People with Down syndrome attend abstract painting workshop in Moscow
People with Down syndrome attend abstract painting workshop
The “Energy of Colour” workshop was held as part of Museum Night at the Educational Centre of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
The workshop was held on 20 May by artist Alla Reshetnikova, and was open to allcomers. The foundations Love Syndrome and Downside Up were event partners.
No special education or training was required to take part in the workshop. It aimed to attract both abstract painting enthusiasts and those just getting to know it. All you needed was a desire to express yourself and to work with an easel, brushes, canvas and acrylic paints.
Those who tried their hand at the masterclass were from the Ivan Tratsevski and Ivan Nastasov foundation programmes (from Downside Up and Love Syndrome).
Alla Reshetnikova created the course herself for Museum Night. She talked about the history of the movement, using examples from the Moscow Museum of Modern Art’s collection, and about the ideas behind abstractionism in its various incarnations. The participants were able to put their newly acquired knowledge into practice during the hands-on part of the workshop.
The final paintings were striking in their diversity and vividness, the organisers said.
The charities Love Syndrome and Downside Up regularly support arts-related projects to help people with Down syndrome discover their talents, learn new things and develop themselves through sports, professional pursuits, volunteering and the arts.