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!
Anafim – ענפים (Ages 6-10)
Art with the Masters
Week 1: July 4-8 and
Week 5: Aug 1-5
Famous artists will be our inspiration & guides as we learn, explore and create in their styles. Some of the artists we will meet are Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, O’keefe, Pollock & more. We will work in acrylics, watercolors, mosaics, fabrics, glass and more.
Week 2: July 11-15 and
Week 6: Aug 8-12
We will learn about the animal world, on land, in the air and in the sea. We will explore the concepts of habitat, texture, color in camouflage as they relate to animals and dream up imaginary creatures of our own, creating them using various materials.
Week 3: July 19-22 (4 days) and
Week 7: Aug 15-19
Curl it, cut it, crunch it, fold it… We will do it all this week using everyone’s favorite medium. We will explore the world of paper arts through sculpture, collage, papercutting, quilling, sewing, papermaking and more.
DIY & Design
Week 4: July 26-29
Ever want to make your own facial scrub, decorate your room, fix your clothes, make that special gift for mom or dad, or organize your desk? In this diverse week we will learn how to make our own decorations, slime, jewelry, pompoms, bath bombs and more.
Nitzanim (Ages 10-14)
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. Groups sizes are small (up to 8 participants) for more personal attention and individualized work.
Square Photos of Jerusalem w/Judah S. Harris
July 4-8, 1100nis
Smart Phone cameras are powerful creative tools. We will use our camera phones to photograph square-shaped photos, learn the importance of composition, shape & form, light & shadow and how to recognize a photo worth moment. Campers will evaluate and choose their best photos for an online 3-week exhibition at the end of our session.
We will explore the basic elements of Hebrew calligraphy and interactions with design and color theory, how good design, composition and basic color concepts can create expressive messages for pictures. We will use watercolors, gouache paints and acrylic paints to create illuminated letters, blessings and more. The workshop takes place in Sharon’s studio in Hutzot Hayotzer.
A Summer Week of Film making with Judah S. Harris
July 11-15, 1200nis
Let’s learn how to create a film using our phone or camera; finding the idea, writing a script or outline, using video settings, recording audio, lighting techniques, basic intro to editing, using stock clips & music. We will also take a brief look at acting, directing and interviewing. We will create a short film related to Jerusalem and each camper will create a short film about him or herself. These films will be posted on social media to be shared with family and friends. Camera with manual controls or smart phone required. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art with Light & Flash (Photography) with Yaal Hermon @Hutzot Hayotzer
July 19-22 (4 days) 900nis
In this 4 day workshop, we will learn, play & create with the world’s lightest material: light. We will learn about light sources, characteristics, color, quality & intensity, how to shape the effects of light both in the studio and out in the field. We will create table-top artwork combining arts and crafts with lighting, test long-moving exposures and learn how to best use lighting for camera, zoom and cellphone pictures. Daily projects will put these concepts into practice. The workshop will take place in and around Yaal’s studio at the Jerusalem Hutzot Hayotzer Artists Colony.
Metallurgy & Jewelry Design with Michal Ben Ari @Jerusalem House of Quality
July 25-29 & Aug 1-5, 1300nis per week
Metalsmithing workshop: Learn to cut, file, polish, and shine metal in this challenging but satisfying workshop. We will create a key holder with saws, a cut and beaded mobile, animals from beads, and a metal ring. Campers will learn to cut, saw, smooth, imprint and decorate various shapes to incorporate into their designs. This course will be taught in Michal’s studio at the Jerusalem House of Quality on Derech Hevron.
לומדים לנסר מתכת לפצור וללטש ולהבריק. נכין מתלה למפתחות בניסור מובייל ניסור וחרוזים נכין חיות מחרוזים וסיום נכין טבעת מכסף
Glass: Sculpture & Mosaics with Leonid Kritsun @Jerusalem House of Quality
July 25-29 and August 8-12, 1300 nis per week
Sculpture with glass, colorful mosaics and stained glass are the techniques that Leonid will share in this workshop. Campers will design and create a flat glass mosaic and a build a 3d Glass sculpture or stained glass piece. They will learn to cut, shape and attach pieces of glass to create sculptures, boxes and more. This course will be taught in Leonid’s studio at the Jerusalem House of Quality on Derech Hevron in Hebrew.
לאוניד קריצון אמן שפועל בתחום אומנות הזכוכית יותר מ-30 שנים.
בסטודיו שלו במרכז לאמנות בירושלים בבית אות המוצר הוא מלמד ליצור עבודות ויטראז’, פסיפס, ציור על זכוכית, תמונות קיר ופסלים בתכניקות שונות.
בואו להתנסות בקייטנה מרתקת בנפלאות אומנות הזכוכית ולעשות עבודות מקוריות בהדרכתו של האומן
Basics of Digital Photography w/Judah S. Harris
Aug 1-5, 1150nis
Digital photography and the “automatic settings” have made picture taking easier than ever, but the best results come from understanding how the camera functions, and artistic considerations – such as composition, the use of light, and capturing real life subjects. We will learn about camera settings, techniques for photographing people, events and travel locations, tips for better composition, selection and a brief introduction to photo editing software. Camera with manual controls required. DSLR preferred. Instructor can advise on purchase options. For more information: email@example.com
Sewing & Fabric Arts with Rivka Ben Hamu
Aug 15-19, 1050nis
Learn how to design and sew your own clothes, use a pattern, create dolls, up-cycle a pair of jeans to make an apron and an old sweater to make a backpack. Campers will also be given the options to explore needle felting, crochet, embroidery and basic alterations. Campers will learn how to sew by hand and on the machine.
Shtilim (Ages 3-6)
8:30-9:00 Early Drop-off
9:00-9:40 Drop off – clean art free play (fuse beads, legos, art games, library, etc.)
9:40-10:00 Morning Meeting with stretch and song
10:00-10:30 Project 1 – Ex. Printmaking & Texture
11:00-11:30 Workshop 2 – Ex. Walking watercolor experiment
11:40-12:10 Workshops 3 – Ex. Papercutting
12:10-13:00 Lunch & Play time
13:00-13:30 Clean Up & Clean Arts free play
13:30 Pick up
13:30-15:30 Tzaharon (optional afternoon program)
Anafim (Ages 6-11)
8:30-9:00 Early Drop-off
9:00-9:15 Drop off & Clean Art Projects (fuse beads, shrinky dinks, sketchbooks)
9:20-9:45 Art Meditation or Morning meeting
9:45-10:40 Workshop 1 – Ex. Tye Dye T-shirts
11:10-12:10 Workshop 2 – Ex. Needle felting
12:10-13:10 Workshop 3 – Ex. Sculpture
13:30 Pick Up
13:30-15:30 Tzaharon (optional afternoon program with free choice art or library time)
Art Mentors Sample Schedule – Nitzanim (Ages 11-15)
10:00 Meet at Artist’s Studio
10:15-11:30 Workshop 1
11:30 Break for snack
11:45-1 Workshop 2
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 (Mevugarim) members are all professionally trained Educators and Artists. For every group of 10 children, there will be one counselor and a Counselor-in-Training. Our staff are all bilingual (some even speak French and Russian in addition to Hebrew & English) and go through a rigorous pre-camp training program. Our Counselors (Madrichim) are teens, most of them attended The Open Studio’s summer camps themselves. Our Counselors-In-Training Interns (CITs) are former Open Studio campers that have been selected to act as a big brother or sister to campers and to be an extra set of hands for the staff. They work until 12:30 and are invited back to the studio in the afternoon to work on their own art pursuits.
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.