Arts program expands at Teaneck

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

Artist, teacher, author and award-winning illustrator Natalia Kadish created art that did just that. Her spiritually inspired art – she said Torah and mystical Kabbalah inform much of her ethereal work – has appeared around the world to acclaim.

She has also shared her passion, skills and talent with young people as an art teacher at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva Girls’ High School and through an informal “backyard” art camp that she has led over the past decade.

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

This summer, Ms. Kadish is expanding her program, Elevated Space Art Studio, and moving from her backyard to a full-fledged studio on Evergreen, near Teaneck’s famous Wilhelm Bahá’í properties.

With her new, larger studio, she hopes to attract even more young artists. The art camp will be led by Yael Rotenberg, early childhood teacher and art therapist, 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 develop their imagination as well as their physical insight in the very act of drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. They increased self-esteem and pride in their artistic accomplishments. And like so much new in neuroscience, art has been shown to impact the plasticity of neurological growth. These new skills help create new brain pathways.

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

Kayleen C. Rice