Hillel Smith

Spray Paint Art Class

Almost as much fun as making art is teaching art. I teach a spray paint stencil workshop for kids and adults at a growing number of schools, camps, youth groups, and JJCs, including Silverlake Independent JCC (age 3-7), Beth Am Religious School (middle schoolers), Camp Ramah California (middle and high schoolers), NCSY (high school), Miller Intro to Judaism at American Jewish University (adults), and Limmud LA (all ages).

I begin my classe with a discussion about art as a way of expressing personal and communal identity as well as other topics like the basics of Hebrew and Latin typography and Jewish approaches to art throughout history. Classes focus on artistic empowerment and manifesting identity through diverse media. I supply all materials and safety equipment and can tailor curricula to any age group or thematic focus. Contact me for more info!

The art workshops can be an independent event or part of a larger artist/scholar-in-residence program.

Beth Am Religious School students show off their designs

BCI participants cut their stencils.

Spray painting stencils at Congregation B'nai B'rith religious school in Santa Barbara.

Camp Ramah California campers with their stenciled name posters.

8th and 9th grade boys at Camp Ramah personalized their prayer space by "tagging" their ark with their bar mitzvah parshas.

Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University students with their spray-ink challah covers.

Sponge-painting for Chanuka at SIJCC.