Jewish Deep Dive (Through Art)

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Art is just another way of having conversation - with yourself and others. In our class, we will use unusual art techniques to learn more about how we identify as Jews, and discussions to develop those ideas further.

NO FORMAL ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

 

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birthday-cake 11 - 13 year olds
users 6 - 8 learners per meeting
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Course Details

Description

NO FORMAL ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

What does being Jewish mean to you? Do you ever wonder if other people feel the same way you do, are struggling with the same questions as you about how you identify as Jewish?

Art is just another way of having conversation - with yourself and others. In our class, we will use unusual art techniques to learn more about how we identify as Jews, and discussions to develop those ideas further. We will not aim for a finished project; instead, we will be doing a "deep dive" into our Jewish identities.

This series can be taken once, or many times. The structure will stay the same but the ideas get deeper and more developed!

 

  • Week 1: Learning "scribble" and "word salad" techniques to unlock our creativity and loosen our inhibitions to discussing serious topics.
  • Week 2: Work in pairs to discuss the artwork created between class sessions and develop ideas for continued progress.
  • Week 3: Discuss our art projects in progress, collaborate and brainstorm future directions for our work, and support each other as we continue to work after the series ends.
Requirements
We will be making and showing artwork in this class. The ideal space will have room for materials as well as space for some mess.
Supply List
  • Sketchbook, at least 9x12” (bigger is better)
  • Pencil, eraser, and pen
  • Oil pastels, any brand
  • Black sharpie, any brand and size
  • Watercolor paint palette (Rec: “Prang” brand but any brand is fine)
  • Paintbrushes, varying sizes
  • OPTIONAL: Large canvas paper pad
  • OPTIONAL: Pre-stretched canvas, any size
  • OPTIONAL: Acrylic paints (NOT “BASIC” brand)
    • Recommended colors:
      • Titanium white
      • Mars black
      • Cadmium yellow
      • Cadmium red
      • Cobalt blue
      • Raw sienna
  • OPTIONAL: White model magic (or any air dry clay)
  • OPTIONAL: Tacky glue

Teacher

Robin Sheldon
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Robin Sheldon (also known locally as "Morah Robin") loves art and making messes. With a background in art therapy and experiential Jewish education, Robin often combines Jewish identity exploration with art exploration. Robin has taught art in Jewish day schools and runs a collaborative art making space at Camp Ramah Nyack. She loves using familiar objects in unexpected ways and fully embraces using materials from the recycling bin. To see some of her recent work, visit her Instagram @robintzipi.teach.art.