Aikido for Kids – Blue Belt Test Passed in (literally) Flying Colors!

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Aikido for Kids – Our New Red, Orange and Yellow Belts!

So proud of everybody’s hard work!!

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Social Issue Anti-Violence Posters * colored pencil, marker * 9th-12th Grade

My first project with Wallenberg High School went very well!  They created posters addressing a social issue. The students entered a poster contest as well and so far we have 9 finalists! They had to come up with a good hook, main message and image for their posters and then do a mock-up. I started […]

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Greek Myths * Pegasus Shadow Puppet Show * 4th & 5th Grade

Here are some magical images from the tale of Pegasus and Bellerophron, a Greek myth that is an interesting lesson in pride. The story begins with Bellerophron, who cannot rest until Athena’s winged horse, Pegasus, is his. With Athena’s help, he captures the enchanting creature and goes on many adventures. He also defeats the Chimera, […]

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Shibori Indigo Dyeing at Camp Japan

Artist and Museum Educator Julia Sackett shows campers how to use Shibori techniques to fold, bind and immerse the cloth into the indigo dye bath at Camp Japan. Camp Japan is a San Francisco summer camp combining art, music, culture and martial arts at Suginami Aikikai SF. The camp returns this summer in June, 2015:  www.sfaikido.com/camp-japan/ […]

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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 […]

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Mural Castles inspired by Hundertwasser * acrylic * 2nd Grade

These kids’ semi-surreal castles were inspired by the Viennese visionary, Hundertwasser. You can see how excited they were! This was the first time they had ever painted large, with quality acrylic and good brushes! I showed them how to sand and gesso, then how to paint a smooth layer of color. After that they laid […]

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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. […]

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Tigers & Pandas * Japanese Brush Paintings * 3rd Grade

Here are brush paintings by some of my young students from John Yehall Chin School. This is only a small section of hundreds of works in the culminating exhibition; every child was represented. The kids in all of the K-5th classes learned about Japanese brush painting (and many other art techniques!). I worked as an artist-in-residence […]

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Action-Packed Red Belt Tests

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

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