art education

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 […]

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   […]

The Creator’s Spiritual Blueprint essay is done! 

The Creator’s Spiritual Blueprint essay is done! 

I have been mentioning the term The Creator’s Spiritual Blueprint for a long time. It is an anchor tool! It enables the art therapist, art educator and the art historian to observe the core attributes of a person’s art making and relate to them genuinely beyond […]

How did poor-quality crayons make me an art therapist?

How did poor-quality crayons make me an art therapist?

In my kindergarten, we used to draw with thick pastels. They felt very nice in my tiny hand, but the red lines on paper were not even close to what the crayon looked like. I pressed harder on the paper, and it ripped. I was […]

The language of materials

The language of materials

As said in another post – “Every shelf of materials can be perceived as a sentence, every cabinet as a paragraph..” The way we suggest art materials and tools, is actually conveying a clear idea, although we use objects only. Here is an example of two suggestions of […]

Organizing your studio

Organizing your studio

Organizing an Open Studio Setting Road map for art educators and art therapists “Art teachers, art therapists and artists express themselves, among other ways, in the language of materials furniture, shelves, classification of the different mediums and tools, serving as a text with its own […]

The Creator’s Spiritual Blueprint

The Creator’s Spiritual Blueprint

A short citation form the essay The Spiritual Blueprint of the Creator, by Nona Orbach, that will be published soon: “The term “blueprint” embraces the essence of any creator’s actions, visualizations, thoughts and feelings that are conveyed physically in the making of art. My observation is […]