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leanin:

"Strong is the New Pretty" is a new photo series by Kate Parker which shows her two daughters and their friends "just as they are: loud, athletic, fearless, messy, joyous, frustrated. I wanted to celebrate them, just as they are, and show them that is enough.  Being pretty or perfect is not important. Being who they are is."

Photos by Kate T. Parker.

(via npr)

wewantwow:

Millions of people from around the world are currently experiencing very different childhoods. Some are living in abject poverty, lacking basic food and sanitation, while others are more fortunate by being born in a country where those things are guaranteed and usually taken for granted.
When photographer James Mollison was asked to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, he found himself thinking of his bedroom: how significant it was during his childhood, and how it reflected what he had and who he was.
And with that, he made it his mission to create Where Children Sleep – a collection of stories about children from around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. Inside the book, each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child. “It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances”, James Mollison says on his website. “From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations.” Text and source here.

thekidshouldseethis:

Shape, a film about design and how it can change our experiences in the spaces that we live. “If for one day you had the power to make your world work better, what would you change?” Presented by Pivot Dublin and Dublin City Council, directed & designed by Johnny Kelly, and written by Scott Burnett. Explore more at MakeShapeChange.com, think design.

Related watching: design.

via Vimeo.

meganleppla:

Paint Making
Why?Our quest for color began with an innate desire to communicate. Prehistoric people were resourceful with natural earth pigments (like red and yellow ochre, hematite, manganese oxide and charcoal), and used them to illustrate beautiful stories. Today paints are mass-produced, but the art of paint making is one some artists can’t resist doing themselves. Pigment is combined with a binder of oil or water as a base, packaged in a tube and voilà – paint! Each color has a story to tell, so be sure to choose your pigments wisely. 
What else?Pick a color and explore its origin. There’s so much to learn from natural pigments. You can examine their chemical composition or research their historical impact. More curriculum connectors can be found here. 
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meganleppla:

Paint Making

Why?
Our quest for color began with an innate desire to communicate. Prehistoric people were resourceful with natural earth pigments (like red and yellow ochre, hematite, manganese oxide and charcoal), and used them to illustrate beautiful stories. Today paints are mass-produced, but the art of paint making is one some artists can’t resist doing themselves. Pigment is combined with a binder of oil or water as a base, packaged in a tube and voilà – paint! Each color has a story to tell, so be sure to choose your pigments wisely. 

What else?
Pick a color and explore its origin. There’s so much to learn from natural pigments. You can examine their chemical composition or research their historical impact. More curriculum connectors can be found here

(via diy)

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