Welcome to Artful Living & Learning!
How Artful Learning Works
Whether exploring Torah concepts, artistic challenges, or student-driven projects, my goal as an artist and teacher is to create a fun environment where each student feels empowered to express themselves creatively. I particularly enjoy the fusion of Torah and art where we get to explore and connect to our heritage. I balance giving my students supportive guidance while building them up through their growth on an artistic and personal level. We experiment with various mediums when learning about different concepts. The sky is the limit- I can't wait to see what you create!
My name is Nechama Liba, and I am an artist and art teacher.
Watch this video to hear about the classes I offer!
1. Parsha Creations
2. Artful Creations
3. Clay Creaions
4. One on One Creations
Bereshit Session: Sep 30th- Dec 16th
This course is designed to connect with Torah learning on a personal and artistic level. We explore and discuss a concept from the weekly Torah portion, followed by journaling and creating a visual representation.
1. Sketchbook (thick paper)
3. Thin black Sharpie
4. Coloring material of your choice (watercolors, acrylic, color pencil, markers etc.)
Time: 1 1/4 hour, once a week, for 12 weeks
Cost: $300 / 1050 Nis
Zoom and Live Option
Mini Summer Session: Aug 18th- Sep 1st (with flexibility)
If you enjoy exploring various mediums, this course is for you!
We will be working with a different medium each session; for 3D projects, we will use paper mache and other sculptural materials, and 2D projects using oil and chalk pastels, and paint.
Additionally, we will learn about famous artists to help inspire our work.
The first session will be a paper mache project.
Supplies will be provided.
Time: 1 hour, Once a week, for 3 weeks
Cost: $60/ 200 Nis
Summer Session: TBA
This course will provide students with the basic skills needed for hand-building with clay. We will explore building with pinch pots, coils, slabs, and eventually sculptures.
Once the students have the fundamentals down, I encourage more student-driven projects. The sky is the limit!
Supplies will be provided. (Including clay, glaze, tools, and kiln firings.)
Time: 1 1/2 hours, once a week, 8 weeks
Cost: $285/ 1000 Nis
One on One Creations
Summer Session: Individualized
This course is designed for the student who would benefit from individualized attention. If you have a project in mind or a medium you would like to explore one on one, I would be honored to be your helping hands in achieving your goal!
Time: 40 minutes- $50/ 175 Nis
60 minutes- $70/ 245 Nis
"Art Lessons with Nechama was more than just teaching my children skills. Nechama taught my kids about perseverance, patience, creativity, and confidence. They looked forward to their classes every week and begged for more!" - A.D.
"My children look forward to creating with Nechama each week! She teaches them Parsha through art in such a beautiful way. All their creations are in a journal that the can cherish forever!" - L.B.
"The girls at Mayanot really enjoyed the art workshop. They appreciated that it was interactive and hands on. They especially enjoyed and connected to the the meaning behind the lessons." - C.C.
About Artful Living
My name is Nechama Liba, and I am an artist and teacher.
I feel truly blessed to combine my background in Judaic Studies and Fine Art to create authentic Jewish art.
I am inspired by Torah, nature, music, and the land of Israel. I enjoy working in all sorts of mediums including paint, ceramics, glass, and pastels. (Essentially whatever I can get my hands on!)
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was known in school as the one who was always drawing. I was so enthralled by the world around me- I just wanted to capture everything on paper! As I got older, I experimented with charcoal and paint. I was a 2D gal... until I went to college. Originally I was pursuing a Masters in Art Education; one of the prerequisites was ceramics and so for the first time, I laid my hands on clay. It was riveting and I fell in love instantly. The texture was so smooth and rich- and the possibilities for creation were endless. I felt a sense of expansiveness. For me, this is the greatest aspect about art- it is both a tactile and elevated tool for expression in the world. This realization filled me with a deep sense of connection between art and Judaism.
“The true work of art is but a shadow of the Divine perfection.” - Michelangelo.
In my understanding, this masterful artist is hinting at the root for humanity’s desire to create- because we are “shadows” of G-d Himself, created in His image. Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzato (1740) stressed in The Way of G-d how although opposites attract, similarity is what breeds closeness. Tying these ideas together, creativity is one of the greatest tools to draw close to the Ultimate Creator. To act in His "Shadow" indeed.
This is why I don’t believe any art is “bad” or that people are “not creative.” We all have creativity pulsing through us because of our Divine Spark. My prayer for my students and myself is to tap into this realization and create. To create in order to express and connect.
So I invite you to join me for this artful ride. I'd be honored to create with you!
Cheers and Blessings,