Children learn the magic of putting letters together to form words. This is done slowly, without haste. On the wings of imagination, they enrich their vocabulary, learn to narrate and also to listen to others. They look for stories that are hidden everywhere, not only in books.
The programme allows children to gain experience with literacy. Children get to know all the letters from A to Ž in a playful way. In the lessons they sharpen their hearing to recognise individual sounds of the Slovene language, learn the graphic representations of the sounds, and learn to identify individual letters in words.
Music is the art of time, it is intangible art, and therefore also the way we create and transmit it is different from other types of art. In our workshops we approach each child individually, helping them develop their musical abilities. We encourage the creation of original compositions and help put on public performances.
Children will engage their sensory perception through music – from learning the most basic concepts of music (rhythm, melody ...) to playing self-made instruments and Orff instruments. Through experiential learning, children develop their rhythmic and melodic ear.
The programme is meant as a step towards an individual learning to play a certain instrument. We upgrade the theoretical knowledge by playing various Orff instruments and at the same time learn about the different families of musical instruments – instruments with a keyboard, string instruments, etc.
The programme helps children to learn to sing irrespective of their prior knowledge. It is intended for all those who enjoy singing and performing and wish to gain new knowledge and experience in a fun and relaxed way.
The programme encourages the love of playing the piano and listening to quality music. It is intended for children who would like to learn to play the instrument and allows them to perform as part of musical groups.
The programme helps children to learn how to play the guitar, regardless of their prior knowledge. Children are given individual lessons, where they become familiar with music theory and various guitar techniques. They also learn the basics of music arrangement and composition.
The programme provides an understanding of the role of a bass player, the mastery of the proper technique of playing the instrument and the mastery of the basic bass forms. Through individual work, the teacher adapts the programme to a child's existing knowledge and skills.
The programme helps children to become familiar with the basics of playing the drums. We foster the ability to create one’s own rhythm, which the participant of the course learns to correctly record in musical notes. We encourage the co-operation with other musicians and develop a sense of musical freedom.
In the programmes children learn how to read sheet music, they learn various playing techniques and they develop an ear for music. The lessons also consist of trying out different musical genres, ranging from classical Slovenian folk music and popular folk music, to Slovenian and foreign popular music as well as classical music.
The programme enables children to learn how to play the violin, regardless of their prior knowledge. Children are given individual lessons, where they become familiar with music theory and various violin techniques, and develop their musicality.
We enable children the freedom and security in their artistic expression and creation, as we place great emphasis on the search for one’s own expression. Children also take a part in projects such as independent performances, preparation for competitions, appearing as guests in departmental, regional and national gatherings and festivals in Slovenia and abroad.
The programme encourages and educates children to appear on stage in a relaxed manner. Through the course, children acquire social and individual skills, which can also be advantageously used in other areas of life.
Children explore their ability of movement and familiarise themselves with their body form through various motion interpretations. The programme makes it possible for even the youngest children to participate, as soon as they can understand the structure of movement and are able to function as part of a group.
Circus is a game – and through this game we grow. Circus is universality – and out of the universality exceptionality is born. Circus is a community – creating together is joyous. Circus is a success. Circus is risk without danger.
Children express their everyday experience of the world through visual art, which is associated with a sensory-perceptual form of communication. Children are treated individually at the workshops, which enables them to develop their own way of expression and thus evolve the skills of artistic visualization and a higher level of cultural awareness and sensitivity.
The programme enables children to develop independent self-expression; they become acquainted with various techniques of drawing and painting and thus gain the opportunity to give form to their ideas. A picture or a drawing gives a child the opportunity to speak publicly in a visual way.
In the relaxed atmosphere of the workshops, children and teenagers develop a creative attitude to materials, techniques and the selected visual art task. A positive artistic experience enriches their perception and their creative interaction with the world that surrounds them.
In 2009, the Art Centre began anew to offer graphic arts workshops which once strongly marked the visual art activity of Pionirski dom. In the past Bogdan Borčič and today Zora Stančič are the names that have and still characterise the approach and method of work of graphic arts workshops.
The programme is intended for pupils of higher classes of primary school, for secondary school students and for university students. The participants of the course revise the basics of drawing and receive targeted preparation for entrance exams for studies of fine arts.
The participants learn the basic principles of clay moulding. Through the process of honing their skills and abilities of perception, they create a portrait, figure, or other original sculpture. In the continuation of the workshop, they learn also about other sculptural materials and techniques.
The participants of the workshops become acquainted with classical techniques of graphic arts, enhance their abstract thinking and the anticipation of the results. At the same time they add to Ljubljana being renowned as a capital city of classic graphic arts (The Ljubljana Graphic Arts School, The Academy of Fine Arts and The Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts).
In our Fashion preschool children learn how and from which materials clothing, fashion accessories, and home textiles are made. They realise that it is people who design these items lovingly and attentively, and that the shop is only a place where such things can be bought.
Children get a comprehensive insight into the basics of writing stories and creating animated films. They develop their aesthetic sense and gradually form their own film language. They create a short animated film.
Our film workshops encourage children to be creative and help the young film enthusiasts’ audio-visual taste to develop. We learn about the laws of film language and through moving images elicit the participants’ own form of expression.
Children learn about the world with their own hands, heads and hearts. The teaching principle is not restricted to the use of paper, course books and pencils, but rather includes all human senses. The children find answers to their questions and hypotheses with the help of experiments and they freely and creatively learn about the world that surrounds us.
In our workshops children learn about the laws of basic natural phenomena such as air, water, fire, electricity and magnetism through experiments. They develop their acuity and test their hypotheses with experiments.