- About Ateneum
The artist families who moved to Tuusula had young children and felt it was important to offer them a wholesome and healthy place in which to grow. Home schooling was organised for the children, and they were encouraged to express themselves, both at school and at home. Children were naturally also needed in managing the house and garden, besides which they spent many a summer’s day sitting for a painting.
In such a large group there was always someone to be friends with. The children edited hand-written and illustrated journals, drew and played music. Of course they also went swimming, rode bicycles and skied in winter. One of their favourite pastimes was to put on theatrical performances. Plays by Aleksis Kivi and Zacharias Topelius were staged in the home theatre at Ahola. Some of the plays were directed by Saimi Järnefelt, a former theatre professional.