Next Saturday, on 15 July, the first Moscow Plein Air event will take place in the capital. Sixty-three cultural centres will organise free open-air painting sessions that will be available to more than one thousand people.
The summer plein air painting lessons are dedicated to Ivan Aivazovsky whose 200th birthday is celebrated this year.
Throughout the day, participants will be painting marine landscapes under professional artists’ tutelage. They will use graphite, gouache, watercolours and even sand. Easels, canvases, paints and overalls will be distributed free of charge.
“We are inviting Muscovites to take part in the big city plein air painting day. Painting is one of the most popular activities at Moscow’s cultural centres, both with children and adults alike,” Pavel Khlopin, First Deputy Head of the Directorate for Cultural Centre Development, noted. “Plein air painting is an exciting event for any painting enthusiast. It is a gathering for professional artists, students and teachers as well as for anyone interested in art.”
No registration is required. Participants can pick a place and just show up for the lesson. Painters of all levels can participate.
A full list of classes is available on the website of the Directorate for Cultural Centre Development and on the website of local cultural centres.
For example, the Stimul Cultural Centre will hold a watercolour workshop in central Moscow near the Kalitnikovsky Pond between 2 pm and 5 pm. Those who want to paint the Moskva River should go to Muzeon Park where the Nagorny Cultural Centre will have a session between 4 pm and 7 pm.
In northern Moscow, the Onezhsky Cultural Centre will organise a plein air painting lesson in Druzhba Park. A professional instructor will show how to develop a composition, create a perspective, work with light and shade, and will talk about various techniques and styles in fine arts and crafts.
At Dubki Park (Northern Administrative Area), the Nega Culture and Arts Centre will hold a sand drawing lesson between 5 pm and 6.30 pm. Every participant can recreate a famous Aivazovsky painting.
Sketching, a quick and loosely drawn technique, will be taught to participants of the class by the Orekhovo Club (Southern Administrative Area). Participants will mix techniques and use gouache and felt tips, watercolours and pastels, various shades of paper and gouache. The lesson will begin at 12 pm in Brateyevsky Cascade Park (25 Borisovskiye Prudy Street).
During the session at the ZIL Cultural Centre, participants will paint out on the rooftop. Between 12 pm and 4 pm, they will sketch the Moskva River under the instruction of an experienced artist and, of course, enjoy the city panorama.
Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) is a world-famous Russian marine artist. His exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery last year was incredibly popular.
The Moscow Plein Air is part of the Cultural Summer city recreational programme. During the three summer months, children and teenagers can play outside under the supervision of teachers, conduct scientific experiments and make their own films, right here in Moscow. More than 1,500 studios and workshops opened at organisations of the Moscow Department of Culture.