FRAGMENT + FORTIFY FRIDAY: Story of Flowers, a breathtaking animated tale of life and death
Today I have a couple short meditative and mesmerizing videos and film stills for you to check out. At the very end of this post there is a list of all of the assignments we have done so far. If you need help with anything please do not hesitate to reach out – I am available through email, over the phone and via virtual meet up.
>>>>>>>Also, during locker clean out (which began Monday 5/4) there is table of supplies located outside the art room… on this table you will find your SKETCHBOOKS and basic art supplies such as glue sticks, gel pens, markers and colored pencils. If you are in need of supplies, please only take what you need and plan to return them at the end of the school year in June.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the flower animations!
Nicole Webster Clark
A lush, wordless botanical animation explains the life cycle of exotic flora and its place in the web of life in the three-and-a-half-minute animation, Story of Flowers. Fine art florist Azuma Makoto came up with the film when he couldn't find any good books or movies to explain the concept to his daughter. To realize his vision, he enlisted UK artist Katie Scott and animator James Paulley, who have also illustrated and animated children's books about evolution, and the animal kingdom.
Growing, blooming, rooting. Soil aeration, pollination. Enduring wind, rain, and pollution, dispersing seeds, and growing anew. Directed by Tokyo-based botanical artist Azuma Makoto, Story of Flowers showcases the life cycle of flowers as a wordless explainer. The breathtaking floral animation was illustrated by Katie Scott of the Welcome to the Museum books, with animation by James Paulley.
Story of Flowers is accessible in any language, to audiences of any age, in either cities or in the country. Scott and Paulley's visualizations, guided by Makoto's expertise, strictly follow the narrative arc of a plant: rooting, sprouting, blooming, pollination by birds and insects, surviving rain and storms, rebirth, and decay.
STORY OF FLOWERS
Many different flowers are growing beautifully and strongly in this world. Taking their roots in the earth, sprouting, blooming, pollination by birds and insects, living on in spite of rain, wind and storms.
They pass on the baton of life, rebirth and decay.
Everything is so in a continuous, endless cycle…
The delicate and lively illustration spreads to fill the screen and everybody, both kids and adults, can enjoy this 4-minute animation.
STORY OF FLOWERS 2
This project is a new direction for Makoto, who is known for unique arrangements of flowers and plants. He's frozen bouquets in ice blocks, created floating botanical gardens, and photographed bonsai trees underwater, in the desert, and in space. Check out his Instagram accounts below for examples of his other work.
Flower Artist https://www.instagram.com/azumamakoto/
Botanical Photographer https://www.instagram.com/shiinokishunsuke/
POSTS + ASSIGNMENTS SO FAR
4/5 Hello + Welcome: Introduction, Syllabus etc.
4/6 Monday Art Mission: Still Life Self Portrait
4/8 Wednesday Watch: Prehistoric Stone Age Art
4/10 Fragment + Fortify Friday: Norman Rockwell
4/13 Monday Art Mission: Color Theory w/ Color Wheel Still Life or Color Wheel Collage
4/15 Wednesday Watch: Medieval Illuminations
4/17 Fragment + Fortify Friday: The Dark Crystal
4/20 Monday Art Mission: Contour Drawings + Google Pictionary
4/22 Wednesday Watch: Earth Day + Environmental Art
4/24 Fragment + Fortify Friday: COVID19-Themed Murals + Graffiti Related To Coronavirus
4/27 Monday Art Mission: Review + Catch Up
4/30 Wednesday Watch: Gothic Architecture
5/1 Fragment + Fortify Friday: May Day + The RGB Colorspace Atlas
5/4 Monday Art Mission: Color Therapy Altar + Guided Meditation
5/6 Wednesday Watch: Elements of Art Questions
5/8 Fragment + Fortify Friday: The Story of Flowers
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