This March returns the workshop that shows the artisan work of the first settlers of the islands, the indigenous women
The Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park repeats the celebration of a workshop for families with children in which it shows the clay work carried out by the first populations of the island, especially women. The second day of the workshop
'Idols and clay' will be given onSaturday, March 26and is part of the program 'March, with M for Women', with which the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria values the activities in which female participation stands out.
The initiative is character
gratuitous, but you need prior registration. For this second day, which will take place
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.the registration period opens on Monday 21. As usual, the reservation is made by telephone to the number 928 895 489 (ext.3), from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A boy modeling clay in the last edition of the workshop 'Idols and clay /
imagination and clouds
In addition to fostering the creativity of boys, girls and their families, the aim of the initiative is
bring closer and spread the artisan work of the clay of the indigenous population of Gran Canaria in a fun and playful way. For this reason, according to Macarena Reyes, a diffusion and education technician at the Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park, the first part of the day takes place in the area of the archaeological park where the recreation of an indigenous village is located. "Through a story, created by the museum's educational team, the participating families will try to imagine the shapes of the clouds, which will give rise to the figures that they will later model in clay," explains the museum's technique.
Families can then get creative with the
clay modeling workshopwhere they will finally give real shape to the drawings of the clouds.
Finally, once the pieces of the workshop have been completed, families will have the opportunity to visit the terracotta tiles from the Cueva Pintada collection in the museum. In it there are more than
200 pieces identified as 'idolillos' (some of them are complete and fragments of others are preserved). Most of these figurines are female; In them, the navels stand out, marked with deep impressions, as well as the sexual features and the very prominent bellies and hips,
probably associated with maternity. Sometimes the figures are decorated with red paint or with incisions that seem to mark the hair or body decorations. Pintaderas and other ceramic containers are other essential elements in the daily life of these towns. These valuable pieces are the result of a
craft work mainly by women.
This initiative, lasting three hours, aims to contribute, according to the educational team of Cueva Pintada, to the cultural leisure of families, since the Museum and Archaeological Park is a space for
intergenerational enjoyment. To do this, he proposes an approach to the well-known clay figures from the creativity of the family and
the discovery of what was the town of Agáldaralways counting on the accompaniment of the staff that stimulates the activity, who will place special emphasis on the
work done by indigenous women and in its value to the community.