Paintbrush Diplomacy: A Memoir

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askmar publishing, Jun 21, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography
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One of the pioneers of the movement to recognize and celebrate international children's art was Paintbrush Diplomacy, founded in the early 1970s by Char and Rudy Pribuss.It began by accident. On their trips abroad, Char, a professional artist, would sketch or paint. Children would flock around her to watch. Despite the language barrier, they would communicate.Subsequently, for over 20 years, on a shoestring budget, they visited 61 countries, carrying with them a portfolio of children's paintings that they would exchange with young artists of the countries they visited; leading to formal, annual exchanges of art between countries.Paintbrush Diplomacy: A Memoir contains 230 color children's art paintings, whose ages ranged from 4 to 17 represent 50 different countries. It is both a enchanting and memorable tale of foreign travel and conquering the language barrier through the medium of artArt is an international language. Regardless of where a work was created, the growth and development of a young childtheir basic line structure, shape and form is similar across cultures. This book provides vivid, beautiful examples of the differences in subject matter that reflect where the children live, their culture and what they value most.Children's art is special because it communicates with all ages, not just children. Art exchanges help break down barriers between people and countries.

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5-STAR, recommend reading and enjoying the artwork and the love you will feel after reading this book. Enjoy!

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The Big Dream
The Polish Train
USSRRound One
Breaking the Language Barrier
Adiós Carlotta Y Rodolfo
Too Close for Comfort Without Friendship
What a Joy to Communicate in EnglishSort of
Honor from The Prime Minister
Mates and Wakabouts
The Mud Men
Traveling Back in Time
The Moslem World Lifts its Veil
East Germany No More

Thirst Quencher
Warm Hearts in a Cold Climate
The Colorful State
India and Neighbors
Scandinavian Classrooms Join the California Mix
Opening the Door a Crack
Estonia Revisited
Behind the Iron CurtainWe Leave the Free World
Rude Awakening
Budapest at Last
Audrey and I
Not Alone
Passing on the Painbrush
The International Childrens Art Museum
Volunteers for Paintbrush Diplomacy
A Few Facts About Paintbrush Diplomacy for the Year 2000
Countries Participating in Paintbrush Diplomacy to the Year 2000

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About the author (2011)

Char Pribuss was born in 1919. A life-long professional artist, she also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute. With her husband Rudy, she started Paintbrush Diplomacy in 1972, an international children’s art and letter exchange, that shared the fruits of children’s creativity with people around the world. The program continues to this day.

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