Art Evaluation Criteria

Children's creativity
Thinking about the future of their child, all parents make plans and want their children to grow up as geniuses. And, of course, all possible efforts are made to implement…

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Paintings with bridges
The bridge, a sacred symbol of change and transition from one state to another, has invariably attracted the attention of artists of all times and peoples. In the history of…

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Portraiture from a photograph
Any interaction often also involves mutual use. If a photograph initially perceived such pictorial structures as a composition and a system of genres, so that “the first person who saw…

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Landscape poetry

My art history lessons are different. I give lectures to adults, and I try to talk more with children, play, cause “co-creation” in them. Especially exciting for both parties are classes on the landscape genre. The first lesson in landscape among first-graders (first-graders 10-11 years old at an art school) takes place traditionally – first you need to get acquainted with the features of the genre, its varieties, with the most famous Russian landscape painters. The real sensual education begins in the next lesson, which I have called “Landscape Poetry.” Examining landscape paintings, we will now try to poetically comprehend the image. Children themselves note that poets dedicate a lot of verses to nature, recall Lermontov, Pushkin, Tyutchev. For me, this is a very suitable moment when I can bring my students to an understanding of the proximity of painting and poetry.

It is known that the arts do not delineate their boundaries and do not reject kinship. The art of image, the art of words, music, like the smokes of three bonfires, combining, intertwine in a single space and participate in a common sacrament – the poetic development of the world. I would like the children to feel this deep connection as soon as possible. This would mean making their spiritual life more complex, filling it with associations, without which true creativity is impossible. Continue reading

Art Evaluation Criteria

The term “art”, the definition of “art” can be attributed to a variety of objects – from prehistoric drawings on stones and ceramics to rubble household and industrial rubbish in art galleries. But although music, theater, ballet and literature are also referred to the field of art, most often this term implies visual art, and primarily painting.
For centuries, people have been trying to understand what art is. Artists and art historians fought and argued, holding various opinions. (The French artist Manet so diverged his views with one of the critics that he challenged him to a duel.) There are many controversial questions, but no, and there will never be any definite, intelligible answers. Everyone has their own tastes and opinions – and only you can choose what you like best.
For some, art should be, first of all, beautiful, for others – realistic, third more important is whether it conveys a mood or feeling. There are so many diverse paintings in the world: some differ in almost photographic accuracy, others are much more schematic, but they convey the mood very accurately … Continue reading

Pictures of an Elusive World – Ukiyo-e

Identity is a key feature of Japanese ukiyo-e engravings. Having no analogies in the art of other countries of the Far East, this system formed the basis for the formation of not only the culture of Japan itself, but also influenced the historical course and formation of the whole world culture.

For almost two centuries (XVII – XIX centuries), dating back to the Edo era, Ukiyo-e existed, originating in the bowels of urban culture and going a long and interesting way, captured by masters of Japanese engraving creating their paintings at different periods.

Hisikawa Moronobu (1618-1694) is considered the founder of the ukiyo-e engraving. He was the first to create not only book illustrations, but also easel works. By signing each and treating them as true works of art, Moronobu was a huge success. His art, the work of his students and younger contemporaries (Torii Kiyonobu and Kaygetsudo Ando) determined the style of the early engraving of ukiyo-e. The main genres that formed during this period were bidzing and yakusha-e. Continue reading

Children’s creativity

Thinking about the future of their child, all parents make plans and want their children to grow up as geniuses. And, of course, all possible efforts are made to implement the plan. Many times I witnessed how mothers boasted to each other what genius children they had. “Here my daughter is only a year and a half, and she can count to five!” “Ah, and my little son will turn four next month, and we have already learned all the letters and will soon learn the multiplication table!”

Yes, their little babies are undoubtedly clever, but it is unlikely that the mothers of these children, like many other parents, understand that at this age the child first needs to develop his abilities, creative potential, so that the personality of the child, his “I”. For him now it is much more important than the ability to count and read.

Children’s creativity The simplest and most affordable way to develop children’s abilities is creativity. Continue reading


Aphrodite or Venus is the goddess of love. Her name has become synonymous with Love and Beauty, and to this day, artists embody in them their idea of ​​Beauty.

In ancient myths, the image of Aphrodite is not so romantic. According to one of the earliest versions, it came from the blood of Uranus rounded by Cronus, which fell into the sea and formed foam. In this myth, the first principle of Aphrodite is traced, not so much the goddess of love, as the patroness of procreation, the sea, eternal spring and life, giving abundance. She is much more ancient than the god-ruler Zeus, she is the bearer of life. At the same time, Erinia and giants appeared from the blood of Uranus, personifying the terrible impulses of the unconscious.
Sculpture of the 5th century BC. depicts not a flirtatious and capricious woman, but a powerful goddess with an almost male figure, in whose image the features of the Great Mother are still preserved. She does not have a mirror in her hand, an attribute of a getter, but a bouquet of flowers, in accordance with her epithets “sacred garden”, “Aphrodite in stems”. Continue reading

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Monet Claude Oscar
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