My lessons in art history are different. I give lectures to adults, and I try to talk more with the children, to play, to bring about “co-creation” in them. Especially fascinating for both parties are classes devoted to the landscape genre. The first lesson in landscape for first-graders (in an art school for first-graders 10-11 years old) is traditionally held – first you need to get acquainted with the features of the genre, its varieties, with the most famous Russian landscape painters. The real upbringing of feelings begins in the next lesson, which I call “The Poetry of Landscape”. Considering the landscape paintings, we will now try to poetically interpret the image. Continue reading
The term “art”, the definition of “art” can be attributed to a variety of objects – from prehistoric drawings on stones and ceramics to the rubble of household and industrial trash in art galleries. But although the field of art also includes music, theater, ballet and literature, most often this term implies visual art, and first of all painting.
For centuries, people have tried to understand what art is. Artists and art historians fought and argued, adhering to very different opinions. (The French artist Manet was so much at odds with one of the critics that he challenged him to a duel.) Continue reading