Greek Carnival Traditions (22/02)
Characteristic carnival costumes are to be found all around Greece and throughout Europe. Costumed figures take different names from place to place: koudounatoi, kamouzeles, mouskaroi, most commonly called maskarades and carnavaloi, from the Italian maschera and carnevale, respectively. In Greece, there is a wealth of customs, with great diversity from region to region.
The workshop will start with a presentation of audiovisual material and photos from colorful traditions in different regions of Greece: the bell-wearing “Goats” of Sochos, the “Boules” at Naoussa in Northern Greece, the “Spirits” at Amfissa, the “Bourani” at Tyrnavos, and more. This will put us in the right mood for producing costumes using a wide variety of materials.
Letting our imaginations run wild and using techniques including collage and assemblage, we will produce figures inspired by local folk traditions, evoking the impressive diversity of customs during this festive period all around Greece.
Creatures of Myth (29/02)
Greek mythology comprises an extensive body of narratives about the origin of the world; it recounts scenes from the life and adventures of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, and fabulous beasts.
The workshop begins with an audiovisual presentation of fascinating creatures of myth. We will then use readymade plastic molds to produce our very own masks.
We will use paper-cutting and other techniques to bring to life Medusa, the Minotaur, Olympian Gods, Typhon, Echidna, Sphinx, Chimaera, the Lernaean Hydra, Cerberus, and many other mythological creatures, tracing the impressively diverse personified depictions of awe in ancient Greece.
Theodoros Zafeiropoulos, Artist, Assistant Professor, NTUA
Elisavet Chelidoni, Artist – Special education teacher
Saturday 22, 29/02
Meeting point: NLG Lobby
For children 7+, young people and families, with or without disabilities
Up to 25 participants
Free admission on a first-come, first-served basis