Summer Programs 2020

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Summer Programs
@The Open Studio 2020

Updated Summer 2020 dates: July 5 – August 28. Campers can be registered for any number or combination of weeks. There is no camp on Thursday July 30, Tisha Ba’av. As usual we have three age groups. Anafim (ages 6-10), Shtilim (ages 3-6) and for Nitzanim (ages 10-14) we have our famous “Artists as Mentors” Program where campers work alongside professional artists in their studios.

Location, hours & pricing are for Anafim & Shtilim camps only. For details about Nitzanim programs, please see each individual listing.

Location: camps are at Kehillat Mivakshe Derech located on Shai Agnon street in San Simone, Jerusalem. 

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The full day program is from 8am-4pm. During this time, campers will have the opportunity to do various projects of their own choosing as well as cooperative games and clean-arts such as fuse beads, lego, kapla, magna tiles and shrinky dinks in our library.

Prices: Below are per week, in NIS, for Short Day (9am-2pm) and full Day (8:30-15:30). The “Multi-Week/Sibling Discount” applies to families registering for a total of 3 weeks or more and the discount applies to all campers in one family. Price Includes: T-shirt, sketchbooks and supplies
1 week:         900 (short day), 1150 (full day)
2 weeks:       1700 (short day), 2150 (full day) save 100nis!
3 weeks:       2400 (short day), 3000 (full day) save 300nis!
3+ weeks:      800 (short day), 1000 (full day) per week!
Early Drop off only: 50 per week

Anafim – ענפים (Ages 6-10)

Anafim campers will have the opportunity to choose their track each week. Please specify the choice for each week on each child’s registration form.
Week 1:          July 5-9           Passport Jerusalem: Around The World

Week 2:          July 12-16       DIY* OR Toys & Games*
Week 3:          July 19-23      Glass & Mosaics* OR Painting*
Week 4:          July 26-29       Fabric Arts* OR Elements of Art*
Week 5:          Aug 2-6           Paper Arts* OR Creative Creatures*
Week 6:          Aug 9-13         DIY* (Do it yourself) OR Glass & Mosaics*
Week 7:          Aug 16-20       Fabric  Arts* OR Painting*

Week 8:          Aug 23-28       Paper Arts* OR Toys & Games*
*Indicates that a Camp-At-Home Kit is available to parallel this week of camp. For prices and to order


Shtilim – שתילים (Ages 4-6) 

The Shtilim track will focus on exploring & discovering your child’s creative talents using all 5 senses, and strengthening their fine and gross motor skills. We use high quality, safe materials that allow children to create and have fun!

Earlier weeks available upon special request:
Week 6:          Aug 9-13         Painting, Paper & Printing*

Week 7:          Aug 16-20       Creative Creatures*
Week 8:          Aug 23-28       Homemade Arts*
*Indicates that a Camp-At-Home Kit is available to parallel this week of camp. For prices and to order


Nitzanim “Artists as Mentors” Camps (ages 10-14) all camps are 9-12:30 unless otherwise noted. Camps are based at Kehillat Mivakshe Derech on Shai Agnon street in San Simone, Jerusalem unless otherwise noted. In the Nitzanim track, participants will work side by side with mentor artisans in a specific field of art. This track will challenge, inspire and build self-confidence in your teens and give them expertise in that specific area.

July 5-9     
Street Photography w/Judah S. Harris 9:30-12, 850nis

Metallurgy & Jewelry Design w/Michal Ben Ami, 1300nis
Mosaics & Glass Sculpture w/ Leonid Kritsun @Jerusalem House of Quality 1300nis* Just added!

