Christmas Tree Balls Made by Children

Last Sunday children’s meditaion and art meeting was devoted to Christmas. We offered Christmas Puja and then the art and cooking parts followed. You can read the whole account of the activities we did with the kids in the article “Christmas Gifts: Christmas Balls Made by Children, or the Fourth Meeting of the Children’s Art-group“. And here are the Christmas Tree balls the children made at the meeting:

Anastasia

Painting with Little Children. What to Begin with?

Can a 1-year-old paint with finger paints? Yes, he can and painting is considered very important for the child’s development. To learn the ideas of how to paint with toddlers using finger paints we invite you to look through the article “Painting with Children. Finger Painting. From Abstraction to Realism“: traditional and untraditional methods of painting for little children.

Handmade Vases. Do-It-Yourself for Children of Any Age

These beautiful vases were made by the kids aged from 1,5 to 7,5 eyars old at the meditation&art meeting for children we have held this month. To learn more about the meeting and to learn the instructions how to make such beautiful things you are invited to visit the “Parents’ Ideas” blog: Handmade Vases – by Children of Different Age, or the 2nd Meeting of the Children’s Art-Group

So, the vases are ready. But is it really a vase if there is no bouquet in it?!

A couple of days before the meeting of the art-group I Continue reading “Handmade Vases. Do-It-Yourself for Children of Any Age”

Through Art to Purity and Love

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If the desire to create goes from your heart and not just mind, the process of creating may purify you and reveal all the best in you. Especially when you are working with natural materials. I am sure you have noticed that hand-made things have something about them because of which it is so pleasant to take them in hands, to have them at home. And it is not only a piece of soul and love of the person who has created them but also the love of the All-pervading power, the vibrations of Paramchaitanya. As when our heart is open, we allow the Creator to use us as his “paintbrush”. It is He who is the real Creator working through us.

And we really felt what I have just described when we crossed the threshold of an ordinary (from outside) building of Saint-Petersburg Children’s Art House. As soon as we had entered it we found ourselves in a real Palace. There was such love and joy, purity and beauty around! It is a world of morality and history, a place to rest from the daily routine of the working days in a big modern city.

Children's Art House

Kids are taught so many things here (for free!): making laces, weaving, embroidery, making things of birchen bark, painting, history of the city, ceramics, origami, making soft toys, painting on wood, video shooting, karate and other sports, design, singing, dancing, etc…

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And the motto of the Children’s Art House says: If there is no Sun in the sky, find it within yourself!

In fact, we came to the studio of ceramics where our friend, Sasha, teaches. Continue reading “Through Art to Purity and Love”