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Imagine Me with Praxis Foundation in Mysore, India

2015, India, TurkeyArlene TuckerComment
Kashyap imagined an 'Ice Dragon' in Finland. He strongly believes that there still are massive dragons, like those of yore, hiding deep in the frozen forests and mountains in Finland. 

Kashyap imagined an 'Ice Dragon' in Finland. He strongly believes that there still are massive dragons, like those of yore, hiding deep in the frozen forests and mountains in Finland. 

Janak started with the idea of making a female 'Yeti', he spoke a lot about it and finally got to the make Yeti instead.   

Janak started with the idea of making a female 'Yeti', he spoke a lot about it and finally got to the make Yeti instead.   

Shayan is from Maldieves, and is quite fascinated with the Indian traditions,  so he made this marriage couple fully decorated puppet.  This is the kind of wedding that he wants to have!!!

Shayan is from Maldieves, and is quite fascinated with the Indian traditions,  so he made this marriage couple fully decorated puppet.  This is the kind of wedding that he wants to have!!!

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    Laisa is attracted to water like a fish, when on field trips she refuses to get out of the water hole. Her favorite animal is a fish. She has a lovely fish tank at home and takes care of all the fish pretty well.  She started making a mermaid but then changed her mind to make a fish puppet. 

Laisa is attracted to water like a fish, when on field trips she refuses to get out of the water hole. Her favorite animal is a fish. She has a lovely fish tank at home and takes care of all the fish pretty well.  She started making a mermaid but then changed her mind to make a fish puppet. 

Taara is found of animals, expecially dino's, she had recently watched the Jurassic world with her parents and wanted to make a 'Steggi' puppet, this dino is a friendly, grass eating dino that helps humans when they are lost in the forest. 

Taara is found of animals, expecially dino's, she had recently watched the Jurassic world with her parents and wanted to make a 'Steggi' puppet, this dino is a friendly, grass eating dino that helps humans when they are lost in the forest. 

Taara also made a 'Jolly Dolphin' which is, according to her the princess of the ocean.  That is why her skin is all shining and glowing.  Like the dino the dolphin in a friendly creature who speaks with children and plays with them on the beach.  Jolly even takes children for a free ride on the waves.   

Taara also made a 'Jolly Dolphin' which is, according to her the princess of the ocean.  That is why her skin is all shining and glowing.  Like the dino the dolphin in a friendly creature who speaks with children and plays with them on the beach.  Jolly even takes children for a free ride on the waves.   

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    Manjunath is fascinated by the traditional Dasara Festival that happened in Mysore in October and wanted to reproduce the heavily decorated animals that were paraded around the Mysore Palace on the 10th of October.  He particularly liked the veeerytall donkeys and farming oxen that were paraded.  These animals were brought into Mysore especially for the Dasara Festival from the northern part of Karnataka state.  

Manjunath is fascinated by the traditional Dasara Festival that happened in Mysore in October and wanted to reproduce the heavily decorated animals that were paraded around the Mysore Palace on the 10th of October.  He particularly liked the veeerytall donkeys and farming oxen that were paraded.  These animals were brought into Mysore especially for the Dasara Festival from the northern part of Karnataka state.  

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    Manha is a 6 year old girl child who loves DORA and here adventures, she believes that she is on a wild trip with DORA while making the puppet. She was all chatty and explaining to the rest of them the things that she and her friend were together discovering together.  

Manha is a 6 year old girl child who loves DORA and here adventures, she believes that she is on a wild trip with DORA while making the puppet. She was all chatty and explaining to the rest of them the things that she and her friend were together discovering together.  

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    Sharil was horrified by the Dasara Puppets that were on display for 10 days in Mysore and which were burnt down to indicate the victory of Good over Evil.  She wanted to share this demon character from the Ramayana (Hindu Mythology) who kidnaps a King called Rama's wife to an island which is today's SriLanka, with all her friends in Finland.  She has a message as well BEWARE!!!!!!!

Sharil was horrified by the Dasara Puppets that were on display for 10 days in Mysore and which were burnt down to indicate the victory of Good over Evil.  She wanted to share this demon character from the Ramayana (Hindu Mythology) who kidnaps a King called Rama's wife to an island which is today's SriLanka, with all her friends in Finland.  She has a message as well BEWARE!!!!!!!

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    Kishore is a Class II child who is always looking for something interesting.  Recently he discovered the story of Ganesha, who was punished by his own father but saved by his mother. Ganesha is his most favourite character from the Indian Children's Stories.  Kishore believes that Ganesha can read and write at great speed because of his large head and long trunk.  He thinks that Ganesha can also listen to two people at the same time because he has elephant ears. 

