The meeting will be inspired by the artistic work of Marek Kuś and the starting point will be the artist's technique of reproducing figures and drawing them with graphite. During a creative game, the children, together with the facilitator, will learn not only the secrets of creating large-scale artworks, but also the idea behind them. We will begin with an independent drawing of a human body shape in an open composition, we will draw the shapes of ourselves on a huge paper formatted by all participants. The children will draw the outlines of each other. They will fill in the prepared shapes with colored pencils, according to the figure scheme prepared by the artist. A colorful composition will be created, allowing for creative experiments based on the child's own imagination and expression. Children will also create their own images, which will be captured in a final photograph.
The whole activity will also have a deep philosophical dimension. It will be guided by reflections on the idea of freedom, peace and egalitarianism. In the same way that the artist conveys his vision of freedom in his work, the children will be led to meditate on these concepts through their artistic creation. It is through art that the artist wants to bring the children to deepen these notions. Am I free? What does "I" mean? What does it mean to be free?

While drawing the outlines of another child's form, they will be confronted with the idea of freedom that others have, and therefore, with the difference of opinion. This is where the concepts of tolerance, egalitarianism and peace will be introduced. Getting to know others, respecting their differences and understanding their richness is the first step towards preserving freedom and building peace, so essential in our time. This workshop aims to introduce children to irenology (Johan Galtung) and to make them think about the concept of positive peace, i.e. peace as a state where cooperation, equality and justice, pluralism and dynamism are present.


Speaker: Marek Kuś

Duration: 2 hours (from 2:00 to 4:00 pm)

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Audience: the activity is open to children from 6 to 12 years old