From 16 to 20 May 2022, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey is organizing a series of workshops dedicated to the traditional Turkish Ibero art. The meetings will be led by Suna Selma Kochal, a well-known Turkish artist dealing with Ebru art, calligraphy and miniature.
Ebru is a traditional Turkish art of decorating paper or silk with paints spread over the surface of properly prepared water. The painting technology consists in applying various colored natural paints to the surface of the water, which gradually dissolve in regular circles. Then, with the help of special pens, the paints are spread out, progressing one to another, creating various patterns – landscapes, flowers or figures. Finally, paper or silk is placed on the surface of the water, where amazing and unique images are created.
During a visit to Warsaw, famous Turkish artist Ebru Sona Koçal will meet students with special educational needs and refugee children. He will also conduct classes at the Turkish Embassy, Yunus Emre Institute, British School and Warsaw University. During these workshops, he will present 600 years of Ebro art history, culture and technology. Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at this unique area of traditional Turkish art.
Workshop program on May 16-20, 2022:
16.05.2022 – 10:30 – Workshops for children with special educational needs in the primary school “Przygłek” of the Lepszy Start Foundation
Address: Special Primary School for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders “Przygłek”, ul. Radości 2, 05-808 Parzniew
17/05/2022 – 17:00 – Workshops at Yunus Emre Institute
Address: Yunus Emre Institute, Al. Jerozolimskie 55/3, 00-697 Warsaw,
05/18/2022 – 10:00 – Workshops for spouses of heads of diplomatic missions
Address: Turkish Embassy, Mujahideen. Rakowiecka 19, 02-517 Warsaw
05/19/2022 – 10:30 – Workshops for refugee children at Ptak Humanitarian Aid Center
Address: Batak Humanitarian Aid Centre, Alija Katwika 62, 05-830, Naderzin
About the artist:
Suna Selma Koçal started her art adventure under the supervision of artists dealing with various branches of traditional Turkish art. She studied, among others from the miniature painter Gulbon Misara, the master of art Ebru Hikmet Baruchogil, the painter and miniaturist Nusrat Kolpan, the painter and calligrapher Atem Chalishkan. Her work is now displayed in exhibitions all over the world. You can enjoy it, among others, in the Museum of Art in Tonami (Japan), the Father of the Rose Museum (Gul Baba) in Budapest (Hungary) and the Mevlana Museum in Konya (Turkey – Turkey). She is also one of the founders of the traditional Turkish art studio “Yalova Nakishanesi”.
In addition, the artist organizes remedial classes in the form of Ebro painting workshops for people with intellectual disabilities (including Down syndrome), orphans, drug addicts and the condemned. In 2018, she conducted workshops in a refugee camp in Midyat, eastern Turkey (Turkey). He also creates documentaries on Turkish arts and crafts.
Sona Kuchal has dedicated her career to promoting Ebru art with many amazing projects. Together with a team of artists in Gaziantep, she created the largest artwork in the world using the Ebro technique, with an area of approximately 77 m2. She has been honored several times for her achievements. Since 2010, Sona Kuchal has also been teaching Ebru painting, and in 2014 she was one of the main initiators of the inclusion of Ebru art in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Warsaw (ul. Rakowiecka 19) Warmly invites all media representatives to a meeting during the workshop for spouses of heads of diplomatic missions on May 18, 2022, at 10:00 with an exhibition of the artist’s works and a snack.
If you are interested, please confirm your arrival at the following email address or by phone: