Workshop: Storytelling and Matryoshka Doll Painting

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April 12, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Knights of Columbus Museum
1 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Free admission and free parking


Story Telling and Russian Folk Tradition
Presentation and Matryoshka doll workshop by Marina Forbes

Join us for a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting. Participants will learn the history and custom of the Matryoshka doll and be introduced to time-honored painting techniques and designs, and a demonstration of the Matryoshka dance.

Marina Forbes is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. For more than 20 years, she has been an active artist, historian, storyteller, lecturer and teacher in the area of Russian art, culture, language and folklore, offering more than 75 workshops, courses, and presentations each year both in Russia and throughout the New England area. Marina is currently the Director of International Programs at the New England Language Center in Rochester where she coordinates cultural exchange programs, teaches Russian culture and language, and leads art-related tours to Russia each year. She is an active watercolorist and art teacher and regularly does dramatic performances of Russian fairytales.

The instruction is free and the wooden dolls will be available for purchase from the artist. Please register by calling at 203-752-4528 or emailing

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