• August 8, 2014
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The successful summer project of House of Polish Culture in Vilnius

More than 80 people participated in art workshops for children and youth, organized by the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius. In the dance classes participated children from 7 to 16 years old, and in art classes – from 6 to 11 years old. As it turned out, the workshops were great success: the idea and its realization appealed to both children and parents.

Interest in the workshops was very large, but not all applicants were admitted. Two weeks of July were devoted to studying dance with choreographer of Song and Dance Ensemble of Warsaw University “Warszawianka” Piotr Skawski. Workshops held in the first week of August, were led by the plastic artist Joanna Rodowicz.

During the meetings with Joanna Rodowicz, children got to know the different art techniques, they drew, painted, carved, glued, created masks. Lots of joy caused ​​them face painting: every child wanted Joanna Rodowicz to paint some interesting patterns with special paints on their faces.

“I have my plans to” increase” creativity in children. They should not even realize that this is a job. It must be something pleasant. If children do not understand, do not like the subject, I suggest, ask but I never force them, because it has to be fun. And only then something comes out of it “- said in an interview with” Wilnoteka “Joanna Rodowicz.

During the classes with Joanna Rodowicz, children worked, but also had a blast. According to the artist, the precise execution of a paper airplane, which then you can set in the motion in the interval between drawing and painting, is also creative. “Maybe a I allow them too much, but when I asked, children tried hard and the results were great. More than once one said:” I cannot do that, I cannot. “And then something beautiful, colorful was made. Therefore children need a small nudge to do their best. It is important that children did not copy each other, every child thought in its own way “- Joanna Rodowicz added.

Gosia Romanowska liked the most creating masks and fans. Patrycja Makowska painted an angel, and from strips of colored paper she glued her name. Hubert Niewierowicz, who participated in the workshop with younger brothers (Ignacy and Antos) liked both dance classes and art. “We took classes also my cousin for the classes. I was very surprised that at  the meetings I met half of my class. There were plenty of fun, we did not feel alone. Well, in general it was fun” – said Hubert.

The works, which were created during the five days of workshops, could have been seen at the exhibition organized at the end of the workshop. Then each child his drawings, cutouts and the collage took home. Each child received a certificate of participation and a booklet with illustrations by Joanna Rodowicz.

Summer art workshops for children of House of Polish Culture in Vilnius were organized for the first time. “I myself am a mom and before I started working in the House of Polish Culture, I thought that there is the lack of proposals for children. For young people, for adults the House of Polish Culture has many attractions, events, but there were not enough for kids.. Hence the idea of ​​a summer art classes, when a child has more time, is bored, sitting at home, watching TV or using computer. This was the first such a project. I think that it worked and that will continue, “- said the coordinator of cultural projects of the House of Polish Culture in  Vilnius Irena Brazis.

Translated by Patrycja Pawłowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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