Soaring Artist®

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Art has the power to heal

I am inviting you to become a Soaring Artist® and share your creative artwork with hospitalized children. Your artwork will help a child feel loved and supported. Your drawing can brighten up their room and make them smile and laugh.

Your creative drawing can also inspire hospitalized child to create artwork for another person, maybe their mom or dad, or favorite nurse or doctor.

Here’s How to Get Started:

  1. Think of the theme for your artwork.
  2. Read stories and get inspired by other artists. See below.  
  3. Use Soaringwords Border to draw a picture.
  4. Write your name on the bottom of your drawing.

After You Create Your Artwork:
You can give your special artwork to someone who is ill. Or, you can mail it to Soaringwords and we will share it with a hospitalized child.

 

Stephen Bennett

  

Stephen Bennett is a talented artist who makes enormous portraits of people from tribes and rural communities all around the world. Stephen has traveled to 25 countries including Mexico, Australia, the Seychelles and Tanzania. Stephen is inspired by the strength and beauty of each person. His passion is to travel around the globe to remote places that are very far from big cities. When he goes to a distant country he lives in the village for several months. This is how he gets to know the local people really well. They begin to understand each other and trust each other. Stephen makes gorgeous portraits while he is living among the people. His artwork has been shown in many art galleries all around the world including an exhibit at the United Nations.

Stephen was hospitalized for many months when he was a teenager. When he was in the hospital his friends brought him sketch books which helped him pass the time and forget about the pain of his shattered leg. Each day he would draw the faces of the people bringing him food, the nurses and his roommates. As the months went by, he re-learned how to walk. He also became more interested in his artwork. We know you will be inspired by his story.

 Below are some photos of Stephen leading SoaringArtist workshop at Montefiore Medical Center:

Watch the video below and make artwork to decorate your hospital room or to share with another hospitalized child in your community.

 Soaringwords Activities:

1.  Make a portrait in the same colorful style of Stephen Bennett. In the video, Stephen shows his passion for people through the use of bright colors and a lot of powerful energy. His style is unique with the intense rainbow colors he uses to make the faces. You can also make a self-portrait of your face. Experiment by using really unusual colors – maybe you want to have a blue nose or purple hair!  Have fun and see what happens when you get started. One of Stephen’s paintings was called Hundred Mile Smile. You can name your painting when you are finished.

2.  In the video, Stephen talks about how much he loved making sketches while he was in the hospital. All you need is a pencil and an eraser and some blank paper to start sketching people.  You can also draw objects — perhaps you want to arrange somethings you like onto the tray table in your hospital room. You can arrange two or three things in a grouping and make a still-life painting or sketch.

3.  In the video, Stephen talks about the funniest thing that ever happened to him on one of his trips. Remember when the native boys played a trick on him with the reef sharks!  What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?  Can you draw a picture or make a painting about it? Can you write a short story (a couple of paragraphs) and share this funny experience with other kids through Soaringwords?

After You Complete Your Artwork: You can give your artwork to someone who is ill. Or, you can mail or email it to Soaringwords and we will share your gift with a hospitalized child and/or post it on our website. Soaringwords 1 Penn Plaza, 9th Floor New York, N.Y. 10119   T. 646-674-7105 heal@soaringwords.org

 

Jacob Buksbaum

For as long as I can remember, I was always drawing. As a little boy, when I watched Popeye cartoons on TV, I drew the cartoon characters the whole time. When I was twelve, I re-created the signing of the Declaration of Independence. My parents framed it and it still hangs in my mother’s house today. I didn’t take my first art class until I was 20. I became an architect, but painting and art have always been my first love. For the past several years, I have been painting really large canvases–5ft x 5ft . In fact, we’ve run out of wall space in my house. I also enjoy drawing and painting with my sons. Sometimes our whole family goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and sketches urns or armor or whatever we like. We always bring art supplies on our family vacations. Joshua, my youngest son, loves to make submarines, planes, dinosaurs and knights. My favorite thing to paint is people. I take a class where a model stays still for 2.5 hours at a time so we can paint her or him. After 8 weeks, we get a new model to paint. Painting makes me feel relaxed and creative. I hope you enjoy being a SoaringArtist. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

Swimming

Life is like a stream or a flowing river through which we swim. Some days the water is calm, other days the water is choppy. This painting reminds me that I am swimming through my life. Fun Activities to Do: What sports or hobby do you love? Can you make a painting of your favorite hobby or sport? Can you write a poem or Haiku about your favorite sport or hobby?

Portrait

This portrait was shown in a student show at the National Academy of Design. Fun Activities to Do: Draw a picture of yourself (called a self-portrait) or someone in your family. Write a story or a poem about the person you drew.

