Tag: art education

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.  

About Permission in Art therapy

About Permission in Art therapy

  The Good Enough Studio Art Therapy Through the Prism of Space, Matter, and Action     One of the book’s main threads is the idea of permission in therapy and education and how it also manifested in the language of materials and studio setting. 

Why do kindergarten children stop scribbling?

Why do kindergarten children stop scribbling?

In many kindergartens in Israel, there is typical disturbing behavior of children. They stop drawing and scribbling, and if they do, they become frustrated and say their drawings are ugly. In these kindergartens, coloring pages are given by the adults, parents, that sometimes draw an