BLOG 39 / Adventures in Israel / by steve joseph

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I know, I know, it’s been way too long since my last blog entry. My excuse? In the last three months I’ve taught five classes to a variety of students in the US and Israel. They include a beginners class to 8 to 15-year-old campers in the woods of Maine, two ‘technique’ focused adult education classes, one in Massachusetts, another in Denver, a private class at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, and a two week long international summer school class to group of college students and professionals in Jerusalem.

Obviously, I love teaching.

I could write about each, but I’d rather talk about the icing on the cake - or should I say the spice in the falafel - of all these classes. It was a two week class at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, in Jerusalem.

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I have been to Israel twice before but this was the first time I was teaching in the country. Bezalel is part of the vast campus of the Hebrew University of Israel on Mount Olivet (Mount of Olives) in Jerusalem. It is easy to get lost in on this campus. I did myself once! I taught a full class of 10 students. Maria Dovanuk, who shot all the photos on this blog, was my extremely helpful assistant, and the staff was super organized.

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My students were different ages and backgrounds. Most of the day they were extremely quiet and focused, other times very silly. One of the highlights was the final critique in class (above). Local artist joined the class to see the all the final works, and we had time to talk about the personal challenges and breakthroughs during the last two weeks.

The final critique was almost as exciting as the day we ordered the best falafel in Jerusalem for lunch, I never observed how much debate could go into making the right choice!

Here are a few of the students and works made in class. I took a huge amount of photos you can see on my instagram. Sorry, no photos of the falafels.

Thanks for the read! - Joseph

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