In my student years, I had a feeling that the teaching methods were not exactly correct and coherent. As a teacher I have always aimed at creating an integral system, a range of methods that would allow teaching drawing and painting any person regardless of age, skills and even talent.
My first finished book, “The Art School”, is a coherent system that bridges the gap that exists in teaching the beginners. It explains both basic theory and techniques that facilitate the drawing process.
My book Composition of a Picture: Theory and Exercises (English Edition) is available on Amazon now. The subject of artistic composition given in a clear and logical way – it is really useful. This theory is unknown outside Russia and English translation helps to improve the situation. When many years ago I started teaching fine arts, I discovered some controversial statements in a traditional approach to the subject of composition. And the main flow was mixing up such terms as depicted object and element of composition. This eventually led me to the necessity of formulating a clear and practically applicable theory of composition. Publishing this book, I want to share the results of my research with everyone who is interested in fine arts. The book also includes practice tasks.
“Imitating and Interpreting” is another system I worked out. It’s based on two processes key to drawing and painting, the perception process and that of interpreting, and it has the corresponding structure. The section “Imitating” is rather a way to enwrap a student in the process than teaching itself. It’s elaborated to help a person to get the skills necessary for actually learning to draw and paint. “Interpreting” course let a student get a personal way to render nature. It deals with composition, nature analysis, fine art techniques and, of course, the creation itself.
I also wrote a course on Developing Drawing for kids 5-10 years old. I believe that perception doesn’t shape before a child is 10 years old. That’s why seriously it is only possible to teach drawing and painting those who are over 11. Developing Drawing mainly aims at exercising attention, diligence, and acumen. At the same time, children get familiar with certain drawing and painting techniques. But the accuracy of the result, the matching of a child’s drawing to the example is never assessed. The most important thing is to help a child discover something new in familiar, get a wider view and learn the potential of colors and techniques.
As the product of my teaching experience all these methods are tested in practice and proven to give fast results.
Developing Drawing for parents
Comics Drawing Classes at Archpoint Kids
Human figure sketching
Plein air in Moscow
Portrait drawing classes
Working with Conte sketching pencils
The first drop-in drawing class for children ages 5-10
Drawing classes for children