Students practicing colors

Today our STARTALK Russian Intermediate instructor, Irina Pidberejna, gave a fantastic presentation on traditional Russian painting styles, and led a workshop where students emulated these styles in their own art. Some of the styles included in the presentation are Гжель (Gzhel) and Мезенская Роспись (Mezen Ornament).

Мезенская Роспись

Мезенская Роспись originated at the end of 19th century in villages around the river Mezen. It is characterized by only red, black, and white colors, while also featuring deer, horses, and geometrical patterns.

Гжель ornament

The traditional Gzhel art style originated in the 17th century in Gzhel village. It is characterized by swathes of beautiful blue flowers and other shapes on white porcelain.

These are only a couple examples of the many styles that were shown and discussed. After the presentations, students took a shot at recreating these traditional styles in their own way. Let’s take a look at some of their creations:

Which is your favorite design? Let us know in the comments!