About Zhenya Plechkina

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Artist&Me@TheMET

Artist&Me@TheMET

Artist&Me@TheMET    

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(in Russian) since 2012

Museum Education Series designed to advance children’s cognitive development, through exploration of art materials and techniques used by the artists to stimulate imagination, help children construct meanings about the world, develop a global perspective and promote art appreciation. Children study from the original works of art and create their own work right in the gallery of world’s most famous museum! 

group 1 (3.5-5 year old) 12-1:00pm 

group 2 (6-9 year old): 2 – 3 p.m 

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Fee: $400 for all 10 tours or $45 per class (2 classes minimum)

Dates: Sept.17, Oct.15, Nov.12, Dec.10, Jan.21, Feb.11, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10

How does Zshuk Museum Education Series stand out?

  • Zshuk tours are created with an idea of promoting children’s cognitive development, through exploration of art materials and techniques used by the artists to stimulate imagination, help children construct meanings about the world, build upon experiences to express a personal vision; develop a global perspective and recognize the power of art to communicate beliefs and values.
  • all Zshuk tours are led by a professional artist and pedagog .
  • each tour focuses on a particular work of art, artist or culture with an idea to give children a very specific in depth experience
  • children use professional art materials.
  • prior to each trip a teaching artist conducts thorough research in order to build clear and age appropriate connections and develop a immersive educational experience for the children.
  • each tour children listen to a story and look at picture books that unveil the life of artists, cultural background or mythology of the work they will view.
  • all parents receive personal e-mail reminders about the tours and the information about what happened during the previous tour.
  • at the end of the year each student receives a special portfolio containing their work, and a special Certificate of Connoisseurship.
  • the artist/educator maintains appropriate standards for the children’s behavior using non-punitive method that teaches self-discipline while supporting children’s self-esteem, promotes mutual respect and models problem solving skills and gears the program to the needs of the individual child with concern for the child’s interests, special needs, special talents and individual style and pace of learning.

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Art Journey Project

Art Journey Project

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Art Journey Project (ages 8-14)

Museum Education Series designed to introduce students to identity building and exploring Jewish stories through art lenze. Children use visual art, music, drama and literature to connect to other disciplines. Professional artist guide students through constructing their personal stories and teach them to apply the skills and knowledge learned in art to interpreting the world. NEX SEMESTER fall 2013: Dates: Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec14 3-5pm

REGISTER - next tour, Jewish Museum: Chagall Love, War, and Exile

 

December 14th, 2013. The Story of Joseph @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art

November 23, 2013 Song-writing and Recording  bench - colorWith amazing Naomi Less, professional musician, songwriter and educator and Glenn Grossman of  Studio G-2. At the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.    

 

 

October 26, 2013 Chayei Sarah / The Life of Sarah wk Tour to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art Animated Films based on the weekly Torah Chapter and the work of Jewish/South African Artist William Kentridge.     video from the tour: http://www.youtube.com          

Last Year’s Series:

May 11, 3-5pm

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The Brooklyn Textile Center

We will explore the art of waving and dyeing in connection to the story of Joseph’s amazing coat.  This session is special, because we had arranged with the Brooklyn Textile Center to give weaving and dyeing workshop to both the children and the parents! We are very excited about this and strongly encourage all parents to stay and participate in this beautiful experience.

April 27, 3-5pm

The Grand Press Printmaking Studio

1024 Dean Street, Unit 3 Brooklyn, NY 11238 We will explore the art of printmaking creating a series of prints based on our sketches done at the Museum of Modern Art. zshukai

Marina Ancona

Artsist, print master has collaborated with emerging and well-established artists for over eleven years in print shops in Santa Fe, NM, New York, NY and Paris, France. 10 Grand Press is a independent print shop that specializes in fine art printing. Artists work with a professional printer to create original works on paper. The press was started in 1999, in a old sewing factory in Brooklyn NY. In 2004, the shop was moved to a new location in Brooklyn and a new shop was built in Santa Fe. Both shops offer a range of printing techniques, including Monotype, Intaglio, Relief Printing, Paper Lithography, Solar Plates and Stencils.

