Feedback from Chotěšov primary school

We are happy for any feedback, especially from children. Therefore, we have asked around, whether the children have any message for us, so that we know that what we are doing makes sense and also to find out which things to improve.

As a first school to respond was ZŠ Chotěšov. You can take a look at their short essays and opinions in our gallery.

Moreover, their teacher Mrs. Hana Duffková sent us a series of photos from their excursion to Clam-Gallas Palace, so you can take a look, how they enjoyed the trip.


2015 – Prachaticko news

Gallery Neumannaka undertook the patronage of the Prachatice town’s involvement in the 9th annual international festival ARCHITECTURE WEEK PRAHA 2015 meaning that children from Prachatice, or more precisely from Národní elementary and secondary school (“ZŠ Národní”) with their artworks joined the Playful Architect project, which is a part of the festival, and even went for a trip to Prague on 24th of September.

Text: Zdeněk Přibyl, Photo: Hana Bolková, Headmistress of ZŠ Národní, FB-site Hravý architekt

“Half a dozen of the children’s drawings with theme of interesting places in urban conservation zone of Prachatice is displayed in Rosenberg palace until the 18th of October as a part of architectural festival, which is under patronage of the president of the Czech Republic. The topic of the festival is the Heritage of my Region and after it end, the drawing will travel around the world.” said Jakub Nepustil, the owner of Gallery Neumannka, which organized and also to great extend sponsored the participation of the children from Prachatice on the Playful Architect project.

Playful Architect is an international art & architectonic project for kids from elementary and secondary schools. This year is its 2nd annual. ZŠ Národní, joining for the first time, is one of fourteen elementary and secondary schools from Czech Republic that participated in the project. Moreover, 18 other countries from all around the world were part of the project, countries such as Italy, Brazil, Morocco and Peru.

What is the aim of the Playful Architect project? “Simply put, to give children a chance to express themselves as they are in the right age for transferring their thoughts onto a drawing or a painting. It doesn’t matter that not all of them will become architects, but that they will be able to try limit, learn new values and broaden their cultural perspective. What they will learn from it is all up to them. We merely provide them with an opportunity.” Explained Jakub Nepustil from Gallery Neumannka.

Before all the 25 children could set off to Prague Castle, they had to draw or paint the cultural heritage of the Prachatice town. “Already during the last school year children visited the town center, where there is a lot to choose from. The children quickly picked their “favorites” and with the assistance of their teachers took photos of the chosen spots, so that they could later use them as a model picture during the drawing in the school. The drawing and painting together with sticking took several hours, all known art techniques were allowed. The only rule was to keep the drawings in A3 format.” explained the headmistress of ZŠ Národní Hana Bolková.

“A pleasant surprise was meeting engineer architect Jakub Nepustil, who is a co-organizer of this project, and who invited the pupils into his studio and told them something interesting about Live Architecture. It was about the world that surrounds us and what role does it play in architecture. When a place or an object has certain energy, how does it lose it and how to return it in order to make a place that is meaningful and friendly to our lives. All was illustrated with pictures and easily caught their attention.” added headmistress Hana Bolková.

Six chosen artworks were sent to be exhibited at the Rosenberg Palace of Prague Castle, which represented Prachatice and ZŠ Národní. “To see how successful our drawings were in comparison to the ones of other Czech but also foreign pupils of same age, we all visited the exhibition on 24th of September. We were given a tour of Prague Castle, which was prepared for us; we saw an architectonic studio and exhibition. The pupils received gifts from the organizer and the partners of the project.” said Hana Bolková and added “The biggest thanks goes to engineer architect Nepustil, who accompanied us during our trip, told us many interesting stories and facts about Prague Castle and also provided us with means of transportation.”

The idea of the Prachatice’s participation in the ACHITECTURE WEEK festival, which the Playful Architect project is a part of, was born already during the last year. Last year in October upon the invitation of engineer architect Jakub Nepustil from Gallery Neumannka a group of foreign architects and preservationists, who are involved in the festival discussion on topic of cultural heritage outside the centre. The international group was led by Mrs. Marie Noel Tournoux from Paris representing UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The group was very pleased to be here and decided to invite Prachatice to join this year’s annual. “I thought it would be a pity for our town and our children to miss the opportunity.” stated Jakub Nepustil. “And when the town hall hesitated to take the action, I did.”