 Still Life
                   

Still life is a painting of objects instead of people, animals or places. Still life got its name because the subject of your painting sits there (they are still, instead of moving!). I fell in love with painting still lives after seeing a painting exhibit by an Italian artist named Giorgio Morandi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Morandi spent his entire life painting still lives. The next morning I gathered some bottles from around my home and started painting them. I think I painted 15 different canvases with bottles and objects inspired by Morandi’s work.  There are probably many objects and things in your hospital room that you can paint. Maybe there are apples or pears on your lunch tray. Perhaps there is a stuffed animal or mug. You can arrange these objects on your tray table or night table or window sill and sketch or paint them. It’s a good idea to have a few objects in your composition to make it more interesting.

How to draw a face

1. The first thing to do before lifting your pencil or your brush is to look at the person and their facial expression. 2. Look at your drawing surface and try to lay out the general size of your drawing.
3. Make a general sketch of the picture you intend to draw, but draw it faintly and in loose lines.
4. Try to get an overall sense of the face or head as a shape, a ball, an egg or an oval.
5. Once you have completed the sketch, start focusing on the features – the location of the nose, the eyes and mouth. You might also want to focus on the shadows on the face and draw them as blocks of dark against lighter blocks.
6. If you are working in paint, focus on working across your entire surface. Cover the whole surface in general color -never work on details early in the game. Take big and broad strokes.
7. If you are doing a drawing, work on the whole surface, not a little piece. Start from the general and work your way to the detail or the particulars.
8. Unless you have to catch a train, bus, or a taxi–take your time. Drawing or painting is a slow and patient activity. Art rewards patience.
9. Remember looking at a favorite toy/clothing/ food in a shop window and how you enjoyed every detail of the object?  Drawing and painting helps you appreciate and re-create these details.

P.S.  This is a portrait of my wife, Lisa (the Founder of Soaringwords) reading a book, which is one of her favorite things to do.

SoaringBeds®

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Kids in the hospital tend to get tired of having to be in the bed all day, so use your imagination to transform a hospital bed into a SoaringBed. Make something creative, wacky and innovative that no one has ever seen before. This means that the bed that you create will be special and different than everyone else’s!

Your drawing will be shared with hospitalized children to brighten up their room and them them smile and laugh. To see lots of examples of SoaringBeds created by kids just like you click here.

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Here’s How to Get Started:

1. Think of the theme for your bed and all the special things the bed can do. You can invent a rocket ship bed, a mountain climbing bed or a marshmallow bed. There are so many great beds that you can create.

2.  Use Soaringwords Border to draw a picture of your special bed and then write what it can do.

3.  Write the name of your bed on the top of the page.

4.  Write your name and age on the bottom of your page.

Pointers:  Do make your picture really big, bright and colorful. Fill the entire page with your picture and message. Do make sure your words are legible and neat, so that they can be easily read. Your Bed may end up on our website! Don’t include illness or death in your bed drawing. Don’t write “Get Well Soon” or “Feel Better” because sometimes these messages can make an ill kid feel sad. If you want to learn more about SoaringBeds, watch SoaringQuilts and Pillows video.

After You Finish Your SoaringBed: You can give your bed to someone who is ill.
Or, you can mail or email it to Soaringwords and we will share your gift with a hospitalized child and/or post it on our website.


Soaringwords
1 Penn Plaza, 9th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10119 
heal@soaringwords.org

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Gratitude Ladder

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Gratitude opens your heart and inspires you to give back to others. Gratitude can be about the appreciation of a special person in your life.

Today you are going to make a Gratitude Ladder for someone you know to show them what you appreciate most about them. Think about someone you admire, someone who is kind. Think of someone who does nice things for other people. Perhaps this person is your teacher, a parent, a special friend or a nurse or your doctor. What makes this person unique? What are the character strengths that you have seen in this person? What are special characteristics that come to your mind when you think about this person?

 

 

 

Here’s How to Get Started:

  1. Close your eyes and think about someone special.  Write this person’s name on the GRATITUDE BORDER from top to bottom.

  2. Look at the Soaringwords A-to-Z list of adjectives at the bottom of this page to pick a word that goes with each letter of the person’s name.

  3. Write a message of thanks to this special person.

  4. Give your message to that someone special in your life.

 

 

Pointers:
Be on the look-out for special people to thank each day. Notice what others do or say that make you feel good. Share your gratitude with others. “Pay it Forward” – do something kind for someone else.

