The Secrets of Moscow Kremlin

Storytelling and hands-on workshop with Russian Artist Marina Forbes

CLAREMONT, NH: On Saturday, March 15th from 10am to 12:30pm traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes will offer a unique storytelling and hands-on workshop on Russian Arts, History and Culture sponsored by The Fiske Free Library (108 Broad St, Claremont, NH 03743,
tel.: (603) 542-7017) in Claremont, NH.


Marina will bring to life the images and stories of Moscow Kremlin, transporting listeners back to Old Russia in the age of Ivan the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Alexei the Quietest, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. Marina’s interactive presentation is beautifully illustrated with carefully selected pieces of Russian art which reveal fascinating details and secrets of everyday life in the Russia of the time. The discussion will feature a remarkable 17th century map of the Moscow Kremlin, chosen from the Museum of Russian Icon’s collection. Step back to consider the major developments of the history of Moscow Kremlin, and then fast-forward into the Kremlin of today. Enjoy a fascinating story for the whole family and then create your own unique piece of art in an interactive hands-on workshop using different painting techniques and acrylic paints on your choice of pre-designed surfaces (Matryoshka Russian nested dolls, wooden figurines, gessoed boards, textured acrylic paper, or ceramic tiles) inspired by beautiful Kremlin scenery. The program is open to adults, teens and families with children 6 and up. It is a great opportunity for everyone involved to learn about Russian history, architecture, crafts and culture. The cost of the pre-designed painting surfaces will be from $10 to $45. The library will provide all paints and brushes for the workshop. The pre-designed painting surfaces can be purchased from the instructor. There will be an option to apply gold leaf to the domes and explore some Russian or Church Slavonic lettering. No painting experience is required for the hands-on Painting part of the workshop. Experienced artists will also feel very comfortable in this workshop.
For more info please contact Marina Forbes at (603) 332-2255, by e-mail at: or visit:

Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and is featured on the NH Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state of affairs in Russia. Marina has a distinctive ability to generate energy and enthusiasm in the audience and to bring the rich fabric of traditional Russian art and folklore to life for children of all ages through memorable and thought-provoking programs. Marina’s talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little bit sad…. but always unmistakably Russian.


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