The Historical Archives – Museum of Hydra, in context of the exhibition “Anthivola ek tou anesperou fotos, Sketches for images and churches from the snowed Hydra” hosted and organised in collaboration with the “friends of Anthivola” a two-day educational program for the students of the two elementary schools and middle school of Hydra on the 21st and 22nd of May 2014.
The Educational Programs were implemented By two Byzantinologists mrs. Maria Nanou and mrs. Andromach Katselaki, who gladly accepted the proposal of the Director of the Historical Archives–Museum of Hydra, Mrs. Konstantina Adamopoulou while the Museum Kits were kindly granted -at the request of H.A.M.H.- by the Library & Information Center of the University of Thessaly.
Ladies Nanou and Katselaki greeted with great joy the students at the exhibition, through questions, answers and creative dialogue they gave the opportunity to the children to both understand the importance of images in the lives of believers and to approach the construction technique of the Byzantine icons and the crucial role of the Anthivola-work plan of the Byzantine painter in the laborious and often time-cossuming process. In particular, through past and really impressive Anthivola – Chionades painters the young students learned to distinguish the types of Athinovola (embossed and perforated), their varieties (colored, with holographic color directions) the difficulty and importance of their production, their use in the manufacture and their artistic composition as holy icons and murals.
Followed by a thorough presentation of the construction phase of a Byzantine icon with a supervisory and digital material from the relevant museum of the Folklore Centre of Kitsos Makris. Thus, the children by entering the role of a Byzantine artist–painter built their own anthivola and colored drawings and impressed everyone with their creative mood and imagination.