Children’s Department

“We are igniting children’s interest in creative joy, realising their own ideas, and keeping their creative fantasy even to the level of self-criticism!”

Mikuláš Galanda


Josef Vydra set the foundations of the Children’s Department together with Janko Alexy and Ľudovít Fulla already in the year 1929, so at the time when the School only functioned in the form of evening courses. After Janko Alexy’s departure from the School in 1930, Mikuláš Galanda took the position of the leader. The Courses for Children were designated for children from 8 to 14 years old; they were mostly talented pupils from the outskirts of the city. The primary target of art education at the School was to encourage talented youth and to prepare them for vocational and art-industry schools — the emphasis on creative work with various materials and learning basic art techniques followed from it. According to a child’s individual focus, the Children’s Department at the School offered multiple types of courses. Mikuláš Galanda’s Drawing Course focused on linear drawing and colour pictures; in Ľudovít Fulla’s Painting Course, pupils learned primarily about planar composition, glueing, and montage; Julia Horová’s Ceramics Courses included clay modelling and ceramics. Children interested in textile could visit courses of weaving, knitting, and felting by František Malý. In 1937 the offer also broadened with Woodworking led by Ferdinand Hrozinka. Exceptionally talented children could attend several courses at the same time and develop their talent in various aspects.

Klára Prešnajderová

“We are igniting children’s interest in creative joy, realising their own ideas, and keeping their creative fantasy even to the level of self-criticism!”

Mikuláš Galanda


Josef Vydra set the foundations of the Children’s Department together with Janko Alexy and Ľudovít Fulla already in the year 1929, so at the time when the School only functioned in the form of evening courses. After Janko Alexy’s departure from the School in 1930, Mikuláš Galanda took the position of the leader. The Courses for Children were designated for children from 8 to 14 years old; they were mostly talented pupils from the outskirts of the city. The primary target of art education at the School was to encourage talented youth and to prepare them for vocational and art-industry schools — the emphasis on creative work with various materials and learning basic art techniques followed from it. According to a child’s individual focus, the Children’s Department at the School offered multiple types of courses. Mikuláš Galanda’s Drawing Course focused on linear drawing and colour pictures; in Ľudovít Fulla’s Painting Course, pupils learned primarily about planar composition, glueing, and montage; Julia Horová’s Ceramics Courses included clay modelling and ceramics. Children interested in textile could visit ...

Drawings from the Úsmev magazine

Drawings from the Úsmev...

Child’s work from the Department for Art of Children and Youth. Ľudovít Fulla’s Course

Child’s work from the...

František Malý at preparing works of the Children’s Department for the exhibition of Young Slovakia in Uměleckoprůmyslové museum v Praze

František Malý at preparing works of the Children’s...

Children’s works from the Department for Art of Children and Youth. Ľudovít Fulla’s Course

Children’s works from...

Children’s works from the Department for Art of Children and Youth. František Malý’s Course

Children’s works from...