Art is for Everyone – Sketching Workshops at the JMM

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by

As a former arts-and-crafts camp counselor, and someone who takes art classes for fun, I’m really excited about our new sketching workshops.  Earlier this summer we hosted artists both inside and outside the Lloyd Street Synagogue, and in November we’ll bring people into B’nai Israel for the chance to draw the sanctuary.

Rabbi Mintz and his family at our plein air [link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_plein_air] workshop in July.

Rabbi Mintz and his family at our plein air workshop in July.

Participants drawing the inside of the Lloyd Street Synagogue in August.

Participants drawing the inside of the Lloyd Street Synagogue in August.

Last night’s program focused on our collections, so I not only had the fun of participating, I also had the pleasure of choosing a variety of artifacts to create a challenging still life.  This required a lot of over-thinking on my part – after all, we have over 11,000 objects to choose from! – and not everything made the cut this time, but it came together into a nice display, with an assortment on one pedestal and a single item – a Russian samovar, which was one of the first things that came to my mind when this program was first mentioned – on another.

Claire Tesh, her daughter Lena, and facilitator Matt Adelberg discuss technique.

Claire Tesh, her daughter Lena, and facilitator Matt Adelberg discuss technique.

Doesn’t my still life look nice? I know you all wish you had the chance to draw that fantastic hat.

Doesn’t my still life look nice? I know you all wish you had the chance to draw that fantastic hat.

Thanks to our wonderful workshop facilitators, Matt Adelberg and Christen Chiori, JMM staff have had the chance to relax and participate, taking some time to really look at and enjoy our buildings and collections.

Facilitator Christen Chiosi works with three of our summer interns in the Lloyd Street Synagogue during the August workshop.

Facilitator Christen Chiosi works with three of our summer interns in the Lloyd Street Synagogue during the August workshop.

Tracie Guy-Decker took a few minutes to join the artists inside the Synagogue in August.

Tracie Guy-Decker took a few minutes to join the artists inside the Synagogue in August.

At yesterday’s workshop I attempted to draw my challenging still life, and it was challenging… but my samovar came out much better.  Gift of Hadassah Greater Baltimore. JMM 1979.34.1

At yesterday’s workshop I attempted to draw my challenging still life, and it was challenging… but my samovar came out much better. Gift of Hadassah Greater Baltimore. JMM 1979.34.1

We welcome artists of all ages at these events, as the young ladies below attest. After all, our collections – from small wooden blocks to the buildings themselves – are held in the public trust, for research and study as well as preservation and exhibition. Whether you have mad skills with a pencil or just want to give it a try, we hope you take these opportunities to closely examine, with an artist’s eye, our fabulous pieces of history.

Two young artists and their work.

Two young artists and their work.

Next workshop: Sketching inside B’nai Israel – Sunday, November 6th at 10:30 a.m. 

JoannaA blog post by Collections Manager Joanna Church. To read more posts by Joanna click HERE.

 

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Ancient Egypt at the JMM

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by

I became involved in the development for The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen as I have a background in Egyptology, it isn’t something I ever expected to use when I started working at the JMM but recently it has been put to good use. In addition to working on the exhibit I have been able to plan a few programs that also draw on this knowledge.

Last month we held an Ancient Egypt family day here at the Museum. We wanted to make sure it wasn’t just the usual discussion of mummification but something that would teach some of the skills needed by an early Egyptologist like Mendes. We planned a series of interconnected activities that showed some of the process an archaeologist follows.

Excavation

Excavation

Understanding how to excavate was our first aim, everyone received their own archaeological dig to excavate. We started by carefully dividing the site into sections, these would be essential for recording our finds accurately . As we dug we also spoke about the importance of stratigraphy and how it helps to date a site and the objects we find.

Due to some careful planning everyone found the remains of two ceramic vessels which were carefully recorded and collected for the next stage.

ancient 2

Finds Analysis

This was an important part of the day that really taught some practical skills. We examined the pieces we found, discussing rim sherds especially. We looked at how they can be used to create a better impression of how a vessel may have originally looked, especially the size of the vessel. We also discussed why ceramics are such a common find on archaeological sites and what they can reveal.

Reconstruction

Reconstruction

Once we gathered as much information as possible regarding our sherds we stared the process of reconstruction, this took a lot of patience and a little creative thinking, but eventually we were able to reconstruct our precious artefacts!

Hieroglyphs

Hieroglyphs

The one thing that no Ancient Egypt day would be complete without is of course hieroglyphs. All of the materials that were excavated came ready inscribed with their ‘original’ contents, including bread, beer, cobras and fish. Once the translation was done we took the opportunity to do some writing in hieroglyphs ourselves.

Grave Goods

Finally we explored some of the types of object an archaeologist might discover. Most of the material that survives from Ancient Egypt, including all of the antiquities on display in The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen, were originally intended for a funerary context. So we decided to make a few grave goods of our own including this fantastic death mask and some shabtis.

If you missed out on Egypt Day don’t worry! We have another great family day planned for June 14th, the closing day of The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen and Flag Day.

Trillion BremenA blog post by Programs Manager Trillion Attwood. To read more posts from Trillion click HERE.

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Once Upon a Time…01.03.2014

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Deborah Cardin at 410.732.6400 x236 or email info@jewishmuseummd.org

 

1994205054Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  January 3, 2014

 

PastPerfect Accession #:  1994.205.054

 

Status:  Identified! Josh Kaplan’s Bar Mitzvah, July 1959.

Front Row (L-R) A. Esther Sabbah (Louis Kaplan’s sister; founded the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC) B. Helen Kaplan (Josh’s mom)  C. Ann Marcus (was married to Ben Marcus’ brother, not in the photo)

Back Row (L-R) 1. Josh Kaplan (son of Nathan and Helen) 2. Louis Kaplan (already identified)  3. Etta Kaplan (Louis’ wife) 4. Nathan (Nat) Kaplan (Josh’s dad)  5. Ben Marcus  6. Lillian Marcus  (younger sister of Louis Kaplan)   7.  Judy (?) Kaplan (daughter of Lillian)

 

Special Thanks To: Ephram Potts and Debbie Potts!

 

 

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