Action-Packed Red Belt Tests * October 2013

These orange belts – now red belts – worked very hard practicing for their tests and it shows! High energy with excellent focus! Many congratulations.

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Excellent Test by Our Youngest Thursday Aikido Student!

I am so proud! Our new, youngest student has worked very hard to earn all of her stripes for yellow, studied seriously to advance, and just aced her yellow belt test. She is an example of effort, enthusiasm and humility; she also had the benefit of wonderful ukemi provided by our advanced red belt student. [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Kids Aikido Classes at Suginami Aikikai

I teach on Thursdays! Drop by and check it out!

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Cyanotype Photography * Light & Shadow Science * All Ages

The science of light and shadow is fascinating, and wonderful to explore through historical forms of photography. Cyanotype, which is actually the oldest form of photography, utilizes iron salts and paper and results in a blue and white image. It was actually invented by an astronomer who wanted a way to ‘xerox’ his notes and [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Urban Paper-Art Landscapes * Ezra Jack Keats * Kindergarten

All of the papers were handmade by students using multiple tactile techniques: paper marbling, rubbing, watercolor, stamping and more. Following this, they collaged all of the patterned papers into an urban landscape, learning about what’s on a city street, building shapes, types of buildings, perspective, and horizon line. Lastly, they created people to walk through [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Camp Japan

Who says you can’t be a fierce warrior AND a skilled artist?! Not the Samurai! Camp Japan is a unique day camp combining martial arts, art and culture. Taught by black belts, artists, musicians, professional educators and more, we offer hands-on experiences for all the five senses. Hosted at a state-of-the-art martial arts dojo, we [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Where the Wild Things Are * Shadow Puppets * Kindergarten

On the day of Maurice Sendak’s birthday, it seemed only fitting to post the Shadow Puppets & Performances my kindergarteners made of Where the Wild Things Are. In Max’s room, a forest grew… In Max’s room, a forest grew… Shadow Puppet of Monster

Read full story Comments { 0 }

CAMP JAPAN, August 2013!!

This will be a most unusual, cultural, active, creative summer camp experience, right here in San Francisco! Feel free to email me with any questions!!

Read full story Comments { 1 }

CAMP JAPAN this summer at Suginami Aikikai & The Asian Art Museum

I’m so excited! I just met with educators from the Asian Art Museum and they’ve confirmed two full afternoon field trips as part of this one-week day camp, August 18-23rd. We’re going to see and touch Samurai warrior armor, explore the Tea Ceremony, learn brush painting, see Japanese ghost prints and have a story performed [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Bats, Owls & Caterpillars * Shadow Puppet Science * 3rd & 4th Grade

Art meets Science: After learning about bats, owls and caterpillars, these students acted out predator/prey scenarios and shared facts about these creatures in dynamic (and, as you can see, sometimes bloody) puppet shows. Students first studied the habits of their creatures and then storyboarded them into action, using Pixar storyboards and comic book sequences as [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }