Monday, May 1, 2017

When Art meets Purpose

On April 19th 2017, The YWCA-Vancouver opened the doors of their new housing "Cause We Care House". This innovative housing community will assist many low-income single mothers and their children.

YWCA Cause We Care House Community nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona


In 2014, the YWCA- Vancouver and I partnered with the intention of planning a creative and meaningful project, that will support one of the organization's programs or initiatives. We were not sure which program will be chosen but we were excited to be working together and we knew this project will be something new to them and to me. After looking at many different programs, we decided to support "Cause We Care House". The project was a long time dream and it was slowly becoming a reality. An ambitious initiative that required the support of the City of Vancouver and many donors was taking shape. The idea of supporting the construction of this important housing resonated with me. We decided that the best way of reaching out to donors was by linking the stories of single moms to my art. YWCA was the liaison between the women and me. After an extensive research, interviews and meaningful conversations, I was ready to paint their stories.  

At my studio, painting

At my studio, painting

After a few months and with a lot of support from YWCA Vanessa Wellington and Chantelle Krish,  the project started to show its first images. There were many challenges but we faced them with communication and wisdom.

In February 2016, I attended the Grounding Event at 730 East Hastings St., Vancouver.

First Nations ceremony, Grounding Event, Feb 2015.


With Madeleine McAllister- Westside Grand Gallery, YWCA- Vanessa Wellington and Westside Grand Gallery owner at the Grounding Event, Feb 2015.


With YWCA- Chantelle Krish, Grounding Ceremony, Feb 2015.

After the Grounding Event, we were ready to show donors, staff, family and friends the completion of "Home Is Love" art show. We hosted the opening night reception on February 12th 2015 at the Westside Grand gallery, Vancouver.

YWCA-CEO Janet Austin and Jazmin. Opening Reception Feb 2015

YWCA-Chantelle Krish and Jazmin. Opening Reception, Feb 2015

Jazmin giving a speech to donors, staff and friends. Opening Reception, Feb 2015

On April 2017, the building came to completion. The project – at 720 and 730 East Hastings St. – is a joint initiative that features a branch library, community and family programming, and safe, affordable housing for low-income single mothers and their children. The City of Vancouver made the largest contribution towards a new Vancouver Public Library branch. The City’s financial support includes land value of the site and design and construction of the new library. This housing will accommodate and assist many low-income mothers and their children.

YWCA- Vanessa Wellington and Jazmin, Cause We Care House, Grand Opening April 2017

Donors visiting the new premises with Jazmin, Cause We Care House, Grand Opening April 2017

With the support of the YWCA staff and donors, I was able to be part of this meaningful project.
"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become" with love, Jazmin
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Mixed Media Around the World- Mexico

In this term, my students and I were “travelling” around the world and learning about different artists and Folk Art. I chose Mexico because of its rich culture and folk art and of course, creating a piñata could be a fun project for the kids!


While "visiting" Mexico, we ate chips, salsa, sour cream & guacamole and watched a fun episode of "Dora The Explorer", the Mexican girl that teaches Spanish to children on T.V. After the episode, we left the room for an adventure around the school. Each child got a "map" like Dora The Explorer and we went looking for a hidden piñata! We had to make a few stops along the way to decide which way to go. We found and guessed hidden riddles as well... until we found our way to the piñata. Each child got a bag with toys to fill up their own project!

Teaching paper-mache is not an easy task and I took the challenge despite all...
In this term, the group was large (21 children), with age ranges of 5 to 11. Paper-mache takes a long time, with a few steps involved and many kids don't like the feeling of dry glue in their hands! Here are some amazing results from this complicated process:


I began collecting recycled materials last January and by March, I had enough shoe boxes, yogurt containers, toilet paper rolls, large and small plastic containers, pizza boxes for all the 21 children.
The assignment was to choose a number of containers and assemble an animal of their choice. Some kids decided to create other objects, such as TVs. Most chose to create animals such as giraffes, elephants, dogs and mice. These photos show some of the various shapes and animals that were created.




When planning my art classes, I try to imagine the impact and the inspiration art projects will make in my students. Once children are presented with materials and a goal, they develop their own interpretations and immerse in their own creative journey. It is a pleasure to witness!

Children displaying their creations with pride and joy!
This is the third and last blog post of the series “Around The World- 2”.
"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become"with love, Jazmin
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Mixed Media around the world- Israel


In this term, my students and I are “travelling” around the world and learning about artist I picked for inspiration. While visiting Israel, we ate fresh pita bread with hummus, pickles and olives while we learned about the work of Timor from Timo Handmade. Timor lives in Jaffa, Israel and she designs unique and customized fabric dolls.


