Town, State: Šiauliai, Lithuania

Name of the school: Šuauliai „Sandoros“ Progymnasium, Lithuania

Prncipal: Kęstutis Šaltis



About school:

Back in 1996, in the city of Šiaulias, „Sandoros“ Progymnasium was founded. Developing catholic spirituality and conscious socially active personality. The school is guided by catholic values, it fosters creativity and personal development of each student.

Education: Dalia Tranškinaitė, Inga Vilkaitė

Theme of the lecture: The Baroque Architecture of Žemaitija Region

Children involved in the project (5. B class):
Arbačiaiskaitė Karolina, Bardauskas Giedrius, Daugėla Mantas, Dimšaitė Gabija, Doronina Kristina, Grauslys Arnas, Jonaitis Heda, Juocaitė Redžinalda, Klibaviřūtė Edmilė, Lendraitis Titas, Lukošiūnas Mantas, Matuazitė Karolina, Mikulskyté Lijada, Pražinskas Titas, Ramanauskaitė Urtė, Ražinskas Augustas, Simonavičiūtė Emiija, Šumainaitė Melita, Teresevičius Marius, Vališauskas Dominykas, Vižingis Neitas, Zablockis Nojus

Labels of childrens works:

  1. Church of Blessed Virgin Mary, Tytuvénai, Titas Lendraitis, 10 yrs.
  2. Basilica of Virgin Mary, Šiluva, Neitas Vižingis, 10 yrs.
  3. Basilica of Virgin Mary, Šiluva, Marius Teresevičius, 10 yrs.
  4. Church of St Mary of Immaculate Conception, Kražiai, Dominykas Vališauskas. 10 yrs.
  5. Church of Blessed Virgin Mary, Tytuvénai, Giedrius Bardauskas, 10 yrs.
  6. Church of Blessed Virgin Mary, Tytuvénai. Mantas Daugéla, 10 yrs.

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Town, State: Padua, Italy

Name of the school: Elementary School Centro Montessori Padua

Principal: Insegnante Francesca Schiavon




About school:


Our Montessori Elementary School is located in the centre of Padua city. It is made up of 7 classes, divided according to age. The school building has recently been reconstructed to comply with all the regulations, and it is situated in a beautiful park.

The purpose of our elementary school is to organize learning trips that take into account the peculiarities of each child in terms of the cognitive style, cultural background, difficulties, potentials and resources. The knowledge must be a field of interaction between those who need it, as a source and means for building their own autonomy and identity (children), and who know and can arrange the ways, paths and environments to enable this construction.


Theme of the lecture: English, mathematics, history, geography and science in images

Children involved in the project (4th class):

Almasi David, Bellesso Giada Letizia, Bellesso Soléa Josefina, Braggion Carlotta, Brena Luca, Chiovato Andrea, Cortese Laura, De Checchi Laura Vittoria, Dupon Leonardo, Grazia Matilde, Lucietto Vittoria, Petrillo Anita, Rogora Daniele, Rossi Elisabetta Letizia, Rossi Grabriele, Varagnolo Pietro, Zacchello Pietro, Zoso Anna

Labels of childrens works:

  1. Chiesa della Salute di Venezia, Leonardo Dupont, 10 yrs.
  2. Chiesa della Salute di Venezia, Braggion Carlotta, 10 yrs.
  3. Chiesa della Salute di Venezia, Zoso Anna, 10 yrs.
  4. Chiesa della Salute di Venezia, Brena Luca, 10 yrs.
  5. Chiesa della Salute di Venezia, Rogora Daniele, 10 yrs.
  6. Chiesa della Salute di Venezia, De Checchi Laura, 10 yrs.

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Town, State: Carlepont, France

Name of the school: Groupe scolaire Carlepont

Principal: Jean-Marie Lelong

Web: http://www.


About school:
Carlepont school complex is located in Picardy, in a rural town of Carlepont, between Compiegne and Noyon (Oise). The school is a centre of community life and it cooperates with a number of cultural, sporting, charitable organisations. We have about 150 pupils aged 3 to 12 years. The socio-cultural environment is not exceptional at all (few parents speak some foreign language and only a few children have travelled outside of France), so we have decided to introduce an action plan based on digital learning, to open our school to the world and to increase its international dimension.


