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“Those Shoes” do you want them or need them?

The book “Those Shoes” spectacularly portrays the modern day pressure of the need to fit in, on a child and then shows how he finds his way and goes beyond to a place of kindness and generosity toward another.

“Those Shoes” written by “ Maribeth Bolelts” and illustrated by “Noah Z. Jones” is about a boy who wants the latest trend of shoes but his grandmother cannot afford the retail price. They find a pair in a thrift store that’s a size too small, yet the boy buys them anyways and never wears them from the pain.

Read this book to find out what he does in the end that makes him happy about not having “Those Shoes” any longer.

Noah Z. Jones’s illustrations, created with watercolor, pencil and ink and put together digitally, perfectly depict how quickly a fad can flood the halls of a school, and how desperately children want to be able to have what others take for granted.

This picture book provides fodder for initiating conversations about fitting in, trends, and the difference in needs and wants.

 

Gopa Trivedi

Artist Mentor

Art Workshop with Hearing Impaired children at AURED, Mumbai

A long awaited day had finally arrived – a workshop with Hearing Impaired Children at AURED, Mumbai.

The children were lot excited seeing so many paints and a huge paper surface to paint on. Each children were given Tennis Ball and bowl of paints. They had to dip the ball in paint and bounce it on paper

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Each children were sceptical towards the start but started enjoying later. It was interesting to observe them picking up ball, dipping it in paint and let the ball bounce on paper without worrying about their hands and clothes. Communication and instruction step by step was very important with these children. Each child tried dipping in different colour balls and creating the uneven mark on paper.

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After lot of rounds then the children were explained about rolling the ball on surface. Children started rolling the balls and passing to their friends on the opposite sides.

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Lot of children enjoyed rolling and some bouncing. Children continued this till the whole paper was filled with colours.

Then the children were taught to sprinkle, and everyone did that on paper.

The children were asked to form a circle around the paper, asked which were the different techniques they learnt – bouncing, rolling and sprinkling. Each children were asked to say the name with action. Everyone did it well.

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Which is your favourite colour on this paper ? Each child said the name and identified it on paper.

A book ‘ Colour Puzzles’ was shown where each children were asked to identify colours. Each children could identify it well.

An interesting story on colour from the book ‘ The Colour Thief ’ by Gabriel Alborozo was read to all.

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The most interesting things we saw was that the older children were taking care of the younger by helping them to understand how to do, cleaning their hands to removing apron.

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-Priyam Mehta, Artist Mentor, Education

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail

History might not be the most favorite subject of children, but they all love stories. And in fact, history is nothing but stories.

But it is all about how a story is told. History becomes interesting when we add a bit of our own imagination and experiences to it, otherwise, it will all be about dates and nothing more. It’s the times spent between two dates that tell us the story about people and their lives.

“Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail” written by “Laurence Anholt” is a historical fiction book that offers a glimpse into the life of the famous artist” Pablo Picasso” and a little girl who became one of his models. The story is told from the perspective of the child.

Sylvette first met Pablo Picasso in 1954, when she was a girl in the southern French town of Vallauris. At that time, she was the shyest and dreamiest girl among her friends When Picasso set up his studio in a nearby house, he spotted young Sylvette and was taken immediately by her classical profile and her lovely ponytail. When at last he convinced her to pose for what became the first of more than 40 works of art, the two gradually became good friends.

Picasso’s portraits of Sylvette later became famous around the world.

Author and illustrator Laurence Anholt captures the spirit of this warm-hearted story in words and pictures. In the process, he also introduces several of Picasso’s most famous paintings. Young readers are sure to be intrigued by how Picasso transformed Sylvette’s image into a variety of fantastic and whimsical forms.