The respect to the living culture begins to be developed in childhood when thirst for creative skills, active attitudes and civil responsibility are formed, this thought has run as a motif through the report about activities of Kyiv Palace for children and youth presented by deputy director of the Palace, Olena Klymenko, and chief of the folk art department, Svitlana Hardashuk, at the International conference “Education in ICH: research and safeguarding” in the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.
In order to be sure that it’s true one should visit departments and laboratories of the Palace, feel the creative atmosphere. Such visit became the practical continuation of the mentioned above conference, a specific field study when facilitators of UNESCO ICH network met with teachers, masters, apprentices and parents.
The deputy director of Kyiv Palace for children and youth, Olena Klymenko, told during the visit that children learned not only technical methods of drawing, pottering, tapestry, embroidery, weaving, eggs painting, but received also knowledge about surrounding world and nature, learnt various social and cultural practices.
The department of folk art consists of “Pysanka making workshop” (which was founded by Zoya Stashuk, master of eggs painting), “Folk art group of handcraft” where children master beadwork, embroidery, leather making; “Art studio” where children get skills in drawing, painting, printing, critics. Decorative and applied art is represented by circles “Crocheting toys”, “Weaving”, “Fabric painting”. Educational methods are based on the skills transfer from master to apprentice.
Young artists carried out master classes in pottering, embroidery, weaving for ICH experts. Little eggs painter told about the magic of pysanka, and young musician demonstrated her bandura playing.
Telling about Palace activities, Olena Klymenko mentioned also about programmes of inclusion involving different children and young people. ICH experts highly appreciated Kyiv Palace activity and were positively impressed by works of young masters.