Children’s books of the Soviet avant-garde: read and draw

7 October – 2 December 2017
Saturdays, 13:00–14:30


Garage Library is launching a series of interactive workshops to explore Soviet children's books of 1920s–1930s.

This time is considered to be the golden age of Russian children’s books, a time when unprecedented experimenting with their design and contents took place. A number of distinguished avant-garde artists, such as Vera Ermolaeva and El Lissitzky, worked on creating books for kids. Discoveries that they made along the way had changed the way children's book were being perceived both in their homeland and worldwide. Thanks to reprinting, today readers can once again open and explore those books that are distinctive artifacts and witnesses of an era.

Throughout the workshops we are going to read the books together, study illustrations, and then strengthen learning results by creating new, ‘revolutionary’ and ‘avant-garde’ book designs.


Olga Myaeots is an expert in children's book illustration, the head of the Children’s Book Center and children's programs at Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, lecturer at the Department of Illustration and Print at the Moscow State University of Printing Arts (Moscow Polytechnic University), and an expert at library and literary competitions, including Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Masha Bazilevskaya is a designer and a graphic artist, an author of education programs for children at the State Tretyakov Gallery, SHUM school and children's camp in Nikola-Lenivets.


Free admission with advance registration

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