EXTRAORDINARY BUTTERFLY-KITES: FROM ITALY FOR THE WORLD KIDS COLOURING DAY

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Today, May 6, 2020, is the World Kids Colouring Day, an initiative that for 12 years has wanted to invite young people to express themselves with drawings and graphic works, to send a message of hope and trust to the world. So these drawings happen by the way: the extraordinary butterfly-kites! They were created for the “The day Cattivirus ended ko” initiative by the pupils of Maiuri Primary School, Classes 4e C and D, Comprehensive School 4, Frosinone; DS prof. Giovanni Guglielmi, coordinating teacher: Simonetta Ferrera.

The starting point for this activity was given by a story in episodes “The day Cattivirus ended ko” that I created in recent weeks. The story met great interest by the Italian schools. The story tells of Cattivirus (which means Badvirus) and how personal behaviors are fundamental in beating the infection. The story will soon be collected in a book-album, so that it can be used in normal school activities when they start again after the pandemic.

Congratulations indeed to the guys from Frosinone for these colorful drawings: they are a touching expression of hope and trust released today across the skies of Italy and of the world, on the occasion of this World Kids Colouring Day. Because, as Wolfgang Goethe said, “Human beings need color, just as the light”. So, let the color defeat the virus! Win! Win! Win!

IT’S THE WORLD GRAPHIC DESIGN DAY: INITIATIVE IN ITALIAN SCHOOLS TO DEFEAT THE “BAD VIRUS”

HERE ARE SOME OF THE GRAPHIC WORKS ARRIVED FROM THE ITALIAN SCHOOLS

Today 27 April 2020 the World Graphic Design Day is celebrated all over the world. It is also known as “Designer’s Day”. It was proclaimed by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Ico-D), a worldwide association for professional designers, founded in London in 1963. World Design Day is an opportunity to celebrate creativity, to underline and recognize the value of communication through design and the role it plays in the world.

In Italy, schools have been invited to participate in a non-stop day to send the world, through drawings, all the color (and heat) possible to send a message against the spread of covid-19.

The starting point for this activity was given by a story in episodes “The day Cattivirus ended ko” that I created in recent weeks, which was met with great interest by the schools. The story tells of Cattivirus (which means Badvirus) and how personal behaviors are fundamental in beating the infection.

This is the invitation addressed to schools and individual students: “We use the weapons we love most: creativity and imagination. We invite you to create your designs, so that this ugly virus is knocked out, in KO! In the circumstance of the event We invite everyone, schools and individuals to publish on the Facebook page of Noi Siamo Okay! the documents relating to the story “The day Cattivirus ended ko“. Or they can be sent to the email: funtasyeditrice@gmail.com

To get ideas and ideas related to the story “The day Cattivirus ended ko“, see home page:

https://funtasyedizionideldivertimente.wordpress.com/

 

 

THE ANTIBODIES WAR AGAINST COVID-19 IN THE DRAWINGS OF ITALIAN SCHOOLS

The war on the terrible worldwide spread of covid-19 is played mainly through personal behavior and with the response of our immune system through the great role of antibodies. This is the plot of a story in episodes that in Italy is involving many schools and students. Everything takes place through blogs and social networks. This beautiful and engaging initiative was launched by a young and lively publishing company, Funtasy, which specializes in innovative activities for the schools and children.

Funtasy Publishing is proposing to the Italian kids and schools a story in episodes, entitled “The day when Cattivirus was knocked out” (Cattivirus means “bad virus“). The aim is to involve teachers, families and children in an activity during the national coronavirus emergency days. The story that I wrote – illustrated by Eleonora Moretti – in each episode proposes the invitation to make drawings. The initiative is having great success, with thousands of drawings sent to Funtasy and Okay! magazine. There is a desire in children to beat the virus, Cattivirus, with everyone’s commitment. Because this battle is not won individually, but all together.

