Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kids’ Guernica at Bedales Prep School in UK

Performance Video
March 18, 2018
At the beginning of February, 2018, Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, a small independent Prep school in the South East of England, enjoyed a week of cross-curricular workshops in response to the ‘Kids’ Guernica’ project. We began with a whole school assembly dedicated to Picasso’s famous painting, ‘Guernica’, 1937, and showed our pupils the Kids’ Guernica project, the response of school children around the world. Across all subjects we discussed international peace and explored four main themes; Young and Old, Friendship, Love and Conflict. In Art and Design, pupils began to compose the mural. There are five main panels (left to right); Conflict, Young and Old, Friendship, Love and Peace Poetry. We used textile collage and stitch and were inspired by the work of contemporary British artist, Grayson Perry. All pupils in years 7 and 8 (ages 11-14) studied and were inspired to write poetry in English, they then added their words in stitch to the mural. In History, pupils learnt about the rise of Nazism in Germany in the inter-war period. In French, pupils read and illustrated the poetry of Paul Eluard, notably his poems Liberté and ‘La victoire de Guernica’. Finally over the course of two days pupils explored the four main themes again, in Dance, Drama and Music to create a performance that was played against the backdrop of our stitched mural.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kids' Guernica at Hyogo International House in Kobe, JAPAN

December 03, 2017

A wonderful peace painting was created by children and foreign students from Asia and Africa such as Zambia, Togo, South Africa and Vietnam at Hyogo International House in Kobe. “Coexistence” was the main theme of this painting and each participant made his /her own painting on a jigsaw puzzle shapes. At first, they discussed with facilitators to decide the composition of this huge painting. There is a symbol of Kobe City in the center and other part of the canvas was filled with each one’s wish for peace. This painting shows coexistence of differences rather than uniformity.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Kids' Guernica + Third Paradise at Elementary School in Tokyo

November 17, 2017 
A wonderful Kids' Guernica and Michelangelo Pistolleto's Third Paradise painting was created by the sixth grade students of Horifuna Elementart School in Tokyo, Japan.
They found that the both projects had the same purpose to build a peaceful better world and decided to combine the both images in a huge canvas. Their peace painting was displayed at their school art exhibition on November 17-18.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Wonderful Kids' Guernica in Indiana

May, 2017
The 8th grade students of Spanish, and 7th & 8th grade English Language Learners, completed a Peace Quilt, titled “Stitching Together Peace" at Clark Pleasant Middle School in Greenwood, Indiana, the United States.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kids' Guernica in Nagasaki

August 9, 2017 
A Kids' Guernica exhibition was successfully held in Nagasaki. Not only Kids' Guernica paintings by Japanese children but those from Palestine and Italy were also exhibited. A line of the colorful paintings were displayed along the riverside near the hypocenter of the atomic bomb blast on August 9, 1945 and it became a very strong message of peace from Nagasaki, an iconic city of world peace.

Kids' Guernica in Hiroshima

August 05-13, 2017
Many Kids' Guernica paintings were displayed at Peace Art Project in Hiroshima during the week of the peace memorial day. This event included music and performances as well as other art project for peace such as Okiagari Koboshi project and the Big Painting project.

Kids' Guernica in Seattle

July 31, 2017
A wonderful Kids' Guernica peace painting was created at Megumi Preschool in Seattle in the United States.