Judaic Art


Judaic Art

Course Description

This Judaic Art course is an opportunity for students to work with many different media. The topics covered include instruction in the fundamentals of painting, drawing, and calligraphy. Each student’s creativity and expression are encouraged in a supportive and confidence boosting environment. The goal of the course is to teach the traditional principles of art within a Judaic art framework. The curriculum is focused on the use of color, proportion, technique, and imagery to create works of art that have emotional undertones. Thoughts and ideas are represented through illustration and design.

Course Objectives

Students should be able to:

  • select and use art media, subject matter, and symbols for expression and communication;

  • know the elements of art and the principles of design and how they are used in the visual arts;

  • solve visual arts problems with originality, flexibility, fluency, and imagination;

  • use materials, methods, information, and technology in a safe and ethical manner;

  • perceive, reflect upon, and evaluate the characteristics, purposes, and merits of their work and the work of others;

  • identify, analyze, and apply criteria for making visual aesthetic judgments;

  • understand and execute a project that allows them to take an emotional or non-tangible idea and bring it to a visual form;

  • learn to self-critique and peer-critique art in a supportive environment;

  • learn to accept challenges, discover new art concepts and allow themselves to be stretched beyond their natural comfort zone;

  • appreciate the reality that to get more impressive and creative results, trial and error and patience are essential components;

  • understand the importance of negative and positive space within a design and be able to use and adjust their ideas accordingly;

  • learn about proper layout and correct margins within a design;

  • understand theory related to using color;

  • understand how to use the color wheel to complement their art as well as convey depth and distance based on shade and tints;


Scope and Sequence

  1. Micrography- learn the techniques of micrography art and be able to manipulate this art form to create texture and depth within their drawings

    1. What is it?

    2. How is it done?

      1. Rose tutorial

    3. What potential does it have?

      1. “hi” visual

      2. Negative/positive space

      3. Leaf drawings filled

  2. Creating a design

    1. What is your message

    2. What is implied

    3. What is important

      1. Create brainstormed word list

        1. Translation

        2. Association

  3. Harry Chaplin – Flowers Are Red

    1. Realistic vs. imaginary

    2. No limitations

  4. Art Psychology: Beyond Three

    1. More difficult

    2. More creative thinking process

    3. Create 4 sketches

      1. Sketch vs. drawing

  5. Choose your design

    1. Create 4 representations in sketch form

    2. Draw realistic elements

    3. Copy and paste four full size options

      1. Hang on wall

      2. Compare from distance and combine best aspects into final layout

  6. Layout

    1. Standard size/economic options for framing

    2. Building size to include proper margins

      1. Understanding the eye needs space

      2. Where to create spaces

  7. Parts of one whole

    1. Create each image independently

    2. Experiment with fill vs. no fill

    3. Create natural texture

    4. Mix and match variations

      1. Create master template

      2. Use guide underneath

      3. Use reference

  8. Micrography Tips

    1. Cut out/ guide for following

    2. Size matters

    3. Extensions and spacing

  9. Color!

    1. Pastel color wheel

    2. Pastel techniques

      1. Hand/tissue/towel

      2. Broad, tip, corner

      3. Radial

  10. Calligraphy

    1. Use of traditional ink and nibs to create calligraphic Hebrew letters and designs

    2. Fundamentals of ink properties, proper care pressure, and cleaning procedure

    3. Basics of one Hebrew font

    4. How to align letters within texts

    5. Adjust kerning and leading within hand formed letters

    6. Some “safris” rules and guidelines

    7. “point counting” between words and lines to create personalized artwork



Project 1:

Students will learn to create proper blocked text in a standard size and color

Project 2:

Students will learn to arch and stretch letters within circular designs

Students will learn to blend color and pattern within their letters and designs

Students will learn to use ink and color for illumination

Project 3:

Students will create a final piece of artwork that incorporates all of their skills. This project will be the culmination of all elements learned throughout the year. Students will be asked to select one paragraph and illuminate using any or all components of micrography and calligraphy, via size and color effects and  layout and design to create a personalized piece of Judaica art.