Featured image © Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH, Foto: Christiane Struck

2022: Werkstatt für Kreative and Märchenland e.V.

The Werkstatt für Kreative is looking forward to designing the pictures for the Märchenland calendar 2023 for the 33rd Berlin Märchenland Days in November 2022 with the class of the Bäke elementary school.
The educators of the Werkstatt für Kreative and Märchenland e.V. discuss this year's theme "farewell and return - fairy tales and stories of life and death" with the children,look at different fairy tales and see what death is called and represented in other cultures. The children tell their own experiences and thus approach the topic.

In the creative part, the children make a stamp from simple materials such as cardboard and foam rubber and design and print pictures that illustrate the theme of the Märchenland days.
From all the resulting images, 12 will be selected for the calendar and published together with the texts from the writing competition. We follow the creative development process and are excited about the result.
The 33rd Berlin Märchenland Days will take place from November 3rd to 20th, 2022 with a wide variety of events.
The Werkstatt für Kreative will also offer a workshop during the Märchenland Days.

We offer workshops always on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (except public holidays) until the end of June 2022 in our Werkstatt für Kreative at Kaiserdamm 105, in 14057 Berlin.
Together with Light Art Space (LAS), we enable children from Ukraine to have interesting and creative hours with a variety of activities, such as kneading with modeling clay, painting, drawing and printing with different techniques and materials. The workshops will be accompanied by the team from the Werkstatt für Kreative and by Lena, in Ukrainian / English / German.
The offer is free of charge, the presence of the parents is obligatory. You are welcome to visit the current exhibition CASH on the Wall in the Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank while your children are having a creative time in the Werkstatt für Kreative.

To make planning easier, please register for the workshop with Lena:

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We look forward to seeing you!

Пропонуємо майстер-класи о понеділок та середу з 15:00. до 17:00 (окрім святкових днів) до кінця червня 2022 року у Werkstatt für Kreative за адресою Kaiserdamm 105, 14057, Берлін.
Спільно з Light Art Space (LAS) ми даємо можливість дітям із України провести цікаво  час на різноманітних заняттях, таких як: ліпка із пластиліну, розпис, малювання та друк за допомогою певних технік і матеріалів. Майстер-класи супроводжувуються командою Werkstatt für Kreative та Оленою українською / англійською / німецькою мовами.
Пропозиція безкоштовна, присутність батьків обов'язкова. 
Також запрошуємо Вас відвідати поточну виставку CASH on the Wall у Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank, поки ваші дітки творчо проводять час у нашому Werkstatt für Kreative. 

Для запису, будь ласка, зареєструйтесь на семінар:

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З нетерпінням чекаємо на вас!

From March 2022 Ephra will be a guest in the Werkstatt für Kreative of the Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH for 4 months. Together with the team from the Werkstatt für Kreative minds, two groups of elementary school students explore Berlin studios and artistically implement what they have learned. Horizons are opened and encounters between children and artists are made possible.

The Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH is involved in Ephra's project and, with its support, enables 2 x 12 children to have 7 great and eventful project days each, half a school year long, both in the Werkstatt für Kreative and the workshop program Der schöne Schein. Entwirf deinen Kunst-Spielgeldschein and the current exhibition CASH on the Wall in the Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank as well as in the studios of well-known artists, some of whom are involved in the exhibition.

4 out of 7 days are studio days when you visit the artists in their studios. Here you can look over your shoulder as the art is created, interview you, take photos and also get creative yourself. On the last day, the final day, you present your results and report on your experiences.

