NURSERY - KIDS' ART CLUB & CZECH SCHOOL [London, Saturdays]
DRÁCZECH DRAMA CLUB [3 November]
At the beginning of November we launched a new project called DráCzech Drama Club.
OLYMPIC PROJECT, workshops and exhibitions
To celebrate the London Olympics 2012 and Czech Open 2012, the Czech cultural season in Islington, the Czech School without Borders London (CSWBL) in collaboration with the Czech Centre London and the Czech Olympic Committee produced a 10-minute animated film provisionally entitled ‘The Stories of Five Olympic Circles’ using artwork made by one hundred and forty children from the London borough of Islington and the pupils of the Czech School without Borders, London. The movie then premiered on 10 June at The Platform in Islington under the title ‘Let’s Draw the Olympics!’ as part of the Holloway Arts Festival.
The children who participated in the workshops were aged 3 - 13 years, and came from five organizations: Highbury Quadrant Primary School, Light Project International, The Beckett House Nursery, St Mary Magdalene Church and Academy and CSWBL. Under the direction of Zuzana Jungmanova of CSWBL and her team the children worked with various art techniques in more than fifty workshops running from January till March to create the artwork for the animated film.
Inspired by ancient legends and the stories of Olympic athletes found on ancient Greek vases, the film is about five animal friends living around the British Museum in London who stage their own Olympics to bring to life the dreams of a little girl who cannot attend the real event.
AN ANIMATED FILM "LET’S DRAW THE OLYMPICS"!
In January 2012, 180 children aged 2 - 12 from the Czech School without Borders London, Light Project International, The Beckett House Nursery, Highbury Quadrant Primary School and St Mary Magdalene Church and Academy in Islington under the direction of Zuzana Jungmanová started working with various art techniques to create an artwork for the animated film Let´s Draw the Olympics! Inspired by ancient legends and the stories of Olympic athletes found on ancient Greek vases, the film is about five animal friends living around the British Museum in London who stage their own Olympics to bring to life the dreams of a little girl who cannot attend the real event. The film premiered in Prague and London in June 2012 and is now on YouTube. See more about the film.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXHIBITION OF FINE ART LIDICE
Czech School participates in the 40th Exhibition of Fine Art Lidice. This year commemorates the birth of Jiří Trnka, a great artist and one of the most important figures of Czech animated film. Our children puppets inspired by Trnka's book and animated film ‘The Garden‘. Our puppeteers enjoyed creating puppets made from newspaper. Children chose their own characters that could appear in the secret garden, either one of the boys who discovers what is behind the wall, or animals that could appear in the garden. Three of our pupils won in the World Competition Awards and ten of our pupils received Certificates of Merit.
KITTY FROM COFFEE FOAM and the czech fairy-tale film “Micimutr” (Kitty Mama) [11 November]
An interactive literary and arts workshop for Czech speaking children with the artist Zuzana Jungmanová based on Tereza Horvathová´s book. Following the stories of an adventurous kitten created from coffee foam and taking inspiration from Eva Volfová’s illustrations embroidered in colourful materials, the children will participate in a competition for the best art work. The winners will receive their awards after the screening of Kitty Mama at the Riverside Studios. BAOBAB, a publishing company specialising in a high quality children's literature, will be represented at the workshop and children's books will be on sale.
THE NIGHT WITH ANDERSEN, Czech Centre in London [23 March]
THE SUMMER PARTY, Embassy of the Czech Republic in London [15 July]
CAMP IN WINSDOR with the theme of „Indian Summer“ [27 - 30 October]
Our traditional camp in the country always has an exciting theme and program to offer. This year we enjoyed life as Indians, chiefs of tribes and shamans and we were lucky that our outing was accompanied by a wonderful late autumn sun!
ST NICHOLAS [1st November]
As usual the St Nicholas Party took place in the St Mary Magdalene Church in Islington. The program included several lovely shows inspired by Czech fables prepared by our school children, Christmas workshops, carol singing, the arrival of St Nicolas, Devil and Angel, ending with a heavy wild snowfall.
CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION, Czech Embassy in London [7 December]
ART COMPETITON FOR SCHOOLS, Isligton Refugee week [18 June]