“MAISON-MÈRE” #2 – August 23, 2022, Studying / Writing / Plastic Arts workshops with schoolchildren on the Alfortville Armenian Tradition Home.

“MAISON-MÈRE” #2 – Studying / Writing / Plastic Arts workshops with schoolchildren on 23 and 24 August Maison de la Tradition Arménienne

Cultural Summer season 2022

Armenian Cultural Home 9 Rue de Madrid, 94140 Alfortville Inexperienced Homes Alfortville 94140 Val-de-Marne Île-de-France


The start line of this artistic workshops mission, which can finish with an exhibition, is none apart from my newly printed novel “Maison-Mère” with Plon.
From the small to the large story, this story explores the structure of a home within the Paris suburbs and, piece by piece, writes the fragmented historical past of an Armenian household and, by extension, the historical past of the Armenian individuals.


The image of the home is even stronger there, because the Armenian persons are marked by the repute of their ancestors as builders in addition to the uprooting brought on by the 1915 genocide and subsequent migration.

A construction identified for its mastery in stone carving, Armenian traces in Asia Minor date again to the ninth century BC with the looks of palaces, castles, monasteries, cathedrals and different temples. Afterwards, Armenians’ connection to structure continues to be observed for hundreds of years.


Anchored within the city of Alfortville, the “Maison-Mère” mission is a collection of workshops with contributors over the course of every week.
The writing atelier and the artist’s atelier combine there.
After exploring the method of writing my guide with college students, I give a sort of “recipe”. Every pupil will accumulate the testimonies of their family members, have a look at their very own story via their very own dwelling place, on the similar time make objects and parts that may serve their story and their closing work.
The works might be exhibited on the finish of the mission and the tales will be consulted both on-line or in a small assortment.

Subsequently, the “residence” that all of us carry inside is to set off a artistic course of and evoke reminiscence from easy objects, sounds, pictures, perfumes… awakening a private reminiscence and connecting with common historical past from there.

Certainly, recollections of an entire inhabitants found via homes, methods of life, customs, language, faith… that’s, a complete intangible heritage.
It’s primarily based on testimonies and historic paperwork that would be the supplies that every of the protagonists will use to apply their literary, audio or visible story.


Essentially the most fundamental materials doable, particularly paper, pencils, felt-tip pens, ballpoint pens, scissors, glue, tape, previous magazines… but in addition reproductions of non-public pictures (in contrast to the originals, after all) and awakening witnesses of historical past. tales.


The Maison-Mère mission, an space concentrated within the southern space of ​​the town of Alfortville, totally increasing with new building, is aimed toward college students of Paul Langevin Faculty in the course of the “Open faculty”, in addition to younger guests to the Maison. de Armenian Tradition and college students of Sourp Mesrop, the French-Armenian Bilingual Faculty in Alfortville, in July, August and early September.

This exploration of the non-public heritage of everybody, from small to massive, is an excuse for introspection but in addition an exploration of the very idea of “residence”.
Reflection additionally causes one to go searching, discuss one’s personal metropolis, have a look at its historical past, discuss to 1’s environment.

The home, idealized since childhood with its smoking chimney, and repeatedly imagined or drawn with its doorways and home windows opening to the surface panorama, is a recurring motif in artwork and literature. This home that all of us carry inside, everybody can match into it in a thousand methods.
From private reminiscence to common historical past, house is an intimate and excellent household place in addition to an area for creativeness and reflection.

Subsequently, it’s this ideally suited residence that “Maison-Mère” proposes to discover from workshops the place schoolchildren might be requested to attract, paint, write and in addition collage.

It will likely be a matter of gathering objects, photographic paperwork (not originals) and testimonies from his household or kinfolk, even from the Alfortville inhabitants, at historic or institutional websites of the town, to create a dwelling historical past of him. home.
All these paperwork and testimonies might be deciphered in written and/or visible creative type. It isn’t only a matter of anchoring his personal story and his own residence within the historical past of the town, but in addition of projecting himself into this city atmosphere via all types of tales.


Every module is distributed over every week and 4 phases/workshops
Every session lasts from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 and takes place on the future exhibition venue.

-> Workshop 01:

– Introduction of my guide, studying of a number of passages.
Attainable questions. Dialogue across the artistic technique of taking the ingredient of actuality to set off a reminiscence.
Attempt to discover a extra common metropolis historical past than his private mythology.
This permits every pupil to understand that he carries inside himself a complete intangible heritage that’s ready to take creative type.
– Initiation of the survey in households.
College students go away with directions to ask their households and family members about their private heritage. For them, it is a matter of in search of totally different parts on which to base their tales: pictures, objects, testimonies, letters…

-> Workshop 02:

After gathering a number of parts reported by college students, they inform the story in writing.

Based mostly on the written story, we proceed to the manufacturing of a plastic work: collage or drawing is really helpful.
The works produced might be exhibited on the “Maison-Mère” exhibition “L’Espace 148”, 148, rue Paul Vaillant Couturier.
Exhibition of produced works
Going to a cultural place in Paris or visiting the Advantageous Arts Faculty

Begin and finish dates and instances (12 months – month – day – hour):

©Stephane Tesson