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Each camp week runs from Sunday through Thursday (unless otherwise indicated). Camp hours are 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. There are additional options for early drop off and an afternoon “Open Studio” program (see details below). All camps are taught by Avigayle Adler and her team. Camps will be located in our Brand New Studio in the San Simone neighborhood of Jerusalem. Each week of camp incorporates 1-2 trips incorporating the weekly theme. Trips subject to change.
DIG IT! – Archaeology Camp (Ages 6-11)
Create your own secret society! Each team will dream up an ancient society. They will create its art and cultural artifacts, smash them and then bury the pieces in the ground. The following day, we will dig up each other’s clues and using archaeological principles and methodology, piece together (literally!) what we find to learn about these “lost” societies. Trips: Davidson Center (southern wall excavations in the old city), the Tell & the Hall of Archaeology at the Israel Museum
Note: Camp will be 8 days beginning on Sunday July 1. There will be no camp on Friday or Saturday. Cost: 1200/1120 NIS
Session 2: July 13-17
Paper Arts (ages 6-12)
Paper is one of the most versatile art materials in the world; Jewish papercutting, Japanese floating lanterns, Suminagashi (marbeling), Italian paper-making, paper Mache piñatas, scrap booking, altered books and more will be some of the art forms we will discover. Trips: Yad Lakashish – Paper Workshop and Bookbindery, “Hutzot Hayotzer” Artists’ Colony or the Israel Museum “Hide and Seek: Works on Paper” exhibit
Session 3: July 20-24
Monster Camp (ages: 4-9)
Monster kids from all over Jerusalem have been awaiting the return of this all-time favorite week of camp. Using several different mediums, we will create a World of Monsters including pillows, monster homes, puppets, comics, masks and more. We will look at illustrations of some of our favorite monsters including those from Monsters, Inc. Where the Wild Things Are, and more. Trips: Bloomfield Science Museum’s “Monster in Jerusalem” & Optical Illusions exhibit, cartoonist’s studio
Session 3: July 20-24
Painting and Drawing with the Masters (ages: 8-12)
The Fine Arts Wing of the Israel Museum will be our primary source of inspiration as we learn about famous artists and their techniques. Nearby trips to the park will also provide us with painting and drawing inspiration. We will use watercolours, oil pastels, printing and more.
Session 4: July 27-31
Mosaics with Found Objects (ages: 6-12)
Start cleaning our your “junk” drawers now! Found objects, junk drawers and old furniture will be given new life as we re-purpose old tables, chairs and more. Have broken china, pottery, or old scrabble pieces…bring them in! We’ll put them to use. We will also learn traditional methods of creating mosaics on 2D and 3D surfaces and create a community mosaic wall. Trips: North African Jewish Heritage Center, Mosaic artisan’s studio, Mosaic maps and floors in the old city.
Textile/Wearable Arts Camp (ages 6-12)
We will explore various uses of textile in art and learn techniques of working with textiles (fabric) including Silk painting, batik, embroidery, fabric collage, tye-dye, and beading.
Trips: Yad Lakashish – embroidery & silk painting workshops, “Dress Codes” exhibit at the Israel museum
Note: There will be no camp on Tuesday August 5th in observance of Tisha Ba’av
Cost: 600/550 NIS
Session 6: August 10-14
Paper Arts (ages 6-12) See description above
Session 8: August 17-21
Mosaics & Textile Camp (ages 6-12)
See descriptions above…During this hybrid week, campers will have the option to “Specialize” in one area or choose from projects of either Mosaics or Textiles & Wearable Arts Camps.
Session 9: August 24-26
Best of the Open Studio (ages 4-10)
Savor the last few days of summer vacation with your favorite projects of the summer. Personal choice will be the hallmark of this last week of camp as children will have the opportunity to delve deeper into a favorite art form or explore a new medium. Cost: 450/420 NIS
- Price per session is 750/700 NIS (multiple sessions/siblings) unless indicated above.
- Daily price is 185 NIS.
- Early Drop-off from 8:15 am – 80 NIS per week
- Afternoon Program 2:15-4 pm – 200 NIS per week
- Early Drop-Off AND Afternoon Program (8:15-4 pm) – 250 NIS per week
Sign up for Multiple Weeks, a Week or by the Day!
Early Bird Discount – Save 75 NIS
Send in your Registration Form & payment
by Sunday June 1, 2014
For more information, Testimonials, and Frequently Asked Questions, visit our website or call 054-626-8496.
For teenagers interested in art. Ages 13-15. Help out in the mornings and enjoy your own private Open Studio time in the afternoons. For more information please contact us.
