I have developed and taught a number of hands on workshops that focus on bringing traditional art forms to life. These workshops include both a multimedia presentation as well as teaching the basic requisite skills. I pride myself in providing patient instruction and selecting projects that are age appropriate. Workshops can be tailored to meet specific time requirements (from three hours to weekly sessions lasting up to three months).
Papirshnit (Jewish Papercut Arts):
Papercut arts have been used as a traditional art form found in many countries and cultures around the world. Papirshnit, the Yiddish word for papercut is a traditional Jewish folk art with roots in both Sephardic and Ashkenazi folk culture. But what makes a Jewish Papercut, also known as Papirshnit, Jewish? In this class, participants learn now to read a Jewish papercut, gain an appreciation and understanding of the lexicon of Jewish symbols used in creating Jewish papercuts. We will focus on traditional Jewish papercuts, as well as contemporary pieces which were created since it's revival in the 1980's. Students will also learn basic techniques in design, layout, cutting and displaying. After a few exercises each participant will be able to design their own pieces suitable for framing!
Screen printing is a simple technique that can be used to make beautiful and useful fabric and paper works of art. In this workshop, students will learn the fundamental concepts of positive and negative space, how to cut out paper stencils and learn to use the materials to create a screen print. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to screen print their own design onto a shirt, bag or piece of cotton.
In this more advanced workshop, students will learn how to create repeat patterns that can be used for creating surface design images for use in stationary, textiles, wallpaper... etc. This workshop is an opportunity to learn how to create repeating patterns by hand and digitally on the computer. For computer aided designs, students must have adobe photoshop. The workshop will cover how to create full drop and half drop patterns and learn techniques on how to layer designs and create color stories.