Read more about the educational programming offered in conjunction with our exhibition Antiquities from Ukraine.
Lecture: The Art and Archaeology of the Scythians–Iranian Speaking Nomads of the Eurasian Steppe
Professor Matthew Canepa, University of Minnesota
CANCELLED (Professor Canepa had an unforeseen scheduling conflict)
Matthew Canepa (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is intrigued by topics of cross-cultural interaction in pre-modern visual cultures. His research tends to focus on the intersection of art, ritual and power in the Mediterranean and ancient Iranian worlds.
In addition to seminars on historiography and theory, Canepa teaches courses in the art and archaeology of ancient Iran, Hellenistic Asia and the late Roman empire.
Lecture: An introduction to Antiquities from Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations
Professor Ori Z. Soltes, Georgetown University
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at The Museum of Russian Art
Professor Soltes currently teaches theology, philosophy and art history at Georgetown University and is the author of the exhibition’s companion catalog available in The Izba store, “The Glory of Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations.” Dr. Soltes has lectured at dozens of museums across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to welcome him for the first time.
Clay Workshops with the Northern Clay Center and Sculptor Jane Frees-Kluth
Saturday, January 14
at Mayflower Church across the street from The Museum of Russian Art
Join us for this fun and educational day of clay making co-taught by The Museum of Russian Art and the Northern Clay Center! Evoking the ancient ceramic pots and figurines of the Trypillian culture on display in the Antiquities exhibition, children will produce a clay object to take home with them. Sessions will be conducted by the Northern Clay Center and accomplished public artist and sculptor Jane Frees-Kluth. All classes will be held at the Mayflower Church, located across the street from the Museum, on Diamond Lake Road (free parking available at Mayflower Church). Registration will open on December 28.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Family Clay Workshop - For children ages 6 and up (A caregiver must accompany each child registered) FREE
Make your own miniature house in the style of the ancient Trypillians. Use your imagination to fill your house with details, ancient or modern. Learn basic handbuilding and decorating techniques. Dress for mess and bring your imagination! Your boxes will be ready for pick-up at the Northern Clay Center two weeks later. Space is limited. The name of each child must be registered individually and will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver who should plan for ‘hands-on’ participation.
Animal forms often inspired Trypillian ceramics. During this workshop, your pots will also take on an animal personality, from mooing mugs to barking bowls. Learn basic handbuilding and decorating techniques. Learn to glaze your items to look like ancient artifacts. Dress for mess and bring your imagination! Your pots will be ready for pick-up at the Northern Clay Center two weeks later. Space is limited. Space is limited. The name of each child must be registered individually and will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. - Adult Clay Workshop – Ages 18 and up FREE
Delve a little deeper into the styles and techniques of Trypilian ceramic artists. Curatorial staff will reveal some of the secrets to the simple beauty of this ancient work and then you will have a chance to create a pot of your own. You will be encouraged to try some Trypillian surface decoration. Bring your creative friends and learn the basics of handbuilding technique. Your pots will be ready to pick up at the Northern Clay Center two weeks later. Space is limited. Reservations are required and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.