July 12-16
Homemade Photography Yaal Hermon, 1100nis

Calligraphy, Design & Color Sharon Binder @Hutzot Hayotzer 1150nis

July 19-23
Metallurgy & Jewelry Design w/ Michal Ben Ari @Jerusalem House of Quality, 1300nis

Filmmaking w/Judah Harris, 1300nis

July 26-29 (short week, 4 days only)!
Mosaics & Glass Sculpture w/ Leonid Kritsun @Jerusalem House of Quality 1200nis

Paper Arts with Avigayle Adler 1250nis (includes trip & 2 art workshops in Zichron Yaacov)

Aug 2-6  
Metallurgy & Jewelry Design w/ Michal Ben Ari @Jerusalem House of Quality 1300nis

Aug 2-13
Carpentry (10 days) w/ with Etzlanu 9-1:30 2160nis

Aug 9-13   
Sewing & Fabric Arts w/ Rivka Ben Hamu 1050

Aug 16-20 
Mosaics & Glass Sculpture w/ Leonid Kritsun @Jerusalem House of Quality 1300
Digital Photography w/Judah S. Harris 1150

Aug 23-28    
Sewing & Fabric Arts w/ Rivka Ben Hamu 1050


Corona Considerations:
We are planning on running camp this year with social distancing in mind (capsules).

  • Campers will be in groups of up to 9 children with the same counselor and counselor-in-training all week. This will allow campers to choose their art focus as well as keep possible exposure contained within each capsule.
  • We will be adhering to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health including; mask-wearing, hand washing and not sharing food.
  • Campers are required to bring their own water bottles, snacks and lunch.
  • Therefore, particularly this year, space is limited. We do expect registration to fill up. So, it is important to register as early as possible.
  • There will be an opportunity on your registration for special requests regarding grouping.
  • Kits which will parallel our in-person camp are available for those that prefer to join in some or all of our activities online.
  • If a camper needs to go into isolation, and cannot attend camp in-person, we will gladly substitute a kit so that they can participate in the activities of their choice, along with us virtually.
  • Campers are required to hand in a signed health declaration each day upon arrival.

To register, click on the Registration link and fill out the form.

We are happy to prepare for camp even amidst the uncertainty that we are all facing. Meanwhile, we recognize that if we go ahead with all the preparations, and then camp is cancelled due to corona, there are certain “sunk costs” which would mean the end of The Open Studio.

Therefore, this year, there will be a non-refundable deposit of NIS 165 per child (just once per child, not per week). We are doing this so that, we can proceed responsibly. This is not an additional payment, it is included in the camp registration fee. Your balance in full will be due the Sunday before your first child is to begin camp.

If due to corona reasons, camp is cancelled, you will only be charged proportionately for the days that camp is open and will be refunded the remainder of your payment. (The regular cancellation policy, in the Terms of Participation, still apply if camp isn’t cancelled but you choose to cancel your participation.)

We want to stress, especially if someone in your household is immunocompromised or otherwise high-risk, that no environment can ever guarantee absolute safety. This includes schools and camp. If this applies to anyone in your family, please consider participation in our camps through a virtual kit.

You can always contact us via whats app at 054-637-2767 or by email: Please allow us one business day to get back to you.

Your partners in creativity,
The Open Studio

Frequently Asked Questions

What language is spoken at camp?
One of The Open Studio’s main goals is to help your child feel comfortable in an English speaking environment. To that end, English is our first language of instruction, however, all of our staff is bilingual and we do not hesitate to switch into Hebrew or offer instructions in Hebrew (along with the English).

How much time are the children outdoors?
Children in Shtilim and Anafim will have approximately one hour of lunch and free play time in a local park or outdoor space each day. Additionally, during our snack break (10am) counselors run fun games for campers to opt into and have a chance to run around outside. While we do particularly messy art projects (such as Tye-Dye & Paper Mache) outside, the rest of the time, we are inside a cool, air-conditioned space.

Who are your staff?
Our Senior Staff members are all professionally trained Educators and Artists. For every group of ten children, there is at least one counselor (quite often more than one) and a Counselor-in-Training. Our staff are all bilingual and go through a rigorous pre-camp training program. We always have a MADA certified First Aid Responder on Campus.

Can you take children with severe allergies?
If your child suffers from food or other allergies, we will do whatever is necessary to ensure they have a safe and normal week at camp. All our staff is trained in the use of Epi-pens and allergy procedures. Please call us with any individual questions or concerns.

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