NEW YORK, NY—The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in collaboration with La Petite Ecole NYC and Bayam, will host a free art workshop on the Cultural Services’ Facebook Page on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. EST for families and art lovers seeking meaningful entertainment during the COVID-19 confinement period. It will be led by artist Hervé Tullet, author of the New York Times bestselling book, Press Here, and La Petite Ecole NYC French preschool.
Live from his Harlem, New York City home at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tullet will lead a whimsical, flexible, and carefully curated workshop on making flower-themed art using supplies readily available to participants in their homes. Participants will be encouraged to display their artwork in their windows after the workshop, creating a joyful and colorful scene for neighbors and passersby to see.
An extension of the Ideal Exhibition project, created in 2018 by Hervé Tullet and Tobo Studio, Art in My Window draws from Tullet’s conviction that creating art should be an approachable, fun, and lively activity: Can an exhibition take place in a shoebox? In a museum? In a window? Of course! Anything’s possible.
The workshop will be freely accessible to a broad audience of families and art-lovers alike, and participants will be invited to comment their questions for the artist and post photos of their creations.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the U.S. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, intellectuals, and innovators to cities nationwide. www.frenchculture.org
Hervé Tullet, born in Normandy in 1958, is a world-renowned French artist, performer and author of children’s books. He has published more than 80 books, including Press Here––first published in the United States in 2011. The book spent an astonishing four years on The New York Times Best Seller list and has now been translated into over 40 languages. Tullet is equally known for his workshops, sometimes bringing up to several hundred people together. These unique and creative experiences have taken him to Korea, Turkey, London (Tate Modern), Italy and the U.S.––where he has lived since 2015. He has performed at venues such as the Library of Congress (Washington), The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and The Invisible Dog Art Center, among others. In 2018, Tullet launched The Ideal Exhibition, a grand and collaborative project that invites everyone––from museums, to schools, to individuals––to create their very own exhibition inspired by Tullet’s creative process and techniques.
La Petite Ecoleis a French immersion boutique preschool in NYC with locations in Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side. Our project-based pedagogy and arts-curated program prepares children to become fully bilingual and bicultural, ready to read and write in French by Kindergarten. As La Petite Ecole’s artist-in-residence for the past 4 years, Hervé Tullet has designed and led many artistic performances and workshops for the children and the community of La Petite Ecole NYC. Among Tullet’s most memorable partnerships with the school are the Giant Flower workshop inside the entire interior space of La Petite Ecole Greenwich Village (2016); Bloom of Multiculturalism, a block-wide, 3-story- high mural at PS 84, NYC (2018), the first Ideal Exhibition in New York City, created with 850 Lafayette Academy MS256 students (2019), and The Ideal Exhibition Curriculum in 24 lessons for the IIOI MUSEUM in Seoul, Korea (2020). www.lpeny.com
Bayam is a branch of the French press and publishing group, Bayard, which has been a leader in early childhood literature for 50 years. Creating a space for creativity and discovery for children is Bayam’s main objective. The brand is convinced that digital technology is a formidable vector for understanding the world. It offers playful and discovery-oriented digital experiences for children from 3 to 11 years old. These include interactive documentaries, logic and skill games, and creative workshops, among other content. The interface, simple and secure, offers children a wide choice of original content developed by the Bayam studio in collaboration with the great authors of Bayard’s publishing house. bayam.tv