Art program expands in Teaneck

Art program expands in Teaneck

Book illustrated by Natalia Kadish and written by her husband Aaron Kadish.
Book illustrated by Natalia Kadish and written by her husband Aaron Kadish.

Art can touch the heart and soul of its viewer, especially when the artist has plumbed their own heart and soul to create it.

Artist, teacher, author, and award-winning illustrator Natalia Kadish has created art that has done just that. Her spiritually inspired art — she said that Torah and mystical Kabbalah informs much of her ethereal work — has appeared throughout the world and has garnered acclaim.

She has also shared her passion, skills, and talent with youngsters as an art teacher at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, and through an informal “backyard” art camp that she has run for the last decade.

Ms. Kadish, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, has art in her blood. Her father is renowned artist Laszlo Kubinyi, whose work has been appreciated for the last 60 years.

This upcoming summer, Ms. Kadish is expanding her program, Elevated Space Art Studio, and moving from her backyard to real studio space on Evergreen, close to the famed Wilhelm Bahá’í Properties of Teaneck.

Through her new, larger studio, she hopes to attract even more young artists. The art camp will be directed by early childhood schoolteacher and art therapist Yael Rotenberg, and will offer its campers painting, drawing, pottery, ceramics, Lego, crafts, nature hikes, and more.

Art, Ms. Kadish said, is a brain enhancing activity that helps children grow in so many ways.

Through art, children expand their imaginations as well as their physical acumen in the actual act of drawing, painting, sculpting, and the like. They have increased self-esteem and pride in their artistic accomplishments. And like so much that is new in neuroscience, art has been shown to impact the plasticity of neurological growth. These new skills help to create new brain pathways.

“It’s amazing how the mind could grow in incredible ways through art,” said Ms. Kadish. “Art heals.”

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