February 23

Purim Shpiel

interactive improv/game extravaganza based on the Purim story with view photos from the event   imageSHAWN SHAFNER is a theatre-maker, educator, and the creator of The People’s Own Organic Power Project (www.thePOOPproject.org), creating art and educational experiences that connect people to their bodies, planet and global community. His NYC acting credits include performances at Madison Square Garden, Theater Row, Joe’s Pub, The Club at La Mama, and Classic Stage Company. Shawn spent 2008 touring nationally as Pablo in Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans Live!, and has been creating original ritual theater with Storahtelling since 2005. He is the recipient of a 2005 Spielberg Fellowship, holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has trained in Russia at the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, and the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Italy. Shawn is the Storahtelling Artist-in-Residence at the JCC Manhattan Saul and Carol Zabar Nursery School, has taught Hebrew school classes throughout NYC, and works as a teaching artist in schools and community centers with Arts for All.

February 23rd @ Dixon Place theatre space 3-5pm

161 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002 space is limited

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Point and Line to Plane @ Gugenheim Museum

with Yana Manovskaya YANA MANOVSKAYA         Photos from trip

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NEX SEMESTER: Dates: Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec14

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This program is sponsored by Genesis Philanthropy Group

Hanukkah interactive performance

Hanukkah interactive performance

              Build the Temple, play war and createimage miracles!

Prazdniki: Hanukkah CelebЯations for the whole family(in Russian)!

 Come join us for a magical journey through Hanukkah with interactive
performances, fun activities, and a chance to interact with excellent
artists and performers, all in Russian!
Sunday, November 24 
10:00am – 12:00pm
$5 per person  
at Hannah Senesh Community Day School
342 Smith Street between 1st and 2nd places
this exciting event brings together Russian language and Jewish  cultural programs with an added value of arts and entertainment. Art activities and interactive storytelling is perfect for the whole family. Come join us for a day of fun and excitement.
Free admission into the Community Hanukkah Art Festival (1pm-4pm)  with admission to Prazdniki!
 
Приглашаем Вас разделить с нами путешествие в чудесный мир Хануки! Вас ждут увлекательные игры, интерактивные  представления и возможность пообщаться с талантливыми художниками и артистами. Все мероприятия проводятся только на русском языке!

Воскресенье 24 Ноября
10-12
Это уникальная программа соединяет в себе различные элементы искусства и развлечения, объединяя русский язык  и еврейскую культуру в рамках одного мероприятия. Занятия искусством и непосредственное участие в создании живого рассказа – великолепное время препровождения для всех членов Вашей семьи.Проведите этот волшебный, наполненный радостью день с нами!

Art Explorations in Russian (4-7 years old)

Art Explorations

(Ages 4-7, Drop-off]
For Russian Speaking Children
in Park Slope

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

In this class, children will gain hands on knowledge of various fine art mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. We will study works by famous artists and explore their lives and personal stories.  Children will learn to draw and paint from observation, create three-dimensional forms. During each class children will reflect upon their creative process and will share it with their peers and family while learning new Russian words. Lessons are taught by professional teaching artist. Classes will be taking advantage of the beautifully situated historic space of the Brooklyn Society for Ethic Culture, utilizing indoor and outdoor facilities.

TUESDAYS 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Ages 4-7
4 sessions: $120
(includes portfolio and art supplies)
12 Sessions: $330 (Save 20%)
(Includes portfolio and art supplies)
DATES:
Staring Date: Sept 11th, End Date: Dec 11th, NO CLASS Sept 18th, Nov 27th

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For more information email us art@zshuk.com

PURIM DressUP EXTRAVAGANZA

PURIM DressUP EXTRAVAGANZA

PURIM DressUP EXTRAVAGANZA

Join us for Purim DressUP Extravaganza for the entire family taking place at the New York Aquarium.

Sunday March 4th, 12-2pm

New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue & West 8th Street in Brooklyn, New York 11224

ENJOY THE PURIM STORY PUPPET SHOW

MAKE YOUR OWN COSTUME

T-shirt Stencil printing, Mask Making

MODEL IT ON THE RUNWAY

PAY ONLY $12 for adults and $9 for children for admission with a COUPON

(Download, print and bring this coupon to get a discount admission on March 4th, 2012 12-2pm). Admission without a coupon is adults: $14.95, children: $10.95

The PURIM Extravaganza is Zshuk educational art events, which connect children to the Jewish tradition through art and celebration of Jewish Holidays. Artists and educators who are passionate about establishing deep and profound connections to Jewish stories organize the program of event.

