Arts

“Even if you can’t sing well, sing. Sing to yourself. Sing in the privacy of your home. But sing.”
Nachman of Breslov

The arts offer paths of exploration: about our history, our people, our culture, and, of greatest importance, ourselves.   Enjoy the fun and learning as you share a range of art experiences with your grandchildren and family members.

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Sing and Dance-Along Music from the Jewish Museum

Enjoy a diverse range of music on the Museum’s YouTube channel inspired by Jewish holidays, nature, works of art, social justice, and more. Gather instruments at home—from a box of macaroni to a tambourine—and dance and sing together. While listening to the performances, have paper…

Spring into Creativity with the Jewish Museum

Get creative together! With your grandchild, choose your own adventure from the art activities below and try them together in person or virtually. Take your materials outside on a warmer day and create an outdoor studio. Examine striking paintings, sculpture, Judaica, and media in the…

Puppet It Up

Save those holey old socks—they’re great for making simple puppets; old gloves and mittens will also work. It doesn’t matter whether the eyes are symmetrical or the nose is missing. You can make the puppets ahead of time or make them with your grandchild. Decorate…

Miriam’s Dance Party

Art plays an important role in Judaism. Artisans are mentioned in the Torah in relation to making beautiful textiles and ritual objects of precious stones and metals for the Tabernacle and Temple. Today, intricate silver ritual items, such as kiddush cups, Shabbat candlesticks, and hanukkiyot…

Jewish Folk Art: Micrography

Micrography, a Jewish art form using tiny written words to make decorative pictures, is hundreds of years old. A really skilled micrography artist might write the entire biblical book of Jonah in the shape of a whale or the book of Esther in the shape…

The Art and Culture of Family Connection

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, noted early-childhood educator and author, said, “Art has the role in education of helping children become themselves instead of more like everyone else.” As Jewish arts professionals, and as grandparents and parents, we see firsthand the limitless potential of art to illuminate…