Thanks so much for all the information about the Russian academy- it's so difficult to research academies when there is a language barrier. I'm really interested in starting the prep year in October but I still have a few questions if anyone could help me out?
I've already got a degree in fine art from Australia, so I basically just want to refine my drawing & painting skills because my degree failed to teach me much on the practical/technical side! So, I would like to do the prep year but I'm not sure if I can afford the whole year - is it possible to enrol for 6mths, then if my money situation is going ok (it all depends on living expenses over there), enrol for the 2nd half of the prep year?
Also, If I finish the prep year & get accepted into the academy, could I defer doing the course for a year or 2 so that I could work back home to get the funds together?
I've been trying to research living expenses in St Petersburg & have come to an estimate of $500/month to get by very basically - does this seem reasonable or am I way off base with that guess?!
Also, not much has been said on the Russian language classes. I don't speak a word of Russian (I will try to work on that before I go!) so do the language lessons start at the very basics & how difficult are they? 3 hours a day is a lot of Russian when my main concern is to learn art skills.
I read through the blog that you suggested Lena (James Sondow blog "Stranger in a Strange Land") - thank you that was a good insight into life there. But it led me to believe that because the class sizes are so big, you don't really get much 1 to 1 time with the teachers - is that true?
I'm pretty nervous about the prospect of going to Russia by myself so if there is anyone else who is considering it, it would be great to talk to someone else about it so feel free to send me an email! I'd be interested in sharing accommodation options too.
It's been year(s) since my last visit to this unique forum (i don't flatter, we all know it's true)...
I've been reading, but I didn't have time to participate.
I'll try to answer at least some questions now.
1. Summer Academy
This year they provided a person who doesn't speak English, all communication was done thanks to Google translator.
They plan to run this program every year, in June and July. For all Summer Academy questions you can try to contact Olga Ivanova, email@example.com
2. Prep Courses
I don't plan helping with this any longer. Being a volunteer is a good thing... during retirement. I'm not there yet.
Besides, director of this program (Ivan Aratiunyan) has made a big scandal last year, probably didn't like to feel any competition (as he was seeing the Summer School - even after several students have joined Prep Program THANKS to the Summer Academy where they studied for a month).
Anyway, we don't communicate with each other any longer, and I find this to be more a positive than negative news.
During the scandal he was screaming at me, finally asked to NEVER tell anyone about the Prep Program again. When I asked him to kindly let me know where to refer all those students who're asking me questions about the Prep Program, he replied - "Tell them to contact me!"
I just want to remind you that he doesn't speak English, and if he receives letters in English he asks his daughter to translate them for him. Anyway, as I've been asked, I'm providing here his direct contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +7 812 323-2963.
I've also spoke a couple of times with a girl who's receiving all e-mail sent to the main e-mail address listed on the Repin Institute website: email@example.com. Her name is Dasha. It doesn't mean she reads all hundreds of letters they receive daily on that e-mail address (and eventually it doesn't mean she answers them!), but she receives them all, all right...
And yes, their International Department still doesn't have any person who speaks English (please, don't ask me "why"... it's pointless).
The Academy stays very firm on a very unique position: "If YOU want to be here, it's YOUR problem".
Do I still think it's the best school to study academic drawing and painting? Yes, I do - I truly believe this place has the best art teachers in the world. About the rest - I better keep silent.
3. New book!!
Of course, I also have my little selfish interest for visiting this thread.
We've just published a new book and we're really thrilled about it!
It's called "Drawing Samples for Copying. Figure".
It's just been released, we received the very first copies yesterday!!
It has 132 pages filled with academic drawings of our students who studied in Russian Academy in 18-19 centuries.
155 illustrations of big format, with many close-ups... breathtaking!
For ConceptArt members a special discount coupon -10% !! Coupon code: CONCEPTART (obviously!)
(valid until the end of October)
Here are some samples, but you can see the whole e-book in the ISSUU library:
Dear Book Guru, I'm so happy to see you post here again.. in the last year I've been waiting for your answers.. still waiting for them.
I think everybody who interested in Russian art should be so thankful for your huge efforts to let people know about the academy and Russian art in general, doesn't matter wether the directors like it or not.. art students are in very need for a person like you.. and I admire your love and loyalty for you homeland art. Russian art (specially Russian Academy) deserve to be teach and study in all art establishments around the world.
Please if you have time answer my questions if still have them.. anyway I'll post them again for you as soon as I can.
welcome back again, hope you'll bring life again for this thread.