We were overwhelmed with submissions to our first ever Activity Book Photo contest! Thank you everyone for sharing your creativity with us.
This month’s winner is Topher McCord! We loved the bright orange color he used on our Balinese Mermaid Goddess. Topher will receive a $100 Tea Gift Certificate.
Our honorable mentions include Jorden’s Gamelan (on left) and Noah’s Stubborn Dragon (on right).
Browse all entries on our Flickr page.
Interested in entering the contest for next month? Take a picture of your child’s completed activity book picture and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate. We’ll also post all honorable mentions on our blog page and all submissions will be posted on our Flickr page.
Download all of our activity book pages by visiting our cultural activity printouts blog tag.
I loved these illustrations explaining the legong dance poses and costumes.
Island of Bali. Miguel Covarrubias. Illustration.
Covarrubias in Bali. Adriana Williams and Yu-Chee Chong. EDM, Singapore. Pages 130, 131.
images and sources via Gustavo Thomas Theatre
Today’s Google Doodle marks Diego Rivera’s 100th birthday. If you’re a frequent visitor of Tea’s blog, you know our Modern Mexico children’s clothes collection draws inspiration from the Mexican artist Diego Rivera.
Join us in celebrating this great day by making some art of your own. Below are Tea’s Diego Rivera coloring pages and Frida Kahlo coloring pages from our Modern Mexico Activity book. Take a minute to download these for your children for an educational, fun activity focusing on Diego Rivera for kids.
Download and color our Diego and Frida activity book pages today! We want to see your artwork. Please post your completed pages in the comments section below or on our Facebook.
Spring has sprung in many parts of the country, and this week we’re celebrating by focusing on skateboarding at Tea. Our Spring collection has many urban-inspired, skateboard-friendly pieces that encourage play and hold up well under exuberant activity! To get started and set the tone, we thought we’d share these amazing photographs by local San Francisco artist Andrew Paynter, who traveled around the world photographing skateboarders:
This calendar, created by Spanish designer Oscar Diaz, uses the capillary action of paper to draw ink out of the bottle. Designed to migrate across the sheet daily, the ink fills in each set of numbers with color to represent each day of the month. Different months are represented by a range of colors – greens and yellows in Spring, and reds in Summer. The ink calendar has been exhibited at various design shows around Europe – I wish it was actually in production!
Surrealism is my favorite art movement (so far). Based mainly out of Europe and Latin America, Surrealism began in the 1920s, and spanned across multiple mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, and theater. Often referencing the unconscious and subconscious, Surrealist art has a strange dream-like quality, pushing the boundaries of “normal” situations and combining images and scenes that are not often encountered in one space.
left to right: Salvador Dali, Meret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, (second row) Renee Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Jean Miro, (third row) Leonora Carrington, Man Ray, Leonor Fini
This season we have several pieces influenced by both modern and historical surrealist art, which Katy will post about this week.
If you’ve never seen the work of illustrator Bill Zeman and his daughter Rosie, you’re in for a treat. At the request of his daughter, Zeman illustrates scenes that she dictates and lets her judge the results. Some pieces are grudgingly approved, others adamantly denied, as Rosie does her best to pull “good art” out of her father.
Tiny Art Director started as a blog, and was published as a book in 2010. While humor is the main goal of this work, Zeman also raises an interesting point about encouraging children to view art critically. Recently Rosie the Tiny Art Director has learned the best way to express something is to do it herself. How do children express their imaginary worlds? What art do they like and not like – and more importantly, why?