Year-round artistic workshops for children and young adults

In its educational programme, Galeria Bielska BWA offers year-round artistic workshops for organized groups of children and young adults. The workshops also include guided tours of current exhibitions, which are conducted by the gallery staff who adapt the commentary to the age of the participants. The programme includes a short theoretical introduction and a practical part, during which the participants do the work themselves.

The workshops offer a unique chance for young participants to exercise their imagination and improve creative sensitivity, whereas experiments with various materials and close contact with art in the Gallery stimulate their interest in visual arts. Our workshops help young participants to use different means of artistic expression, as well as boosting their self-esteem which comes from creating art work, with only a little help from the instructor, if necessary. This encourages further development of the skills acquired during the classes and creates the need to learn new techniques.
The combination of techniques typical of crafts with an emphasis on originality and creative expression also provides good foundations for the development of designing skills, as well as sensitizing the participants to the aesthetic quality of the surrounding environment.

Selected workshops:

Ceramics - a series of two classes, during which participants make ceramic forms of their own design, fire them in a kiln, and cover with glaze (price: 2 x PLN 10)
Template – participants  make templates which they cut from cardboard or thick film, and then apply to a selected surface (e.g. cardboard, paper sheet, paper bag, shirt), and then cover with paint (prints on bags - price PLN 10, prints on shirts - PLN 20, the complete process including design, template and copy (PLN 20) 
3D paper forms - using paper, cardboard and corrugated cardboard, participants make their own spatial forms, such as animals, fantastic creatures or decorations (PLN 10)
Collage - workshops teaching techniques of creating compositions from various materials, eg paper, fabric, string, sticks, from which they can create landscapes and portraits, as well as posters or CD sleeves (PLN 10) 


PAINTING:

Glass painting  - participants first design their own composition on paper, then make contours on glass, and finally paint the picture with water paints (a series of two classes, each PLN 10 per person, complete course during one class (3 hours) - PLN 15.
Fabric painting - participants use special paints, sticks and brushes o create scarves, tablecloths and wall hangings. (PLN 10)
Watercolour - a technique involving thinned pigments applied on porous paper. The resulting images usually have a delicate, airy colour. This technique is applied to themes which require this kind of colour tones: landscapes, "ethereal" portraits, still lifes, etc. (PLN 10)
Acrylic - thanks to its consistency, acrylic paint can be applied coarsely, with a clear brush trace, or thinly and gently after diluting the paint. Acrylics can be used on almost any surface: cardboard, glass, wood or stone. They are characterised by fast drying time which allows quick application of several layers resulting in rich saturated colours. (PLN 10)
Pastel - dry pastels can produce extremely subtle effects. They can be used for both painting and drawing purposes. The colours, applied next to each other, can be mixed to create colourful splashes or smudges covering entire contours. The resulting paintings are one of a kind. (PLN 10)


GRAPHICS:

Carbon copying - a simple graphic technique with the use of carbon or tracing paper. Children use a cardboard matrix on which they stick selected elements (paper templates, strings, lace, dry leaves, etc.), and then create prints with the aid of an iron.  These can later be coloured with crayons, thinned paints or ink (PLN 10).
Monotype casting - a graphic technique of applying oil paint on a glass plate with the use of a roller, and then making a single impression on paper (PLN 10).


DRAWING:

Ink - ink drawings are made with the use of a pen or stick. Ink drawing requires many small and precise movements. By trying to control their own hand, participants learn self-control and self-discipline. Drawing shapes individual perception, imaginations, and develops manual skills, from long sweeping strokes, to small and precise lines (10 PLN)
Charcoal - this versatile material can produce lines that are very light or intensively black, depending on the strength of application. Participants can produce impressive spatial effects by rubbing charcoal against the surface (PLN 10)
Pencil - workshops addressed to older children. Despite its apparent ease, it is one of the most difficult drawing techniques. What may appear raw and primitive, is in fact be very subtle. A pencil provides a possibility of shading, thus producing various three-dimensional and chiaroscuro effects (10 PLN).  

Exotic techniques:

DOT PAINTING – a technique popular among aborigines.  
MANDALA
MASKS OF AFRICAN PEOPLES


Theme workshops

Our thematic workshops are related to the feasts of Christmas and Easter and other special occasions, e.g. Mother's Day. Participants concentrate on a given theme and make ornaments, cards, pendants, cutouts, paper mosaics, etc. with the use of various techniques (PLN 10).

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Enrolments from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
call 033 812 58 61 or e-mail at m.krzempek@galeriabielska.pl or info@galeriabielska.pl
Contact person: Małgorzata Krzempek