The Education Program was developed in 1998, focusing primarily on youth from Jerusalem, by providing them with opportunities to engage in creative acitivites which are otherwise neglected in the school systems. 

Specifically, by developing participants' aesthetic awareness and appreciation of their surroundings, the youth workshops seek to enable participants to express themselves more effectively and to challenge issues, whether social, political, or environmental,  that affect them, their peers and their wider community. Through creative, stimulating and challenging workshops, participants learn new modes of expression. 

Organised in partnership with community centers, youth clubs and educational institutions, the workshops are led by artists both from the local community and visitng artists from all over the world who participate in the Artist-in-Residence program. As such, the program is part of an ongoing effort to connect and collaborate with different institutions and individuals at local, regional and international levels.

Foundations in Art: Drawing and Painting

Ruba Salameh and Jumana Abboud

This course will introduce students to foundations in art by learning art history and technical art skills. Students will learn how to use various materials and techniques in drawing and painting; including charcoal, acrylic, oil and water-based paints. 

Ruba Salameh is an emerging Palestinian artist who works mainly in painting. Salameh completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, and has participated in numerous exhibitions.

Jumana Emil Abboud is an established Palestinian artist who works in various mediums, including drawing, video, performance, objects and text. Abboud studied Fine Art in Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada and later continued in Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem. Abboud has participated in numerous international and local group exhibitions, biennials and residency programs. She also teaches in the Fine Art Department in Bezalel Academy.