Female students in Mazar counting fruit they collected during a scavenger hunt
In September, after several months of attending weekly skateboarding classes alongside taking part in various art projects, students at Skateistan Mazar began their first complete semester unit. Alongside their peers in Phnom Penh and Kabul, students in Mazar will be focusing the next several months on nutrition and sanitation.
A female student studies a detailed map of Afghanistan during the mapping semester.
After finishing the 11th semester on colours, Skateistan Kabul started the new semester on mapping. This semester included different activities, games, online learning, drawing, spray painting the walls of Skateistan, and many more things that we can’t say in one or two pages...
In spring 2011 Skateistan offered its students a specialized film class. Four of those who chose to sign up didn’t yet realize they had taken the first steps to create the dramatic masterpiece ‘Skateistan Break’ – the first student-produced homage to ‘Prison Break’, possibly ever.
Classes covered a range of fundamental filmmaking techniques, including classical camera techniques, the importance of multiple angles, and how to develop characters and atmosphere through particular shots.
Throughout the 8-week course the students mastered the art of story telling via the medium of film, eventually deciding to create their own film.
From this moment on four students - Sulaiman, Hamdullah, Haroon and Karim embarked on a two year long cinematic adventure. The group developed their plot via storyboards, meticulously planning each scene that would tell the story of 'Skateistan Break'. Once they had finished filming, the team proceeded with the next phase of production – to edit, translate and dub over their film. The product of their journey is 'Skateistan Break', a 10m44s film which is 100% a Skateistan student creation.
A new semester has begun here at Skateistan, Kabul! This semester’s topic involves exploring the concept of colours, and classes are in full swing regardless of the freezing temperatures of Kabul’s winter. Students will learn the basics of colour, from warm to cool colours and even secondary and primary colors. From the basics, the youth will take what they have learned to develop creative art projects in many different forms and mediums.
To start off the semester, Skateistan students played a fun musical chair game in which they were assigned a color from the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or violet. One student from each colour group had to go in front of the class where a circle of chairs waited for them. The youth had to walk, although most of them were just so anxious to sit they started running, and when their colour was called they had to sit in a chair. There was always one chair less than there were students, so whoever didn’t get to take a seat had to sit back in their regular chair.
After the game, the students were introduced to the basic properties of colour (hue, intensity, and value) in order for them to better understand how colour really works. The students also explored in their first week how people actually see colour, and how colour and light go hand-in-hand.
Following the basics of colour during the first few weeks at Skateistan, the students learn more detailed facts on colour and will have projects to accompany the things they have learned. Students will learn about warm and cool colours, colour value, analogous, complementary, and neutral colors, and also about how colour affects a person’s psychology.
Projects for the colour semester will include creating their own kaleidoscope, making colourful trees with paint and buttons, and even making colourful jewelry with wire and pistachios. Additionally, a curriculum on colour in Afghanistan could not be complete without learning about the importance of the national colors: green, black, and red. Students will learn about these colours and also about the history of the nation’s flag. More to come soon!