Adjectives:
A: Awesome, Amazing, Accepting, Astonishing  
B: Beautiful, Brave, Breathtaking, Bold, Bright 
C: Clever, Caring, Creative, Cool, Considerate, Curious 
D: Dedicated, Determined, Daring, Decisive, Down-to-earth 
E: Energetic, Exceptional, Elegant, Exquisite 
F: Friendly, Fair, Forgiving, Funny, Fascinating 
G: Great, Gentle, Gorgeous, Gracious, Giving, Grateful 
H: Happy, Honest, Hip, Harmonious, Hopeful, Humorous 
I: Interesting, Intelligent, Impressive, Inventive, Imaginative 
J: Jolly, Just, Joyous
K: Kind, Knowledgeable, Kindhearted 
L: Likeable, Lovely, Loving, Lively, Loves learning, Leader 
M: Magical, Mature, Marvelous, Merry 
N: Nice 
O: Open-minded, Outstanding, Original 
P: Pleasant, Positive, Productive, Playful
Q: Quiet
R: Resilient, Respectful, Realistic, Reasonable 
S: Silly, Spiritual, Social, Serious, Splendid 
T: Talented, Team-player, Trustworthy, Tough, Tenacious 
U: Unbelievable, Unique, Understanding
V: Versatile, Vivacious, Visionary 
W: Wonderful, Witty, Wildly Creative, Well Mannered 
X: (e)Xtroverted, e(X)traordinary
Y: Youthful 
Z: Zesty

 

 

 

Chinese New Year – Animals and Their Attributes

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Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year of 2130, the Year of the Monkey, begins on February 8, 2016. The Chinese calendar is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in that cycle relates to an animal sign.

Chinese tradition shows people born under an animal share certain personality traits and human characteristics. Look for the year of your birth, what are the traits associated with this animal? Do these traits apply to you? Do they apply to your friends born in the same year?

Another part of the Chinese New Year tradition is to wish peace and happiness for everyone. Chinese New Year is often accompanied by enthusiastic greetings, such as: “May all your wishes be fulfilled,” “May your happiness be without limit.”

Chinese tradition shows people born under an animal share certain personality traits and human characteristics. Look for the year of your birth, what are the traits associated with this animal? Do these traits apply to you? Do they apply to your friends born in the same year?

Another part of the Chinese New Year tradition is to wish peace and happiness for everyone. Chinese New Year is often accompanied by enthusiastic greetings, such as: “May all your wishes be fulfilled,” “May your happiness be without limit.”

Activity:

Make a drawing of an animal and have this animal send a greeting to a hospitalized child. e.g.: “Sending you patience and calm from this trustworthy Ox.”  See SoaringAnimal messages from P.S. 1 students in New York City

What animal are YOU?

Rat: You are loving, a keeper of secrets, charming, hard-working, ambitious and bright. You are adventurous, sociable, artistic and deep thinking. Born in the year: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900

Ox: You are patient, easy going and slow to anger. You are hardworking, dependable, calm and trustworthy. You are a born leader and like to follow rules. Born in the year: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913, 1901

Tiger: You are passionate, powerful, daring, sincere and generous. You are proud, courageous, unpredictable and sympathetic. You are proud and affectionate. Born in the year: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914, 1902

Rabbit: You are a good friend, kind, and gentle, soft spoken and tender. You are shy, lucky, flexible, artistic and affectionate. You are sensitive to beauty and aim for peace in your life. Born in the year: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915, 1903

Dragon: You are strong, successful, self-assured, proud, passionate and decisive. You are bold and loyal. You are eccentric, filled with energy and always on the go. You are powerful, wealthy and wise. Born in the year: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916, 1904

Snake: You are a deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful and creative. You are elegant, sensible, talkative, open minded and intense. Born in the year: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917, 1905

Horse: You are cheerful, talkative, popular and clever. You are quick-witted, capable, magnetic, open-minded and intelligent. Born in the year: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954,1942, 1930, 1918, 1906

Sheep/Ram: You are sincere, observant, peaceful and generous. You are sensible, creative and elegant. You are tender, sympathetic and sometimes shy. Born in the year: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907

Monkey: You are original and talented, charming, quick-witted and inquisitive. You are self-assured, sociable, polite, artistic, and intelligent. You are able to influence people and are successful at almost anything. Born in the year: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920, 1908

Rooster: You are dependable, adventurous and forgiving. You are neat and organized, decisive and responsible. You are scientific, enjoy learning and not afraid to work. Born in the year: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909

Dog: You are intelligent, responsible, gracious, honest, straightforward, loyal and sincere. You are sociable, open-minded, affectionate, sensitive and easy going. You are fair and work well with others. Born in the year: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934. 1922, 1910

Pig: You are trustworthy and trusting, loyal, peace-loving, patient, sincere and calm.  You are brave, noble and understanding. You are hard-working, passionate and intelligent. Born in the year: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911