Global City, where a Japanese military base was once build during the war time. The students of Manila Japanese School had an opportunity to learn about the hard life during the war time and thought how the friendship between Japan and Philippine was build. After studying war and peace, they realized such a tragedy of war should not be repeated again and started making a huge painting to express their wish for peace. Each of the students made a picture of peace. Mai Tsunoda’s design was selected after voting. She designed a beautiful lettering of “Smile Every Day” to show her wish; People of all the countries in the world could hold hands together and keep smiling every day. Based on her design, all the students worked together to complete a Picasso’s Guernica size peace painting by acrylic colors.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Third Kids' Guernica in Gaza, Palestine

April 17, 2017   The Third Kid's Guernica was made in Gaza, Palestine.
This Peace Mural was made by children from General Union of Disabled Palestinians.
The Theme was chosen by the children of their wish to fly away from their trouble. The children and their parents enjoyed the project. I had a great experience working with them.
Wafa Elska

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Another Kids' Guernica in Gaza, Palestine

March 31, 2017     Another Kids' Guernica Peace Mural was created by a group of children who have cancer or their moms who have cancer in Gaza, Palestine. The children had a great time of painting their sick mothers as beautiful trees, flowers, and butterflies.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Kids' Guernica in Gaza, Palestine

March 14, 2017   A Kids' Guernica workshop in Gaza was coordinated by Wafa Elska. Children of the Friends Equestrian Club created a wonderful peace mural. In Gaza, children like horses because they can jump all barriers. The children at the club enjoyed working on this peace mural. They told that this Friend club is the place to have fun, peace, and happiness.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Second Kids' Guernica in Nikko, JAPAN

March 20, 2017  The second Kids' Guernica peace painting was created under the theme of " Connecting Peace" in Imaichi, Nikko City, JAPAN.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Second Collaboration with "Kids' Guernica" and "Third Paradise"

March 17, 2017  The second  collaboration with "Kids' Guernica" and "Third Paradise" is going on. It was initiated in last autumn in Tokyo. The canvas was sent to Cuba and children in Havana added more images to it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Another Kids' Guernica in Slavutych, Ukraine

March 12, 2017  Another Kids Guernica workshop was successfuly held in Slavutych, a city for the evacuated people from the Chernobyl disaster, Ukraine.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kids' Guernica in Kiev, Ukraine

March 11, 2017,
Kids’ Guernica workshop was held in Kiev, Ukraine on the memorial day of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake which had caused the disaster of the Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima since Ukraine also faced a catastrophic nuclear accident in Chernobyl in 1986.
This workshop was organized in collaboration with Okiagarikoboshi project.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kids' Guernica at Hachiman Elementary School in Tokyo

19 sixth-grade-students of Hachiman Elementary School in Tokyo exchanged their opinions on peace and created a Kids' Guernica peace painting on a huge canvas. They painted their own life-size figures holding hands together in front of their school. It represents their present peaceful life. A cloud in the right part shows an image of peace by living creatures while another cloud in the left does a image of war. The right bright image is painted in a upper part of the canvas and the left dark image is in a lower part. A rainbow is connecting these two clouds.
 Finally, all the students of the schools from the first garde to the sixth grade added a shower of cherry blossom by their fingers as a symbole of their wish for peace.
This peace painting was exhibited in the school art exhibition on November 25 and 26, 2016.

In the exhibition, Kids' Guernica performance was also shown including musical performance and fashion show of their original clothes.
All thestudents showed their improvised musical performance to express their wish for peace facilitated by the sixth grade students at the opening and the closing of the exhibition. The played the tone chime in the beginning and the end of their performance. The sixth grade students chose a typical Japanese tune of a cherry blossom song but some students said that peace was not only for Japanese people. Then they played all the twelve tones. At last, they chose their own favorite tones since peace is necessary regardless of nation, culture, age and gender.

They could received loud applause from the audience.