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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 

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, 

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 

The lecturer and the pedagogue

The lecturer and the pedagogue

I would like to look at the lecturer and the pedagogue as two learning modalities. The lecturer, for example, at university, as a subject matter expert, constructs a series of lectures graded at the right level for the students. He stands on the stage and 

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