Israel in My Art

Glass Painting Pesach Plates

Tags: Arts and Culture, Passover, Jewish Identity, Activities, Art Activities, Home Featured Activities

By Stefanie Heideman

This is an individual activity appropriate for grade school children and older.

Every participant completes this activity with their own unique Passover plate.

During the holiday of Passover, the Bible prohibits the eating of chametz, “leavened bread” (Exodus 12: 15-20). Many people who follow this law keep kosher for Passover and do not eat on their regular dishes or cook in the same pots and pans that are used with unleavened products: bread, pasta, corn, etc that are used throughout the year. Some families decide to use paper plates and others have a separate set of dishes.

“Next Year in Jerusalem!” is usually printed at the end of the Haggadah and recited as the last song of the Seder. This reminds Jewish people all over the world that Jerusalem is the heart of Zion and is the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

In the spirit of commitment to the perpetuation of our Judaic heritage, we invite you to hand paint your own glass plates during Passover. Your plates can be any size, shape or color.


When thinking of images to paint onto your glass plate , think of the Passover story as written in the Haggadah. Some Haggadot have pictures throughout to help us visualize the story in artistic form. You can also search on the internet “Passover images” and see what other professional artists have created. Here is an image of a Pesach plate that a 3rd grade artist at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, MD created. She has light blue wavy water on either side of the plate symbolizing the splitting of the Sea. The brown section in the middle, symbolizes the sand at the bottom of the sea that the Jewish people crossed to their freedom. The artist then included a giant sunshine glowing over the city of Jerusalem.

passover plate


  • Glass plates/bowls of any shape or size
  • Glass paint or oil based permanent “paint pens”
  • Paper towels
  • White paper for sketching designs, pencils and erasers


  1. Cover your workspace. Paint pens stain and dry quickly!
  2. Draw a sketch that tells some chapters in the Passover Story. You can select any images you want to paint on your plate.
  3. Either color in your sketch with colored pencil or crayons or make notes of what colors you would like to use; and “map out” your color plan.
  4. Turn your plate upside down!

    We will be painting the underside of your glass plate so the image will show through the front and will be “food safe” to eat on.
  5. Paint the underside of the plate slowly and systematically.

    ***REMINDER THAT YOU CAN NOT LAYER glass paint. The first color to go down, is the first color you will see through the plate. So if you want black windows in your buildings, draw the windows then the color of your buildings that bump right up to the windows. Follow your sample sketch design and work slowly.

    If you accidentally put paint somewhere and you want to remove it, try alcohol or nail polish remover.
  6. Let paint dry completely before touching.
  7. When finished, you will be able to eat and drink on your plate because all of the glass paint/paint pens are on the underside of your glass plate.
  8. Read directions on paint bottles/pens to make sure it is dishwasher safe. Otherwise, hand wash the items.
  9. Email photos of your Pesach Plate creations to if you wish to be included in our virtual art exhibit.

Chag kasher v’ sameach! Have a happy and kosher Passover!

Have your artwork featured in our online Israel in My Art gallery! Sign your artwork with your first name and last initial and email it to

Painting as a part of a class or art group? Send us your selfies and group pics for a shoutout throughout our global Jewish community who loves sharing the Israel connection with their fellow Virtual Citizens of Israel around the world. Follow us social media and you can either post your pic online and tag us in your post or email it directly to

Help your students find unique ways you to incorporate the Israeli flag and the flag of the country in which you reside into your drawings as well, so that the world can see the vast number of nationalities of our IFF artists!

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About the Author

Stefanie Heideman
Stefanie Jo Heideman, founder of Art Escapades, is an art educator who believes that art is not supposed to be competitive, but rather a peaceful, relaxing experience for one to engage in and enjoy. As the Arts and Education Specialist for Israel Forever, Stefie is able to weave her love of Israel into her projects and lesson plans for individuals of all ages and stages of life.

Tags: Arts and Culture, Passover, Jewish Identity, Activities, Art Activities, Home Featured Activities