The event will open with the puppet staging of the Purim story created especially for the event. Children will create their own costumes and model them on the Purim Extravaganza runway to the music and cheers of their friends and families.

 

Artist And Me Program Mark’s JCH

 

 

 

Exciting Music Sequence with Ilia this Tuesday

 

We had an awesome class in Music with introduction of various percussion instruments and drawing. At the end kids made abstract drawings. Ilia played the saxophone to their drawings and he even showed them how he made sounds that followed the lines they had made and it was slow and long as well as quick and hectic. It was really great, I am excited to share images with everyone. The pictures just don’t show it well enough!

Curriculum materials are coming soon.

 

Special Program Preview event

Sunday September 11 at 1pm.

PHOTOS FROM PROGRAM PREVIEW EVENT


Join Fall semester at Mark’s JCH

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Tuesdays, 5-6pm, September 20th-December 27, 2011

and get 15 classes in ART, MUSIC and DRAMA

and a spectacular show for the entire family!

Fee: $260 members, $340 non members

Admission is by application only. To enroll please fill out online application to reserve a spot for your child. If you have any questions, please contact info@zshuk.com

 

This semester, kids will have a unique opportunity to learn with the following artists:

Ilia Skibinsky (Composer, Musician) As Saxaphonist and keyboard player toured with Cirque Du Soleil in US and Japan. reciepient of the prestigious America Israel Cultural Foundation Award.

 

Ben Sargent (Theater Director)
Received his MFA from the Moscow Art Theater School(МХАТ). He teaches at NYU Tisch Drama, and is a founding member of Studio Six theater company. Ben also teaches at a NYC public school.

 

 

 

Zhenya Plechkina (Artist/Print-maker) Founder of Zshuk Art Initiative
Received MPS from NYU Tisch School of Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program(ITP) and Masters Degree in Visual Art Education from Pratt Institute with a NY state license to teach pre-k-12 grade. Artist in residence at a variety of NYC public schools for over 6 years. Exhibited art internationally(Moscow and Venice Biennial) and in the US (Queens Museum of Art, American Institute of Architects).


Sea Monster March at The New York Aquarium

SEA MONSTER MARCH

PHOTOS FROM THE SEA MONSTER MARCH

is a Musical Art show for the entire family with artists, musicians and actors taking place at the New York Aquarium.

Sunday October 2nd 12pm-3pm.

New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue & West 8th Street in Brooklyn, New York 11224.

12pm-2pm – make your own sea monster with a professional puppeteer and artist and help us put together the Giant Sea Monster.

2pm-3pm Rehearsal preparation with music and puppets followed by the Grand Sea Monster March through the aquarium.

 

New York based artists, musicians and actors will lead children and their families in a creative exploration of sea life, water and the environment. Every participant will have a chance to be a part of a fascinating artistic experience.

Exploration led by a visual artist using exciting textiles and colorful materials will enable kids and adults to create original puppets, props and images, and will lead to a performance with experimental musicians and a professional puppeteer. All participants will be involved in an original experience and along with professional artists create a unique experimental show right on the spot.

Only $8 admission with a coupon

(download, print and bring this coupon to get a discount admission on October 2nd, 2011 12-3pm). Admission without a coupon is adults:$14,95, children:$10,95

NEW Fall Art Program

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM PREVIEW PHOTOS

New and exciting program that emphasizes Jewish learning, art, and pedagogy in a fun environment for children and parents. Our curriculum has connections to beautiful Jewish texts, stories, multidisciplinary creating, and concepts and teaches children to think deeply, flexibly, and imaginatively. As a result children are able to construct a very personal connection to Judaism, express themselves and to become self-reliant, creative, and independent thinkers. At the end of the semester everyone will be able to participate in a spectacular Theatrical Performance Show for the entire family!

REGISTER for Fall semester:

Mark’s JCH of Bensonhurst

JCC in Manhattan

If you have any questions, please contact me at zhenya.plechkina@gmail.com

Please see our last year’s projects 

Artist And Me program JCC in Manhattan


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for Zshuk Art Initiative at Russian Shabbat Club at JCC in Manhattan.

