Tag: permission

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. 

Permission and affinity 

Permission and affinity 

Essentially, permission is an experience of allowing, acceptance, and belonging, between two people or parts of oneself. A subtle questioning—Am I allowed to be who I am?—is answered with permission, which creates and permeates the mutual affinity. One’s feelings shift from uncertainty and hesitation to 

Jackson Pollock’s blueprint

Jackson Pollock’s blueprint

Seeing a Spiritual Blueprint in Action—Jackson Pollock The following is a text from my book The Good Enough Studio, that demonstrates aspects of seeing the spiritual blueprint of an accomplished artist in action, quite literally, as we see Jackson Pollock in the act of painting. 

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, 

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 

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