An international symposium of plein air painting kicked off at Armenian State Pedagogical University on May 1. The symposium entitled “Plein air Armenia -2016” is organized by the Chair of Fine Arts and will continue until May 10.
The event has brought together 16 renowned artists from six countries who will participate in discussions and debates on various issues, share and exchange experience and conduct master classes.
Welcoming the guests, ASPU Rector Ruben Mirzakhanyan said ‘though Armenia is known as the sunniest spot the guests have brought with them more sunshine.’
“The sun is necessary for you to see the natural beauty of our country in its totality. I am sure that during your stay in Armenia you will get positive impressions and experience, which will boost your creativity and efficiency,” Mr Mirzakhanyan said. At the same time, he expressed hope that the international symposium would become traditional and would be held every year.
“You are hosted by a young republic that has centuries-old history,” said Professor Paravon Mirzoyan, who heads the Chair of Fine Arts. He assured everyone that the international plein air symposium was an unprecedented, yet important event in the system of Armenian higher education.
The Professor stressed that by participating in the symposium the best artists of the sphere will help ASPU students to better master the secrets of painting, give them professional advice and tips and introduce their national culture to others.
“Even in the most difficult times for our country, Armenian people are ready to welcome others and fascinate them with their culture,” Paravon Mirzoyan said introducing the agenda of plein air symposium. He added that the paintings will first be exhibited at the National Gallery of Armenia and then at the ASPU Museum.
Polish-Armenian painter Gagik Parsamian conveyed his admiration and gratitude to the participants, saying they had been trying to organize the symposium, specifically in Armenia for three years. The painter, who has participated in numerous plein air events, says similar initiatives greatly increase interest in the country, increasing its popularity.
The students were especially delighted by the present of Olga Sinko, who arrived in Armenia from England to participate in the symposium. At her invitation, one of the best graduates of the Faculty of Art Education will travel to England for 10 days and visit different exhibitions there.
The 10-day symposium aims to introduce the invitees with the education system, structure and activities of the Armenian university, deepen and develop educational and cultural ties with different countries.
On the sidelines of the event, the guests will also visit historic and cultural sites in Armenia to get acquainted with the country and get a closer look at the source of inspiration of Armenian artists. They will also paint with students of the Faculty of Art Education – future arts teachers, get familiar with the education process, conditions at studios and the level of students’ involvement in the new education system.
The symposium will end with a final exhibition at the National Gallery of Armenia. Each painter will donate one of his/her best paintings to the ASPU.