Visual Arts

Learn to express your inner voice with professional artists who will guide your creation of a series of projects for your personal portfolio. Collaborate and explore new mediums with your fellow artists using a variety of art materials to create original artworks that will be prominently displayed throughout the week and in a final exhibit for the ArtsFest Showcase for your peers from JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest—the grand finale of JCC Maccabi.

Audition Requirements – Visual Arts 2017

What are we looking for?

  • Strong interest in visual arts with a desire and a passion to create
  • Experience or confidence in drawing, painting, photography or other visual medium
  • Have the ability to take work from conception to completion
  • Be open to new experiences, such as taking your favorite form of art and learning a new concept to incorporate in a new and exciting masterpiece
  • Appreciation for collaborative efforts in art

In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit samples of your work. Please record a video of yourself presenting two pieces from your portfolio and casually discussing each one, including an explanation of why the certain medium was used and if there was a specific thought or inspiration that motivated the work.

Once you have recorded the video, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and copy and paste the link into your audition form.

Please answer the following questions in the text boxes provided on the application.

  1. Tell us briefly your experiences in visual arts at school, home, and in workshops/classes.
  2. How do you wish to further your work/skills in visual arts while at ArtsFest?
  3. Why do you want to participate in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest?
  4. Anything else you would like us to know about you and your visual arts skills?
  5. Please provide the link to your video audition.

* For basic instructions to upload a video to YouTube, please click here

The program will culminate in the creation and sharing of a new work that will be part of the week’s final presentation and will be prominently displayed.

2017 Artist in Residence: Courtney Einhorn

In search of self-fulfillment, Courtney wanted to add some color to her life so she picked up a paint brush and has yet to put it down. In doing so, she has found a true outlet for her creative freedom to flow, which has transformed into a full fledged passion. With Courtney’s artistic style—bold, colorful and filled with texture—the possibilities are endless.

Born and raised in Miami, Courtney is strongly influenced by the city’s vibrant colors, which shines through in her paintings. Courtney’s purpose in her creations
is to elicit an uplifting energy from the viewer; the most common words she hears when people describe her work are, “happy, cheerful, vivid.”

Courtney is proud of all she has accomplished thus far. She has been recognized in Ocean Drive Magazine, The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine, among others. Most notably, Courtney was chosen to paint live during Pitbull’s 2015 New Years Eve concert, and has painted live at various South Florida events. Courtney her own painted parking meters in Wynwood, her own artwork on a Miami Dade County bus, paintings on pillars in downtown Miami, and much more! She exhibits at Art Basel and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival every year. Courtney’s colorful work can be seen all over Miami in restaurants, galleries, hospitals, offices, and schools. She enjoys giving back to the community and speaking to children at schools about the importance of the arts. She truly looks forward to this summer at JCC Maccabi ArtsFest.