CWAJ Fukushima Art Project “Asobijutsu”
After two years of preparation, CWAJ implemented an art program for children in Fukushima in 2014. Asobijutsu (Art as Play) was funded with the support of print artists who kindly donated their prints at a special exhibition at the 2012 CWAJ Print Show. Professor Ebizuka of Tama Art University and staff of Lifelong Learning Center of Tama Art University generously gave their time and expertise for the realization of this art project. This art program encourages children to use their imagination and be creative. The Asobijutsu experience is highly appreciated not only by children and parents but also by the local community.
Programs have been held during the summer and an average of 40 children participated in each program.
List of programs:
“Let’s Draw a Unique Picture with Tools” at Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art
“Let’s Draw Myself” at Sukagawa Botan Kaikan
“Let’s Draw a Unique Picture with Tools” at Sukagawa Chamber of Commerce
“Make Your Own Flag and Catch the Wind” at Soma City Central Children’s Center
“Let’s Decorate Your Own Chair” at Soma City Central Children’s Center
“Let’s Decorate Your Own Chair” at Sukagawa Chamber of Commerce
“Let’s Explore Textures through Frottage” at Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art
“Create many colors and let them shine” at Soma City Central Children’s Center
“Create many colors and let them shine” at Higashi Civic Hall in Sukagawa
The program began with each child creating their very own 42 colors from 12 watercolor sets generously donated by SAKURA COLOR PRODUCTS CORP. Each child was given a lamp and once the children had created their own 42 colors, they could now make their very own lamp by painting on the paper lampshade. The creativity and uniqueness of each child was set loose to make a fantastic array of lamps. Once all were finished, the room was darkened and the lamps were turned on. What a beautiful display of color brightened up the room! Video of Asobijutsu.
Asobijutsu not only offered a fun and enjoyable art experience for children in Fukushima but also gave CWAJ members a chance to visit Fukushima. It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet with the recipients of the CWAJ Fukushima Relief Scholarships. Many of those scholars have joined in the Asobijutsu program and helped with their professional nursing skills. One of them commented, “Free from being restrained by constant in-door games or being careful when they play outdoors, children were simply enjoying what they were doing. I was overwhelmed by the power of their smiling faces.”