Kishore is a Class II child who is always looking for something interesting.  Recently he discovered the story of Ganesha, who was punished by his own father but saved by his mother. Ganesha is his most favourite character from the Indian Children's Stories.  Kishore believes that Ganesha can read and write at great speed because of his large head and long trunk.  He thinks that Ganesha can also listen to two people at the same time because he has elephant ears. 

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    Nandana is a Grade I child and her friend is a flying witch. This friend of her's is a special witch as she is able to fly around the whole world with Nandana on her back. So Nandana comes to school even flying on her back!!!  

Nandana is a Grade I child and her friend is a flying witch. This friend of her's is a special witch as she is able to fly around the whole world with Nandana on her back. So Nandana comes to school even flying on her back!!!  

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    Palguni made this humming bird puppet, which is carrying a pretty dried twig to build its nest.  Palguni was on a field trip from school where she saw a lot of bee-eaters making nest on tall coconut trees. She was inspired by this and wanted to make a humming bird puppet which she finds very colorful.

Palguni made this humming bird puppet, which is carrying a pretty dried twig to build its nest.  Palguni was on a field trip from school where she saw a lot of bee-eaters making nest on tall coconut trees. She was inspired by this and wanted to make a humming bird puppet which she finds very colorful.

The artists from Praxis Foundation in Mysore, India are making and sharing art with the 4-5 year old Dynamic Dinosaurs from Açı Preschool in Istanbul, Turkey.

"IMAGINE ME" India and Finland are friends!

2015, Dear You Art Workshops, IndiaArlene TuckerComment

 

 "Imagine a friend, a counterpart to you in far away Finland, Imagine the looks of this friend, the things that she/he likes, where she/he studies, with whom she/he lives, where she/he studies, how she/he spends free time and so on and so forth. Now we need to recreate this FRIEND in the materials provided."

Initially there were questions as to how big the creation should be and depending on the materials we decided to make masks of the FINLAND Friends and improvise on them at a later point in time.    

Project Implementation: Each student paired up with one teacher for assistance and worked on the masks. The discussions during the process of making the masks were quite interesting and revealing the thought processes of children involved. There were a lot of questions about Finland itself, how far it was, how big it was, and was it a cold country? And how tall were people etc, etc,.  As a response to the queries, one teacher browsed the net for information on Finland andshared it with students. Students started to relate the conditions to their own context here and started the project on that note. 

To read the full report on the workshop and to see pictures of the amazing artworks, please click here.

Leena Pascal and her talented group of artists and teachers at Praxis Foundation in Mysore, India are making and sharing art with Eliisa Sorvali and her artists at Annantalo in Helsinki, Finland.

and then the _____ came from around the corner!

2015, 2nd Grade, Dear You Art Workshops, FinlandArlene TuckerComment

In these wonderful comics by the 2nd graders at Arivu School I see a world of surprises, witty humor and friendship! The art of visual storytelling shows so much about the creative artists in Mysore, India. I am sure they loved reading the comics from their friends in Espoo, Finland and I KNOW that the Monkeys at Your School can't wait to receive these comics!

Thank you Samanvitha Rao for being such an inspiring and great Dear You Workshop Leader!

All the things we see!

2015, India, 1st Grade, 2nd GradeArlene TuckerComment

Dear Monkeys!

It was a very sunny and hot day in India today. The Arivu kids are almost ready to start their summer holiday.

We have given your string drawings to their teacher and they will do an exhibition before giving the artworks to your friends. They all are waiting to get the drawings and know you all!
The houses/huts painted this time are the Arivu school buildings that your friends chose to see through their viewfinders. It is so warm here that they can study with the windows open and often outside in the huts. 

Uncle Subbu's car, which was parked outside, was another popular subject today, especially among the boys!

The hot sun, flowers, plants and even butterflies were also found today through the viewfinders.

Greetings from your Indian friends!

Have a great Dasara Fair in Mysore!

India, Holidays, CultureArlene TuckerComment

Wishing our Dear You friends in Mysore, India a Happy Dussehra on October 3rd!

"In the months of Ashwin and Kartik, Hindus observe a 10 day ceremony of fast, rituals and celebrations to honor the triumph of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana. Dussehra also symbolizes the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura. Thus, it is a celebration of victory of good over evil." 

- Read more about the celebration here.

To learn more about how the Dasara Fair in Mysore is celebrated, please click here.

I hope to experience this colorful festivity in India one day!