Workshops: Art and Judaism 

Nishima offers a variety of workshops that bring together art-making, study, community-building, and Judaism.

One of a kind workshops (or elements of a series):

  • Purim mask-making
  • Create your own Tallit (prayer shawl)
  • Menorahs from clay and other media
  • Challah covers and fabric prayer wall hangings
  • Scriptures in Calligraphy (Hebrew and English)
  • Candle holders for Shabbat
  • Kiddush cups from clay
  • Soul story books
  • Passover preparation with personal haggadah creation
  • Tu Bishevat seder
  • Bringing Down Heaven, a Shavuot workshop
  • High Holy Days, preparing and processing through art-making

 

A meaningful Series can be created using any or all of the above workshops.  Examples:

  • bat mitzvah girls and their mothers
  • Preparing for wedding/marriage or conversion– creating a Jewish home
  • Celebrating wisdom, for older women

 

 Purim Mask-making 
Plaster bandages create the mask, which is formed from each person’s own face.  The process of others’ hands making the mask on one’s face is very relaxing and interior.  When the mask has set and is ready to be decorated, the creative process sparks, responding both to one’s own face and the call of colors and textures.  The intention is to bring forth an inner world, the inner face, in a revelation that touches the creator when she sees what has come from her hands.

 

 Create Your Own Tallit 
Your own Tallit springs from a guided meditation into the prayer space of your soul.  Painting with fabric paint that sets in the sun, on long strips of white cotton fabric, is the first step.  Second, you can add layers of oil stick rubbings, beads, ribbon, yarn, embroidery, stitchery, and iron-on fabric elements.  Third, a collar/neckband can be added, called an atara, using prayers and/or decorations.  Lastly, the corners must be prepared for the tzitzit and the tzitzit are added, with guidance for tying the knots.

 

 Challah Covers and Fabric Prayer Wall Hangings 
Create your own ritual and prayer fabric art in this hands-on workshop.  Choosing and engaging the colors, textures, and designs will inspire you in your personal rituals, prayers, and meditations.
Painting with fabric paint that sets in the sun is the first step.  Second, you can add layers of oil stick rubbings, beads and other decorations, ribbon, yarn, embroidery, stitchery, and iron-on fabric elements.  Words can be painted or cut out and ironed on.  The backing and borders are chosen and sent to a seamstress for finishing.