St. Petersburg, Russia
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clock-o2 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 5 more


Enjoy a fun endeavor with the entire family: paint matryoshka dolls--or Russian nesting dolls--to take home as souvenirs. Receive tips from a professional artist before setting to work on your own unique creation in the comfort of a local cafe. Savor light snacks and beverages while waiting for your doll to dry, or combine the class with an organized tour so that you can paint your dolls, go sightseeing, then return to pick up your finished works later in the day.
  • Private matryoshka-doll painting workshop
  • Paint a one-of-a-kind matryoshka-doll or Russian nesting doll from scratch
  • Received painting tips from a professional artist
  • Combine with a sightseeing tour to maximize time
  • Enjoy the personalized attention that comes from a private workshop
  • Fun for all ages
  • Take home a truly unique souvenir


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Aug 2017

This activity was one of the best experiences of my trip to Russia. I was a bit worried that painting a nesting doll would get boring after an hour or two, but the time flew by. My instructor Irina was simply incredible. She was kind, funny, and incredibly patient. I went with the intention of making a decent looking matryoshka to proudly display in my home and Irina made it possible for even one such as I with no artistic talent to make a true masterpiece. She took into account every detail and made sure I was always happy with the way my matryoshka was turning out. At no point did Irina rush me or seem impatient. In fact, she even stayed longer than the allotted time in order to allow me to create the masterpiece I wanted. All the materials were provided, including an apron to protect your clothes. The matryoshka is completely blank when you begin, so this is no coloring-in type activity. You genuinely design and paint your own matryoshka. The doll is surprisingly big. The exact size seen in the picture.
The class takes place in a side room of a local coffee shop. The space is nice and inviting, as well as the prefect place to grab a bite or something to drink while enjoying the class.
Overall, I highly recommend this activity. I had a wonderful time that I will forever recall fondly, as well as created the best piece of art that I have ever made. I did not know I had it in me until now. It would honestly be hard to not have a lovely end result with Irina's skilled guidance. Plus, I made my first Russian friend. The instructor is the sweetest person and made the whole experience easy-going and friendly. There is no more traditionally Russian activity than painting your own Russian nesting doll, and after spending two weeks in St. Petersburg, I can say that you will have a hard time finding another activity as fun and enjoyable as this.

, Aug 2016

Something to appeal to artists and non-artists alike. Our group of 5 were the only painters which made for a casual enjoyable experience where artistic expressions could flourish and others could learn about the doll tradition. There is a nice little café serving coffee and cakes attached to the studio so you can take a break while the varnish dries and enjoy some tasty treats.

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