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 […]

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Kids Aikido Classes at Suginami Aikikai

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Japanese Noh-Inspired Puppets * First Grade

All of these fantastic creatures make me smile! For this project, kids learned a little bit about Japanese culture, arts and theater. ¬†We created the puppets by: 1. Forming colored clay faces inspired by Japanese folklore characters, demons and tricksters, such as Hannya, Kitsune and others. 2. Folding,¬†dipping and dyeing paper and filters, creating symbolic […]

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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

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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!!

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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 […]

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Awesome Kids Aikido Tests * Spring 2013

As you can see, these kids are not messing around! Congratulations to the new yellow, orange and red belts! They worked hard and their tests were awesome!

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Unveiling! Art * Aikido * Teaching

Here goes! A BLOG that combines THREE of my loves:¬†ART, AIKIDO, & EDUCATION. YES. I’ll be sharing lesson ideas, kids art, aikido triumphs, art/martial arts philosophies, exhibition explorations, and more. A lifetime of art-making, teaching in schools and museums, and over twenty¬†years practicing aikido should offer up some good gems!!¬†I’ll also delve into the secret […]

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