Remember the American Guild of Judaic Art’s Mentor Program I posted about a while back? Today we have a guest post from Flora Rosefsky, a mentor in the program. I’ve long admired Flora’s work so I’m excited to have her perspective in the Mitzvot Unplugged series. Her work is fun and vibrant, as you can see from the works included in this post.
Flora Rosefsky, SABBATH BRIDE QUEEN, collage: paper cutout and mixed materials, © Flora Rosefsky
We started our mentoring program this past November, 2013 and have been meeting about once a month, usually a Sunday evening, 8pm EST. I live in Atlanta, Georgia. After some discussion to learn what Adam is interested in, I give him an “art assignment” to complete for the following session. He scans the completed work a few days before we meet when a thoughtful critique takes place. Adam is a mature 7th grader, very focused, and enthusiastic about the mentoring program, where he can have a one on one educational experience with a professional teaching artist. This supplements his ongoing visual arts education in school as well as his natural interest in drawing, which he enjoys on his own.
After his Bar Mitzvah, he will be creating a mixed media work expressing a theme from his Parashat Hashavua. A theme he thought he’d like to explore might be “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself”. It is really a delight to be Adam’s mentor this year.
Titles of themes of Adam’s work:
Adam Harris, TREE OF LIFE, paper cutout collage (Polish method of symmetry using folded paper) © Adam Harris
To Join the Mentor Program
The mentoring program has rolling admissions and a few more openings. To learn more contact the American Guild of Judaic Art.
Flora Rosefsky, TIKKUN OLAM and NEILAH (two paper cutout collage works in the “RITUAL SERIES”., © Flora Rosefsky
Flora Rosefsky, LIFE CHAPTER 5 (one in a ” LIFE CHAPTERS Suite of 7: A Visual Autobiography” (My life at the age of 5.)collage, paper cutout and mixed materials, © Flora Rosefsky
To see more of Flora’s work please visit her website.
According to Larry Schloss, Mentor Program Founder and Director, The mentor program is currently underway and includes as mentors, Judaic artists Shoshanna Brombacher, Michael Bagdanow, Karen Dresser, Flora Rosefsky, Reeva Schaffer, Karin Shain Schloss, and Jeanel Vogel. The students live in California, El Paso, Texas, New Jersey, and Portland, Oregon. The students participating are delightful kids who are passionate about art in general, and Judaic art in particular.