Education: Jean-Marie Lelong

Theme of the lecture: Carlepont Castle

Children involved in the project (5th class):

Emma Dauchez, Lucas De Cock, Cléa De Refournier, Grégoire Deforceville, Mathilde Delacourt, Lana Delval, Carla Dewilde, Adam Docoche, Laëtitia Dormegue, Matthias Foulon, Chloé Gabrysiak, Walid Lemaitre, Eden Menard, David Nogueira, Lucie Pairiad, Théo Provost-Decorbie, Pauline Rigal, Emma Seara, Romane Sempels, Arthur Vandoorn

Labels of children works:

  1. The surroundings of the castle, Laëtitia Domeque, 10 yrs.
  2. The gate in Carlepont, Carla Dewilde, 10 yrs.
  3. A large fruit cup, Emma Dautchez, 11 yrs.
  4. The gate and the golden wall, Adam Docoche, 10 yrs.
  5. Grid Castle, Lana Delval, 11 yrs.
  6. A magic lantern, Mathilde Delacourt, 10 yrs.

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Project assignment

Topic: The 100 Years of Playful Architecture

The creative part is intended for the pupil of 3th and 4th grade of elementary school, who under the supervision of their teachers co-operate with architects, historians, and preservationists. Each class participating on the project sends six pictures of chosen modern buildings to represent them at the exhibition, and prepares a multimedia profile about the modern building in their neighborhood.

Creative part:

Forms and techniques
Children can choose from the following techniques: painting, collage, drawing, printing – and use following tools: distemper, watercolour, pen-and-ink, pencil or charcoal drawing, pastel.

A3 format (297 x 420 mm). It is vital to keep this format, otherwise the artwork won’t be accepted.


Individual artworks are evaluated by the children themselves. Six best are chosen to be displayed at the school panel at the main exhibition in Mánes Gallery, after that in Bratislava, and all around the world.

Multimedia part:

To present the modern architecture of given city or region in 1–2 minute long multimedia profile (video/animation/presentation).

The individual artworks will be put on the social networks and website of the Playful Architect association.

Project specification

The Playful Architect association aims to educate children in architecture and the history of culture. Now for six years we organize the international arts & architecture project called Playful Architect, which is to familiarize these two fields to the children from Czech Republic and abroad. This year we will celebrate hundred years from the foundation of Czechoslovakian Republic. On this occasion we would like to see how the children perceive the architecture of the buildings built in this period. Modern art is very subjective. It is more subjective than classical art, which has its acknowledged masters. The children’s point of view on this matter will be more than interesting.

The aim of the project is to popularize architecture and the history of culture, to introduce children to the architecture of their city and region, and to examine and recreate the modern architecture in their neighborhood using worksheets with instructions. The chosen artworks will become a part of the 100 Years of Playful Architecture exhibition.


31st of January 2018 –  End of submitting of the applications for the projects (Application and Agreement forms)

15th of February 2018 – Sending of work sheets to registred schools

Working on the project

Possible visit of the architect, art historian etc in school. With lecture after agreement with school and organizators.

30th of May 2018 – Deadline for sending art based on the work sheets to the organizators (with Labels)

31st of May 2018 – Exhibition of the works of the past five years in the Senat PČR (only chosen schools)

10th June 2018 – Sneding of the instructions with dates of visit of the exhibition (czech schools only)

June – August 2018 – processing and preparation of the exhibition

15th of September – 10th of October 2018 – exhibition 100 years of playful architecture

18th of September – 27th of October 2018 – visits of the exhibition (czech schools only)

100 years of playful architecture

In 2018 we are going to celebrate an important anniversary; 100 years from the establishment of the Czech Republic. Hand in hand with the modern history of the state goes also the history of architecture. Their development, observed in single phases, is going surprisingly fluently, almost as one. It can be seen that a new state in the heart of Europe was able to keep itself in contact with what is happening in Europe even in the hard times. Architecture can be considered as one of the means where the effects of the history are reflected like in a mirror. The aim of the new exhibition by the Playful Architect project and the Architecture Week project is to show how diverse the Czechoslovakian architecture has been in the past 100 years. In this time a great number of breathtaking buildings has been designed and build, from representative and residential buildings to sport or culture facilities.