Procedure:
In Studio RR, Rebecca Raue's studio, the students first get to know each other and the other participants. From rounds of introductions to introductory games to artistic methods for perceiving and presenting your own strengths and weaknesses, these kick-off workshops contain everything you need to get to know the individual world of the children and create a space for exchange. We invite experts to give the students professional input on topics such as photography or interviewing. With each group that takes part in the project for half a school year, we visit about three to four artists who have their studios all over Berlin. The artists are selected according to the themes, interests and living environments of the children. This time, the focus is on the exhibition CASH on the Wall in the Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank. The visits are open-ended in order to enable strong student participation. An artistic-researching approach is central. It is about broadening the view and opening up different realities of life and worlds of thought to the students in order to exchange ideas about individual visions and a life worth striving for. The children discover Berlin and its art, get to know new means of expression, practice asking questions and presenting and their self-confidence is strengthened. Part of the workshops are also small artistic exercises with the materials of the artists: inside. In addition, the excursions are prepared together with the children and documented with sketches, texts and photos.

Blue, red, green, pink! Banknote's can be colorful and their motives as diverse as the world. But, how would the notes look, if children and teens were to design them themselves ?

In the accompanying workshop of the exhibition CASH on the Wall in the Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank we will do exactly that and produce our own artistic play money. During a tour together through the exhibition we will first learn about the different approaches of the artists, additionally we will talk about the topic of money in art. In the creative part of the workshop, in the Werkstatt, using material such as self-made stamps, printing blocks made from cellular rubber and everyday materials such as cork, corrugated cardboard and bubble pack we will create individual and colorful bills with your very own motives, names and values. Once they're dried and cut, you can start an active trade with your own toy money. You can of course take your self-made stamps and toy money back home.

Featured image © Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH, Foto: Aleks Kulasza
Featured image © Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH, Foto: Aleks Kulasza

The Workshops of the Werkstatt für Kreative are an educational activity for school classes and groups of children or teens between the ages of 5-18, with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 28 participants. Duration of approximately 2 hours. Per institution, 2 Workshops are available for free per school term. Further workshops can be booked for a fee. Would you like to stay up to date ? You want to be informed on time about the start of the workshops or a new exhibition ?
Then please take a look at our website and subscribe to our newsletter for the Werkstatt für Kreative or the general newsletter for information regarding the exhibitions, events etc.

For the 75th anniversary of the Berliner Volksbank as well as 35 years of the Kunstsammlung, the Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank and 15 years of the "Werkstatt für Kreative", there is an extraordinary exhibition with favourite artworks of the collection, selected by 10 employees of the bank. It is called "WIR. Proximity and Distance - Anniversary Exhibition with Works from the Art Collection of Berliner Volksbank".

Cornelia Schleime, Sibirischer Frühling, 1987 Mixed media on fleece, Assembly, Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank K 1477 © Cornelia Schleime, 2021, Company photo: Peter Adamik
Ulla Walter, U-Bahn, 1992, Mixed media and collage on canvas, Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank K 167 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Company photo: Peter Adamik

By walking through the exhibition accompanied by art educators, children and young people will learn about works by, among others, Hermann Albert, Rolf Biebl, Christa Dichgans, Klaus Fußmann, Sylvia Hagen, Angela Hampel, Werner Heldt, Thomas Hornemann, Ingeborg Hunzinger, Karl-Ludwig Lange, Wolfgang Leber, Markus Lüpertz, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Harald Metzkes, Silke Miche, Kurt Mühlenhaupt, Roland Nicolaus, Wolfgang Peuker, Erich Fritz Reuter, Cornelia Schleime, Ludwig Gabriel Schrieber, Ruth Tesmar, Christian Thoelke and Hans Uhlmann and gain initial inspiration for the subsequent workshop through the diversity of the works.

The principle of the exhibition is the particularity of a motif, which is singled out from the multitude of possibilities in a collection and examined more closely. The workshop is also dedicated to looking at a favourite object and recreating it.

Later, in the rooms of the Werkstatt für Kreative, specially selected works of art by René Graetz, Gerhard Altenbourg and Ludwig Gabriel Schrieber, among others, serve as further examples to inspire visitors to create their own works.
The juxtaposition of two- and three-dimensional works leads, for example, to the question: How does a surface become a space? Afterwards, in the practical part of the workshop, the children and young people creatively put their acquired knowledge into practice under expert guidance. As always, the small works of art can be taken home.

