Book your flight today to the fascinating and beautiful country of Mongolia bordered by Russia and China. Once the largest contiguous empire in the world, the Mongolian Empire was established in 1206 by Genghis Khan and continued until it dissolved in 1368. For over 3,000 years, the people of the steppes have been herders, moving in the search of better pastures for their animals. Today, approximately half of Mongolia’s population roams the vast plains living in yurts and moving their camps several times a year. Grab your passport and join ArtStart artists to create art work inspired by this nomadic culture!
Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Tuition: $240 full days/$135 half days.
Aftercare available until 5pm at $7.00/day
Note: A minimum enrollment of 12 full-time students is required for each class.
Please invite a friend.
Five days or less prior to start of classes: 50% of tuition fee forfeited.
MIXED MEDIA: Life as a Nomad
Imagine moving your home every summer and winter! Such is the life of the nomads of Mongolia. Nomads live in yurts or felt tents that are incredibly warm in winter and cool in summer. Work with artist Megan Monson to create your own miniature yurt and incorporate it into a diorama that depicts nomadic life.
DRAWING & PAINTING: The Land of the Horse
The Mongol horse as a breed has not changed since the time of Genghis Khan. Essential to nomadic life, nomads own nearly 3,000,000 horses! Work with artist Karen Anderson to draw horses grazing, at play and on the move. Then paint your favorite horse images on leather, a technique used by Mongolian artisans.
MIXED MEDIA: Secrets of the Gobi Dessert
Perhaps the first “nomads” were not who we think they were! The Gobi Desert, Mongolian for “waterless place”, holds the world’s richest and most diverse deposits of dinosaur fossils, including oviraptor, ankylosaurus, and titanosaurus! Work with an artist to create your version of one of these amazing prehistoric creatures.
TEXTILES: The Art of Kazakh Embroidery
Mongolian nomads not only decorated their dwellings, but also made images on silk and felt. Work with artist Ann Sawyer-Aitch to learn special embroidery techniques. Then using bright, colorful thread and an embroidery needle, sew traditional Mongolian patterns on felt to create your own personal pouch.