Bar/Bat Mitzvah art projects

Connect to Jewish culture and tradition through art

Does your child want to express him/herself with art? I can assist your child creating a meaningful experience with painting, sculpture, mixed media, or photography.

Make art inspired by their bar/bat mitzvah parsha (=Torah portion).

Make their own illustrated megillah, hagaddah, or bencher.

Any other art-related project in any style.


Private and semi-private classes and tutoring.

SAMPLE PROJECT #1.

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Based on her Parsha Shemot, this student chose to make a painting portraying Pharaoh, who was threatened by the Israelites’ growing numbers, ordering the two midwives, Shirah and Puah, to kill all Jewish baby boys at birth.

The inner painting, framed in black, shows Pharaoh in his palace; one sees the back of his blue & gold headgear in the foreground. In the background are 2 humbly dressed midwives, listening to his decree. These women helped prevent the murder of Jewish male children by the Egyptians,  possibly the first known incident of civil disobedience in history.

The outer painting, acting as a frame, features designs inspired by ancient Egyptian motifs.

This painting was presented by the student at her Brit Atid ceremony by the Jewish Journey Project in Manhattan.


SAMPLE PROJECT # 2

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Pomegranates made from foam core, model magic and paint, on top of a gold leaf tray.

This student designed a series of 3-D artworks for Rosh Hashanah, since her Bat Mitzvah celebration falls during the week before the Jewish New Year.

She painted and sculpted six different pieces. Three of these are symbolic foods: a round Challah that represents a new beginning, apples and honey for a sweet new year, and a pomegranate full of seeds: we hope that we will have as many good deeds as the seeds in a pomegranate. 

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Challah artwork made from plywood, soft metal, model magic, paper and paint.

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The three Rosh Hashanah foods in progress.

She also created two pieces that represent symbolic experiences during this time: a shofar and the tashlich ceremony.


SAMPLE PROJECT # 3.

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Based on the the book Genesis, students built and painted 7 panels, each one representing a day in the Creation of the World.

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SAMPLE PROJECT # 4

This student chose to create an artistic response to her Torah portion for her Bat Mitzvah ceremony. I helped her bring her project to fruition. She made a painting of the Tabernacle, inspired by her parsha Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10). 

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The Israelites had a portable temple that they brought through the wilderness (on their way to Israel from Egypt, and also afterwards in Israel), called the Tabernacle (also called Tent of Meeting). This is where they brought their sacrifices to God, since this was the main way people worshipped their gods in the ancient world. There was a high priest (Aaron, Moses’ brother) and the priests (his sons) who ran it and offered the sacrifices.


The end of Exodus includes detailed instructions for the way in which the Tabernacle, the special altars, tables, and such inside used for the services, and the clothes of the priests should be made. The Tabernacle itself is a tent, embroidered fabric held up by multiple poles. There were some things outside (the bronze altar, for example, on which animals were sacrificed) where the people could see the service.


SAMPLE PROJECT # 5

A class of 10 students at the Jewish Journey Project created several Bar/Bat Mitzvah art projects during the 2016 Spring semester.

  1. Made an illustrated book about their Bar/Bat Mitzvah community project. Projects ranged from “helping animal shelters” to “visiting and cooking a meal for a senior” to “collecting candies for IDF soldiers”.
  2. Made a scroll based on their own specific Bar/Bat Mitzvah parsha. In a 2 hour session they explored biblical texts and concepts while creating a highly personal artifact incorporating words and images.

SAMPLE PROJECT # 6

This Bat Mitzvah student did a series of 12 artworks based on her Torah portion Miketz. The art was displayed at her celebration luncheon.

The theme of her artworks is the life of Joseph.

1. Yaakov gives the special coat to Yosef. 2. Yosef’s first dream (sheaves of wheat bowing to him). 3. Yosef’s second dream (sun, moon, and stars bowing to him). 4. The brothers removing Yosef’s coat. 5. The butler’s dream in jail. 6. The baker’s dream in jail. 7. Pharaoh’s first dream (fat cows being devoured by skinny cows). 8. Pharaoh’s second dream (fat ears of corn being devoured by skinny ears of corn). 9. Yosef revealing himself to his brothers. 10. Yaakov and Yosef reunite. 11. Yaakov’s dream with the ladder. 12. Student’s family portrait.

SAMPLE PROJECT # 7

B-Mitzvah Launch, at the Jewish Journeys project at the JCC Manhattan 2017.

6th Graders will study Pirke Avot: the Ethics of our Fathers (and Mothers) to explore how the rabbis valued interpersonal relationships. One hour weekly will be dedicated to this text study and activities, and the second hour will be a hands-on arts workshop where the participants will be creating their own illustrated book of Ethics that interweaves these traditional teachings and other ethical teachings generated by the students themselves.

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