Isolation. Children, paint yourselves! (Self-portrait of children in Corona Times)

I want to play Football outside and not in the garden!

I am sure I am not alone in this dilemma.We don´t know yet until when will this all be over, but as long as it is not yet safe outside, children needs to stay at home.Here in Germany, the lockdown measures were relaxed, some shops are allowed to open, wearing mask is enforced, and some schools will open soon next week.But daycares and Kindergarten remains closed. I know personally that staying at home, confined is never easy, it is messy, chaotic,sometimes out of control and dramatic, but our times together these days become so meaningful, there´s so much difference when we all take things slowly.

How does she feel about the isolation?
She said her inspiration for her Portrait is that she wanted to play Football and run in the field freely .She wanted to go back again to the Kindergarten and see her friends.

For those who are staying at home with kids during this Pandemic, what have you´ve been doing with your kids lately?

I love to paint and it´s one of my favourite things to do during this lockdown.I think I can paint the whole day and every single day. I just love to create something creative, whether it is with watercolors or Acrylics. Nowadays, I spent more time with my daughter painting, drawing and creating something. I created a journal of my daughter´s drawings so she can have an album of what she created.We even paint stones and joined the creative art here in our neighborhood.Here are some of her doodles and

Another interesting Art exhibition which we are joining is the Isolation, Children Paint yourselves! launched by the International Youth Library Foundation in Munich,Germany .This is an online exhibition of submitted images of children which depics their mood and how they are feeling against this terrible, dire times of Pandemic. I have talked to my daughter many times about Corona virus, especially when we are on the push of frequent hand washing and social distancing. It is very interesting to find and learn from little children about their feelings about isolation and being in restriction .Sometimes they cannot express themselves verbally, but with visuals, we can learn so much more.

The moment that I showed to her that her drawing was in the Gallery, she was thrilled and so happy. She is only 5 years old!

Paint anywhere, everywhere!

I find this online exhibition is super cool.It´s amazing to see different entries already from different countries submitted and available in their online portal for public viewing wherever you are. Some portraits with paintings listed are from Mexico,South Korea,Venezuela,Sweden,Great Britain, Japan, France, Iran, Slovenia,Germany, and even the hard hit countries like USA, Italy and Spain! I think seeing another children´s artwork is also a great tool for encouraging the potential of your child to be creative since they can see it as a relatable issue and not just something to kill boredom. Difficult images of people who are sick and death toll are not easily digested in small children´s mind so we, as parents needs to guide them and be careful of the information we feed them. In this way, let them express themselves through their imagination through their hands, the explosion of colored pencils, paints, crayons and doodles. Let them be absorbed with ART.

The founder of the International Youth Library, Jella Lepman, had already asked for such self-portraits since 1952 and showed them in an exhibition. By that time, it´s still very difficult to create a digital or online exhibition. Nowadays, it´s all handy and accessible for all, even most museums opened their exhibitions online for others to view while staying at home.If you are interested and want to create something different and has a global impact, start painting, start contributing, and start it now!

If your child is 3 to 13 years of age and wants to participate, you can send your child´s portrait or drawing as a scanned copy (with first name, age and country) to direktion @ ijb. de. The online gallery exhibition can be seen in here.

#StayatHome #wirBleibenzuHause

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To all parents out there who are taking care of their kids at home, I salute you. You are doing great. Stay safe and see you again next time!

4 thoughts on “Isolation. Children, paint yourselves! (Self-portrait of children in Corona Times)

  1. Reblogged this on Pinays in Germany and commented:

    For all Pinay Mamas out there, Here is something you can do with your Little kids during Lockdown.
    Please share to your friends and We look forward to see more drawings and artworks from different parts of the world!

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  2. So adorable! ❤️ She takes after you, being such a talented young artist!
    So are you not allowed to go outside at all? Over here, daycare is open, playgrounds are open, and even people self-isolating are urged to go out for a walk every day. My life is definitely not nice and slow now, double the work load and super exhausting! 🤪 Take care, my dear! xx

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  3. Thank you! Well, we make the most of what we can do with this isolation thing.
    No, playgrounds, daycares and Kindergarten had been closed since 16th March. Tomorrow, the 4th class and older students will start school again. Germany eases the lockdown measures but also enforces many more restrictions like we need to wear masks now when we go to public areas. I know, I feel you, life nowadays is totally not the same as before. Whenever we ” sneak out” early morning here around 7-9am, that´s the time where most people are still sleeping. They start to go out around 10, but them we are already home so we avoided crowds at all counts. I am not yet back at work thankfully so I can watch Natalie.Exhausting everyday but I guess I am not alone in this dilemma.
    You take care there and regards to your lovelies!

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