School Programs

The Center develops and runs school programs that explore urban living through arts, crafts, design, technology, and architecture. Our team includes educators, artists, designers, and architects.

 

Living in the City is our flagship program, developed with the Education Administration of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality as part of civics classes. The Liebling Haus - White City Center offers additional arts, design, crafts, and gardening programs, and operates school workshops and studios.

 

We work in full cooperation with schools, tailoring the content and activities to the needs of the school and the students. Based on student feedback, we update the syllabus from time to time and cooperate with the training and education departments of the Bauhaus museums in Germany. The programs are implemented in several schools across the city, including the city center, eastern and southern neighborhoods, as well as Jaffa, and Ramat Aviv.

 

Living in the City

Annual program for first-fifth grades

The program focuses on the city and our relationship with the built environment, providing tools for observation and aesthetic thought about urban living. The program focuses on modern architecture in Tel Aviv and includes workshops, walking tours, and experiential learning of architecture, design, visual arts, and performance.

Developed in collaboration with the Education Administration of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality.

 

Click here to learn more about Living in the City program.

 

Creating a Place

The program encourages students' interactions with the city and urban plants. Through gardening work in the school and complementary crafts, we teach students about planning, designing, and creating green spaces, highlighting the principles of landscaping and sustainable design thinking.

 

* The program is also available as part of the Long School Day framework.

 

Design and crafts

Practical work with materials and tools allows students to create the things they need, acquire working skills, solve problems, and develop aesthetic thinking through creativity. The activity enables students to experience crafts, such as sewing and weaving; learn about planning; and experiment with technological platforms and paper and cardboard models. The program takes place at workshops developed with the schools.

 

* The program is also available as part of the Long School Day framework.

 

Arts

Our art program focuses on creative thinking through the urban environment. The learning process involves observing the city and responding to it through ongoing work, sculpting in various techniques, bodywork, meetings with artists, and walking tours. Students rediscover works of art located throughout the city and experiment with creating and installation.

The year-end exhibition features the students’ works.

What students learn in Living in the City program?

The city we live in is not just a place to live; it’s an inspiration for learning. This habitat has been developing for thousands of years, but there was no curriculum dedicated to exploring the meaning of life in the city and preparing us for urban living. We were once required to learn skills like harvesting, hunting, etc. Today we need skills for life in the urban environment. The education program we have developed focuses on aesthetics. Not in the sense of Beautiful or not, but in the broader context of observation: how do we use our senses to experience space.

 

How is it done, and what are you observing?

We begin with the most familiar and significant place for students: the room and the house. We continue to the classroom, the school, and then the street, the neighborhood, and the city - going from private to public. The connection is neither schematic nor necessarily linear: we don't learn about home today and the street tomorrow. The transition from small to big is bidirectional and is fundamental to our educational approach. I see architecture as a relationship between the form and its users: architecture is more than designing buildings, it's the way we use them. We learn from use, from life, and expand the architectural language through art, performance, writing, drawing, and design.

 

Who are the teachers?

The team includes instructors with a background in architecture, art, and design, who teach each other and discuss the development of the framework and the content. We bring different views and perspectives to develop a common language to understand space. The staff is not a vessel for communicating knowledge: they participate in developing content and learning approaches and express themselves through the curriculum. Our program doesn't impose predefined materials on students and expects them to memorize it. The learning process is an experiential dialogue with instructors, offering students the chance to participate and take responsibility.

 

Which tours and activities are included in the program?

The program focuses on Tel Aviv and includes specific tours for various neighborhoods. We tailor Site-specific tours for each school and district. The students of Balfour, for example, will visit Habima Square while the students of Tel Nordau will go to the Mizrachi Girls Home on Dov Hoz Street. Similar to a lesson, a tour is also an observational activity rather than rigidly predefined tutoring. We start in the classroom, go to the hall and the yard, and continue with walking tours, where we stop at seemingly banal things: a tree exfoliating, a blooming flower, or a bent fence. Besides tours, we have practical workshops (Learning by Doing): sewing pencil cases; making measuring instruments, such as meters and calipers; studying the relationship between the sun as a natural light source and artificial lighting systems; and more.

Co-writers: Merav Kamel, Tamara Efrat, Anat Barzilai, Razia Mizrahi, Roni Raviv, Lou Moriah, Naama Bar-Or.

Schools interested in joining the program are welcome to contact us: school@whitecitycenter.org

03-7515752 / 03-6473239.

Contact Us

 

29 Idelson St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

+ 972 3743 1025

liebling@whitecitycenter.org

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