What is the Good Enough Studio?

What is the Good Enough Studio?

The Good Enough Studio is a blog and library for a study group on Facebook, and  for all who are using a studio: artists, art educators and art therapists. It is also the name of a book I am writing. The studio is perceived as […]

An open studio setting in a kindergarten – day 4 – The painting wall 2

An open studio setting in a kindergarten – day 4 – The painting wall 2

Two days later I came to visit again. The painting wall is operated every day by the kindergarten teachers. All children have adapted the basic habits which have become natural and organic: They work independently with the brushes, not smearing or dripping. A few hang […]

Charcoal

Charcoal

Charcoal encompasses the memory of its previous life, the tree it was. Now in the studio, it has a new, second life as someone will use it. This was my grandmother’s thread box. Now it is a compartment for natural and factory made charcoal sticks. […]

An open studio setting in a kindergarten day 3 – The Painting Wall

An open studio setting in a kindergarten day 3 – The Painting Wall

 What is the significance of the painting wall as a tool for an educator or therapist? It is an essential, powerful instrument that encourages independence and investigations in any studio for all ages. Painting while standing on one’s own feet is literally a physical metaphor […]

An open studio setting in a kindergarten day 2 – good crayons

An open studio setting in a kindergarten day 2 – good crayons

All Kindergartens have oil pastels. But, not  all materials are good enough. Why do we need good materials? Good materials contribute to our concentration and a sense of wonder. A child will immerse longer in a good-quality pigment crayon or pastel. I already told the […]

An open-studio-setting in a kindergarten – day 1

An open-studio-setting in a kindergarten – day 1

I was asked to assist a kindergarten on its path to including art as a larger part of the children’s daily schedule. Next to the main large room, there is an airy, well-lit space with a view of trees, leading to a kitchen with a […]

About Choice

About Choice

“A thick rough aquarelle paper is waiting on the table in front of me. From the brush jar, I choose the softest round one I bought in Paris a few years ago. It has a wooden handle and especially soft hair. They still respond as […]

The open-studio Is…

The open-studio Is…

  ‘The studio is a concrete space that encourages responsibility and transformation because the activity within it, is founded upon personal interest, involvement and participation.’  Nona Orbach, from The Good Enough Studio, book in progress Arno Stern painting wall and method Reggio Emilia Approach   […]

Thoughts about clay

Thoughts about clay

I perceive the materials of the world, including the artistic ones, as owning built-in emotional and spiritual qualities. Each material encompasses an inner non-verbal language. Feeling and acknowledging the things we hold within our hands, their history and associations are a bodily instinctive nonverbal communication […]

Henry Moore’s blueprint

Henry Moore’s blueprint

The term ’blueprint’ embraces the essence of any creator’s actions, visualizations, thoughts and feelings conveyed physically in the making of art. My observation is that every human being holds within them a combined heritage of characteristics, likes and dislikes, that make them who they are. […]

A comment on Ai Weiwei’s spiritual blueprint

A comment on Ai Weiwei’s spiritual blueprint

The term ’blueprint’ embraces the essence of any creator’s actions, visualizations, thoughts and feelings conveyed physically in the making of art. My observation is that every human being holds within them a combined heritage of characteristics, likes and dislikes, that make them who they are. […]