Monthly Archives: November 2011

‘Who we are’ series of books

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This series of books aims to directly touch upon the ‘spark’ in a person and get them to connect with something they ‘love’ to do. In the process, we believe that the person who gets the book always has a reference point of their own to go back to any point of time in their lives.

We are open to making a ‘special story’ for your child or whoever you think needs it.

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Write to us with the name of the person and a little on what they ‘love’ to do. We’d love to make a story on the person to help discover ‘who they are’.

Should you be interested in this work and you want us to work on something like this for you, do write to us at artogetheralways@gmail.com.

Arya loves to climb

Arya loves to climb

She wanted to catch the round moon

She wanted to catch the round moon

She climbed up the rectangular cave

She climbed up the rectangular cave

she climbed on the straight rope

she climbed on the straight rope

saw triangular trees

saw triangular trees

went over rocks of squares

went over rocks of squares

looked over a zig zag town

looked over a zig zag town

And then she came circling down

And then she came circling down

We delved deep into who we are

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This week at Artogether, we took up the theme of delving deep into ourselves to find a spark.

We realised that some of us ‘are’ what we always wanted to be.

One of the people we know is a dancer and she discovered that she would be a dancer all her life – to herself and to the world around her. Dance would give her all the means to live – the material, spiritual, learning, companionship – everything. She has found her space and time in this world to do something she loves best. Meanwhile she also does many other things, perhaps those she likes second best – like brushing her teeth, traveling to different places around the world, and doing some cooking.

Some of us are yet to figure out a way of life, amongst many activities that are happening. Sometimes we feel that we live just like you put your feet beneath the waves in a beach. The drifts are so regularly spaced, and we find our feet drenched and buried below the ground. And by the time we lift up one of our feet, the next wave beckons…. Inspite of that, the joy of the sea and its currents keep the flow going and except for some ‘stuck’ feeling once in a while, we are not complaining.

Some of us have started discovering a new world of people and conversations and learning, that we never believed was in our grasp, yet we find ourselves in the company of others who inspire us, and we in turn inspire them.

Some of us have discovered that we are nomads – drifting in a world full of ideas that there is no ‘one way’ to discover it. We take it as it comes, and aspire to give it our best shot.

However, we all agree with one thing – that every human being – rich or poor, sick or stubborn, black or white, thin or fat – we all have a spark. And its important to acknowledge that.

That spark needs to be nurtured in children and the fact that you can have many skills should be open as a possibility to them.

This has inspired us in our book – in the ‘Who we are’ Series. The book takes children through many dimensions of what they are and what they can do.

With such a personal book, an adult can help a child understand that its important to give an opening to your skills for you to explore the world better. An art could do that to you. Today.

Explore an art. Today.

We Artogether

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Artogether is a collective – A Group of people who want to bring art into everyone’s lives and will do different things to get about doing that!!!

We believe that everyday, each of us is promised with significant moments in life, sometimes challenging, and sometimes very intriguing. We believe that if you are oriented in art, you will make the best use of them. Your response to situations will be more towards harmony and oneness with the world and nature.

We love to work with groups of children and adults, getting them to express themselves better.

Through knowing Art, you get to know a little more about yourself, and through knowing yourself better, you make a better world.

At this point of time, we are exploring areas like working on Handmade books, toys and stationary, working with children and adults on exploring themseves, introducing people to the world of Art with a historical perspective.

We want to be able to share, spread the word, experience art in its myriad ways thereby enriching everyone’s everyday aspirations and goals.

If you wish to join us in our mission and contribute in whichever way you can, we’d love to talk! Write to us at artogetheralways@gmail.com.

Out in the Garden – Touch and Feel book by Ramya Chidambaram and Preetha Srinivasan

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We have created this book because we love the garden. We love many little experiences that the garden can give us. Lots of activities to do and so many different things to see. This week, at Artogether, we wish to explore the garden. The book takes you through many little things that children ‘do’ in the garden like spotting snails or counting pebbles. Its arranged in such a way that you can also get a sense of numbers while reading this book.

About this book: Out in the Garden is a book that can be personalised with the names of your children and friends. We can accomodate as many names as you need so that the book becomes very special for each person who reads it. We believe this book will be ideal for 2 to 6 year olds.

Artogether books are handmade. If you’d like us to make this kind of a book for you, contact us at artogetheralways@gmail.com.

For children we could recommend these as activities:

1. Take your children to explore the garden and spot different colours of leaves.
2. Identify at least 5 different plants and find out what fruits / seeds / leaves come from them.
3. Water the plants in your garden with the children
4. Watch garden animals – snails, worms, insects
5. Get your children to eat a fruit / taste a leaf straight from the tree.
6. The more adventurous ones can try climbing a tree.
7. If you live in an apartment, try and bring a little plant into your home. There are many varieties of indoor plants.
8. On a special day – birthday, etc gift your children a tree. Plant it and see it grow along with them.