The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Yasnaya Polyana Offers Interactive Workshops

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After the winter break, we invite everybody to participate in our workshops again!

The workshops will be held at the Yasnaya Polyana estate grounds in the smithy (the building next to the stable, opposite the Volkonsky House). They will take place on weekends from 9:30 to 16:30.

The cost of attending a workshop is 100 rubles, tickets are sold on the spot.

Schedule of workshops:

July 22 – floristry, and painting on caramic items;

July 23 - hand weaving, and painting on ceramic items 

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At the workshop on twisted dolls, you can learn about these toys and their role in the life of simple Russian folk. People believed that it protected the house and helped avoid harm in a strange land. Such dolls were made in various ways, which you will learn about in the hands-on part of the workshop, as you make your own twisted doll.

The floristry workshops are related to one of Sophia Tolstaya’s hobbies.  Participants will hear how Sophia Tolstaya created her herbarium from types of flowers and herbs that still grow at Yasnaya Polyana, and will learn about the plant world of the estate and several traditions of the Tolstoy family. At the end of the workshop, everyone will make a small floral souvenir on their own.

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The workshop on weaving will give our guests a unique opportunity to get a better idea of the everyday life of the Russian peasants. The participants will learn about the various types of weaving and how to work on an old loom. At one time, such a loom was an important part of Russian daily life. It was used for making clothing and for decorating the home. Still another type of decoration was woven belts and cord braids.  There are several ways of making them, one of which you will be taught at the workshop.

We also offer workshops on painting ceramic items. Yasnaya Polyana can boast of its original ceramics. A new style was introduced by our craftsmen. It is based on plant patterns done in the technique of engobe painting (engobes are clays of different colours). Participants in these workshops will learn this technique.  

 
 
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