Art workshop Zimmers – Ein Hod
With so many ways to see and explore Israel, it can be difficult to narrow down the activities to schedule during your stay. Still, if you’re the type of person who enjoys a hands-on learning experience, why not sign up for the workshops that are held in seemingly every discipline, all over Israel? Plan your stay around your chosen workshops by staying at a nearby Zimmer, Israeli accommodation that’s budget-friendly and intimate.
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Do you live, breathe and dream art? Why not head to the Ein Hod Artists’ Village on Mount Carmel for an art workshop? The Ein Hod Artists’ Village
website offers no fewer than 12 workshops taught by local artists. The workshops include photography, pottery, glass mosaic-making, ceramic sculpting, lithography, etching, linoleum cutting, drawing, color and paper-making, stained glass, Intaglio printmaking techniques such as etching on copper, zinc, or brass plates, and watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting.
A zimmer here in the village of Ein Hod is a good bet for luxury lodgings at the heart of this haven for artists. Consisting of two stone houses tucked away in a quiet alleyway, the zimmer offers amenities such as a mosaic bath, air-conditioning, full kitchen, TV, stereo system, DVD, and a hearty breakfast, too. Guests can schedule alternative treatments or just enjoy the breathtaking mountain views.
For some people, the idea of a more holistic vacation is a tempting prospect. Head to the Galilee to Amirim Village. Amirim Village boasts no fewer than 30 vegetarian Zimmers, but we chose one where lodgings come with a fully stocked and equipped kosher kitchen, DVD, and stereo.
Amirim Village is the place to come for alternative health and spa treatments. In addition, guests can take a workshop in Mandala drawing with Ofira Oriel, who studied at Jerusalem’s Hadassah College and the Bezalel Art Institure.
Mitzpe Ezuz, Ramat HaNegev
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Not exciting enough for you? In the heart of Israel’s desert Negev region is Ezuz
, where you’ll find an experience you‘ll never forget. Ezuz has an ongoing theater project called “Time of the Desert,” for which it is soliciting volunteers. The project involves the construction of a theater (interior and exterior walls, electricity, and flooring) at the center of this desert resort. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide a venue for area youth to explore theater and circus arts. The local municipality in Ramat HaNegev has thrown its hat into the ring by helping to build an outdoor trapeze. Once construction is completed, Ezuz hopes to bring in exchange students from circus schools in London and France.
In the works are plans for a mask-making workshop and the creation of a giant puppet with movable body parts. During the summer, the focus is on circus arts. Volunteers at Ezuz have lodgings, two meals a day, and 8-hour workdays, with weekends off. Weekend attractions include camel-back riding, swimming, and hiking.
Run by theater patrons the guesthouses are family dwellings with kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom, plus large outdoor dining table. Breakfast is organic and includes goat cheese, homemade breads and eggs fresh from the farm. Founded in 1985, Mitzpe Ezuz is located above Beerotayim where the biblical wells of Moses and Aaron are found. Today, the village numbers 14 families from Africa, France, and Holland, who work at developing a culture combining art, tourism and farming.
Nearby is a new French café serving crepes and pizza. There’s also a goat farm where you can sample a variety of organic goat cheese and purchase local wines and olive oil. Watch for rare birds such as the Houbara, or take a donkey or camel ride. Area workshops include mask-making; metalworking; stone, wood, and mud-sculpting; acrobatic balancing and belly-dancing. Ezuz has a motto: “Find yourself in a place you can’t find.”
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Did You Know?
Israel’s organized art culture began in 1906 when Professor Boris Schatz (1867-1932) emigrated from Bulgaria to Israel and founded the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem.