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Evald Okas Museum

Courses 2011

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Instructor: Britta Benno (graphic artist).
Participation is free of charge.

On a handcrafting day children can try their hand at pinata-making which is a compulsory part of the traditional Mexican fiestas. In the papier mache (an easily moldable paper pulp) workshop, children can create an animal or creature with a variety of colors and decorations, and, contained within is candy or other prizes. 
Traditionally, a pinata is hung from a tree on children's birthdays. The birthday child is blindfolded and hits the pinata with a stick until it breaks open and candies and gifts come out and the stampede of children hunting for the gifts begins!  As a result of the workshop day, children can bring self-made pinatas home so that it can be used in its traditional way.

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Instructor: graphic artist Britta Benno.
Participation is free of charge.

Participation is free; suitable for children from 8 years and up. One group size is 12 children.
During the one-day course children can try their hand at one of the simpler and faster intaglio techniques - dry point print.
The work is a postcard size picture that, as a final result, will be a beautiful self-printed picture.
The process starts with conceptual design and an engraving of the image on plexiglass. Then the paint is brushed on, following by printing of the image. In the process, children can learn about traditional printmaking and technical principles. It may take one child about 2-3 hours to complete the work.
Prior registration is required for participation via e-mail: eo.muuseum@gmail.com or by calling the museum, at 5549024.


It has become a tradition that every summer the Evald Okas Museum hosts the Fashion Designer Unions workshop, which is hosted by the fashion designers Anu Hint, Anne Metsis, and Liivia Leškin. The self-improvement workshop for fashion designers last for three days, giving artists a change to practice their fashion techniques and figure drawing techniques.
The workshops are attended by designers from Estonia and abroad. This time, each course participant will bring her/his congenial clothing and will stylize their model. So the participant can draw different styles and each author's stylistic capabilities will be introduced to the viewers. Prepared works will be exhibited for the visitors in the museum. 

New Old Look New Old Look
New Old Look New Old Look


25.07.-31.07. The woodblock printing and raku-pottery workshop
Tutors: textile designer Monika Järg, ceramicist Ingrid Allik
The Raku-pottery  and woodblock printing self-improvement workshop is for those, who are engaged in related field (artists, designers, art teachers and handicraft teachers). If the weather is beautiful, the workshop will take place in the yard of the museum, and all interested people can monitor the process of how objects are crafted when using the techniques used for woodblock printing and raku-pottery.   
The workshop brings together the techniques of woodblock printing and raku-pottery and as a result, a collection of practical clayware and furnishing textiles is crafted. The first intention is to think of the interior, where they will later be used, and secondly, to think of the person to whom the items are intended as a gift.
When using the print block it is possible to leave an image on the surface. This kind of image may be a pattern, an emotion, or yourself. The print block image can be carved into the surface with a piece of wood, stone, cardboard, or with a finger. 
The image can be fragile or strong, visible or invisible - just as the author wishes to capture and handle the image.
The concept of raku (in Japanese: joy, pleasure, relaxation, simplicity) was developed in the 16th century in Japan with the spread of Zen Buddhism and tea ceremony. Today, in the Western world, this word is marking the technology of ceramics. It is carried out by taking porous clay objects quickly out of the kiln by using tongs and putting them in a container with combustible material. 
If the pottery-making process usually closes with putting the object in the kiln, then in raku-pottery the process continues. In the workshop it is possible to see with your own eyes how the glaze begins to melt in the kiln. The participant will take the pottery from the kiln and will put the final touches on the pottery after cooling. All of this within hours! With suitable herbs and with smoke you can experiment the “painting” on the pottery, which is a branch of raku-pottery developed in West.
Both the clay as well as the textile are good materials to print on - sensitive, flexible, and with many practical applications. Workshop will unite ceramics and textiles through woodblock printing, in order to give participants an experience in the usage of various materials used for the same purpose. How does  a print created works on different materials? How can I amplify and create the message, the expression, the machining and the colour through that?  
Workshop begins with preparing the blocks, which are made of different materials.  By cutting, gluing, and binding, one can prepare suitable tools or printing blocks to carve into the clay or textile. The workshop will continue with moulding the pottery, putting the printing ink on clay and glazing and firing the pottery. 

Rakukeraamika Pakutrükk
Rakukeraamika Pakutrükk
Rakukeraamika Rakupaku
Rakukeraamika Pakutrükk


Beginning 12:00 .
Duration: 4 hours.
Instructor: painter Lii Pähkel.
Participation is free of charge.

’s suitable for the children between the ages from 5 to 12. On this day, the participants have the opportunity to paint and draw with the guidance of the painter Lii Pähkel. If the weather is fine the Art Day takes place in the courtyard of the museum. No previous knowledge or training in art is needed to participate. The most important prerequisite would be an interest in painting and drawing and a wish to spend a nice day in the museum.

Art Day for Children Art Day for Children
Art Day for Children Art Day for Children


10.08.-12.08. Drawing workshop  "on ira marcher sur Mars"/ "We will walk on Mars"
Antoine Lejolivet  and Nicolas Schneider (France).

Antoine Lejolivet & Nicolas SchneiderFrom drawing to mixed media put into space.

Firstly, everyone is working with a same paper size, quickly drawing, it is called : drawing "under constraint".

Secondly, the drawings made during the first time will be put "out of scale" : transformed into small, big volume, videos, photos, internet….all media and all sizes.

Finally, all the first time drawings will be mixed into one being out of size that will be part of the exhibition.

Photo from exhibition "en attendant les pluies", Antoine Lejolivet & Nicolas Schneider, galerie Faux Mouvement, Metz, France, 2011


Instructor: textile designer Eelike Virve.

During  a one day textile printing workshop the participants are taught to design small-sized textile objects. Suitable materials would be T-shirts, pillowcases, table mats, scarves, bags etc. 
In both art and design, printing is one of the quickest possible techniques to come to a final result. At the same time, printing gives room for experimenting through various techniques, materials and colors.
During the course one can learn some easier ways of using silk-screen and template printing techniques. The course will start by choosing a shape and stylizing it to make it suitable for the chosen printing technique. The participants are taught how to make a pattern and what is a reprise of patterns, also how to create a balanced composition using several different elements. Another part of the course is learning both multicolor and rainbow printing; foil and flock printing as special techniques.
The colors used in the workshop will be opaque and transparent water-based colors. 
Please bring along a small size textile for printing (T-shirt, bag, pillowcase, etc). 

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Tekstiilitrüki kursus 2011 Tekstiilitrüki kursus 2011
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