Balalaikas and Matryoshka Dolls

Thanks to YouTube and some Russian music generously offered from my sweet friend Kathleen, we have been enjoying the beautiful sounds of the three-stringed balalaika right in our own living room, particularly the old folk song Kalinka!

And, we have been having lots of fun with Matryoshka Doll art.  I found a wonderful directed art lesson from this amazing art teacher and the kids followed along as I showed them how to draw the dolls. (Actually I kind of learned as I went along and love how easy this was for the kids-mostly Tallinn-to do).

Tal wanted to try on the easel as well



Next Tal tried again on real canvas!

I’m getting braver with paint and decided to let Tal try with acrylics for the first time.  In the lesson, she uses markers with her students, but I thought it would be more fun to try with paint.

Addie's not quite ready for acrylics and used tempura instead.

Car also used tempura paints for his design.

Tallinn's finished matryoshka doll.

 Of course I decided to join in the fun.

My finished doll

4 responses to “Balalaikas and Matryoshka Dolls

  1. These are beautiful! Still following along your family journey. Wonderful!!

  2. Thanks, Eve. Let us know if you ever plan on coming our way. We’d love to see you again!

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