DRACUT — Marina Forbes will offer a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of matryoshka (wooden nested) doll painting.

The workshop will be held at the St. Francis Catholic Church, 115 Wheeler Road, on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. It’s open to adults, teens and families with children 6 and older. Participants will hear the story of the matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Traditional Russian painting techniques and floral and berry designs are also introduced.

It’s a great opportunity for adults and families to work together and learn about Russian crafts and culture.

The goal is to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. Students can work on seven-, five-, three- or one-piece matryoshka sets.

Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional Russian music.

For more information, contact Marina Forbes at 603-332-2255 or by email at To pre-register, call the St. Francis Catholic Church at 978-452-6611.