Fridays. 4:30-5:30pm, September 23, 2011 -January20, 2012

New and exciting program that emphasizes Jewish learning, art, and pedagogy in a fun environment. Our curriculum has connections to beautiful Jewish texts, stories, multidisciplinary creating, and concepts and teaches children to think deeply, flexibly, and imaginatively. As a result children are able to construct a very personal connection to Judaism, express themselves and to become self-reliant, creative, and independent thinkers. All clases are taught in Russian and take place in an exciting and beautiful space at a fully-stocked classroom at the JCC of Manhattan. At the end of the semester everyone will be able to participate in a spectacular Theatrical Performance Show for the entire family!   This semester, kids will have a unique opportunity to learn with the following artists:

 

Ben Sargent (Theater Director)

Received his MFA from the Moscow Art Theater School(МХАТ). He teaches at NYU Tisch Drama, and is a founding member of Studio Six theater company. Ben also teaches at a NYC public school.


Dmitri Slepovitch
(Composer, Musician) Ph.D. (Musicology, Ethnomusicology) Educator, clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, composer, conductor, and Yiddish singer, a founding member and the Artistic Director of the Minsker Kapelye and Litvakus bands. He serves as an Assistant to the Artistic Director at the National Yiddish Theater – Folksbiene, New York. He performs and teaches Ashkenazi Jewish music and other Eastern and Central European musical traditions.  

Zhenya Plechkina
(Artist/Print-maker) Founder of Zshuk Art Initiative
Received MPS from NYU Tisch School of Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program(ITP) and Masters Degree in Visual Art Education from Pratt Institute with a NY state license to teach pre-k-12 grade. Artist in residence at a variety of NYC public schools for over 6 years. Exhibited art internationally(Moscow and Venice Biennial) and in the US (Queens Museum of Art, American Institute of Architects).   If you have any questions, please contact me at zhenya.plechkina@gmail.com Please visit zshuk.com to see our last year’s projects.

The Besht’s Magical Journey

The Besht’s Magical Journey

The Besht’s Magical Journey

INTERACTIVE MUSICAL  SHOW

Zshuk Art Initiative, announces the First Interactive Show
for the entire family in Russian,

LAST SHOW

Sunday May 29, 4pm

at

Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11235

To be a part of the interactive circle please register

Past shows: Kings Bay Y, May 15, 1pm, May 8th, 11am, JCH of Besonhurst
April 17, 11am, JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

pictures from the show on May 15

pictures from the show on May 8th

 


 

 

 

 

“Играют Все!” an article from The “Reporter” Newspaper. click to read.

 

“The Besht’s Magical Journey” is an educational and entertaining show for the entire family. This Russian language experimental theater performance depicts the adventures– as well as the good deeds — of the 17th century Jewish mystical rabbi, the Baal Shem Tov (“The BESHT”), during the Turkish occupation of Ukraine. Created and produced by Zshuk Art Initiative in under 30 days, it is scheduled to be performed in five Jewish Community Centers around the New York area.

Zshuk artists and educators have adopted this story from the legendary book “Jewish Folk Tales”, written by Efim Rayze and published posthumously in 1999 after the author’s imprisonment by the Soviets. Zhuk artists and educators, Zhenay Plechkina and Misha Sklar, will direct a cast that includes Yelena Shmulenson (“A Serious Man, “Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish”), and Genadiy Vysotsky (San Francisco Lyrical Opera). Michael Evans (whose past collaborations include Evan Parker, Alexander Hacke Einsturzende Neubauten), is the show’s composer and musical director.

Participant space is limited (please RSVP). Preference is given to families with children. If you would like to be a part of interactive circle during the show please write to zhenya.plechkina@gmail.com.


Yelena Shmulenson emigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine in 1993. Her TV and film credits include the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Life on Mars (ABC), American Experience: Fire At The Triangle (PBS), and Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish. Stage: 4 seasons Off-Broadway with the Folksbiene, 2 seasons at the Ellis Island Theatre, Enemies: A Love Story in Russian, Frank (‘Klezmatics’) London’s musical of A Night In the Old Marketplace, the tours of Lady of Copper: The Statue of Liberty Musical and The Essence: A Yiddish Theater Dim Sum, etc.  She has also recorded several audio books, winning the Earphones Award for her recordings of Train to Trieste and Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl and Rosa. She can be heard in the radio drama The Witches of Lublin, currently playing on various radio stations across the country. She is fluent in four languages.

