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Traditional weathervane making workshops

- Traditional weathervane workshops for adults - Decorative weathervane workshops for children and adults.

The weathervane of the Curonian Lagoon as an unparalleled object with a unique pictorial symbolism due to its exceptional natural function. Kintai Arts invites to discover this unique cultural heritage of the Pomeranian region through a weathervane-making workshops. We offer two types of workshops: traditional weathervane workshops for adults and decorative weathervane workshops for children and adults. 

Practical information:

TRADITIONAL WEATHERVANES EDUCATION WORKSHOPS:

During this workshop, participants will use professional woodworking machines to make authentic-sized historical weathervanes. The workshop will be led by Laurynas Juodeška, a specialist in historical weathervane making.

- Workshop is organised for groups of minimum 4 participants
- Full workshop session lasts from 3 to 5 days, 5 hours per day
- Price per group for a full workshop - 300 eu, tools, materials included. Price per person depends on the total number of persons in the group. Group can fit from 2 to 5 persons
- Workshops take place in Kintai Crafts Center, Kuršių g. 30, Kintai
- For registration and payment please contact: info@kintaiarts.lt


SOUVENIR WEATHERVANES EDUCATION WORKSHOPS:

During this workshop, the participants will colour already made wooden weathervanes. The workshop will be led by Eglė Juodeškienė. The workshop is adapted both for children and adults.

- Workshop is organised for groups of minimum 4 participants
- Duration: 3 hours
- Price per person: 12 eu, materials and tools included.
- Workshops take place in Kintai Crafts Center, Kuršių g. 30, Kintai
- Registration info@kintaiarts.lt

Information regarding workshops for school-age childen

- While using non-formal educational principles and actively creating and making a weathervane, the workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn about the ethnographic culture of the inhabitants of the Curonian Lagoon through the symbolism of the weathervane.
- Acquired competences and skills: in the context of individual work and group activities, the workshops foster the development of soft skills: personal evaluation and learning, cooperation and communication skills, creativity and artistic expression, as well as goal-setting and organisation.

Brief history

The weathervane marking method in the Curonian Lagoon was introduced in 1844. This initiative was launched by Fisheries Inspection of the Kingdom of Prussia for the purpose of regulating and controlling the fishing practice in the Curonian Lagoon in order for the fisherman to comply with the areas allotted to them and to prevent the poaching.

The craft of weathervane production is currently being developed throughout the whole of the Pomeranian region for educational and commercial purposes, including the development of tourism and the representation of the region (the weathervane is used as a symbol representing the region, a souvenir).

The weathervane symbols of the villages in the northern part of the Curonian Spit are commemorated by the emblem of Neringa.

The community accepts the weathervane as a sign of self-identification, often referring to it as a business card or wooden passport. Although there are no longer so many locals in the Lagoon, the shore of Nida lagoon is decorated with an open-air gallery of original-sized weathervanes. The number of weathervanes is also increasing in the harbours and in the public spaces of Klaipėda, Kintai, Dreverna and Šilutė.

Registration: info@kintaiarts.lt
(please fix the date by email before ordering)

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