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Oakland, CA

 My name is Ariel Root Wolpe. I am a Jewish musician, artist, and community organizer. I love figuring out spiritual community and transforming people's hearts through music.


Art Workshop

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Usable Jewish Art Workshop 

This workshop gives art students the chance to create a functional painted art-piece with a high-gloss, durable varnish finish. This protects the paint from wear and tear, resistant to scratches, fading, dents or chipping. Past pieces include cell phone and computer cases, picture frames and Jewelry pieces, but any hard item can be used!


Ages: Children 6+ and adults, children age 3-6 with adult supervision

Duration: 90 minutes

Fee: $25 per student, six-student minimum

Required Materials (can be provided upon request): Acrylic paint, paint brushes, paper plates, water jugs, canvases/cases/picture-frames. 

Suggested Materials (can be provided upon request): Decorations, jewels, liquid pens for writing on paint. 

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Students of all ages get the chance to paint beautiful designs on canvas, picture frames, cell phone case and other items through a playful, expressive class. We will begin with a discussion on Jewish themes, nature images, and meaningful phrases and quotes will motivate and inspire students to develop a concept. We then learn about picture composition, the color wheel and mixing, and basic painting guidelines. Each student will sketch out their idea and receive feedback from the instructor. Using acrylic paint, kids will transfer their concept onto their canvas or item. At the end of the workshop, students will have a hand painted piece ready to be varnished and kept for their own use or gifted to a loved one! Contact me to schedule a workshop.

Items are varnished after the workshop in a well-ventilated workspace using Envirotex high gloss finish. This finish is shiny, highly durable and does not scratch or wear over time. The varnish requires a 48 hour drying period and will be returned to the group afterwards!