Third and Fourth Year Russianists enjoyed a traditional toy making workshop which expanded their knowledge of Russian culture through folk arts, colour, shapes and symbols.

Hamptonians were introduced to a range of handmade clay toys, sculptures and whistles from different regions of Russia. Some of the unique objects were not seen outside of Russia during the Soviet Period.

Visiting lecturer Dr Oksana Sekatcheva (PhD), talked to the pupils about the history of the clay toys, their unusual shapes and silhouettes, cheerful colours, symbolic patterns, meanings and functions.

Hamptonians then enjoyed clay modelling and hand-painting their own whistles in the authentic Russian style of Filimonovo.


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