Art workshop for adults and seniors / integration and intergenerational programme: The Motanka Dolls Tradition and Family Portraits / for the GHMP Collection

Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace

The building is not barrier-free.

Sub A (Staroměstská station)
trams n. 2, 17, 18 (Karlovy lázně or Staroměstská stop)

Education center


CZK 20 children over 10 age, adults, seniors CZK 20
CZK 5 children under age 10
free for the GHMP Member Plus card holders

Limited capacity, reservations required

Eva Pejchalová
external lecturer – workshops for seniors
T (+420) 721 328 021

These interactive workshops will focus on the topic of the family as reflected in fine art and also as a topic important for any society. The possibilities of textile representation in the context of both traditional and contemporary art will be a focus of artistic reflection. This fine art programme will be held in cooperation with Ukrainian artist Olga Ivanova who will introduce you to the traditional creation of Ukrainian dolls, the so-called motanka dolls. Such a souvenir, especially when it is made with your own hands, can become a family heirloom. This amulet maintains ancient tradition, family know-how, and beliefs. Motanka belongs to the folk art of Ukraine and serves as a symbol connecting generations. Dating back to as early as 5,000 years ago, it is one of the oldest ritual objects from the territory of Ukraine.

During the art workshop, we will also get acquainted with works that are part of the art collection of the Prague City Gallery by artists who have approached the theme of family, either in the medium of painting (e.g. Václav Bubeníček, David František, Josef Kočí, and Karel Malich) or in sculpture (e.g. František Bílek, Věra Merhautová, Antonín Nykl, Miloslav Šonka, and Zdeněk Vodička). During the artistic work, it will be possible to try out different methods of artistic creation. In the first part, we will focus on the art technique of the motanka dolls. In the second part, it will be possible to try the technique of assemblage, assembling different types of textiles, based on the theme of a family or portraits.


This programme is designed not only for adults and seniors, but also for their children and grandchildren as part of an intergenerational encounter. The workshops are also open to foreign visitors.