Tag Archives | kids

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, […]

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 }

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 […]

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 }

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.

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 }

Kids Aikido Classes at Suginami Aikikai

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

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 }

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 […]

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 }