This photograph by Pralay Dakua captures the few perfect moments we spend at the beach today. It was cold, but the water felt warm. The calm ocean, the sailboat, the grey sky are inspring stories. Wonder what Maya is thinking about. Click on the photograph to enjoy it better.
For a long time, I have been really inspired by the writing and projects of Playful Learning. As I wandered through the aisles of nursery, and the fall smells enveloped me, I saw the bulb forcing vase that she had mentioned. I picked up the vase, and a lost bulb nearby. Only with time, I would be able to tell,
what flower I am going to have from it.
Maya loves making books, and this was a perfect opportunity for her to start her drawing and writing. I love the simplicity of this inspirational project.
Friends came over looking for dinner and conversations. But, we still had not drawn the shoes that we were supposed to. So, after the meal was cleared away, we put Maya's shoes on the table, against all the inside voices that were reminding me how dirty those were. But those shoes led us to a night full of drawing, togetherness, laughter. The joy of drawing was all we needed that night.
My introduction to the philosophy of Reggio Emilia started when I started researching for preschools for my daughter. I was filled with self doubt, as classrooms after classrooms did not appeal to my senses as an artist. I was worried, that this frustrating search was unnecessary. But then, a wise person said to me,
"It is as much your journey, as your child's."
And, one day, I found, Ventana. As I looked around, at the light in the classroom, the nature that was very much a part of the space, and the thoughtful
invitations for the child, my eyes filled up. A connection was made.
One of the most important aspect of the philosophy is the environment, that they treat as the third teacher. This blog post tries to represent the essence of the learning process that is inspired from Reggio Emilia. Please click on the self explanatory photographs, and their links to the sources for more informatio, and how you can make a space like that in your home or school. And if you want to know what is Reggio Emilia philosophy, click here.
And now visit a school in Reggio Emilia. Italian Video, with English Subtitles.
Have you ever had a morning when you felt, it is just simple perfection. The late summer morning was at its best when I met my friend Mika, in the park. Two of us sat down to sketch, surrounded by a huge green park. Mika loves tree. She really looks at them. Mika's love for this tree was infectious. And, so I looked. I really looked. I noticed the way the branches were twisting around, to create this shape of a whirlpool. The tree simply wanted to grow, to spread it self probably over the entire field. Mika, said, "The Blue bird is calling out to us. She knows we love her tree." A humming bird joined. The sunlight streamed through the branches. I know, I will smile, every time I am walking under that one.
One of the first sketching rule, that I teach in my class is that, stop looking at your drawing all the time, and take a look at your subject. Actually, just stop looking at the paper at all. Keep your eye on the model that your are drawing, and study it in detail, from point to point, caressing with your eyes, all the little nooks, crevices, shadows, the outline. Meanwhile, keep moving your pencil on the paper, without taking a single peek at your work.
When your eye learns to see better, it will sketch better. Read how Kimon Nicolaïdes in The Natural Way to Draw, introduces the method of Blind Contour Drawing.
Below are photographs of my blind drawing of a bottle, and then the sketch that I did.
One fine day, you have twiddling thumbs, and one of those number 2 pencils are laying around. You can let that moment pass, or you can draw.
Draw the cup on your table, while you are helping your kid with the
homework, or draw with the kids.
No reason. Only for the sake of random joy of drawing and creating.
Every morning join us in a daily challenge of sketching something around our life.
Take a look at what our random sketchers has been up to.