, Kingston, NH

June 27, 2013

Nested Doll Painting

Carriage Towne News

---- — ROCHESTER —Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes has returned from leading her annual cultural tour to Russia just in time to offer her unique workshops on the rich Russian folk tradition of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting at the Museum of Russian Icons. The workshop is offered in conjunction with the Museum’s special exhibit Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll. Whether depicting ancient legends, religious themes, or political caricatures, Matryoshkas can portray a subtle narrative, as one doll opens to reveal the next one concealed inside.

Marina’s Russian Matryoshka doll-painting workshop will be offered on Sat., July 13, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at New England Language Center International Art Gallery in Rochester. The workshop is open to adults, teens and families with children 6 and up. It is a great opportunity for adults and families to work together and learn about Russian crafts and culture.

Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Traditional Russian painting techniques and floral and berry designs are also introduced. The goal is to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. Students can work on 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece or 1-piece Matryoshka sets. Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional Russian music, and, during a brief break from the painting, there will be a demonstration of a few steps from a traditional Russian “Matryoshka dance.”

To pre-register or for more information please contact Marina Forbes, by phone at 603-332-2255, by email at, or visit her website at