EDUCATION: Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands.
2017. Pirke Avot: the Ethics of our Father (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. JCC Manhattan.
2016. Marking What Matters – Explorations of the Jewish Lifecycle: 5th & 6th grade. Judaism marks important lifecycle rituals from birth to death: Brit Milah or Simcha Bat, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, marriage, and death. In this class, students will learn about the uniqueness of each of these rituals, what we are celebrating and why. Students will create an artistic book using different bookmaking techniques to illustrate the richness and rituals of the Jewish lifecycle, and add their own new rituals for other important moments in life they’d like to mark. At the Jewish Journey Project, NYC.
2016. Bat mitzvah parsha art project. Private classes – 6th grader. Project comprises 12 paintings of the life of Joseph, inspired by her bat mitzvah parsha. Based on a pedagogy that privileges process over result, these sessions support the child’s instinctive ability to create, develop her own ideas, and to realize her potential as a gifted individual.
2016. Mixed-Media Calendar: An Artistic Exploration of the Jewish Year: 3rd & 4th Grade students create original artwork to illustrate the essence of each Jewish month. They learn about the four different new years described in the Mishnah, the ancient roots of the Jewish calendar in Babylonian folktales, and even how the Hebrew calendar was the source of much controversy between the early rabbis. At the end of the course each participant takes home a unique calendar to use for the entire year. At the Jewish Journey Project.
2015. Pirkei Avot Bookmaking class: 5th & 6th Grade participants learn selections from Pirkei Avot, a compilation of sayings in which the rabbis talk in depth about interpersonal relationships. Students add contemporary teachings that they like to include in their own book of ethics, which they create and illustrate. Students learn a number of book making techniques and produce one final bound book that they illustrate their ethical teachings. At the Jewish Journey Project.
2015. Mixed-Media Calendar: An Artistic Exploration of the Jewish Year: 3rd & 4th Grade students create original artwork to illustrate the essence of each Jewish month. They learn about the four different new years described in the Mishnah, the ancient roots of the Jewish calendar in Babylonian folktales, and even how the Hebrew calendar was the source of much controversy between the early rabbis. At the end of the course each participant takes home a unique calendar to use for the entire year. At the Jewish Journey Project.
2015. Brit Atid art project. Tutoring a middle schooler with her painting project inspired by her bat mitzvah parsha. Helped develop a concept and bring it to fruition, resulting in a large scale painting. At the Jewish Journey Project.
2015. Art mentor at the Blueprint Fellowship program of COJECO (Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations), a highly selective year-long program for young Russian-speaking Jewish adults to explore personal and collective identity through the creation of community projects.
2014. Passover workshop. Middle schoolers worked with soft metal materials to explore interpretations of freedom. They explored perspectives both Jewish and general, including the Passover experience and world events of the past decade. Westchester, NY. Their individual metal tiles were combined into a wall hanging.
2013. Amulet painting, adult art workshop at the Elat Chayyim ArtFest. At the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT.
2013. Hebrews & Hip-hop, art workshop at the Meshugeneh House of DIY festival. Sponsored by RJeneration and COJECO. At the Office Opps, Williamsburg.
2012. Mentored a student of the High School for Art & Design, New York, NY in mural painting and studio arts.
2011. Art workshops at Akiva Hebrew Day School, Southfield, MI.The high school students viewed my powerpoint presentation “Hebrews & Hip-hop” and proceeded to make their own “bling”, an amulet, in the hands-on workshop.
2010. University Heights High School Internship Program, Bronx, NY. Mentored a student in studio arts and murals.
2007-Current. Taught mural painting in my studio and on mural premises. Students learn to develop a concept, and translate this into a mural. Focus on perspective techniques, mural layout, multiple-point perspectives. Taught painting techniques for the foreground, middle, and background, the use of simple tools (levels, strings, etc) to create “perceptively correct” work.
2007-2008. Art & Teaching Residency Program at S.A.R. High School, Riverdale, NY:
Taught and developed mural painting with the students. Investigated creative themes and explored biblical themes. Students worked individually and with groups of students on developing their own mural components. Each student cultivated their concept first on paper and then proceeded to work directly on the panels. The end result was a large multi-panel mural project: the “7 Days” installation at the lunchroom. This project was mentioned in the January 12, 2007 issue of The NY Jewish Week.
1999-2005. Taught high school students in the “City-As-School” program, a NYC high school program which links students with hundreds of learning experiences throughout the community. Taught a variety of techniques in drawing and painting, focusing on portraits and stil-lifes. Students learnt about color mixing, light and shade, line quality and expressive mark-making. Students grades 9 through 12 spent 30 hours per week in my art studio for one cycle (9 weeks) and received credit rather than letter or numerical grades.
2000 Hunter College, NYC: taught an afternoon figure drawing class.
Juror Artists Beit Midrash 2016 (Middle School and 6th Grade), RAVSAK, New York
Art Commentator Voices & Visions series, Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Juror Art Kibbutz project at the New Museum’s Draftsmen’s Congress.
Juror Voices / Visions, children’s poster contest, Grinspoon Foundation, New York, NY.
Juror Making Connections, Beth Torah, Brooklyn, NY. With co-juror Tobi Kahn.