In the run-up to the preparation for the new training program, we have not one, but two new projects in the Republic of Moldova to present. To the west of the capital Chişinău, in the town of Hînceşt, plasterers will be trained at the vocational school using a modern concept. The necessary workshop conversions and renovations are currently being planned. For the technical project management, we were able to recruit a new expert – painter and certified restorer Markus Schulz from Dresden. In Chişinău, the carpenter training program in a vocational school specializing in carpenter training is undergoing modernization. Currently, we are setting up a paint shop. Christoph Junghans, who has supported us as a carpentry expert for many years, is bringing his deep expertise to bear in leading this project.
Seminar for Ukrainian Painter Trainers in Lviv, Ukraine
2 October, 2019:
Practical instruction in the paint and the spray booth as well as using a graphics program were the focus of a training for trainers led by Andreas Tobias, master painter and lecturer at the Handwerkskammer Düsseldorf . The training took place at the Vocational Art College in Lviv. After defining and differentiating a customer order of their choice, the participants designed the painter’s cabins in historical or modern style with various baseboard and crown moulding options, painting and rubbing plaster, paints and wallpaper. In addition, they made spray-painted billboards with the logos of their schools. 16 trainers from our project sites for the modernization of painter training in Ukraine from Kiev, Vinnitsa and Kharkiv took the opportunity of attending this weeklong event for the purpose of continuing education and inter-school exchange with their colleagues.
Intercultural dialog projekt for stonemasons
1 October, 2019:
The stonemasons from Lviv in Western Ukraine have returned home. What they have left behind is their work: Plates for the stair stringers in the newly installed linden-tree-lined boulevard of the historic terrace garden in Kirchheimboladen and steles for the signs in front of the linden trees – all manufactured manually using traditional methods. The three weeks of their stay were filled with workshop activities, an excellent cultural program and encounters with their German peers at the Meisterschule für Handwerker in Kaiserslautern. Back in Lviv, they will return to their studies at the Ivan Trusch College. Ukraine, it is important to note, does not have an apprenticeship training program for stonemasons. Instead, the training is part of the degree program for sculptors. In the Palatinate region of Germany, the pieces they created will now be installed and the need for additional work will be assessed. Next fall, the next phase of this unique partnership with thornconcept and the Stonemasonry Department of the Meisterschule für Handwerker in Kaiserslautern, Germany will be launched. Coverage of the project by the German SWR broadcast station is available here (in German).
Intercultural Dialog Project for Stonemasons
31 July, 2019:
This summer, once again, young German stonemasons will be making the trip to Lviv. Together with their Ukrainian counterparts, they will be working on restoring old buildings in the old town of Lviv using a combination of traditional and modern methods of stonemasonry and restoration. The elements to be replaced will be carved in the courtyard of the Ivan Trusch College, while replacement work and fill-ins will be done on site. This year, one of the projects will be to create cover panels for the staircase pillars of the Church of Our Lady in the Snow. At the end of the workday, drawing lessons and a cultural program await. The joy of working together to preserve the joint cultural heritage of Europe is palpable from the very first day. This project is being carried out in collaboration with thornconcept under the expert supervision of carver Dirk Brüggemann-Bulgakov.
Workshop for Russian and Ukranian Carpenters in Leipzig, Germany
23 July, 2019:
The carpentry training instructors at our partner schools in Yekaterinburg, Russia and Vinnytsia, Ukraine came together with no reservations. As dedicated carpenters, working together transcended everything. The group found connection in their joint desire to learn and exchange ideas. Practical exercises and workplace safety were the main focus of the workshop, which was highlighted by field trips to sites of interest for carpenters as well as a cultural program.