Camera-ready

Drawings are known to be at the heart of our Collection. However, it is not limited to them and our blog has also touched upon other formats in the past. For instance, see our recent entries about collages and writings, such as notebooks and diaries. One format that we had yet to touch upon is photography by children.

Normal, we may say, because if access to paper and crayons is not universal, access to cameras by children is more than marginal, to say the least. Certainly, allowing children to handle expensive, fragile equipment comes with a stress most parents do not want to endure. Still, there are ways to do it and choosing the right time to make a child responsible for a camera, is the first step. Giving a purpose and an end goal, is also I way to engage the child. Take for example, combining the photographic activity with a drawing class, or a holiday documentary project. Even more engaging is making sure that parents and the rest of the family take part in the project and that the images are shared and discussed with family members. Taking photos can be a short easy-come easy-go activity that bores just as quickly. For the child to maintain and develop an interest in it, a broader purpose should be understood and shared. It can be a great path to deeper visual literacy for the child and improve observation skills, critical thinking and drawing abilities.

A nonprofit organization took it even further, by setting the stage for photography by children as a team effort, community-based program for personal growth, and a channel for social change. Meet 100 Cameras. Based in New York City, it operates globally to provide young people with cameras, so they can tell their own stories visually. Images are then sold online to fund local community-driven initiatives. Programs for educators are also available. We do not know yet whether the photographer gets to keep the original digital file, nor if an image only gets printed after a purchase is made, or if the photographers get their own prints. If you find out, make sure to let us know.

Photography Symbol for Wikipedia 20,  by Jasmina El Bouamraoui and Karabo Poppy Moletsane. Source: Wikimedia.org, 28 April 2021.

Celebrating all volunteers

The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the the first International Year of Volunteers. As a member of Volunteer Canada, our Collection joins thousands of organizations in celebrating the National Volunteer Week and expressing our appreciation for volunteers who help our organization thrive. Thumbs up to all volunteers from every generations around the globe!

Along with other initiatives, Volunteer Canada had the superb idea to include a coloring activity in its celebration kit. Share your enthusiasm about volunteering with the younger generation and make it culturally relevant, as it should be. You can also come up with your own illustration about volunteering. Please share it with us!

The value of one, the power of many. Source: Volunteer Canada, 18 April 2021.

CDIC welcomes new directors

Our organization is pleased to announce that three new directors have joined us. Dilshani Ranaraja, Maya Grubisic and Terri Register bring with them an array of skills and a common enthusiasm for our mission. They bring their respective expertise that will help the Collection to continue its steady growth and initiate much needed partnerships and continue database development. Welcome Dilshani, Maya and Terri!

CDIC promptly adopted its structuring policies, in its very first year of activities. Our volunteer program is already two years. We cannot thank enough our founding members, Alain, Andrée and Liliane for taking the leap in 2018 and leaving their indelible mark on CDIC.

Two Suns, detail, c1974. By Léo. Source: CDIC-CIDE.org.

Collage graduate

Online shopping has sky rocketed in 2020. Craft minded people know what that means: Plenty of packaging and wrapping supplies ready to be re-used in mix media collages. Here are a few leads to help you dive into the world of collages and stick to it.

Prolific teachers and creative parents will enjoy Kathy Barbro‘s suggestions on her Art Projects for Kids website. It includes Kandinsky and Matisse inspired projects, among others. For the passionate makers who never have enough, try all of 70+ Paper Collage Ideas for Kids, collected by Shruti Acharya on her Artsy Craftsy Mom website. The 10 extra large collages are our favorites. If you are serious about it, you will want your collages to last. Choosing the Best Collage Glue becomes imperative, and that is where Sherri Osborn comes to the recue, with her articles on The Spruce Craft website.

Sure we like Matisse and Miro, but we adore contemporary artists and, when it comes to collages, Jonathan Talbot is our master. Get the wizard’s insights from his book Collage: A New Approach.

Below is our Collection’s oldest collage, from the 1940s. Is is a still life put together by Lisette, with a paper cut school kit. Bess Bruce Cleaveland (1876-1966) was a prolific artist and illustrator from that era.

Still Life, collage, c1945, by Lisette. Source: CDIC-CIDE.org.