After my visit to Hong Kong, I decided to make a trip over to beautiful Japan to check out Kyoto and visit some good friends down in Toba, where I had done some 3d street painting back in 2004 as part of a Santa Barbara Sister City project. My dear friend Mitsuko Yamamoto had extended an invitation to visit with her family along with providing a 3D workshop for the students enrolled in the Kokusai Kids Club in Toba.
I was thrilled to teach while there so we agreed to a 3 hour session, with approximately 30 students enrolled. Since our age gr0ups were younger than my usual classes (kids participating were aged 7 – 10 years), I decided to simplify the curriculum and present some very basic images for them to draw with chalk pastels on paper (as it was 40 degrees C outside, it was just too hot to work on pavement) – tea cups, soup bowls, vases and fish bowls; images they could relate to. I had them follow me on the drawing set – up in which I explained simple perspective and shading techniques. After about 45 minutes for each group of 10 students, they each created a drawing that worked in 3D when viewed through the camera lens. To see the wide smiles on their otherwise reserved faces – wow! They were thrilled and amazed that, yes, they had each created a real 3D work of art! Excited about the images, they were eager to share their drawings with friends and family. It was a success for everyone involved and I can’t thank Mitsuko and her entire team enough for orchestrating this fun day for me.
Stay tuned for more adventures in spreading the 3d street painting word……!