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The Summer Art Challenge

Join us for a 4 session program to find out the creative possibilities hiding inside our own homes. Using a variety of mediums including sculpting, photography, installation and performance we’ll create portraits, tell our stories and connect with the larger context of international and Israeli art.

These last few months have put all of us in unfamiliar situations. As artists we look for creative expressions for our experiences, thoughts and feelings wherever we are. Through games, challenges, viewing art works and conversations, this unique program is designed to take you on a fun inquisitive journey of your own creativity in and around your home.

The Summer Art Challenge is led by artist Shirel Horovitz and curator Tali Kayam (see bios below) and is for any individual that calls themselves curious and sees art as part of their creative path. There will be one 45-minute session weekly, open to all high school and undergraduate students. All participants will need a computer/iPad with video capabilities and a phone.

Session 1 – Through an artists’ eye
From the Instagram challenge of recreating renowned masterpieces through specific Facebook pages and all the way to tik tok, we’ll dive into the mysterious connections between social media and art history. This session will include us getting to know each other while also opening our eyes to seeing what we know in new ways. We’ll end with your first challenge “Color coding” for you to prepare for the next session.

Session 2 – Reshuffle
We will start off the session with sharing images and playing with the color coding challenge creation. Then we’ll use this to talk about and experiment with the connections between sculpting and photography. Taking inspiration from international and Israeli artists, we’ll create one minute sculptures, using our bodies, objects and surrounding space. The session will end with your next challenge for the upcoming week.

Session 3 – Per-Form
In this session we’ll get acquainted with performance art through international and Israeli artists. We’ll use our space and whatever objects in it as the materials for our artwork and then continue to explore the boundaries of human communication through creating a group artwork. To end, we’ll give you the last challenge to create for our fourth session.

Session 4 – Gateway
Our final session will start with the challenge sharing and then tie together everything we did while reflecting on our individual as well as group achievements. It will also include a few surprises 🙂

Shirel Horovitz

Shirel Horovitz

Through sculpting, drawing and sound, Shirel Horovitz’s (Tel Aviv, b.1979) installations and performances explore the relations between cities and communities. She earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, her MA from the Interdisciplinary Art Program at Tel Aviv University, and has been studying and practicing Zen-Buddhist inquiry meditation since 2006. Her works have been exhibited in museums and galleries across Israel and the US.
Alongside her art practice Shirel leads tours, lectures and teaches art with a variety of organizations. Her experience spans from leading art summer programs (Nesiya, Gann Academy), teaching art in the youth program of Ashdod art museum all the way to social based projects in residencies across the US.

Tali Kayam

Tali Kayam is an independent curator based in Tel Aviv. Kayam holds a BA from the Multidisciplinary Program in the Arts from Tel Aviv University, a diploma in Journalism Studies from the Koteret School of Journalism and Communications at Tel Aviv University, and will soon complete her MA in Policy and Theory of the Arts at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. In her curatorial practice thus far, Kayam has focused on alternative spaces, displaying work at co-operative artist-run galleries and noncommercial spaces in search for a process and material researched art. As an independent writer and researcher she is currently focused on the 1980’s in Israeli art. Since 2016 Tali Kayam has been head of the art department at Tarbut laperipheria (culture for the periphery) linking israeli artists with towns and cities all over Israel. She is also a guide at the Herzeliya Museum for Contemporary Art working with all age groups from pre-k to adults.
talikayam.com (Photo credit: Lee Barbu)

Aviv Grinberg, "Employees Only" (2018). Photo credit: Aviv Grinberg

Aviv Grinberg, “Employees Only” (2018). Photo credit: Aviv Grinberg

Eden Bannet, "no title" (2019, from the City Diaries Project). Photo Credit: Eden Bannet

Eden Bannet, “no title” (2019, from the City Diaries Project). Photo Credit: Eden Bannet

Dana Lev, "levnat permanent vacation" (2020)

Dana Lev Levnat, “Permanent Vacation” (2020)

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Summer Art Challenge: weekly art camp for high school students with Israeli artists

Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, repeating until Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020


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