A FUNNY EXPERIENCE: PUPILS BECOME ARTISTS WORKIN’ ON “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBITION

Guest writer: Marco Rossi

Pupils as artists – and art critics – for a day. It happened at “Colors of an Apocalypse” exhibition which is goin’ on (until January 15, 2013) at the beautiful Aldobrandesca Fortress in Piancastagnaio ( Tuscany, Siena ). The third class students of Primary School “Mazzi”, guided by teachers Maria Rita and Maria Elena, participated in a creative experience investigating and exploring Roberto Alborghetti artworks displayed in seven rooms at the medieval castle. The same happened to more than a thousand students who have already visited the exhibition showing forty works (canvases, lithographs, collages and silk scarves) about “the decomposition of publicity posters” and “urban signs”. Armed with scratchpad, pencils and crayons, the students have first met Roberto Alborghetti for an introductory meeting and then they entered between the exhibition halls, accompanied by the author of “lacer / actions”, so they are called the works on display. Roberto Alborghetti  artistic language – all his realistic images are taken from torn and decomposed advertising posters we may see along the city streets – struck and fascinated students, who worked on colors and shapes.  

 

Each student has reinterpreted an image (see photo-gallery) writing personal emotions and impressions. The result was an extraordinary document how eyes and mind have perceived and seen every single images. It was also possible to compile a ranking about the images that most impressed the kids imagination. At the top there is the lithograph introduced by an haiku: “Dark night / Snowflakes and Frost / before the  New Day.” The pupils were very impressed by the contrast of the colors and the “red light blade” which seems – according to the impressions – “an eye of a dragon.” Another wrote: “I like it, but it scares me.” And again: “It’s a very beautiful picture! It recalls me the first time I was born …” Compelling and funny comments coming from spontaneous hearts.

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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.