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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

Gleb Erofeev

Hi! I am an engineer by education and an architect of non-existent cities by vocation. Dad of a wonderful daughter and a weekend artist.

How long have you been working with paper?

Initially I discovered paper as a volumetric material at school during a handicraft class. I was amazed by the way flat sheets of paper take form and turn into sturdy objects made of the thinnest matter. Since then, paper constructions have been a part of my life.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?

I want to explore paper as a material from an engineering point of view. We will fantasise and turn sheets into bridges!

What is your favourite dinosaur?

My daughter’s rubber dinosaur.


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

Nikita Sinyavsky

Hello, my name is Nikita. I am an architect and designer. I have always wanted to turn thoughts into material objects. Wood gives a chance to leave a mark in time, to create something that will live longer than any human being. I believe in the power of connections, both in carpentry and ideas.

How long have you been doing woodwork?

2025 will be the jubilee year, the tenth. The starting point was an oak stool—my graduation project at carpentry school. Then I proceeded to work on wooden buildings. And now I will continue experimenting with wood at the Atelier!

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?

To realise as many ideas as possible. To share what I know, to make visitors want to create.

What is your favourite dinosaur?

Any dinosaur that has survived to the present day.


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

Boris Makarov (makarovshchina)

Hi, I am an artist, I work in hand modelling technique and participate in collective and solo exhibitions. I have my own workshop where I spend most of my time. I am inspired by organic forms, stalactites, stalagmites, and plants.

How long have you been working with clay?

I have been familiar with ceramics for over three years. I really love clay in every condition. I still don’t understand a lot of it—which is probably a good thing! I wish there always remained a point of the unknown for me to explore.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?

I want to teach people the freedom and ease of working with clay so that their creations come alive.

What’s your favourite dinosaur?

Diplodocus—for its long neck and tail!


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

Pasha Yesipovich

As a child, I wanted to be an inventor, and I think I’m heading in the right direction. I graduated as a graphic designer, but have always loved to craft. Recently I realised that there are many professions that involve manual labour. Now I work with different materials, make scenery and furniture, and draw.

How long have you been working with fabric?

I’ve been seriously involved with fabric for several years, although I started making stuffed toys as a child. My first deliberate work was embroidering on my jacket—it’s been my favourite ever since. Most of the time I customise clothes by saving fabric scraps from the landfill.

What do you want to accomplish at the Atelier?

I want to help visitors express their individuality through clothing and other creations, experiment and realise their own and other people’s ideas. Teaching is always a great opportunity to learn something yourself! I also want to focus on upcycling.

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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