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Addendum to A View from the American Guild of Judaic Art’s Mentor Program by Flora Rosefsky

27 May

Courtesy A. Harris Purim Costume for a Hero

This is an addendum to Flora Rosefsky’s post about mentoring in the American Guild of Judaic Art. In November Adam attached to me photos of an assignment. They were illustrations of modern day “Purim Heroes”, where Adam used Captain America comic strip illustration adding Jewish symbols, like a contemporary hero. He had told me that […]

First Annual Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art

13 Sep

Yosi Arish Zamaa Nafshi copyright Yosi Arish Courtesy N.L Cohen

I’m very pleased to be able to write about the first annual Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art (September 15 through October 31st.) This first year will have five exhibitions in five separate locations. This looks like it should be very exciting and interesting. There are about fifty artists, both Israeli and International, emerging and […]

Judaic Visual Arts Mentoring Program

24 Aug

Abundance by Karen Dresser, one of the mentors in the Guild of Judaic Arts' new free mentoring program for students.

Do you have or are you an artistic junior or high school student who is interested in creating Judaic art? The American Guild of Judaic Artists has started an interesting new project: The Judaic Visual Arts On-Line Mentoring Program. This program is open to students all over the world in grades 7-12. Students interested in […]

Temma Gentle’s Shiva Box

14 Jul

Temma Gentles Shiva Box via Birkat Chaverim

Its almost the end of the three weeks so I have been posting items related to themes of the times. Mourning is one of those themes. When my father passed away, one of the things that were helpful during the shiva was that the chevra kadisha had given us a book where people could write […]

Using Papercuts to Teach Values

12 May

Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik paper-cut workshop student participant with her Mizrach in progress and comic books at Camp Newman. Image courtesy Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik interview via birkat chaverim

We are happy to welcome artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik as part of the Mitzvot Unplugged Series. Isaac uses innovative materials in his paper-cuts (I encourage you to take a look at them.) He will be talking about the workshops (which he teaches to students young and old.)   1. How do you relay Jewish values in […]

Kol HaOt – Illuminating Jewish Life through Art

30 Apr

Kol Haot Group Project Image courtesy Kol Haot

We are happy to have a guest post from Kol Haot as part of the Mitzvot Unplugged Series. A fuller version of this post appeared in the Lookstein Journal Jewish Educational Leadership: The Arts in Jewish Education A short note, although i have never participated in the series, many years ago I visited David Moss’s […]

Review: Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy by Izzy Pludwinski

11 Mar

Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy Review

  A number of years ago on the suggestion of a friend, I had the opportunity to visit Izzy Pludwinski in his studio. I was impressed by how he spoke about his work, and the calmness he emitted during the visit. I have not met him since that visit, but his name has cropped up […]

Passover downloads from artist Ken Goldman

10 Mar

ken goldman matzah origami- all rights reserved Ken Goldman

I love Ken Goldman’s work. He’s funny and clever and makes you think about Jewish concepts in new ways. Did you know that he has an assortment of free diy Jewish art kits? And some are useful for Pesach? These include an eco bedikat chametz cutout, the pyramid oragami matzah holders below, and a Birds […]

Festival of Jewish Artisans program list

26 Feb

CCAR article illustration a gift to the community

This post is intended as extra material for an article I wrote with my mom for the winter CCAR journal. This is a special issue entitled “Inspiration and Opportunity: The Arts and Jewish Life.” It is chock full of interesting articles. I have been slowly reading the other contributions and learning new things. Our Article […]

New Collaborative Pinterest Group- Jewish Art

30 Oct

In addition to the Jewish Informal Education Pinterest group, we’ve also set up a Jewish art pinterest group. The idea behind this one was mainly to provide Judaica artists with another way to expose their work to the public but also as a way to interact with one another. Ok I admit that I also […]