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Yemin Orde Mural Painting

Yemin Orde Mural Painting

Zshuk Art Initiative along with Blueprint(CWW COJECO) had volunteered to create a mural for the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel.  Through creative process and discussion we had arrived at the idea of using art as a healing experience(Tikun Olam) and creating a mural using the shapes of rocks and remains from recent fire that swept through Carmel mountains and hit the village in December 2010. Each artist had created their own “rock” shape to construct an abstract painting.

Artists had worked in collaboration with Russian-speaking teens at the village.

Special thanks to Anna Vainer for the amazing opportunity and one of a kind experience of Israel.

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Solomon’s Chair at Hannah Senesh Community School

Solomon’s Chair at Hannah Senesh Community School


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February 6

1-4 pm

Interactive Installation accompanied by printmaking workshops.

previous event at JCC in Manhattan

Hannah Senesh Community Day School

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Exploration in Collage and 3D Construction

Exploration in Collage and 3D Construction

Explorations in Collage and 3-D Construction is a sequence of 5 lessons in sculpture and construction and is a part of a larger Family Program Initiative titled Art Explorations.

This unit introduces young learners to concepts of 3 dimensionality. The whole sequence is developed based on the artistic uses of 3-dimensional forms, experimentation, and encourages students to come up with innovative uses in constructing their own structures. Each lesson is self contained and reinforces prior knowledge as well as points out new directions for exploration. Students learn by making, observing and listening to each other as well as reflecting on the art made by famous artists. The goal of the sequence is not just to teach about art but to help students develop important habits of mind such as :

  • Persisting
  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Gathering Data Through all Senses
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  • Creating, imagining and Innovation
  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  • Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
  • Taking Responsible Risks
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Finding Humor
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Thinking Interdependently
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

We find that kids love to build and this particular class develops fine motor skills as well as spacial thinking.
I personally had not had many opportunities when I was little to explore sculpture, construction because in FSU these were not the most popular mediums that had been taught to kids. Even when I had gone to art school I still did not have appropriate sculpture experiences. In my adult life, while in Pratt Institute I had problems understanding important and original concepts in Sculpture.

Learning about 3-d concepts teaches children that the world is not flat and gives them a unique perspective on to things around them which building toys don’t.  Sculpture can be suspended in space, balance on a single point, pile up on the side.  It develops imagination in a special way.

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studio 1.4

studio 1.4

February 6

Alter Ego

Inspiration:

Leading up to the celebration of Purim we find the following text:

from myjewishlearning.com

…People are invited to relinquish normal modes of behavior for one day, embracing behavior otherwise viewed with suspicion. Controlled and institutionalized chaos affirms the greater structure of Jewish custom and law by forming an outlet for a healthy questioning and challenge from within. At the same time, consequences of losing control are further balanced by traditions of giving extra tzedakah(charity) and special gifts to friends and neighbors (mishloch manot) on Purim. Even in its antinomianism (breaking the rules), the tradition has one eye focused on communal balance.

It is taught that in messianic times, only the festival of Purim will continue to be celebrated. Despite efforts to untangle its rich weave of paradoxes, no simple analysis suffices to explain this most unusual and dynamic of the Jewish holidays.

Guest artist

Erika Devries

What we will do:

Using props, sets, makeup and clothing create an image of your alter ego or a false identity. It can be someone you imagine yourself being or your anti pod or an opposite. We will created animated GIF image.

click on image to see animation


Important Habits of mind:

  • Creating, imagining and Innovation
  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
  • Taking Responsible Risks
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Finding Humor
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Thinking Interdependently
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
Solomon’s Chair

Solomon’s Chair

This big scale Installation containing 42 separate pieces will invite audiences of all ages to actively participate. The audience will be able to rearrange the pieces and construct their own Solomon’s Chair, an amassing artifact that originally emerged as a result of genius engineering and magic. As artists we are inspired by the idea of opening space for people to actively engage with the art and offer everyone a chance to participate in the making off the project. Similarly to how The original Solomon’s Chair changed based on who had approached it, our installation will change as more and more people pass through it.

If viewed from a distance or by taking a picture with a camera the image of Solomon (fragment of the painting by Nicolas Poussin 1649) can be seen(if it is hard to see squint your eyes or move away from the screen).

The Installation is accompanied by artist talk and printmaking workshops. Participants create a print inspired by the artist process using intaglio method of printing.

Hannah Senesh

JCC of Manhattan

Solomon’s Chair is supported by Cojeco Center Without Walls and Genesis Philanthropy Group

Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat

Sculpture exploration project

Clay is a natural material that came from the earth. It’s a great way to explore the ideas around Tu B’shvat, the New Year for the trees.

Through using natural materials such as clay, wood, twigs and branches, seeds and paper we learn about nature cycles.

Tu B’shavat Seder is a tradition that incorporates songs, vine and fruit tasting.

studio1.2

studio1.2

January 16, 2011

Inspiration:

Eadweard Muybridge

Blow-Up (1966)

111 min  -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller -  18 December 1966 (USA)

A mod London photographer believes that he has photographed a murder.

Director:Michelangelo Antonioni

Writers:Michelangelo Antonioni (story), Julio Cortázar (short story “Las babas del diablo”), and 3 more credits »

Stars:David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles

Activity:

  1. Invent a simple story and perform it.
  2. Take a sequence of images/photos of the performance
  3. Create a simple still image animation using Quick Time


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Stop motion animation by Eley and Dimitri

Important habits of mind:

  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  • Creating, imagining and Innovation
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Finding Humor
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Thinking Interdependently
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

Gesher Jewish educator’s training workshop.

Gesher Jewish educator’s training workshop.

Mask Project

What we did:

  • we looked at Persian art from 6th century
  • we used recycled materials and paper mache technique to create a sculptural mask
  • we had mixed colors and painted masks

Personal Map Project

In this workshop organized by COJECO (Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations) Zhenya Plechkina introduced a group of talented and enthusiastic Russian Jewish college students  fom Project Gesher to watercollor techniques and various approaches to creating a personal map project based on the images of the map of Israel. Students had evoked their personal experiences in relationship to the land of israel and expressed it in their paintings. By the end of this two and a half hour exploration students had shared their ideas and personal stories with the rest of the group. more images

Lesson Plan for Jewish educator’s early childhood workshop