MIL-OSI Russia: The road to the profession: which art schools in Moscow study architecture


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October 2, 2021 11:01 am

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Pupils of art schools will be able to participate in the competition “Children’s architectural and artistic creativity”, which will be held from 1 to 3 October in Gostiny Dvor.

Architect’s Day is celebrated in Russia on the first Monday in October. This year’s celebration date will be October 4th.

The path to the profession begins with an education at an art school. Education under the “Architecture” program is based on the best traditions of Russian culture and includes innovative technologies used in higher architectural education.

In Moscow, you can study in the direction of “Architecture” in several institutions of additional education. Among them are the Children’s Art School “Start” and the Children’s Art School named after V.F. Stozharova, giving pre-professional training.

Start in the profession

The children’s art school “Start” with an architectural and artistic profile was established in 1982 as an architectural studio at the Union of Architects of the RSFSR. In 1993, thanks to a unique program developed, the studio received the status of a state school under the Department of Culture of the Central Administrative District of Moscow and the Moscow Department of Culture.

During its existence, the school has graduated about three thousand students, of which the overwhelming majority (about 80 percent) became students of the Moscow Architectural Institute (MARHI) and other specialized universities. Many graduates entered educational institutions in London, Edinburgh, Boston, Marseille, Weimar and Milan.

Today the school “Start” is a center of professional excellence in the direction of “architecture” of the Directorate of educational programs in the field of culture and art of urban Department of Cultureand also a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (cooperation is carried out within the framework of the Cultural Heritage of Russia program).

The school teachers have developed an original innovative program, which became a laureate of the out-of-school education programs of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. Among the teachers of the school are candidates of architecture and art history, artists, members of the Union of Architects of Russia, members of the Union of Moscow Architects and Designers, members of the International Union of Architects, honored cultural workers of the country.

Keeping traditions

The teaching staff of the V.F. Stozharova consists of honored artists and young teachers who were able to preserve the traditions of Russian classical painting. Today, they provide in-depth knowledge of academic drawing, painting, composition, sculpture, history of fine arts and the basics of architecture and design.

More than 60 percent of the school’s graduates have become professional artists. Many, having received further education, now successfully work as theater and film artists, designers, architects, fashion designers, restorers, icon painters, monumentalists, work in book graphics, in museums, and not only in Russia, but also in the USA, Germany, Italy.

Pupils take an active part in competitions and festivals of various levels – from school to international, becoming laureates and winners.

Additional art education

Among educational institutions with a department of paid additional education in the direction of “Architecture” is the children’s art school named after I.F. Stravinsky and Timiryazevskaya children’s art school.

Program “Architectural Creativity” of the Children’s Art School named after I.F. Stravinsky aims to develop creative thinking. Mastering it, students receive primary knowledge about the types and principles of architectural creativity and composition, about the methods of depicting architectural objects. In addition, they hone the skills of academic architectural drawing, architectural graphics, drafting and prototyping, independent creative work, learn to create imaginative solutions in projects and drawings, as well as their own architectural projects.

In the Timiryazevskaya children’s art school, within the framework of the pre-professional program “Architecture”, one can acquire knowledge and skills in the field of design and fine arts. In the curriculum – architectural and artistic creativity, design and prototyping, drawing and painting, art history and plein air. Such a comprehensive education allows you to form the necessary knowledge and skills in the field of architecture and related fields of art.

About competitions and exhibitions

The XXIX International Architectural Festival “Zodchestvo-2021” will be held from October 1 to October 3 at Gostiny Dvor. It was timed to coincide with the World Architecture Day, as well as the Year of Architecture and Urban Planning in the CIS.

Within the framework of the festival, there will be a competition “Children’s architectural and artistic creativity”, it will be organized by the Children’s Art School “Start”. More than 120 Russian schools will take part in it, present more than 350 projects. The works will be evaluated in two nominations: “The best architectural project” and “The best layout or video about a creative project, action, performance”.

It will be possible to see the entries online during the festival.

The winners will receive awards and diplomas – the “Golden Sign” and “Silver Sign” awards, a diploma of a laureate of the “Zodchestvo-2021” festival and a diploma from the Union of Architects of Russia.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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