- for children and young people between 5 and 18 years of age

- registration is required

- the offer is free of charge.

If the quota is exhausted, there is also the option of booking a workshop for a cost contribution.

Cultural education enriches the development of very young children - it should therefore be a natural part of everyday life. The Netzwerk Frühkindliche Kulturelle Bildung brings together people from a wide range of disciplines throughout Germany who are working together to strengthen and further develop cultural education in early childhood. Initiated by three foundations and 20 experts, the Netzwerk Frühkindliche Kulturelle Bildung is now funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It is supported by the Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung.

All interested people and institutions are welcome to join the Netzwerk Frühkindliche Kulturelle Bildung. The Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH also feels connected to the goals and values of the Netzwerk Frühkindliche Kulturelle Bildung. That is why it is actively involved in the network and supports it by choie.

Since 2005, the “Werkstatt für Kreative” has been offering creative workshops for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18.

A look at the current programme and the last programmes of the Werkstatt für Kreative:

You will receive a booking confirmation with a binding date from us shortly after you have sent your enquiry by e-mail, with the relevant booking request pdf. (see further down) to Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH. Please expect a response to your email within, at least, 5 working days (monday-friday). Cancellations can be made free of charge up to five weekdays in advance; in the event of a later cancellation, the relevant price will be charged. The free offers are aimed exclusively at school classes as well as children and youth groups aged 5-18 years.

Free Offers -Working days:
• A maximum of 12 participants, except for closed school classes, kindergartens or day-care centres, in this case, 28 participants between 5 and 18 years (including companions). There are also one or two art teachers, working material is free.

(Bookings for Sundays and public holidays - see additional offers with costs)

Additional offers with a charged fee:
The free offer of the Werkstatt für Kreative is used intensively. We, therefore, offer additional services that are subject to a fee.
• A maximum of 12 participants, except for closed school classes, kindergarten or KiTa groups, in which case 28 participants between 5 and 18 years (including companions). Up to 14 participants 119 euros or from 15 to 28 participants 238 euros (incl. VAT), the working material is free.

Werkstatt für Kreative on the go

The Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH is always involved in temporary projects that challenge and promote the participants’ own creativity through their active participation. The workshop for creative people is therefore a continuous cooperation partner in the field of cultural work with children and young people.

For the exhibition "Die wilden 20er – Nach(t)leben einer Epoche. Werke aus der Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank," the Werkstatt für Kreative will teach the technique of glass painting in age-differentiated workshops from the end of August to mid-December 2020.

The 1920s are often referred to as "The Roaring Twenties". Artists have captured this time with its shrill and oppressive sides in many different ways. They were particularly fascinated by Berlin's nightlife. Among other things, they developed the style of "Neue Sachlichkeit" (New Objectivity). Thematically, it was also about everyday objects and exact reproductions, for example in still lifes or everyday scenes. In addition, the "Magic Realism" of the 1920s impressed many with sometimes surreal and mysteriously alienated paintings. Artists are still influenced by these styles today.

When visiting the exhibition in the Kunstforum der Berliner Volksbank, children and young people learn about the rich diversity of works in the style of "Neue Sachlichkeit" and "Magischer Realismus" and receive initial inspiration for the subsequent workshop.

After visiting the exhibition, specially selected works by Gudrun Brüne, Bertold Haag, Thomas Schindler and Christian Thoelke serve as further examples in the rooms of the “Werkstatt für Kreative," in order to stimulate their own imagination and work. For the practical part of the workshop, the children and young people produce their own coloured compositions on acrylic glass under expert guidance. The small works of art unfold a special liveliness in the interplay of light and shadow and can be taken home.

  • for children and young people between 5 and 18 years old
  • registration is required
  • the offer is free of charge

If the quota is exhausted, there is also the option of booking a workshop for a cost contribution.