Lessons in an ancient Russian folk handicraft dating from the 17th century have been added to the Russian language course programme at the Liden & Denz Language Centre in St. Petersburg.
Hohloma first appeared in the 17th century in the Zavolzhie region in Central Russia. It involves painting gold, red and black ornaments on wood. Students at Liden & Denz in St. Petersburg can now learn to paint Hohloma-style while learning Russian in Russia. In the first Hohloma lesson at the Russian language school, students from Japan, the US and Germany painted spoons, boxes and Easter eggs, earning praise from instructor Svetlana.
Liden & Denz plans to introduce more Russian folk painting, such as Polkhov-Maidan or Gorodets, to its activity programme .
Making handicrafts creates another opportunity for language students to practise their Russian and they may even bring home their very own, personally created Russian souvenirs.