Dear Hillel Torah Community,

It has been an absolute honor working your children these past 2 and half years.  During my time here I was blessed to assist and watch your children develop their artistic talents.  I sincerely hope that they will take something away from our time together and I wish everyone all the best.  As many of you know, I am moving on to the next chapter of my life, in a move that is best for my family.  I will miss the Hillel Torah community very, very much.  I trust that your children will end up in the fantastic hands of a new art teacher.

So to end our time together on a happy note, I would like to share with you all, some of my favorite moments in the HT Art Classroom.

Favorite Memory No. 1

The Kiln Addition…..

We were blessed by the PTA to add a kiln to the art department.  Students in grades k-2 created a 3D ladybug.  They were obsessed!




Favorite Memory No. 2

Faces and Vases Project

In this project, 5th and 6th grade learned about positive and negative space and optical illusions.  The end results were super cool.




Favorite Memory No. 3

Pop Art Prints

Students studied the work of Andy Warhol and his interest with modern day pop culture.  Students selected something they found relevant to their time and made multiple prints of it.  Their choice of subject matter was SUPER impressive.



Favorite Memory No. 4

Wisconsin Trip with 6th Grade

My first year here, I was honored to join 6th grade on their trip to Wisconsin.  It was so scenic and beautiful and I had a blast with my colleagues and the kids.  We also created these beautiful “God’s Eye” weavings using sticks we found in the woods.




Favorite Memory No. 5

After School Ceramics

Upon our kiln addition, we were able to have an after school ceramics class.  This was SUCH a fun group of kids to work with and they made some beautiful pieces!



Favorite Memory No. 6

Matisse Projects

I always love introducing students to my favorite artist of all time: Henri Matisse.  


Favorite Memory No. 7


I love this holiday!  I seen so many creative and awesome costumes!  The Rappin’ Rabbi may have been one of my faves!


Favorite Memory No. 8

STEAM Drawbots

Finally, this year I hit the jackpot in the Art Lesson dept!  I taught students how to create “Drawbots” and it was quite a hit!


Again, thank you all for the wonderful memories and I wish you all the very, VERY best!

Israel @ 70 Design Contest and Clay has Started!

Parents & students, as I’m sure most of you might have seen in your email, HT is holding a design contest for grades 1-8.  The deadline for submissions is November 20th and I have been telling the students all about it in art class.  For this contest, the kids are encouraged to work on it at home.  It is SUPER easy!!  All they need to do in order to participate is create a design that features the number 70, the verse מתחברים לישראל ב70, and a shnazzy design!  AND to make it even EASIER to participate, it only has to be done in black marker (please use pencil first just in case you make a mistake…happens to the best of us!).  The top two winners will win a gift card.  Store and amount of gift card are TBD.

Contest Guidelines

Moving on to our classroom projects, students in grades k-4 are now manipulating and experimenting with clay.  It really is fascinating for me to watch as an art teacher, how the students develop their sculpture skills as they move on from grade to grade.  I had 4th grade today and they created some truly magnificent works of art.  I was sincerely impressed!

In grades K-2 we are creating Israel Star Pendants.  Students are getting to work with REAL clay.  The first thing they tend to notice is the texture, which is a lot colder and wetter than the modeling clay we have been working with.  I’ve been hearing a lot of “This is REALLY cold!”

***I had just finished explaining the Israel @ 70 contest to 1st grade, so they were inspired to create Israel works of art with their clay.  How cute is this?***

Finally, I apologize for not being able to share what I did with the older grades this week as I had mentioned I would in the previous post, but we had an AMAZING guest speaker, Mr. Ernie Heimann, come in today, and give a presentation on his experience during Kristallnacht.  We were so honored to have him come and share his experience with us…art will of course continue next week!    I hope everyone has a lovely 3-day weekend!  Shabbat shalom!

Welcome Back!!

Students, parents, family and friends:  welcome back for another fabulous year of creativity and learning!  I am so excited for what’s in store for this upcoming school year!  This summer I put a lot of time and energy into developing an amazing curriculum for the HT students.  I feel very confident that the students and I will have a wonderful, artistic journey this school year.

There will be an email going out soon informing you all of a few good “Things to Know”, so please be on the lookout…

A few bullet points of that email will include:

  • My new last name
  • Sketchbook policy
  • Portfolio system
  • how long it typically takes to create an art work
  • dates that art will be sent home

As always, I am thrilled to be working with your children and am super appreciative of all the support!  Can’t wait to CREATE!!

….here’s a few pics of Kindergarten [KC] on their first day in the art classroom…


SOAR Art Show ::Updated::

The SOAR (Skokie Outstanding Artists Recognition) show went amazing!  We had such a phenomenal turnout: I have to thank all the parents, family members, and friends who came out to support our students.  Thank you!!  We received so many compliments on our work!  In fact, I noticed several students from other schools taking pictures of our student work, which to me, indicates that our students did an outstanding job!  And several teachers came up to me as well to compliment our work, as did the Skokie Fine Arts Commission Chairman: Andrea Siegel.  What an honor!

Our fabulous HT artists that were honored were:

  • Kindergarten: Rina Felemovicius
  • 1st Grade: Aaron Gelb
  • 2nd Grade: Shaina Lennon and Joshua Zaff
  • 5th Grade: Anna Meyer
  • 6th Grade: Andrew Bersson, Emma Felix, Kayla Kupietzky, Hersch Linzer, Audrey Perlman, Cara Rosenberg, Adam Schwartz, Charlie Singer, Noah Strahlberg, and Phoebe Wolmark
  • 8th Grade: Noi Cohen, Tehilah David, Danni Glass, Josh Goltz and Simone Miller

Please take a look at our work!  We had several projects on display such as our Under the Sea paintings [grades k-2] done by Rina Felemovicius & Aaron Gelb.  Pop Art Print Trends [grades 6-8] done by Hersch Linzer, Audrey Perlman, Cara Rosenberg, & Noah Strahlberg, and Josh Goltz.  Matisse Still Life Paintings [grades k-2] done by Shaina Lennon & Joshua Zaf.  Oil Pastel Still Life Studies [grades 6-8] done by Adam Schwartz, Charlie Singer & Simone Miller.  Tessellations [grades 6-8] done by Andrew Bersson & Cara Rosenberg.  My Favorite Meal Food Collage [Grade 5] done by Anna Meyer.  Self-Portraits [grades 6 & 7) created by Emma Felix & Kayla Kupietzky.  And Water Color Experiments created by Noi Cohen.

Congratulations to our fabulous artists!!  And parents, if you have any more pics of the SOAR show, please email me and I will be happy to include them in this blog!

SOAR Art Show

It’s that time of the year where we come together and honor our outstanding Hillel Torah Artists as well as other young Skokie artists.  The SOAR art show will be this Wednesday from 5-6:30 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts located at 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077.  We will be honoring the following artists:

  • Kindergarten: Rina Felemovicius
  • 1st Grade: Aaron Gelb
  • 2nd Grade: Shaina Lennon and Joshua Zaff
  • 5th Grade: Anna Meyer
  • 6th Grade: Andrew Bersson, Emma Felix, Kayla Kupietzky, Hersch Linzer, Audrey Perlman, Cara Rosenberg, Adam Schwartz, Charlie Singer, Noah Strahlberg, and Phoebe Wolmark
  • 8th Grade: Noi Cohen, Tehilah David, Danni Glass and Simone Miller

In addition to being recognized for their phenomenal talents they will also have their awards presented to them by the Mayor of Skokie!

Please view our artists from last year’s show  and stay tuned for an updated picture of this year’s artists!