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Composition by painting or essays by young art historians

Have you ever written an essay on a painting? Well, if you do not take into account those who are doing this professionally, that is, they write articles on art history, then there will probably be a lot of such ones. In high school, teachers of the Russian language and the development of speech often conduct essays on the picture – this is an important part of the curriculum, but everyone has different impressions of him. And how do you like it? For some, the composition of the picture was remembered as a boring, dreary, completely useless lesson, but for me, for example, it was the most coveted, incredibly creative and informative.

World masterpieces of fine art do not leave anyone indifferent – this has been proven many times, but how to start acquaintance with them in order to gradually penetrate, understand everything and understand their special value? Yes, the work of a teacher is not easy, but so much depends on him. Indeed, in order to teach something, it is necessary to interest, but in order to interest, it is necessary to find, find out, show and tell all only the most interesting, and one cannot do without personal excitement – the children will immediately guess the indifference, and then all efforts will be in vain.

Only a teacher who himself has extensive knowledge in this field can attach to the visual arts. For an art school teacher, such knowledge is profiling, but in general schools things are not very good with them. Judging by recent studies, graduates of Moscow Pedagogical State University, philologists, that is, future teachers, are very uncertain in this area: artists such as Plastov, Bryullov, Polenov and Tropinin, for example, are known only to 10% of students. But even for such people now there are a lot of teaching aids, including auxiliary texts, the pictures themselves for work, and plans for conversations in the lessons — there would be a desire. But the writing of an essay on the picture and the preparation for it together with the teacher help to effectively develop speech skills, creative thinking, as well as significantly expand your horizons and replenish your vocabulary.

School essays are written mainly on the basis of paintings by Russian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, since they are closest and understandable to children. For elementary grades, work is selected with a simple composition, not overloaded with details, made in a simple color scheme. For older children, they exhibit multifaceted works, complex in color, often with a historical or biblical plot, a holistic composition and with a distinctly pronounced author’s personality. You can peer into such works for hours, so as not to miss a single important detail, to characterize the artist’s skill, technique and a special creative manner. Once having written about all this, the picture will be remembered for a long time, and if they also tell something interesting about the artist, then this knowledge will not only be fragmentary, educational, but will also form the basis of the system of personal representation of art, and this is for life.

How to write an essay on a picture? At first glance, the answer is simple – to describe what you see: the plot, composition, colors, noting the “talking” details and characterizing the picture as a whole. At school, we were asked to “write” a picture in words so that anyone who had never seen could not only imagine it, but also feel the artist’s mood, the atmosphere created by him on the canvas, in a light reflection of our own emotions, and sometimes fantasies. After all, it is common for everyone to see something close in painting, though sometimes not real, but certainly mysterious and alluring. Such an essay, supplemented by a story about the artist, is almost an art history work, although educators modestly call it an essay-reasoning or an essay-description. Artistic essays of adults, highly educated people sometimes cause boredom (there are really not so many worthy), and sometimes outrage (they write it!), But for some reason they don’t publish children’s essays, it’s a pity.

Young Aivazovsky loved to play the violin, sing and draw with samovar coal on the walls of houses, and he also felt just an extraordinary passion for the sea from birth to the end of his days.

At the age of 10, he already studied drawing and painting with the great Russian artist I.E. Repin.

This work is the beginning of Serov’s fame: “In this century, they write everything heavy, nothing encouraging. I want, I want something good and I will write only something good, ”he was an innovator in this.

As a child, Savrasov earned by painting small landscapes for sale. For a long time the artist was waiting for the right moment, an explosion that would give life to his dormant inspiration. The Rooks flew in – the moment has come, a masterpiece was born, which has become a kind of symbol of Russia.

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