“She was able to use her imagination to create.” – parent, Black History
“The children enjoyed the activity which was fun, age appropriate and educational.” – playgroup supervisor, Black History
“Had a lovely look around with the children- and they enjoyed colouring Topolski’s characters.” – parent, ‘Changes’ workshop
Children and Families
From February 2009-September 2010, Topolski Century ran regular weekend drop-in activities on different themes within the Memoir, after which Topolski Century ran a variety special activities and workshops. Pictures from our workshops are displayed in our Virtual Gallery.
For Black History Month in October 2010, a series of workshops for the Big Draw explored mosaic and mask making with children aged 4-11 years old. All participants gave the workshops the highest rating.
In November 2010, Topolski Memoir worked in partnership with the Polish and Romanian Cultural Institutes, the Czech Centre and the London Czech School Without Borders to deliver a series of workshops for children celebrating European literature. Professional authors and illustrators worked with 4-14 year olds to help them illustrate their own stories through making story boards, fabric printing, and collage.
For Christmas, Topolski Century’s Wycinanki Wonderland workshops, supported by the Polish Cultural Institute, shared the colourful Polish paper craft of Wycinanki with children and families.
In the New Year, Topolski Century worked in partnership with Akademia Pstryk facilitating 33 young people aged 13-18 to led a workshop with Polish 4-7 year olds encouraging them to read.
In December 2011 and again in June 2012 for RefuTEA and Refugee Weekend, Topolski Century instigated a special ‘passport’ trail facilitating families to follow the path of refugees through the 20th century and learn about their plight.
Accompanying our Changes exhibition, children were invited to discover the changing way we have looked in different places and times throughout the 20th century in a free drop-in workshop to make and dress their own paper ‘artist’.