Israel in My Art

Turning Pain Into Art

Tags: Arts and Culture, Inspiration and Hope, Jewish Identity

By Lili Noah

When facing or experiencing Antisemitism, one powerful way to process emotions such as fear and confusion is through art. In this activity, Lili Noah shows you how.

Contact us for other activities and resources for your family or community to face and combat Antisemitism.


Materials for Turning Pain into Art

  • Crayola Air Dry Clay (white)
  • Rolling pin
  • White and blue paint
  • Fettling knife or Exacto knife
  • Cup of water
  • Paint brushes
  • Foam sponge brush
  • Sponge
  • Canvas (optional)
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge


Step One:
Place a ball of clay on your sheet of canvas or on a clean table.

Step Two:
Roll the clay into a flat slab.

Step Three:
Cut the clay into your desired shape.

Step Four:
Pinch the sides for an organic feel, smoothing with a sponge.

Step Five:
Insert a paintbrush tip at the top, and create a clean hole that you will later put your ribbon through.

Step Six:
Paint the surface white, and express your emotions in blue.

Step Seven:
Let paint and clay dry overnight.

Step Eight:
Apply a thin mod podge layer for a sheen and seal.

Step Nine:
Add a ribbon and hang your personalized piece anywhere in your home! I decided to hang mine in my studio space!


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Tags: Arts and Culture, Inspiration and Hope, Jewish Identity