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Pineapple garden in Oz

Cheers to The Queensland Pineapple. Certainly one of the most colorful magazines you can find online, that praises children’s creativity. It is well put together and shows much respect for the published works. Kudos to Vivienne Lang for this Australian initiative. Of course, we are curious to know whether the originals are preserved.

Magali, Fly Away. thequeenslandpineapple.com.au, TPQ Texture Issue 2, 15 September, 2019.

An intriguing VR proposal

Three Hamilton (CANADA) institutions team up to present Artasia #ArtPark in a few days. Produced by Culture for Kids in the Arts (CKA), in partnership with a research team from McMaster University, the virtual reality #ArtPark will be presented at this year’s annual Supercrawl festival.

We will visit it because it is nearby and CKA says that this project “culminates in a 3D virtual park, housing the vision of more than 500 kids from around the region.”

Artesia #ArtPark, ckarts.ca, 8 September 2019.

If you didn’t do it yet, check out ROE

If you do not know the program Roots of Empathy yet, make sure to check it out and to follow them online. The program brings parent-baby bounding time into the classroom, where students learn about emotions and gain insights about themselves and the world we live in. From these encounters spring awesome drawings and quotes too. See for yourself on ROE’s YouTube channel. Let’s hope, for all of us, that the original drawings and quotes made over the years will be preserved.

I felt proud when… A Children’s Art Show, Roots of Empathy, YouTube, 31 August, 2019.

Children, rights and literature

One of our founding member, Liliane Masengo, is not only a respected teacher but also the author of a book on human rights for children: Il était une fois les droits de l’homme. The book is available online, for example from Barnes & Noble.

Liliane belongs to a little known group of teachers who have left there mark on literature about the place of children in society and children’s experiences. Another good example is the hundred-year-old book by Alice Descoeudres: L’enfant, le militaire et la guerre. This book can be viewed online, thanks to the Archives Institut Jean-Jacques Rousseau, at Université de Genève.

ProjectArt: Artists Jump In

In the United States, a network of public libraries and their sponsors reacted to cuts in arts education in the school, by creating after school programs: PROJECTART. Famous artists have donated their childhood art in support of their cause: My Kid Could Do That.

Matthew Ritchie’s “Soldier,” made with colored pencil when he was 5 or 6. Source: HuffPost, 05/01/2017 16:38 EDT

Vote for love

Books published for simply enjoying children drawings and words for their own sake, are rare. There is a need for more of them and Vote For Love proves it. First published in 1976 by the late British actor, film director producer and novelist Bryan Forbes, and compiled by his wife and actress Nanette Newman, the cherished book is still on the market (online anyway) some forty plus years later.

At CDIC-CIDE, we long to know… Were any of the originals saved? We will ask around and let everyone know if there is time to rejoice.

Inspiring Reading

There are numerous personal and professional experiences over the past 50 years that have motivated the creation of our Collection. Some may ask why we called it “Children’s Design” instead of “Children’s Art”? One of the reasons has to do with the notion of intention. This most interesting article by Dr. Heather Malin is an excellent read for understanding what motivated us in the first place: Making Meaningful: Intention in Children’s Art Making