What a fantastic MESS! Hamsas take form

Omanut Families,

If you had the chance to see the Omanut room this past Sunday you may have noticed something unusual; a fine coat of light blue goo! After exploring the history and cultural elements of the Hamsa, our time on Sunday was spent creating moulds of each of our hands from Thermagel. A variety of alginate, Thermagel is very similar to the material used in dental and orthodontia offices to create extremely detailed casts of teeth. We used it to create moulds of our hands which were filled with plaster after class. Fingers crossed, come Tuesday/Wednesday students should be able to open their moulds and birth plaster reproductions of their hands to turn into personalized Hamsas.

Another, HUGE goal for this week is gearing up for the Art Show on Sunday (April, 28th)!!!! Students have been, and continue to, work hard putting finishing touches on past pieces as well as preparing our Omanut space for the the show. The hallway of the Religious School is being transformed into an Art Gallery featuring all the products of years worth of art. I/we hope and look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday for the show and some group programing.

As our year begins to wind down the art show will be a great opportunity to reflect on a year of learning and creating. It is our hope that these pieces will serve as both reminders of the ideas that have been explored this year and as keepsakes of your students at this point in their life and religious education.

See you all Sunday!

Jacob

PROGRESS!!!! Here comes the Art Show!!!

Omanut Families,

Talk about a solid day in the Omanut room. This was our first Sunday back since Passover/Spring break, and we dove right back into our projects!
With the Art Show just 2 weeks away (APRIL 28th!), the day was spent making serious headway on past projects that are very near completion. Students sorted their pieces by complete vs. incomplete and rallied to make a serious dent in the “incomplete” pile. Nothing motivates like a deadline!
For some students this time was spent putting the polish on their Moses Narrative pieces so that they can be sent out to be turned into lovely trivets for use at home. Others revisited earlier projects dealing with the work of Menashe Kadishman and the Shema. Students also used the hot glue gun (with supervision) to begin mounting our Agam projects from the very start of the year. I love it when a plan comes together!
Be on the lookout in the religious school hallways, and possibly other buildings at Temple Isaiah for posters advertising the upcoming Art Show (APRIL 28th!), students not working on past projects or helping their peers have been putting in solid work to let the community know of our upcoming event.
TPR with Tammy and Yardena was a hit as always with the students being introduced to the hebrew words for , “star”, “blue”, “white”, and “flag”. Yom Ha’atzmaut is here again, and as we celebrate Israel’s 65th year, it is great that the students are being introduced to corresponding vocabulary.
THIS WEEK (Tues/Wed, and Sunday): We begin work on our final project for the year where we will be exploring and creating our own Hamsas from molds of our own hands. This project is materials heavy and time sensitive. The introduction will be taking place Tues/Wed with the the molds being made on Sunday. This project will allows students the opportunity to explore an interesting element of Jewish culture as well as provide a keepsake of their hand at 3rd/4th grade. Those in attendance this week are in for what should be a ton of fun as well as the creation of a lasting memory.

Have a great week,

Jacob