The class for children (ages 8 – 10) in our "Home of My Dreams" series took place on December 17, 2011. The "Home of My Dreams" project is part of the "Home: A Century of Change" exhibition at the Center.
"Home" is a concept that children imbue with many meanings: the family and the building where they live; the furniture and everyday surroundings. The "Home of My Dreams" program intends to unfold existing knowledge, to encourage the children to think analytically about the presented material, develop perspective, and try on the role of creators of their own "dream homes." Instruction in the classes will stress the ethical, aesthetic, artistic and cultural aspects of home. In light of the audience’s age, the theoretical material will be presented accessibly in diagrams, pictures and interactive classes. The topic of this week’s class was "Home: cottage, homestead, garden, house".
The residence is not merely a material shell of closed space that includes many acquired things, which bring memories of pleasant moments, but also a sort of fortress, a shelter from life’s disturbances, and bad weather. It is only in our little house, our cabin, our homestead that we feel most comfortable and protected. In learning to perceive the world, children often draw a house, knowing that it is home to people closest to them. A neat house is often the object of admiration, more so with a garden around it. Therefore the saying "East, west – home is best" remains pertinent.
The three-hour class includes:
- A lecture part, where the concept of "home" is examined in various contexts (in a series of interactive games and an electronic presentation)
- A viewing part, with a visit to the "Home: A Century of Change" exhibition, and a screening of animated films, dedicated to the topic of home
- An artistic part, where the children can realize their
creative potential, using artistic means to create their own "dream home"
Classes were taught by two teachers of the Spirograph Arts and Culture Studio:
Upcoming classes will take place on:
- December 24, 2011 (for children ages 6-7)
- January 21, 2012 (for children ages 8-10)
Participation in the program is free of charge.
The project is realized by the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, as part of the "Home: A Century of Change" exhibition, with the support of the ERSTE Stiftung. The "Home of My Dreams" program is implemented with support of the Rinat Akhmetov "Development of Ukraine" Fund.