Some words from our parents…
“Avigayle’s studio is made up of far more than crafts; without realizing it, children leave with values, a love of art and creation and a commitment to the greater community with an understanding of the city they live in…Avigayle’s studio model is one that is worth expanding and replicating. The education her students receive—a love of art, a love of Jewish heritage, a love of Israel, and a healthy dose of positive self-esteem—is invaluable.” –Deena Glickman, Katamonim
“Avigayle is investing her all in creating a community of young artists. Her vision is to make art accessible for all, and for every child – regardless of ability – to see himself or herself as an artist. She empowers each young person to access the inner voice inside …I sent two boys, ages 6 and 4, to Avigayle’s Monster camp. In one week she empowered my children to see themselves as artists, and they basked in the glory of their monster creations. With foresight and creativity, Avigayle fashioned a program that encompassed many forms of art and allowed for valuable self-expression. My kids were so proud of their work and boasted that they had “monster meetings” every day. Eitan, my four-year-old, was especially empowered by her support and started to talk about how to incorporate art into his life. It is apparent how much Avigayle enjoys the children and how skilled she is at understanding who each one is–his/her spirit, and what makes him/her sing inside.”
–Ruth Ebenstein, Baka
Frequently Asked Questions…
What language is spoken at The Open Studio?
While each week of camp varies slightly, the language of instruction is primarily in English with translations given into Hebrew (for those that need). Although the majority of our campers are English AND Hebrew speakers that live in Israel year round, we usually have a few campers that speak only Hebrew and a few campers that speak only English. Between the bilingual staff and a majority of bilingual campers, we all manage to understand each other and communicate. The Open Studio is a great place to learn and be surrounded by both Hebrew and English and it is a great opportunity to expose your child to a new language. If you have a specific language preference, please make it known on your camp registration form.
Where is pick-up and drop-off?
Pick-up and Drop-off is at The Open Studio in the San Simone neighborhood (Southern Jerusalem). We just moved to a beautiful brand new location and are very excited to be having camp here. Our new space is four floors up and has lots of sunlight and air conditioning. There is one large studio space with three smaller break-out rooms. We are also just accross the street from San Simone park where we will go to each lunch and have free time each day. The exact location is Ben Tabai 2/15 and the building is the old ministry of health building just across the circle from the youth village (Havat Hanoar HaTzioni) and Luigi Restaraunt.
What food is included?
Children receive a snack between 10 and 11 am. It is usually a fruit or vegetable with hummus and cookies, crackers, popcorn or a granola bar. Children bring a dairy or pareve lunch from home. Children are required to bring water bottles to camp and are encouraged to drink throughout the day. Please make us aware of any allergies at the time of registration. Those staying for the afternoon program will also get an afternoon snack at 2pm.
My child is a picky eater; can you heat up food that I send in for lunch?
Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to heat up lunches or boil water as we often eat picnic lunches in the park or on our site visits. Please also include with your child’s lunch, any napkins and utensils that are required.
What do you do for transportation?
We travel to our site visits either by foot or public transportation (bus and light rail). Children always travel with counsellors, the camp director and a partner. There are safety rules we follow for crossing streets, and riding the busses.
What is included in the price of camp?
The price includes, snack, art materials, staff, cleaning and maintenance fees, insurance, transportation, entrance fees to museums and site visits and guest artists. Those registering for a week also receive a sketchbook and a camp T-shirt.
We are members at the ___ museum, since it’s free for us, can you refund us the entrance fee?
Absolutely, The Open Studio is happy to refund the entrance price paid for your child to a specific site, provided that you present the child’s membership card to the Camp Director at morning drop off on the day of the trip. Fees paid such as to see shows, art workshops, etc that are not included in membership are not refundable.
What is your refund policy?
For cancellation up to 3 weeks before the start of camp= 80% refund, up to 2 weeks before=50%, after which no refund are given. Each session is subject to refund policy on a session by session basis.
Can we register for less than a week of camp?
Yes. Registration can be done by the week or the day at the rate of 185 NIS per day. Daily registrations are subject to available space, while weekly registrations are given priority. Certain weeks of the summer do fill up so get in you Registration Form early.
Is there a sibling discount?
Yes, for more than one sibling, or if the same child signs up for more than one session there is a discount on both children or both sessions. This is the second price listed on our brochure.
I have children that are different ages, have different artistic abilities, twins or triplets? Can you accommodate them in your camp at the same time?
Yes, we have a lot of experience working with multiple children from the same family in the same camp sessions. Please read our Testimonials or contact us for references or more information.
What must my child wear or bring to camp each day?
A full water bottle, a hat, sketch-book, close-toed shoes (no flip-flops or crocs), clothing that can get stained. Valuables – cash, I-pods, etc are not allowed at camp as we are not responsible for lost valuables.
Work that is not completely dried by the last day of camp, can be picked up 1 week after the end of the session.
Payment in full is required at the time of registration and can be made through Paypal or check.
Camps are taught by Avigayle Adler, Director of the Open Studio and her team.