Here are some of the drawings received from Italian Schools: the theme is: “Antibodies against covid-19”  For info: funtasyeditrice@gmail.com

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La guerra alla terribile diffusione mondiale del covid-19 è giocata soprattutto attraverso i comportamenti personali e con la risposta del nostro sistema immunitario attraverso il grande ruolo degli anticorpi. Questa la trama di una storia a puntate che in Italia sta coinvolgendo tantissime scuole e studenti. Tutto si svolge attraverso blog e i social network. Questa bellissima e coinvolgente iniziativa è stata lanciata da una giovane e vivace compagnia editrice, Funtasy, specializzata in attività innovative per il mondo della scuola e dei ragazzi.

Fantasy sta proponendo ai ragazzi italiani una storia a puntate, intitolata “Il giorno in cui Cattivirus finì ko”. L’obiettivo è quello di coinvolgere docenti, famiglie e bambini in una attività durante le giornate di emergenza nazionale del coronavirus. La storia, illustrata da Eleonora Moretti, in ogni puntata propone l’invito di realizzare disegni. L’iniziativa sta avendo un grande successo. C’è la voglia nei ragazzi di battere il virus, Cattivirus, con l’impegno di tutti. Perchè questa battaglia non si vince singolarmente, ma tutti insieme. Ecco alcuni dei disegni pervenuti dai ragazzi italiani.

“STOP BULLYING!”: DRAWINGS AND MESSAGES FROM SCHOOLS ALL OVER ITALY

In Italy last 7 February 2020 was the annual day that calls the Italian school to reflect on the phenomena of bullying and cyber bullying. A theme, this, which is at the center, all year round, of the meetings on my book “Social or dis-social?” (Funtasy Editrice) which has now involved more than 30,000 students from schools throughout Italy. And precisely from the schools – where the book is the subject of meetings, reflections and experiences – come the messages and drawings I propose in this photo gallery. They are messages that invite to reflect: the web, social networks and school need to be places of dialogue, meeting and growth, where there is no place for bullies and bullying of any kind.

For info on activities and initiatives related to my book “Social or dis-social?”: Funtasyeditrice@gmail.com

MILAN: “LET’S CREATE AN EMOTICON THAT REPRESENTS US…”

“A Network for Inclusion”: a training experience on the contents of my book “Social or dis-social?” (Funtasy Editrice) was held in Milan at the “Capponi” Institute directed by Gabriella Conte. Analyzes, discussions and workshops took place along 3 days. The initiative was carried out with the collaboration and support of the Municipality 5 of Milan. As author of the book, I met students and their parents. Great space for free creativity. Here in the photos I gathered some of the drawings created by kids. With the language of emoticons, they answered to the question: “How do you want you to be publicly represented?” It was a wonderful experience that revealed emotions, moods, thoughts. “Let’s create an emoticon that represents us …”

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“Una Rete per includere”: su questo tema si sono svolti in corso in questi giorni a Milano, all’IC Capponi diretto da Gabriella Conte, una esperienza formativa sui contenuti del mio libro “Social o dis-social?” (Funtasy Editrice). Si sono svolti analisi, discussioni e workshops. L’iniziativa è stata realizzata con la collaborazione e il sostegno del Municipio 5 di Milano. Io, come autore del libro, ho incontrato allievi e i loro genitori. Grande spazio alla libera creatività. Ecco nelle foto alcuni dei lavori che, con il linguaggio degli emoticon, hanno risposto alla domanda: “Come vuoi che tu fossi rappresentato pubblicamente?”. E’ stata una bellissima esperienza che ha rivelato emozioni, stati d’animo, pensieri.

EASTER BUNNY GOES ON POP ART… FUNNY DRAWINGS FROM ITALIAN NURSERY SCHOOL’S KIDS

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DRAWINGS BY KIDS OF THE NURSERY SCHOOL IN ORIO AL SERIO (BERGAMO, ITALY)

The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.

The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau‘s De ovis paschalibus (‘About Easter Eggs’) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children. (From “Wikipedia”).

 

FROM DRAWINGS TO VIDEOS: ITALIAN STUDENTS AGAINST ACCIDENTS AT WORK. 10.000 EDUCATIONAL AND ARTISTIC WORKS IN A BIG EXHIBITION

Over 600 square meters of exhibition and about 10,000 works (drawings, posters, T-shirts, portfolios, cds, dvds, books, interviews, videos, board games…) These numbers define a truly extraordinary event set up at Rossini Trading Spa factory in Italy (Seriate, Bergamo) where has been displaced a selection of works  participating to “First In Safety” campaign during ten editions. This activity – the most important throughout Europe about prevention of accidents at work – is promoted by Rossini Trading Spa, Anmil and Okay! with the patronage of organizations and institutions.