The children got inspired by her and created their own “two sided” fabric dolls. On one side, the doll is awake and on the other side, the doll is asleep!
One of my students' Timo Handmade inspired doll.
When choosing the artists that will be introduced to the children, I try to imagine the impact and inspiration these artist will make in my students. The children develop endless possibilities and interpretations after they see unique artists’ artworks. I witness with pride and joy as my students’ artworks come to life!
Some of the dolls made by Mixed Media Art with artist Jazmin Sasky
This is the second blog post of the series “Around The World”.
"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become"with love, Jazmin
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mixed Media Around The World: France


In this term, my students and I are “travelling” around the world and learning about artist I picked for their inspiration. While visiting France, we ate delicious baguettes with butter and learned about mosaic artist Nikki De Saint Phalle and whimsical illustrator Sophie Fatus.


When choosing the artists that will be introduced, I try to imagine the impact and inspiration these artist will make in my students. The children develop endless possibilities and interpretations after they are exposed to unique artists’ artworks. I witness with pride and joy as my students’ artworks come to life!
Sophie Fatus whimsical illustrations
My students' Sophie Fatus inspired illustrations for Hansel & Gretel Fable
My students' mosaic mirrors inspired by Nikki De Saint Phalle
This is the first blog post of the series “Around The World”.
"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become"
with love, Jazmin
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Canadian children get inspiration from Israeli artists!

Vancouver Talmud Torah school approached me last summer with a proposition to teach children an after school program. I thought that inspiring children with the art, colors and richness of Israeli artisans would be the perfect program. I have been immersed in the Israeli art scene for many years, and even thought I have moved to Canada, I am still a big fan of Israeli Arts & Crafts. Last June, I was lucky to spend my birthday in the company of my best friend (who is also an artist) and we visited a night craft market that was filled with amazing, unique and colorful jewelry, paper products, clothing and gifts. It was a magical evening that inspired me to create this new program called "Mixed Media Art inspired by Israeli artists".

Gal and I on my birthday last June at the night craft market, Holon, Israel

Choosing the right artist was not an easy task. There are plenty of talented people in Israel. I approached Timor from “Timo Handmade”. Timor makes original and commissioned fabric dolls. She was happy to collaborate and sent me photos of her work and of herself working at her studio.


Samples of the collages the children did inspired by "Timo handmade"

I chose Zohar from “Kululush” because I thought that the children would love to create hair bands like the ones she does.
                                                            http://www.kululush.com/he/
Photos of the hair bands inspired by "Kululush"

I wanted the children to learn how to work with clay. Hilla from "Hillovely" works with polymer. Using textures and interesting painting technics, she adds more dimension to the clay, making it interesting and fun to teach. Since we learned about her work last September the children made clay Hamsa and pomegranates for Rosh Ashana.

                                                           http://www.hillovely.com/
I love illustration and quirky characters. To introduce some whimsy projects, I talked to Ori from “What about paper”. When we spoke, she offered to send each child a gift from her paper company. She sent them a print from her collection that arrived on our last class. There were plenty of happy faces in the classroom!

                                                         http://he.whataboutpaper.com/



Happy children after receiving each of them a print from Ori!

I wanted to include more artists but unfortunately we ran out of time. With a group of 16 children from Kindergarten to grade 4, I had to choose projects that will appeal to all of them and planned projects that they could execute and complete with ease and pride.
I am very happy with the results and the experience of teaching Canadian children the work of Israeli artists. I admire the work these artists do and I find it inspiring and very unique. All the artists were approachable and open to this new initiative.  My hopes are that the children enjoyed the art projects and that they walked away with the confidence that they can try new materials and dare to create with no fear, like the Israeli artists do!

"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become" with love, Jazmin
Visit my website at  Jazmin Sasky

Here are some samples of the children's artworks!




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall is the perfect time for indoor gatherings!

In my last blog I talked about giving, giving, giving. Today’s blog is a continuation of this amazing concept.
In our 40’s, it is not easy to make new friends. Once you connect with someone, you get to know this new person, you bond, share moments, build memories...but sometimes after a while, we have to let them go…
A few months ago I have the honour to lead a farewell gathering for a woman who went back to England. Her friends wanted to do something special and give her a keepsake to take home. The Hand-Lettered Inspirational Quotes’ party was perfect for the occasion.



Each woman took the time to browse binders filled with affirmations and chose the one that delivered a meaningful message for her dear friend. Then, with instructions, each participant traced and painted the affirmation into a nice heavy matte paper.












Women told stories while working on their affirmations. The atmosphere that evening was of laughter and friendship.  We all had a glass of wine and ate some delicious cheeses and fruits.


Once all the affirmations were ready, we assembled a binder with personal messages in the back of each artwork. The result was a collection of meaningful messages with delightful artwork carefully chosen, that hopefully will guide a friend in her journey back home. What a great way of giving!

I am grateful for my creativity that allows me opportunities to give and enrich others.  Through these initiatives, I get to meet incredible people and relationships are built.

"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become" with love, JazminVisit my website at Jazmin Sasky