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In accordance with the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, the Atelier team makes extensive use of creative provocations — non-verbal techniques that involve children in the creative process. For example, it could be a story about the Forest or an interesting piece of work displayed prominently.


Why the Workshop is designed this way 


Mon-Fri, 13:00-20:00
Sat-Sun, 12:00-20:00

On the first and third Monday of the month, the Workshop is closed: during these days we tidy up and make the space even more comfortable.

The Workshop has several visiting formats

Drop-in attendance

Visiting families decide for themselves what to do today. All the materials you find on the shelves are at your disposal. Creative provocations prepared by the Atelier staff and special instructions created by our experts will help you come up with an idea and bring it to life. This format helps children and adults learn new things faster and get to know each other better.

When: Mon-Fri
Pre-registration: Not required

Work with a guest master

Each of the four workshop areas (Wood, Paper, Clay, Fabric) is supervised by a guest craftsman from whom you can learn craft techniques and get advice and support. They will help get to grips with complex equipment such as an electric jigsaw, etching machine, sewing machine, and potter’s wheel. This is a great option for those who want to learn something new and acquire practical skills.

When: Fri, Sat, Sun from 12:00 — 19:00.

You can arrive at the beginning or join in at any time (provided there are free slots).

Pre-registration: Not required

Workshops with artists

Twice a month we invite contemporary artists who invent journey scenarios involving several workshop zones and using a variety of materials.

In the course of these workshops, children develop their visual imagination, and the classes result in the children completing a small art project.

Each workshop runs twice, so if you missed the first one you can always attend the next one.

When: Twice a month on Sundays.

Pre-registration: required, number of participants is limited.

Auxilary cards for parents

These cards help adults interact with their children at the Atelier and further support the kids’ creative endeavours at home and elsewhere. Each describes an interesting situation, contains advice for adults and a few questions and phrases for the child to help build a creative dialogue.

Our guidelines are based on the Reggio Emilia approach and the principles of humanistic pedagogy. You can read more about them here.

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Workshop areas

The idea of the Atelier was inspired by the principles of the pedagogical approach adopted in Reggio Emilia, which holds that all children are endowed with a certain creative potential. They naturally possess “a hundred languages” (a myriad of ways to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings), and the task of adults is not to hinder the child from mastering these languages, but rather to help them gain courage and confidence in exploring the world.

Together with experts, we have created four interconnected zones for working with clay, paper, wood and fabric. They are all located in the same space, which helps the child become aware of the relationship between the skills they are learning and the phenomena they are experiencing.

Each area of the Workshop has a Guest Master, who is a professional in his or her field. He or she can tell about the subtleties of the craft and different techniques of working with the material, as well as suggest interesting projects.

It’s easy to meet the Master: choose a convenient day and time in the calendar, register for admission to GES-2 House of Culture and come to the Atelier. We are waiting for you!

For their invaluable expertise in setting up the Workshop, the project team would like to thank:
Daria Chapkovskaya, Sergei Dobrydnev, Alexandra Grach, Alfiya Guseva, Viktor Krutelev, Dina Leonova, Sergei Tsarev, Dmitry Vakulin

Atelier guest masters

Discover hand printing, learn how to use an etching press and find out what a stencil is. You can also draw on a wide range of paper sizes. How about making a life-sized self-portrait using twigs, potatoes or your own fingers? We’re always happy to experiment!


Guest master

Katya Pavlova

Hi, I’m Katya, I love to handcraft, connect, tear, crumple, glue things. I find it very interesting that people are different. I like to play in the process of creation, and then see what I have got. I worked in a Reggio school for a year and I know for sure that any material gives space for fantasy.

How long have you been working with paper?
It’s hard to say, my answer is “always”. I have had a permanent need to draw since childhood. I keep diaries of collages and quick sketches. When I was a kid, I enjoyed building cities out of paper and duct tape for my Kinder Surprise toys.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?
I want to contribute my ability to observe a person immersed in the creative process. I want to offer something exciting, to see how the other person is engaging.

What is your favourite dinosaur?
I really love cute cartoon dinosaurs. I also have a white ceramic brachiosaurus—it’s probably my favourite. And when I make collages, I can call myself a cut-o-saurus, as I cut non-stop.


We have saws, sanders, drills, electric jigsaws, different types of wood and more to create all kinds of objects, from chairs to decorations. You can drill, saw, sand or paint on wood or use it in other areas of the Workshop. The choice is yours!

Guest Master

Anton Boldurchidi

Hi, my name is Anton. I have always dreamed of finding my life’s job. After studying to be a lawyer, then a marketing specialist, and working in a construction shop for a few years, I realised that none of this was for me. I wanted something more: to create, design and inspire other people. So I decided to take up carpentry.

How long have you been doing woodwork?
In 2018, I put together my first wooden wall panel. The process was so fascinating that upon completion I realised for sure: I really enjoy creating woodwork.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?
First of all, I want to immerse myself in an atmosphere of creativity and freedom of thought. I am also very interested to learn other masters’ practices and approaches to work, to share my accumulated experience and knowledge with everyone..

What is your favourite dinosaur?


We have different types of clay, a potter’s wheel and rolling table so you can implement any idea you want — make a monster that lives in the forest, or a teacup to give to your grandmother. You can either take your creation home immediately, or you can have it fired and take it back in its finished form in a few weeks.

Guest Master

Larisa Moiseeva

Hi, my name is Larisa! I am a ceramics artist. Once, as a student, I saw a potter’s wheel in the classroom, forgotten and crammed with junk. I really wanted to work on it. And that’s how my professional history started.

How long have you been working with clay?

In 1989 I graduated in ceramics, and since then I have been friends with clay, sharing my secrets with everyone, and improving my skills—for over 30 years now!

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?

I want to show all the possibilities of this ancient, wonderful, versatile material—clay. I also want to help beginners in modelling, support them, experiment with them and make something fabulous!

What’s your favourite dinosaur?

A plastic Tyrannosaurus—it sits on a shelf in the studio where I work and inspires my students.


Everything from felting to beading, sewing, embroidery and much more. Make yourself a crown, a magic wand, funny paws or glasses, sew a dream toy on a machine — and go play with them at the Playground ! in this area, you can also decorate your clothes in this area.

Guest Master

Marina Bespalova

Hi, I’m Marina, a fashion designer and stylist. I run my own brand 3onda, style images for shootings, do recycling, create clothes for fashion brands, and pass on knowledge to my students. What I love most is generating ideas and implementing them so that each piece has its own little story—it’s such fun!

How long have you been working with fabric?
When I was 6 years old I went to a theatre arts school. At the time I was reading W.I.T.C.H. comics, where one of the main characters loved modelling clothes. Her character inspired me so much that I wanted to become a fashion designer too.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?
I really want to feel each person who comes here and help them express their ideas in fabric from a new angle.

What is your favourite dinosaur?

We invite visitors of all ages. If you have not turned 14 yet, be sure to bring an adult with you.

Please note: the number of visitors that can stay in the Workshop at one time is limited.

Please help us keep the Workshop clean: do not bring food and drinks with you.

Before you start, we will ask you to sign the Rules of Attendance.


Official regulations for attending the Atelier playground  


Photos by:
Gleb Leonov, Mark Seriy, Anastasia Soboleva, Anya Todich

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