Workshops

Mother-Daughter Workshop

YOUR SPIRIT IN LIGHTS! WORKSHOP. In this hands-on workshop, which may be tailored for specific holidays or seasons, Debra Band inducts participants into the grand tradition of Hebrew manuscript painting. The class focuses on guiding students to (a) develop and express their own ideas and interpretation of the seasonal topic or story, and (b) engaging their own emotion and thought in design and completion of this text-based artwork. Teachers are encouraged to work with students to record their ideas about the picture in writing. The workshop is preceded by a 10-minute magic carpet ride across the history of beautiful Jewish books from the dawn of writing to the internet age, giving students a sense of the history and tradition that they are about to experience. Participants then learn basic gilding technique, creating a miniature illuminated manuscript of a significant word of their choice in color and gold leaf. Since the emphasis in this workshop is to help the participant to find their own visual expression of an abstract value, the teacher should encourage students to consider the original ideas and texts they wish to express in their paintings. Limited to 25 participants, ages 12 to adult. 90 minutes. Materials cost: approximately $8 per participant (unless school already has necessary materials; Debra provides a materials list with on-line sources) Hands-on portion only in-person.

YOUR SPIRIT IN LIGHTS! JUNIOR WORKSHOP. Click here to share a few seconds! In this hands-on workshop, which may also be tailored for specific holidays, Debra Band guides young children toward creating original illuminated paintings (no ready-made designs here!) expressing their own ideas and feelings. The class guides students to (a) develop and express their own Jewish ideas and interpretation of the seasonal topic or story, and (b) engaging their own emotion and thought in design and completion of this text-based artwork. Debra supports each student’s efforts, encouraging to focus on what they wish to express, rather than “perfect” results. Teachers are encouraged to work with students to record their ideas about the picture in writing. The workshop is preceded by a 7-minute magic carpet ride across the history of beautiful Jewish books from the dawn of writing to the internet age. Participants will learn basic gilding technique, creating a miniature illuminated manuscript of a significant word of their choice in color and gold leaf. Since the emphasis in this workshop is to help the student find a way to express an abstract value on paper, prior to the session please suggest that students consider the original ideas and texts that they wish to express in their paintings. Limited to approximately 25 participants (more with teacher support), first through sixth grades. 60 minutes.  Materials cost: approximately $8 per participant (unless school already has necessary materials; Debra provides a materials list with on-line sources) In-person only.

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