 

The exhibition – the first in the world with this massive participation – will be opened from January 25 to the end of next May, 2013. It is curated by Marco Rossini (Rossini Trading’s Ceo) and Roberto Alborghetti (Okay! ‘s editor in chief and visual artist) with the collaboration of Erika Piazzoli and Roberto Palafreni. “First In Safety” show is an unique and unmissable opportunity to see and browse educational products made by schools across Italy on the prevention of accidents at work. It’s a chance for everyone to approach and to understand a dramatic phenomenon.

The exhibition focuses attention on a sort of “war report”: about 1,000 deads and over 775,000 injuries in Italy during 2012. But the problem affects all the so-called “civilized world”. The numbers of deathes and injuries are really impressive, often forgotten by media (which give attention to the phenomenon only in the presence of emotional or numeric high-impact tragedies). For this reason – as italian students say – it’s urgent to raise voice and the guard. Because if we don’t know, we can’t act. As stated in thousands of educational works , “prevention is the lethal weapon to stop the war bulletin” of deaths and injuries at work. It’s a question of civilization.

Primi in Sicurezza / First in Safety / The exhibition 2013

Photogallery: drawings and paintings  made by students from Istituto Scolastico “A.Straneo”, Alessandria, Italy. 

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Videoclip Primi in Sicurezza / Clip about the show

EXCLUSIVE: 4.000 DRAWINGS ON THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PLANTS. THE INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE OF ITALIAN KIDS (A SPECIAL PHOTO-GALLERY)

In 2012 Flower Council Holland and Okay! review launched in Italy the 2nd  edition of  “The plant I like”. The goal was reaching new generations and speaking them about the world of plants and indoor plants, improving knowledges and informations. Kids from infant to secondary schools were involved in a graphic research about green. Okay! magazine, in special pages, presented informations and news, describing some popular indoor plants. School were invited to draw plants in every techniques, expressing their creativity and imagination…

With the aim to improve the students participation Okay! magazine gave also attention to Dutch grocers scene. In special pages, the review introduced news and experiences about Holland plants production. Producers were interviewed about their work and experiences (the questions were collected among a students focus group).

The Plant I like” outcome was better than expected. Students sent to promoters more than 4.000 drawings, confirming that the invitation launched by the Flower Council Holland has turned into an opportunity to look around, discover and learn about the wonderful world of plants which  offer color, comfort, serenity and well-being, to people, to environment and to homes.

A commission, composed by teachers and educators, selected the best drawings. The schools received the gift of a plant. The best drawings were shown in exhibitions, fairs and during a special event which took place some weeks ago with a huge students participation. Green culture is one of the privileged fields of Okay! magazine. In the last 13 years, with the collaboration of Flower CouncilHolland, activities were promoted to create new attention and interest in young people. Thousand of kids  approached the world of flowers and plants, receiving impulse to consider the importance of green for social life and for personal well-being.

And now, with these thousands of drawings, we may look at the plants through the eyes and the ears of children. And also plants have eyes and ears. Those of children.

PLANTS HAVE EYES. THOSE OF CHILDREN

A great success for an activity launched to Italian schools by the Flower Council Holland: students invited to draw “The plant I like”.

Flower Council Holland – through Okay! monthly magazine – has asked the Italian schools to draw “the plant that I like”, flower plants and indoor plants. The outcome was better than expected. About 3.000 the drawings sent to promoters, confirming that the invitation launched by the Flower Council Holland has turned into an opportunity to look around, discover and learn about the wonderful world of plants that offer color, comfort, serenity and well-being, to people, to environment and to our homes.

A mass of colored drawings tell us that plants talk and caress us with their discreet presence. And now, with these thousands of drawings, we may look at the plants through the eyes of children. And also plants have eyes. Those of children.

In this page, some beautiful drawings made by Italian students.