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The Children Draw the War

17.12.2012

The Excursion and Exhibition Centre “The People’s House of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov invites for the exhibition of children’s drawings “The Memory of the Heart”.

The exhibition is based on the works by the Sholokhov District students at the visiting master-class held by the workers of the Rostov Museum of Fine Arts in May, 2012.

The children from schools of Vyoshenskaya and Dubrovskaya made preparations for the creative work in advance. They collected and studied the documents, old newspapers, letters from the front and photographs from family archives. They learned about the events of those terrible years from their relatives, found out, where the picture had been taken from and who was pictured. The composition was made up based on a photo or a letter, which were dear relics, or their fragments scorched in the fights and fires. The lost fragment was finished in drawing to make a whole thing with the document.

The fragments of historic documents of that time helped the students create a composition-reflection on the war issues. “Penetrating” into the past through an old photograph or a letter the students were so realistic to depict the events as if they had participated in those events themselves. The method used was complicated: to gain a restoration effect it was necessary to combine various materials in the work: lead and coloured pencils were applied on the watercolour tone imbibition to produce an effect of old paper or photograph. The teenagers were required a practical artistic skill for their work. The final compositions were exhibited.

The works of the children on the issues of the Great Patriotic War give food for thought about the fate of Russia, its history through one of its important victories.

The exhibition displays museum objects of the war time; they enable the visitors to learn a lot about the documents and objects, and their purport at that time.

The exhibition will work till February, 3, 2013, the admission is free for all who like to see the children’s works. 

Elena Tolstopyatenko