Workshop

In accordance with the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, the Atelier team makes extensive use of creative provocations — non-verbal techniques that involve children in the creative process. For example, it could be a story about the Forest or an interesting piece of work displayed prominently.

From time to time, the Atelier changes the common theme of the Forest and the Workshop. The facilitators will tell you what the theme is today. Depending on it, there will be thematic common projects in which you can participate: for example, making a house for a wooden town or sculpting a body part of a clay monster.

Mon-Fri, 13:00-20:00
Sat-Sun, 12:00-20:00

The Workshop has several visiting formats:

Drop-in attendance

Visiting families decide for themselves what to do in the Atelier. Our staff will offer suggestions and invent fruitful provocations that the child can respond creatively to. This format can also encourage interaction and collaboration between children and adults.

Pre-registration: Not required

When: Mon- Sun

Work with a guest master

In the first season of GES-2, Atelier hosts four guest craftsmen — experts in working with clay, fabrics, paper, and wood. They will help the young visitors get to grips with complex equipment such as an electric jigsaw, etching machine, sewing machine, and potter’s wheel.редварительная регистрация не требуется. This is a great option for those who want to learn something new and acquire practical skills.

Pre-registration: Not required

When: Fri, Sat, Sun from 12:00 — 17:00.

Hour-long sessions for mini groups, running from 12:00 to 17:00 (visitors can remain for successive sessions if they so desire)

Workshops with artists

Twice monthly we invite contemporary artists who invent journey scenarios involving several workshop zones and using a variety of materials.

In the course of these workshops, children develop their visual imagination, and the classes result in the children completing a small art project.

Pre-registration: required, number of participants is limited.

When: Every second Sunday of the month.

Each workshop runs twice, so if you missed the first one you can always attend the next one.

Workshop areas

The idea of the Atelier was inspired by the principles of the pedagogical approach adopted in Reggio Emilia, which holds that all children are endowed with a certain creative potential. They naturally possess “a hundred languages” (a myriad of ways to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings), and the task of adults is not to hinder the child from mastering these languages, but rather to help them gain courage and confidence in exploring the world.

Together with experts, we have created four interconnected zones for working with clay, paper, wood and fabric. They are all located in the same space, which helps the child become aware of the relationship between the skills they are learning and the phenomena they are experiencing.

Each area of the Workshop has a Guest Master, who is a professional in his or her field. He can tell you about the subtleties of the craft and different techniques of working with the material, as well as suggest interesting projects.

Image by Gleb Leonov

Paper

Discover hand printing, learn how to use an etching press and find out what a stencil is. You can also draw on a wide range of paper sizes. How about making a life-sized self-portrait using twigs, potatoes or your own fingers? We’re always happy to experiment!

Guest master

Antoniy Malinovsky

Hi! My name is Antoniy. I am an artist and an educator. I run an art studio called The Tale of Wanderings, where we travel through fairytale lands together with children with the help of literature and art from all times and cultures. We draw on various themes, inspired by our imagination and the world around us, and new ideas are born out of our interests..

How long have you been painting?
I remember clearly that I started drawing a lot after watching Lord of the Rings, which impressed me greatly. With a plain black pen, I used to cover entire stacks of papers with the images of endless hordes of scary orcs.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?
I want everyone around me to create, freely and joyfully, so that we experiment together, share and learn new things about ourselves through art, communication and creativity.

What is your favourite dinosaur?
Aladar, the main character in the Dinosaur cartoon (2000), which my family and I watched multiple times on our first computer, an old LG, when I was a child.

Wood

We have saws, sanders, drills, electric jigsaws, different types of wood and more to create all kinds of objects, from chairs to decorations. You can drill, saw, sand or paint on wood or use it in other areas of the Workshop. The choice is yours!

Guest Master

Maria Markova

For 33 years I had been trying all sorts of things, until in 2017 I graduated from the College of Architecture, Design and Reengineering as a master of carpentry and furniture production — and off I went! I have participated in the WorldSkills movement as an expert, and for three years I managed the Dar Truda (Gift of Labor) production co-working space. Currently, I am a partner and lead master at the DIY Academy carpentry school.

How long have you been a woodworker?
Professionally for the last four years, and for a few years before that as a keen amateur.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?
I want to show our visitors the close relationship between craft and art, to remind adults of how important it is for children to be able to turn their imagination into tangible objects and to give children the opportunity to do so.

What is your favourite dinosaur?
Amurosaurus.

Clay

We have different types of clay, a potter’s wheel and rolling table so you can implement any idea you want make a monster that lives in the forest, or a teacup to give to your grandmother. You can either take your creation home immediately, or you can have it fired and take it back in its finished form in a few weeks.

Guest Master

Lilya Vladimirova

I’m an artist, born in Moscow in 1997. I received a higher education in fashion design, but I have never worked by profession. Instead, I taught ceramics to children and adults. In my work I explore natural forms and structures. I believe that with the help of bionic design methods one can comprehend the world in a harmonious way and learn a lot from nature.

How long have you been working with clay?
I have been working with ceramics since I graduated from college — for over a year and a half. During that time, I have managed to take part in many exhibitions and fairs, as well as develop my own methods of teaching children and adults.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?
First and foremost, I want to create a comfortable environment in which children will be able to realise their creative potential.

What is your favourite dinosaur?
Velociraptor. Despite its small size by dinosaur standards, it is an excellent hunter.

Fabric

Everything from felting to beading, sewing, embroidery and much more. Make yourself a crown, a magic wand, funny paws or glasses, sew a dream toy on a machine and go play with them in the Forest! in this area, you can also decorate your clothes or add something to them — for example, another pocket, certainly with a button, so that different treasures which can also be made in the Atelier don’t fall out.

Guest Master

Alfia Guseva

I was born in Moscow in 1983. I have founded a Who Sews? textile workshop, hold Sew-And-Chat travelling master classes, and also organize kayak trips. But most importantly, I am a mom of three children!

How long have you been doing needlework?
15 years — precisely how old my eldest son is. Initially, I started making toys for him; then he grew up and I still loved needlework. As a result, the Gusevs Toy Workshop came to life. Then another son was born, and the workshop turned into a business. Now I also have a daughter; I keep sewing and making handicrafts for her and want to share the knowledge.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?
I want to show the kids that handmade things hold warmth and a very meaningful energy.

What is your favourite dinosaur?
I don’t know what it’s called, but you can go and check it out for yourself. Last summer, escaping the heat and looking for air conditioning, the kids and I went to the Paleontology Museum. There was no air conditioning, of course (obviously, dinosaurs don’t need it!), but I saw a huge skeleton hanging from the ceiling. And suddenly I vividly recalled my childhood: how I went to that museum with my grandpa and we were greeted by that skeleton. I dreamt about it for a long time after that.

We invite visitors over the age of 6. If you have not turned 14 yet, be sure to bring an adult with you.

Before you start, we will ask you to sign the Rules of Attendance and the facilitator will give you a special sticker.

Please note: the number of visitors that can stay in the Workshop at one time is limited.

Please help us to keep the Workshop clean: do not bring food and drinks with you.

For their invaluable expertise in setting up the Workshop, the project team would like to thank: Daria Chapkovskaya, Sergei Dobrydnev, Alexandra Grach, Alfiya Guseva, Viktor Krutelev, Dina Leonova, Sergei Tsarev, Dmitry Vakulin