Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting. The workshop is open to adults, teens and families with chidren 6 and up. It is a great opportunity for adults and families to work together and learn about Russian crafts and culture. Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about Russian crafts and culture. Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Traditional Russian painting techniques and floral and berry designs are also introduced. The goal is to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. Students can work on 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece or 1-piece matryoshka sets. Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional Russian music, and during a brief break from the painting, there will be a demonstration of a few steps from a traditional Russian "matryoshka dance".
The presenter will provide acrylic paints and brushes for the 3-hour workshop. Pre-designed matryoshka sets will be available to purchase at the workshop. Students must purchase a set in order to work. Students are encouraged to form teams to work on 3, 5, and 7-piece matryoshka dolls. The following options of pre-designed dolls are available:
1-piece pre-designed doll $10, $13, $15, $18, and $35
2-piece predesigned doll $35
3-piece predesigned doll $45
4-piece predesigned doll $50
5-piece predesigned doll $55