Sculpture and painting workshop for children at the rectory in Kitzen

Bigau / Kitzen. Summer vacation isn’t just for showering and relaxing. They can even be anti-boring: creative, diverse, stimulating and inspiring – like the Sculpture and Painting courses by Jiang Bien Harport and Sebastian Harport at Reverend Kitzen Residence. Since 2016, the couple has been offering interested children and young adults a chance to experience art during this time.

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Outdoor workshop for young sculptors

In the second week of vacation, 15 boys and girls aged 8-16 visited the outdoor workshop, including three Ukrainian students who currently live in Elstertrebnitz. The farm was like an anthill. They created small works of art on paper or stone using sketch pens, hammer, and clubs.

“We are delighted that we were able to present our summer session again,” said Jiang Bian Harport. She thanked the Begao City Administration, the Youth Welfare Office and Kitzen Diocese for their non-bureaucratic support. “We do more than just church,” explained Claudia Lange, head of the parish church board, with a laugh. Art and culture have always played a major role in the work of the church in Kitzen.

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A loyal companion from Bigao

Lia Ahrens from Pegau is one of the most passionate and creative young artists. The 16-year-old rarely misses a show from Harborts and recently participated in the shadow theater “The White Snake” at the Groitzsch Library. “She is our most faithful companion,” said Sebastian Harport, delighted with the girl’s interest and support in working on the woman’s torso.

“I like to draw women’s bodies,” said the student, her favorite subject being chemistry but it goes against physics. Her heart always beat for art. Painting, Sculpture, Pottery – Lia Ahrens has tried everything and looked at a small gallery of her work at home. The stone woman’s torso also finds its place in her room again.

Kitzener Nikolaikirche put on paper

“It’s not about saying who’s good or bad about something, but that the kids enjoy the work and they enjoy the creative process,” said Jiang Bien-Harport, who studied graphic design in her native China and later art history in Dresden. He studied sculpture.

With the eyes of his practitioner, she offered assistance to up-and-coming artists and drew their attention to the overall picture as well as the supposed little things. This year, the focus was on a stunning historic building: the Church of Sankt Nikolai in Kitzen.

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Twin brothers paint, sew and make pottery

Ella Glaucci of Bigau, the youngest of eight at the summer workshop, and ten-year-old twins Nick and Mark Wapler from Kitzen had just come out of the church with their pencil drawings in hand. “It is good to work with Jiang. She is a true artist,” the soon-to-be third-grader said with appreciation.

On the other hand, boys are really old hands when it comes to workshop work. “We have already taken part in a number of drawing, ceramics and sewing courses,” said Nick, who is six minutes older than him and has a poor math in school. “My favorite subject,” the future fifth grader smiled. “Actually, it’s not that hard, unless I misspell, or I forget a comma or something.” His younger brother Mark loves German and sports – and of course holiday courses at the rectory.

Ella Gloucci (from left) and twins Nick and Mark Wapler attended the Jiang Bien Harport painting course at the Rectory in Kitzen. They have just returned from studying paintings at St. Nicholas Church.

From sketch to sculpture

As every year, Sebastian Harport took care of the yard’s sculpture collection. The theatrical sculptor said that most of the children chose to represent the animals, and no idea was given. At first they drew a sketch in pencil, then the model was made with clay.

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“We translate the idea from two dimensions to three dimensions,” the expert explained. He provided the children with all kinds of practical support as well as a number of books. The carvings themselves are made of cotta sandstone, a soft, light yellow sculptural stone also used for Pegau’s annual air. It can be edited well.

Exhibition on the opening day of the monument

Before each child can take the finished sculpture or drawing home, the works will be displayed at the chaplain’s residence, as in the past, on Memorial Open Day on 9/11. Jiang Bian-Harbort has already announced the next fall holiday course: Ceramic Workshop October 17-19 at the parish barn in Kitzen. Registrations are already accepted.


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