For the next year there are three exhibitions coming up: a specialized one called “100 Years of the Czechoslovakian Architecture”, a smaller one focused on the Czech Capital Prague called “100 Years of Prague Architecture” and then internationally conceived exhibition of children’s works with an accompanying programme for the whole family “100 Years of Playful Architecture”.

The location of the single exhibitions offers unique premises for presentation. The exhibitions will be installed in a functionalist building Mánes Union of Fine Arts, where the space will correspond with the topic of the exhibition. The Mánes Gallery is located in the city centre and is popular amongst both Czech tourists and tourists from abroad, which will be beneficial for all the partners.

Czechoslovakia is not the only state established in 1918 and as the project “the Playful Architect” is from its very beginning conceived as an international festival and this year won’t be any different; as in past years, we are going to invite children from all over the world.

The creative part is intended for the third- and fourth graders, who together with their teachers, architects, art historians or heritage care experts, will as a class prepare six pictures and a short multimedia portrait of the local modern architecture.

Six authors of the pictures will be presented on the panel of single schools, where also the concrete names of the pupils will be stated. All the children will be eventually invited to the exhibition in Prague.

There were of course a lot of buildings built during the last century; of a diverse quality, from different points in time. Through children’s eyes we will observe how they perceive modern architecture: what they appreciate, what they find positive, what they dislike. We want them to tell us which building in their town they like, which they miss and which building, in their opinion, should be torn down.

At the same time, we want to inform them about architecture: explain what the purpose of each building was or still is; why does the building look like it looks. The explanation will be given in space and time, not only on a picture; because architecture is the easiest to comprehend where it stands and lives.

The end of the fifth year of the Playful Architect

In October we ended the 5th annual of the Playful Architect festival with the Playful Temple Builders exhibition. We are already preparing a new project for you, but before we start, let us take a look at what happened during this year’s project.

Its aim was to familiarize architecture to the children in a fun way and to teach them about one of the biggest eras of our history, not by mere description of what art looked like at the time, but also by telling them what people used to wear, what their manners were like, something about their hygiene together with story about invention of perfume. To top it all off, we recounted slightly gruesome old stories of this period, because nothing helps to memorize new piece of knowledge like a scene that feels like straight out of a movie.

Of course, we explained many details about architecture as well. For example, the reason why the baroque styled architecture is so majestic, gilded and decorative. With it we said something about the importance of religion for the man of the time. Baroque was the last universal style of architecture as well as one of architectural heights. The biggest influence it had on buildings of the Church as it was its flagship in the fight for Recatholization of Europe and Christianization of America. That’s why we can see mostly churches and temples on the drawings made by the children.

During almost every tour we had debates on various topics such as: The influence of antique culture on baroque period; The name origin of one of Prague’s districts, Troja and how it is connected to the Troja Château; How is it that we can find baroque culture amongst American Natives or How did the cult of Saint John Nepomuk find its way in the depths of Amazon forest.

The children as well as we enjoyed the tour and left home full of new experience. This we can tell from all the complimentary letters sent by the schools involved.

We are currently preparing the Baroque Culture through the Eyes of the Children exhibition for foreign destinations.

For next year we are preparing a new topic “100 Years of Czechoslovakian Architecture” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and showing the its architecture from year 1918 to the present date.

The fifth annual in numbers

Turnout: 3080 visitors
The number of playful architects taking part: 351
The number of the schools taking part: 17
The number of the states taking part: 11

The Playful Architect in 2017

The Playful Architect group start its 5th annual of internationally successful art & architecture project for kids. This year is called Playful Temple Builders and so far it consists of three exhibitions with baroque theme – “Wonders of Baroque Pilsen” being held in Mariánská Týnice in June; “Baroque through the Eyes of the Children” taking place in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in August and the interactive exhibition for both children and adults in autumn in Clam-Gallas Palace named “Baroque in the Czech lands”. The part focusing on kids and adults and travelling around baroque monuments is called “The Day of Baroque Prague” and is being held on 27th of September 2017.

Before the new annual begins, to pass the time, you can watch a video from the previous year.