Have you ever seen or met, A leap of leopards? A cartload of monkeys? A mischief of mice? A stand of Flamingoes?
Discover these and many more in the book “ The alphabets of animals and birds” written and illustrated by Prabha Mallya .Turn the pages of this beautiful and charming book that brings together alphabets and funny collective nouns of animals and birds.
Watch the Murder of crows
Crash of ____________?
____________ of Snails?
Ostentation of ________?
If you do not know what to fill in the blanks, grab this book with amazing illustrations and collective nouns, which will delight everyone.
Partner a Master session with Artist Mentor: Sumedh Rajendran began on 14th October 2016. It was a Seven hour long session…………
The Session was scheduled at Sumedh Rajendran’s Sculpture studio in Greater Noida. All the participants pooled and reached the studio at 10:30 am. The studio was unlike the one they would have imagined.
Studio based in the industrial area of Greater Noida was a Bicycle factory, which later became the studio of the Sculptor Sumedh Rajendran. Amidst the tall trees and the faint industrial sounds in the backdrop, the studio stands tall with its high walls and a gabled roof top.
Students were welcomed by our Mentor. The studio seemed like a factory to the students at first, as it was a huge hall with sculptures all around the space. Sumedh arranged some chairs for the participants outside in the open.
Our mentor began with asking the participants,
What is Art for them?
What they understand by the term “Being creative”?
After a 20 minute discussion, while talking about his own works Sumedh Asked them to, draw something taking inspiration form their surroundings.
They were to take under consideration the extremes that they have experienced and how as individuals they adapt to those extremes. They were asked to express the state of being in the “In-Between” of two extremes.
It took the participants a little while to grasp what he meant………
After much discussions and speculations each one of them came up with a visual and discussed with our mentor.
After their ideas were in place, huge corrugated sheets were spread out for them to draw on.
Our mentor wanted them to draw freely with no inhibitions, use of digital images as reference was not allowed, as they had to use their imagination and experiences.
Students worked with utmost freedom, and confidence.
After seven hour long sessions of thought provoking discussions, making life size drawings, soothing music and some snacks…… the day was called quits at 5pm.
We meet next Sunday for another sessoin to continue exploring the
spaces……In-Between……….. two extremes.
Gopa Trivedi/Artist Mentor
The best children’s books are the ones that can explain awful circumstances in a way that kids can understand.
“Smoky Night” by Even Bunting, was inspired by the L.A. riots. Though not the ideal bedtime story, it is worth being read. It conveys the message of the effects of urban violence on a child but also tells a beautiful tale of coming together.
Daniel and his cat stare out their apartment window at the streets below as people loot the stores. He cannot understand why this is happening, how people can look angry and happy at the same time. Daniel is confused by this, and rightly so. These people are taking an odd joy in what they do. Even as they destroy and steal they act happy with what they’re doing.
That night Daniel is woken up out of his bed by the shaking of his mother. The apartment building is on fire, and the boy cannot locate his pet cat Jasmine. In the panic he’s forced to leave without her and stay in a shelter that night with his mom. Mrs. Kim, (Korean) a neighbour of Daniel, is missing her cat as well. Suddenly a fire fighter enters the building, both cats under his arms. Where once the cats used to fight one another, now there is a bond between them. A similar attempt to make peace with Mrs. Kim ends with pleasing results.
The tale also acknowledges the dark side of human beings. Though it’s clear that Daniel and his mother are not “bad people”, he notes that the reason he and his mother do not shop at the store of Mrs. Kim because, “Mama says it’s better if we buy from our own people”.
The illustrations for this book, by David Diaz, work exceedingly well. The thick heavily stylized drawing with bright neon colors. His use of collage to create unique chaotic pictures is complimentary to the story being told.