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Art Basics for Children - Kamishibi project

ABC (ART BASICS for CHILDREN) is educational and cultural association in Brussels (Belgium).

ABC will come to Johannesburg in October 2006 for a project supported by the Flemish Government and in cooperation with CDP Trust Community Centre for Arts and Culture Learning. We will stay for three weeks working with Kamishibai.

Kamishibai is a traditional Japanese story format (Okami¹ means paper and Oshibai¹ drama, paper drama so to speak). A3-illustrations fit in a wooden theatre that can also be assembled on a bicycle. Each plate shows a scene which the storyteller moves slowly while he tells the story. As a tribute to the oral tradition of storytelling ABC is sending narrators out into the streets with bicycles, and organizes lots of workshops for kids, (becoming) teachers and librarians to work and entertain with the kamishibai in different ways. It is a wonderful poetic instrument to stimulate the pleasure of reading and to enjoy language in general. Our experiences we would like to share with South-African teachers, teachers in training, (school) children, librarians,...

ABC also has a growing collection of kamishibai-stories (original stories from Japan, kamishibais based on existing children's books, new kamishibais illustrated and written by Flemish authors and illustrators,...) Part of the project in Johannesburg is also to create one or two new kamishibais, based on South-African stories and illustrated by South-African illustrators.

Could you help us to the contacts of some South-African illustrators of children's books (living in Johannesburg) who could be interested in working together with ABC?

* Why working with Kamishibai?

Kamishibai is a traditional Japanese storyformat ('kami' means paper and 'shibai' drama, paper drama so to speak). A3-illustrations fit in a wooden theatre that can also be assembled on a bicycle. Each plate shows a scene which the storyteller moves slowly while he tells the story. In Japan, this 'bicycle' story theatre was a huge success from the twenties until the fifties.

As a tribute to the oral tradition of storytelling ABC is sending narrators out into the streets with bicycles, and organizes lots of workhops for kids, (becoming) teachers and librarians to work and entertain with the kamishibai in different ways. It is a wonderful poetic instrument to stimulate the pleasure of reading and to enjoy language in general.

ABC thinks the kamishibai can be an ideal instrument to introduce in the Community Arts Centres, local libraries and schools for teachers' training because of different reasons:

  • there is a strong link with the African tradition of storytelling
  • it's a very small and mobile instrument
  • it's for all ages
  • kamishibai has many didactic possibilities concerning language/the joy of reading, social abilities, perception, arts education..... cultural competencies which are important through out the world.
  • ABC already conducted a series of workshops of which children at the end of it performed their personal kamishibai using their own drawings and the stories they made up.
  • ABC made a workbook (cahier) for teachers, librarians... based on this experiences: it offers lots of ideas, tips & tricks to work with kamishibai.


Description of the project

* Creation one or two new kamishibais based on South-African storiesand ask local or international illustrators for the pictures.

* Production of a Kamishibai-bike and kamishibai-kits (= a box which contains a little theatre, different stories + workbook for teachers...) ABC would like to make the kits and the bike in cooperation with local craftsmen. The kits and the bike can stay in the schools/libraries/centres where kamishibai-workshops took place.

* Kamishibai-space ABC has some experience in creation/decoration of spaces for different activities (the studio's, an ideal class in a school in Brussels, kamishibai story-telling space in a library, a kitchen for children in a local school) ABC would like to create/decorate a kamishibai-space CDP in Johannesburg.

* Workshops for teachers (in training), librarians, children, parents.... A crucial part of this project is 'teacher-training'. Offering teachers tools to work with kamishibai and to create stories and drawings with children.
- Workshops for librarians
- Workshops in a local school
- Work out a kamishibai-project with children 10-12. If possible ABC would like to work together with teachers in traning for this project. So we can exchange ideas about working with children in a classroom on art education.

Possible goals of a kamishibai-project

- to stimulate reading: children discover and are amazed by the stories and they are encouraged to look for the books themselves afterwards.

- the pleasure of language and the development of language: children go in interaction with the story-teller (by means of questions, by describing the drawings...), and after hearing the story we also offer them lots of activities in which they are creative themselves with language and images

- to stimulate creativity: children make their own kamishibai-story (text and illustrations), for which they make use of their imagination. There is also the possibility to give different tasks to different kids: some will like to tell/write the story, others will prefer drawing, still others would like to tell the story in public, maybe others prefer to sing and make music...there are lots of possibilities.

- to learn to cooperate/soclal abilities/citizenship: Children have to learn to coöperate to create a good final result; because of this collectif creatif process we are convinced of the fact that possible barriers based on different social backgrounds, sexe... can disappear or at least diminished.

On our website you will find some photos of the kamishibai.


(http://www.abc-web.be/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=57).

Contact:

Lien Hemerijckx

lien@abc-web.be

ART BASICS for CHILDREN (ABC vzw)
A. Dansaertstraat 98
1000 Brussel
+32 2 502 00 27
Www.abc-web.be

 

 

 

 


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