Tag: art education

Art Therapists Speak Materials

Art Therapists Speak Materials

This week in Israel, art therapists held a conference dedicated to materials.  A lecture, a panel, workshops, and an installation of materials remarkably expressed our deep longing to make materials more central to art therapy. We aimed to grant a vast presence and stage to 

Two stories: what should I create now?

Two stories: what should I create now?

A toddler asks her kindergarten teacher: what should I draw now? What does her question mean? It seems that she needs help and thinks the correct answer is in the world somewhere, not within herself. Her teacher knows what she should do and not her. 

About canvases suggested to young children

About canvases suggested to young children

The artwork substrate accumulates all created upon it.  The substrate is the womb’s process.  It contains a metaphorical relationship like a mother and baby.  Artwork created upon different kinds of paper, wood, or canvas holds a specific spiritual and mental meaning that supports and resonates 

How much talking is needed by the art teacher?

How much talking is needed by the art teacher?

The studio is a container for many languages: Instruments talk. Materials talk. A brush speaks in a different language than a spatula or a hammer, or a glue-gun. A pencil speaks a different language than oil pastel. My aim is to set these allies in 

Why does a studio become a cluttered storage space?

Why does a studio become a cluttered storage space?

When and where is the shift between an open studio setting to cluttered storage space? If you are an art educator, an art therapist, please ask yourself: Are all the things on my open shelves sufficiently varied, yet not too much? How are many sets 

presenting art materials

presenting art materials

presentation as inspiration                     Havi Katchalsky: art and food   Presenting a meal or art materials on a table is food to the body and mind. It similarly affects us. It calls for action through objects, 

How does one assess a butterfly?

How does one assess a butterfly?

What is my real task as an art educator? I teach a child to be more and more themselves. I grant permission and encourage independence of thought, style, pace, process, and collaborations. I understand my task as an assistant to human beings as they experience 

Malka Haas – the Junkyard

Malka Haas – the Junkyard

 Malka Haas is one of the pioneers who researched children’s art at the beginning of the 20th century. She is also the inventor of the Junkyard that influenced countless kindergartens in Israel. It is an outdoor space for children to create mostly in groups. After 

Malka Haas, an interview, 1998

Malka Haas, an interview, 1998

A piece in the puzzle of art education history Malka Haas, 100 years these days, was born in Germany, immigrated to Israel in the thirties with the Youth Immigration Movement, and was among the religious kibbutz founders Sde-Eliyahu. She has been teaching at Oranim, The 

A sketchbook as a tiny studio

A sketchbook as a tiny studio

Even if you do not have a studio you can still create! Here is a suggestion for the creation of a series of paperwork. I often use this process.  You can implement this basic idea of limiting conditions and series to your preference of medium.