Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kids' Guernica at Kubo Junior High School in Japan

Novemer 2016,  A new Kids’ Guernica was created by the 8th grade students of Kubo Junior High School in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. In June, they visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and learned a lot about the tragedy of war and the importance of peace.
During the summer vacation, all the students thought how to make a huge peace painting and the basic composition was decided by some selected members of the students in September. After their discussion about the meaning of peace, each of the students thought about the content of this Kids’ Guernica peace painting. They pained his/her own image of peace on a piece of paper by water colors and color pencils. Finally, all of 111 students’ peace images were jointed together and it became a wonderful huge peace painting filled with their warm-hearted feelings. All the students were satisfied with their peace painting. On October 9, it was displayed at their School Cultural Festival and their parents and many local visitors appreciated it.

Coordinating Teacher

Yukiko Karatsu

Monday, September 12, 2016

Kids' Guernica in Hiroshina/ 2016

July-August, 2016  Various Kids' Guernica peace paitings were exhibited in Hiroshima.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kids' Guerica in Nagasaki/ 2016

A Collaborative Painting with U.S.A. and Japan
 August 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.

 From Italy
From Poland

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Kids' Guernica in Switerland

June, 2016
A 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.

Stefan Taeschler,

President Kiwanis Club Gossau-Flawil

Kids' Guernica International Photo Exhibition in Nagasaki

June 11, 2016 
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

Kids' Guernica at Nakateshima Elementary School in Osaka, Japan

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

"Peace is in the Air" from Tennessee

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

Kids' Guernica in Strongoli, Italy

March 23, 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.

Kids' Guernica and Third Paradise from Nikko to Florida

April 2016      A collaborative project of Kids' Guernica and Third Paradise is going on. 

This collaboration started from Lamezia Terme, Italy  in March last year.  First, a symbol of Third Paradise project was drawn in the center of a Kids' Guernica size canvas. Then, it was sent from Italy to Cuba, Brussels, Bali Indonesia, Cambodia and Japan.  In each place, children added their images on the canvas. In Japan, it was moved to Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nikko. After the workshop in Nikko, it was sent to the United States. In Florida, an art teacher, Wafa Elska organized a  workshop of this collaborative project. Wafa reported that her students could learn a lot about respect of cultures, earth, people on working on this project. The canvas will be sent to Italy again soon. 

                                                    Previous Workshop in Nikko, Japan

Workshop in Florida, U.S.A.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Kids' Guernica in Nikko, Japan

March 20, 2016   A Kids' Guernica workshop was held in Nikko City, one of the famous resorts in Japan. Nikko is well-known as its cultural heritage and natural beauty in different seasons. The organizer thought a spirit of hospitality is the essential for a peaceful world and the painting represents it with various attractive elements of Nikko. From two-year old infants to more than seventy-year old grandmothers participated in making it. Kids' Guernica is an art project of kids but even adults who still have an innocent mind like a child can participate in it. After the completion, the painting was shown in a multi purpose hall for community on the municipal day of Nikko. A mini concert was held on the opening day and Kids' Guernica paintings from Italy and Poland were exhibited in the hall.