“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

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.

Tushar Joag at TEDx on the 31st of March in 2017, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

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Chinmaya International Residential School (CIRS

Siruvani

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

on the 31st of March in 2017.

Everyone in Coimbatore, look out for the Ted Talk by eminent Artist Tushar Joag on 31st March.

Tushar Joag has been associated with Art1st as an advisor since many years. He is a Delhi-based artist, academician, and activist who injects himself and his ideas into the public realm before creating works that are celebrated in a gallery context both in India and abroad. Joag studied at the Sir JJ School of Art and was a founder member of the artist initiative Open Circle, which existed between 1998-2000. This idea of community building has remained with the artist and he creates ironic works which help viewers re-think the constraints of the world around them, and call attention to problems that they might not have known existed.

He is currently an Associate Professor, in the Department of Art Design and Performing Arts,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida. He has also been visiting faculty at the Kamal Raheja Vidya Nidhi Institute of Architecture, Bombay as well as at the Faculty of Fine Art, M.S. University, Baroda.

Are you a book worm?

The bookworm is a story of a silent little boy, Sesha , who reads all the time and has a little brown book, which no one has seen.

No one had ever seen how Sesha looks, and none had ever heard him speak……. Until one fateful day, when he spoke, things changed for him, as none of the kids could see past, what met their eyes. It took some time for everyone to discover Sesha’s brown book and the magic he could create.

Learn a little more about this wonderful kid and his brown book, in this emphatic story written by Lavanya R. N. and plunge into the world of Sesha through the collages and watercolors by Shilo Shiv Suleman. Shilo’s illustrations add to the magic of the book.

 

Be careful what you wish for….

What would life be without friends and friendship?

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni is a story about Alexander who is a mouse full of adventure. He isn’t like your ordinary mouse. He is a mouse that wants love and affection. He becomes a resident in a young girls house and befriends another mouse named Willy. Willy isn’t just any ordinary mouse; he is a wind-up mouse. Throughout the story, Willy and Alexander talk to each other and tell each other the amazing stories about their days. While Willy and Alexander become friends, Alexander wants to become a wind-up mouse like Willy. Alexander finds out about the Magic Lizard who can change animals into another animal.

What do you think Alexander will wish for?

Will he change, or embrace himself?

Find out in this wonderfully illustrated book, filled with compassion and friendship. Alexander helps teach life lessons that may not always be clear. He shows that having a big heart is all that matters.

 

Artist Mentor Avishek Sen..

On a chilly 13th January 2017 evening , our session began with Artist Mentor Abishek Sen.

Avishek Sen’s art practice encompasses the disciplines of drawing, painting, collage and installation. His work, over the years, has traversed the realms of very personal experiences and intimate environs as well as some contemporary socio-political domains.

He is fascinated with watercolor as medium, owing to its lyrical effect and particularly because of the accidents that happen with this medium.

Avishek was half an hour early for the season, and prepared the table for our participants. One could easly percieve his sincere approach towards his practice.

When all the participants came in we began the session with an introductory video on our Mentor. Post which there was an interactive session with our Mentor, where he talked about his practice and his experience with water colours as a medium.

He gave them all a piece of paper and took one for himself and every one bean painting in pin drop silence. Participants kept observing while Abishek was painting and adapting his techniques simultaneously. It was the first time when any mentor painted along with the participants.

No one was allowed to use an image as a reference point, they were to exercise their imagination and go with the flow.

Students were surprised with the outcome of there own works.

As the clock struck 7 it was time to wrap up. Our Mentor had painted something, which would be completed by the students i the upcoming sessions.

Say Cheese :):):):):):):)

There are many things that are contagious, and we are always told to be careful.

But there some contagious things that are good too!

Wondering what could that be?

What about a smile 🙂

Is it not one of the best things in the world?

It makes you look good and feel good too 🙂

This is what happens when you read “Niloufer’s Smile” written by” Akhram Ghasempor” and Illustrated by “ Naseem Azadi”.

Where Niloufar is in search of something…her SMILE!

She is worried because she looks incomplete without her smile. Nothing in the world feels right without it.

She looks under the bed, in the corners; in her drawing book… she can’t seem to remember where she left it.

Read this book to find out where Niloufer finds her smile, and in the process she would find your’s too if you have lost it somewhere.

Beautiful and heart warming crayon illustrations will surely strike a cord or too in your heart.