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Taking It to the Streets: Celebrate Israel!

Sun, April 30, 2017 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hillel Smith

Hillel Smith

Hillel Smith

Hillel Smith

Hillel Smith


PARTNERS

Hillel Smith

Hillel Smith

Taking It to the Streets:
Celebrate Israel! 

Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), with snacks, music, crafts, and two very special art workshops that bring the spontaneity of Israeli street art into our JCC! From commemorative posters to public murals, art is a way to celebrate people and events, showing our pride and excitement in a tangible way.

Activities include (see schedule below for specific timing):

  • Two Unique street art workshops led by LA based artist, Hillel Smith*
  • Artist talk by Hillel Smith on Illuminated Streets, an initiative whose stated mission is “to advance the Jewish contribution to the LA street art scene, increase ties between LA and Israel, and explore expressing Jewish identity through unlikely media.”
  • Israeli folk dancing for all
  • A special exhibit of vintage Israeli posters
  • Tasty Israeli snacks
  • A multi-sensory Israeli flag-making station for kids
  • Music, dancing and merriment!
  • All ages are welcome to celebrate Israel’s birthday!

*Attendance to each art workshop is extremely limited, and tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. To purchase tickets, please call 415-444-8000. 

Hillel Smith’s concurrent exhibit of artwork, Pushing Boundaries will be on view at the Osher Marin JCC through May 31, 2017 Click Here for more info.


SCHEDULE

1-2PM Family Art Workshop

1:30-2:30PM Israeli Folk Dancing

2:30PM Hillel Smith Presentation: Street Art as Cultural Celebration

3:30-5PM Teen & Adult Art Workshop


WORKSHOP COSTS

Family Art Workshop (fee includes all art materials)

$12 Adults / $10 Kids

Younger children (ages 4-8ish, and their adults) will use stencils and shapes to create poster prints of their own. We'll talk about how we can use art in a celebratory way, and how to use simple shapes to build pictures. Then we'll use sponge paint and (Hebrew & Israeli themed) stencils to create our designs.

Teens & Adult Stencil Workshop (fee includes all art materials)

$15 

Teens and adults will learn printmaking fundamentals and use their own stencils with spray paint for a fresh, street art-inspired finish. We'll discuss different kinds of celebratory art and examples from Israeli history. We'll also talk about the mechanics of printmaking, using layers and shapes to create bold, dynamic, dimensional designs. Then we'll learn to cut stencils and spray paint them for our own poster celebration. 

Tickets to both workshops are available by calling
415-444-8000.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I revel in taking the familiar and bringing to it the unexpected. Surprise, whimsy, and humor make art enjoyable to me, but with a focus on craft and technique. Trained in drawing and painting, and now a graphic design professional, I create figurative works and typographic pieces with an ever-present twist. I combine disparate elements, sneak in hidden messages, and create otherwise ordinary objects out of unconventional materials. I'm fascinated by the interplay between old and new, boldness and subtlety, order and chaos. 

Growing up, I believed all Jewish art was ugly and stale. Discovering luminaries of generations past who infused their Judaism with the zeitgeist, I was encouraged to meld my interests in typography and contemporary trends in digital design and street art with my background in Jewish text and tradition. I aim to make Jewish work that is current, challenging, beautiful, and compelling, indeed Judaica for the modern age.