- August 4, 2014
Art workshops in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius
In the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius art workshops for children and youth take place. The first part of workshops – dance – took place in July. 80 children aged 7 to 16 years, were learning basic dance steps under the watchful eye of dance instructor from the Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of Warsaw University “Warszawianka”, Piotr Skawski. From the 4th to 8th August, the painter from Warsaw – Joanna Rodowicz will work with children.
In art workshops children aged 6 to 11 participate. Firstly, children cut out narrow strips, rolled and glued them to the card with their names and surnames. “There are a lot of kids and perhaps I gave them a difficult task because they worked really hard. During the course I had to change the concept but the results are fantastic. I devised this task a little bit for myself: thanks to these pictures composed of colourful strips I can easily remember each child, I find out their manual skills, imagination. Every lettering is different, made in a different way. I encourage children to do it in their own way: I show a diagram and they do their job based on it but in their own way. And you can easily see which child is creative and what results from his or her way of thinking,” said Joanna Rodowicz in an interview with “Wilnoteka”.
On consecutive days of classes Joanna Rodowicz prepares new tasks for children. For instance, on Tuesday children will receive pastels and “they can be dirty from head to toe but they will certainly be happy and relaxed”.
Joanna Rodowicz is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She worked in many areas of art: she was painting portraits, creating a unique collections of silver jewellery, preparing collections of stylish gothic jewellery and other props for historical films, she was working as a scene designer in the Polish Television, she was designing and realising collections of confections, she was sculpting and writing feuilletons. Most of her life she dealt with her own creation. Only for three years she has been doing pedagogical work: she leads art workshops in the Municipal House of Culture in Mława.
Joanna Rodowicz comes from a noble Polish-Lithuanian Rodowicz family – Radavičius, she is a sister of Wanda Rodowicz. The exhibition of Wanda Rodowicz was exposed in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius inApril 2014. “My sister had an exhibition here and I came to work with children,” said Joanna Rodowicz. She hopes that she could take part in the family reunion organized by Žilvinas Radavičius in Kražiai in August 2014.
Translated by Anna Piecha within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.