Young artists from Artek painted seascapes for Black Sea Day
October 31 is celebrated as International Black Sea Day. In honor of the holiday, a presentation and master class in the direction of Marinism. The children, together with the teacher, discussed the largest marine painters of the 18th-20th centuries, studied their works and painted their own seascapes.
A seascape or marina is a special genre of fine art where the main element of the picture is the sea. The term comes from the word marinus (Latin for “sea”) and was introduced into use by the Italians. Seascape as an independent type of painting was formed in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century with the advent of paintings where all the artist’s attention was paid to the elements, and ships and people acted as secondary characters.
From the presentation, the children learned that the sea became a favorite subject of depiction at the turn of the 18th-19th centuries in the era of romanticism. For romantics, the raging elements of the sea, as a rule, are contrasted with the calm land; the sea is likened to the rebellious human soul, the storm of worldly passions, personifying the eternal and incomprehensible divine principle.
We decided to celebrate Black Sea Day with an unusual master class on the theme of marine art. I’m sure the guys had a lot of new information about this direction of painting. Everyone chose a painting for inspiration, based on which they painted their landscape. Studying art is incredibly important for children. In this way we preserve the cultural heritage of our country and comprehensively develop children— said teacher of the World of Art studio Victoria Krasikova.
Future artists were interested to hear about the largest marine painters, including Ivan Aivazovsky, William Turner, Andrei Bogolyubov, Lev Lagorio. These talented craftsmen managed the impossible — using paints and brushes to convey the changing mood of the sea, to capture naval battles, melting ice, majestic sailboats and fantasy worlds.
After the presentation, the Artek students chose their favorite seascapes and tried to translate them on a sheet of paper using gouache, oil and dry pastels and watercolors. Most of the guys are close to Aivazovsky’s paintings, so his works became a real inspiration for the guys.
Photos and materials: press service of the Artek Medical Center.