 

Michael Evans – is an improvising drummer/percussionist/ thereminist/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics. As well as being a drum set player, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics.  He has worked with a wide variety of artists including Samm Bennett, Jac Berrocal, EasSide Percussion, Fast Forward(Gobo), God is my Co-Pilot,  Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Susan Hefner, Skip LaPlante’s Music for Homemade Instruments, Karen Mantler’s Pet  Project, Sean G. Meehan, Gordon Monahan, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, William Parker, LaDonna Smith, Toronto Dance Theatre and Peter Zummo.


Genady Vysotskywas born in Odessa, Ukraine. Gennady graduated from the Odessa School of Music. He became interested in acting at an early age, and began to explore that interest by participating in numerous musical theater performances, as well as appearing in several major motion pictures. After emigrating to the United States, Gennady graduated from the University of California at Davis, earning a double degree in Economics and Mathematics. At the same time Gennady continued his musical education. In the last few years Gennady has participated in the productions of the Magic Flute and Macbeth in the San Francisco Lyric Opera. Gennady has recently moved to New York to further pursue his musical career.


Anton Rayn - Originally studied all aspects of Puppet Theater and Performance in Kiev, Ukraine, and continued his education in the US, graduating from Brandeis University. He spent the better part of his childhood as a child performer and continues to be actively involved in children’s theater as an adult (with and without puppets): Les Misérables (JCHS), You Can’t Take It With You (JCHS), Joe and Mary’s Irish/Italian Wedding (NY Dinner Theater), Sleeping Beauty (Growing Stage), New York Renaissance Faire.

 

Baal Shem Tov or Besht - Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) ben Eliezer (רבי ישראל בן אליעזר August 27, 1698 (18 Elul) – May 22, 1760), was a Jewish mystical rabbi. He is considered to be the founder of Hasidic Judaism . The Besht was born to Eliezer and Sara in Okopy (Ukrainian: Окопи) a small village that over the centuries has been part of Poland, Russia, and is now part of Ukraine, (located in the Borschiv Raion (district) of the Ternopil Oblast).  Better known to many religious Jews as “the holy Baal Shem”, or most commonly, the Baal Shem Tov (בעל שם טוב). The title Baal Shem Tov is usually translated into English as “Master of the Good Name”. The name Besht (בעש”ט) — the acronym from the words comprising that name, bet ayin shin tes—is typically used in print rather than speech. The little biographical information that is known about Besht is so interwoven with legends of miracles that in many cases it is hard to arrive at the historical facts. From the numerous legends connected with his birth it appears that his parents were poor, upright, and pious. When he was orphaned, his community cared for him. At school, he distinguished himself only by his frequent disappearances, being always found in the lonely woods surrounding the place, rapturously enjoying the beauties of nature. Chapin and Weinstock contend that the Besht was essentially the right person, in the right place, at the right time. Eighteenth century Podolia was an ideal place to foster a sea-change in Jewish thinking. A Turkish occupation of Podolia occurred within the Besht’s lifetime. Once the Polish Magnates regained control from the Turks, Podolia essentially went through an economic boom. The Magnates were benevolent to the economic benefits the Jews provided and encouraged Jewish resettlement to help protect the frontier from future invasions. Thus, the Jewish community itself was essentially starting over. Within this context, the Jews of Podolia were open to new ideas. The Besht’s refreshing new approaches to Judaism were welcome, expanding with little resistance in a community hungry for change.


Efim Rayze -  collected “Jewish Folk Tales” from FSU. This collection is vibrant and reach with moral and funny stories and mystical tales. The book published posthumously in 1999.  These stories represent a slice of Jewish history and identity that has long been neglected and even forbidden in the Former Soviet Union.

 

Leon Theremin - Lev Sergeyevich Termen, Russian: Лев Сергеевич Термен) (27 August 1896, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire) was a Russian and Soviet inventor. He is most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He is also the inventor of interlace, a technique of improving the picture quality of a video signal, widely used in video and television technology. His invention of “The Thing”, an espionage tool, is considered a predecessor of RFID technology. http://www.thereminworld.com/

 

 

This program has been created by Zshuk Art Initiative, sponsored by CWW project of COJECO, funded by the UJA Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group and Joshua Venture Group