2015 – they wrote about us, links

Article from school magazine Podlavičník

Jenda, class 5. A from elementary and secondary school ZŠ Dobřany, wrote about us in the school papers.

Prague (Playful Architect)

  Last year we were a part of the Playful Architect project. We were invited to Prague, because it was the place, where all the pictures including ours were displayed. The journey took us two hours and almost every pupil was playing on the mobile phone. When we got off the train, we were at Prague main railway station. From here we went to Wenceslas square, where we saw statue of St. Wenceslaus. Then we went in the direction of Old Town square. There were many narrow alleys, it looked like a labyrinth. From Old Town square we headed to a baroque exhibition. There were many attraction, some of them were also interactive. Everything was commented on. Afterwards we visited Charles Bridge. It was as beautiful as the river Moldau that flows underneath. We could see the National Theatre building from there. Right next to the bridge there was the statue of Bruncvik. Then we went back to the train station. I was hungry, so I ate my snack and bought something. It was the best school trip I’ve had.

Essays from Elementary school Dobřany

The pupils from the class 4. A have sent us short essays about their visit to Prague and the Clam Gallas Palace exhibition.


Playful Architect

We went to Prague by train. On the exhibition we talked about our, but also other children’s drawings: for example, from Mexico, Italy or other children from the Czech Republic. We were talking about the beginnings of baroque style. After the tour round the exhibits, we could try solving a puzzle: for example, in Plague Column in Olomouc (The Holy Trinity Column). After its completion we had to decipher the date it was erected. We almost managed. It was a very nice exhibition.
Tonda Šneberger


Art trip

Last year we participated on the Playful Architect project. Therefore, on 12. 10. we went to Prague to see the drawings of the children from Czech Republic, but also from all around the world. After the arrival to the Clam Gallas Palace we discussed the live in the baroque period. What I like the most was the painting of the Stud at Kladruby nad Labem. Some of the children said that the horses are too fat, probably because they had never seen a horse from the front before. Lastly, we visited a room, where we could take photos of the figurines of painters, sculptors and builders. In the end we had to decipher the date of the construction of plague column. The exhibition was great and well-done.
Eli Sekáčová


Playful Architect

Those two hours we spent on train were worth it. It did not tire me, I was reading. We got off the train and I sighed “Oh, Prague!” We entered a beautiful building, where we were welcomed by a very nice lady. She gave us a tour of the history of baroque and showed us everything piece by piece. The place was full of paper scale models, costumes, puzzles and our drawings, but also figurines, which we could take a photo with. Of all the exhibits the scale models of churches interested me the most. My picture of Dobřany towers was displayed there. It was pencil-drawn with red sky done by watercolors. It has been the best trip ever.
Julie Princlová


Baroque exhibition

In October our class went to the Playful Architect exhibition. As I went up the stairs, I noticed that the stair of the staircase is somewhat low. That is the feature of baroque style. Our guide gave us a tour around the exhibition. There were also puzzles and interactive exhibits. For example, we were constructing a plague column or building our own baroque village. I was surprised that all of the displayed exhibits we made of plaster. It was amazing that the pictures for this exhibition were drawn by the children from all around the world, from example, from Mexico. Simply put, I wasn’t bored at all.
Jenda Toman


Playful Architect

On Thursday 12. 10. we went to Prague. The organizers of the Playful Architect project paid for our tickets to Prague, so that we could visit the exhibition of our but also other’s pictures. We went there by train from Dobřany. In Pilsen main railway station we transferred from our train to another one going to Prague. We went on foot to the exhibition. In the exhibition building we went to the 1st floor where we stored our backpacks. Our guide told us to sit in the circle. We talked about the drawings and the figurines with the clothing from baroque period. Afterwards we went through the individual rooms, where the pictures of monuments and scale models of cities were displayed. Our own pictures were in one of the rooms. After we went through the exhibition, we were free to look around on our own. We returned to the two models, which were actually puzzles. My friends and I managed to complete them. Then we had a snack and went back to the railway station. The way back passed quickly. We all enjoyed the trip very much. The exhibition was great.
Petra Žemličková