Children's creative camp

Villa Torre Paola invites you to a holiday with art!

Spend SIX DAYS near Rome to:

To know

• the basics of the graphic language

• a brief history of performance

• limitless watercolor possibilities


• seascape

• travel diary with Odysseus

• kinetic sculpture inspired by Alexander Calder

• mobile shadow theater


• colorful architectural ruins

• volume and plane

• the river of the times of Nero

Each of the six full days at the villa is dedicated to introducing one topic – creative technique. Techniques and a system for their comprehension were chosen as the development of the basic element of summer creativity – vacation contemplation and stay in an inspiring place.

Theory is reduced to key facts; the chronology is given selectively, and the development of creative skills is a priority.

Every day, classes last 345 minutes and take place in four stages: theory (lecture for 45 minutes) + thematic team master class (120 minutes) + independent work (60 minutes) + game (120 minutes).

Every day, the stunning nature of central Italy and the ensemble of the famous papal villa become a source of inspiration.


Day 1 – Theme "Graphics"

Theory: Participants will get acquainted with the concepts of graphics, drawing and sketch, empirically derive the simplest laws of composition and balance in the image, reflect on the characters and relationships of line and point, and discuss the meaning of the frame in a work of fine art.

Practice: At the master classes, children will go on a sketching journey: children - with viewfinders to train the eye, and adults with different graphic materials - to train the hand.

Day 2 – Theme "Painting"

Theory: At the lecture, first of all, we will tell you how painting differs from graphics, and we will discuss the concept of “painting” in language and in the visual arts. The participants of the lesson will study one of the most important aspects of painting – color, find out how outstanding artists of the 20th century worked with it, learn how to use the color wheel, learn how to create an illusion of volume and space on the plane of a picture using warm and cold shades, what are reflexes and some other secrets of painting.

Practice: Instead of a master class in the villa, you can go to the market for picturesque impressions in the city.

At independent workshops, teams will have to empirically identify which “colors” from the palette of colors do not exist in nature, what color the shadow actually is, what to do if there are not enough colors in the palette, and create their own real painting work.

Day 3 – Topic: "Sculpture and art object"

Theory: At the lecture, students will discuss with teachers what volume is and how easy it is to define sculpture. They will learn how, in the history of art, artists created sculpture in different ways: by extracting from matter, sculpting or assembling from different materials. Teachers will talk about the birth of abstract sculpture and help you understand the meaning of this difficult concept.

Practice: At master classes, children and adults will be offered exercises on decomposing familiar objects into simple volumes and reproducing them from clay, wax, and stones.

Day 4 – Theme "Kinetic Sculpture"

Theory: At the lecture, students will learn what kinetic art is and get acquainted with the most interesting works of artists in this direction. Teachers will talk about the birth of abstract sculpture and help you understand the meaning of this difficult concept. Let's discuss what materials and techniques can be used to create dynamic sculptures. What role does the environment play in the movement of sculpture?

Practice: At master classes, children and adults will try their hand at creating mobiles or windmills. On this day, the teams will have to independently assemble the details for an abstract sculpture on a theme given by the teacher and find a place in the park to demonstrate it.

Day 5 – Theme "Theater and Performance"

Theory: At the lecture we will talk about the combination of an image, an object, a gesture and a word or sound, we will find out what kind of performances there are and how performance in art differs from them. Let's think about how gesture affects the perception of an object, and sound – on the perception of a word.

Instead of master classes, you can organize canoeing on the lake with role-playing games based on the journey of Odysseus. At independent workshops, the teams will prepare small plastic-sound etudes on given topics.

Day 6 – Secret event

Participants learn on the spot.

Project team:

Tatyana Bortnik is an art critic, teacher at the art workshop "Lulaki", teacher of art history and drawing at the bilingual school "La Petite Ecole Bilingue", London.

Olga Dieva is a historian and teacher. Garage Children's and Family Program Coordinator.

Tatyana Voronina is a drama theater director, playwright, winner of the Golden Soffit Award 2016.

Anastasia Mityushina is an art historian and curator of the public program of the Garage Museum.

Irina Svetlichnaya is a theater artist, teacher, employee of the theater "Shadow".