In general, studying art history has always been a matter of principle for me. From the earliest childhood we, together with my father, considered books on art, and especially my favorite albums were “Petrov-Vodkin's drawings” and “what color rainbow” by E. Kameneva (dictionary of artistic terms for children). Especially the latter attracted attention and strengthened the perception of great masterpieces, because for a very young age, it was ideal: colorful, unusual, interesting, demonstrated objects and objects of art and culture of different countries and peoples.
When lessons of art history appeared in my educational process, it was just some holiday! For the child who was simply adoring history lessons at school and observing nearly from the cradle modern creative art process in the person of the father who is not bad guided in the russian classical painting, though on reproductions in books and magazines, and constantly drawing, it was a long-awaited event. These two of my great loves: the history and graphic creativity, united at last in something uniform, whole. I with pleasure plunged into the cultures of an era of the Paleolith, Ancient Greece, into art of Renaissance, in large quantities looked through reproductions of pictures of the soviet artists and, of course, was interested in the modern exhibition art. To take examinations without cribs in this subject was a point of honor. Therefore such examinations for me were rather an examination in growing. I essentially learned all material, strictly and accurately formed and kept abstracts and, of course, read a lot of additional literature. Now it very much helps me with work: in pedagogical work and, of course, in creativity.
And then, one day, in the classroom with students of secondary school, during teaching practice, we 18-20-year-old students who were still afraid to work with teenagers in a large class, hesitated to speak in public, one of the students asked this question:”why do you think the leaning tower of Pisa"? The lesson that day was not led by me, but I was present at the lesson and saw how the young teacher fell into a light stupor, because I did not expect such serious questions from very young students. I remember how we, the trainees, looking at the lesson from the back desks, wrote to the confused teacher on a sheet of paper in large letters the word: “Foundation”. And she quickly oriented and was able to explain that, most likely, in this case, were not taken into account some features of the soil, and because of this Foundation led and there was a slope in the entire architectural structure. But it was a life-long lesson for all of us, because the history of art, or rather one of its episodes, was the occasion for dialogue, and we realized that on the example of one particular work it is possible to explain completely different things.
To be honest, in my classes with students, I also use these techniques, very often talk about artists, because nothing new, as a rule, in classical technology, technology, composition is not invented. And modern artists are very often based on classical examples in their work. Any new, modern ideas are born from the experience that has been formed for centuries, decades, and maybe even millennia before us. Sometimes, artists of the past inspire with color, textures, structures. Sometimes very modern, the authors give an impetus to the development of something, your personal. In this case, you, as a creator, as if entering into a discussion with the artist. Therefore, to study the works of different authors is not only interesting, but also very useful. In this regard, we often practice in our classes viewing albums, videos, reproductions of various authors-creators, as well as go with the students to the Museum, where we discuss the composition, color scheme, features of technology and techniques of different authors and apply it all in practice in the classroom and at home exercises. Sometimes whole conversations and even a collective discussion. And it's great that we all have something to talk about, except for the usual, everyday things, because art ennobles!
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