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    We didn't see any images lately.

    I'd like to introduce a book that is now available in our online store.

    Preparation Courses Teaching Aid

    The album presents works made at Prep Courses of the Academy of Art by both Russian and foreign students.
    Presented in two languages, Russian and English.

    It covers 10 chapters, 228 pages, 190 color illustrations.

    Contents:
    - Plaster Cast Head Drawing
    - Portrait Drawing
    - Figure (nude) Drawing
    - Interior Drawing
    - Architectural Composition Drawing
    - Still-life Painting (oil and watercolor)
    - Portrait Painting
    - Figure (nude) Painting
    - Composition
    - Sculpture

    More images are here...

    (Btw, we also have Bammes in Russian!)

    Also, within this month I'll be posting photos taken during diploma defense and exhibition.
    And, of course, some nice pics from exams.

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    There was a sign on the Academy building, “Free Arts”. “What’s that?”, we asked our professor. – “That’s to be able to create anything, but to create what you want to.”
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    Awesome, I would love to get this book. Any plans for a PDF version? Can't really afford 100+shipping.

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    Threecharles,

    This will be a violation of copyright law.

    The book was published in 2010 by the Academy, it's not our own publication.
    In any case, we don't provide a PDF version of our art albums either.
    Of course, there is always a possibility to see low resolution images but I'm sure it's not what you're interested in.

    The book's price is really high, I know that.
    But the printing cost was very high as well. It was printed in Finland, there was different paper used for pages with drawings and the ones with paintings.
    It's not very cheap to produce smth like that.
    And there were only 1,000 copies printed.

    Sorry that I can't be any more helpful than that.

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    Book Guru,
    Will the Fundamentals of Painting book be available in English, either as a PDF or in book form when it is released in the fall?
    Thanks!

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    Goldenpineapple,

    Probably yes. As we always print our books in Russian first (for the local market), the English version wont' be available too soon.
    But eventually yes, we plan to have it printed in English and provide a PDF file until it's released (the same as we do with our Fundamentals of Drawing book.)

    You can have a preview of this new teaching aid in our Catalog.

    Also, I'll post some samples from this new teaching aid right here.

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    An announcement for those who applied for Prep Courses:

    Your studies begin OCTOBER 10th

    So please stop worrying about your invitations and visa - plan your arrival on the date stated in your visa (October 5th, 6th, etc).

    October 10 is Monday, this is the day when you officially enter the Academy for your Prep Courses.
    Before that you'll have about 2-3 days for all the necessary paperwork, for your settling, etc.

    I've mentioned this many times, but I'll write this again so you stop worrying:

    - You have your tourist visa valid for 3 months after your arrival.
    - You'll have your evaluation exam October 10 or the next day.
    - You'll have your tourist visa being exchanged for a one year student visa during October-November.


    One last time I want to remind:

    If you want to save at least 2,200 euro per year - study Russian!
    If by arrival your verbal level of Russian is appropriate (also evaluated on 10th), you'll pay only 3,800 euro.

    In case you plan studying Russian here, please be ready for a really heavy schedule - several hours of art studies and then several hours of Russian language - EVERY DAY.

    My next letter is about (yes, you've been waiting for too long) - your RENTAL.
    Until soon.

    B.G. (Kat)

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    RENTAL in St.Pete

    Frankly, I didn't know the rental question will be the most difficult one.

    If I didn't care, I'll just send you to a couple of websites, which you can easily locate yourself (you can use Russian versions of Google, Yahooo, etc; or you can use Russian search engine Yandex.ru, but Google seems to be the most popular all over the world).

    Try "apartment rental, Petersburg" - you'll have plenty of options. In both Russian and English.

    BUT!!!

    I still suggest renting an apartment for one month only (the ones "pay per day"), which will be more expensive, but probably the most logical choice.
    Then, while living there, find a long-term apartment.

    I'm only suggesting this because of my personal preference. I think you'll have a much better chance renting a long-term apartment while being here, because no pictures or verbal descriptions can really give you a clear idea what to expect when you arrive there.

    By local rules, if you use a rental agency, it's YOU who pays the commissions.
    Often, it looks like this:
    Let's say an apartment cost is 30,000.
    So you pay:
    - Your monthly fee = 30,000.
    - A "security deposit" or "last month rental" = 30,000.
    - Commissions to the agency will be the same amount = 30,000.
    Total: 90,000 (which is about $3,215.00!!)
    Are you sure you can afford it right away? Don't forget, you need to pay for your studies at least half tuition, which is 3,000 euro.
    Too much money for your first week in Russia, I guess.

    And it's not very easy to find an apartment without an agent or without being physically here (checking local papers, websites, etc).

    At the same time, landlords of some "pay per day" apartments don't ask for any security deposit, and even if they do - it's usually returned at the end of your rental.

    The bottom line is - it's your choice, but I just want to use some valid arguments to make you think twice (or at least be careful!) when renting smth here while being abroad.

    Btw, you don't have to rend "pay per day" apartments for the whole month. You can rent it for 2 or 3 weeks, etc. They're fully furnished, with all necessary supplies, often including a washing machine.

    When searching for an apartment, you need smth saying "Vasilievsky Island".
    In Russian it's called Василиевский остров, or Василеостровский район, or most locals (including post offices and businesses) write only abbreviation: В.О. (V.O.)
    Your closest metro station is "Vasileostrovskaya" / Василеостровская (one year later you'll pronounce this without any problem!).
    There is also another metro station, it's a bit further, but it's also located on the island - Primorskaya / Приморская.

    The Academy is located at this address: 17 University Embankment (Университетская наб., дом 17) - search Google maps to start feeling comfortable in the area.

    The good part is that this island was planned by Peter the Great, who liked straight lines. I adore him for this. So the whole island goes in parallels, meaning "straight, back, left, right". No circles, no even curves.

    What's unusual is that we're probably the only city in the world that has two names for the same street!
    Actually, they're not even "names", they're numbers, but still...
    Imagine if you had in NYC 74th Street on one side of the street and 75th Street - on another side! You think it's strange? This is how it goes here. And there is a reason for that. A historical one. I'll tell you later the story - if you're interested.

    I'm writing this so you won't get confused with the map while trying to figure out why the same street has two different titles.

    Here are the links:

    English (I don't know these companies, they're all agencies thus charging high fees. But at least it will give you an idea what to look for.)

    - http://www.saint-petersburg.com/apartments/index.asp

    - http://www.apartment-rentals-russia.com

    - http://www.cityrealtyrussia.com

    - http://petersburg-apartment.com/

    - http://www.saint-petersburg-apartments.com

    Russian (I know one company, was personally renting an apartment from one of them for two weeks. Good experience.)

    - http://sutkiarenda.ru/1-kom/mn-27 (all apartments on this page are located in V.O.)

    - http://sytki812.ru/ (they're owners, not agents)

    - http://www.2spb.ru (Agency, prices are high, but there is always a chance for a bargain if you tell them you'll be staying 2 weeks or longer)

    The prices per day are definitely much higher than for a long term.
    But again, check the math - what is less expensive and more logical - to pay 90,000 rubles for the place you're not sure about or to pay 2,500 rubles/day for about 2 weeks while settling down and searching for a good apartment?

    When working with agents, ask at the very beginning about their calculation:
    - security deposit?
    - agency fees?
    - any other hidden fees?
    If too much money is involved, go to another agency, there are plenty of them.

    Also, when checking prices - keep in mind that now is July - the heaviest tourist season.
    You'll be renting from October - starting a low rental season. I'm sure that some owners will be happy to know their places will be taken during October/November - when there are not so many requests for apartments.

    One last thing to mention.
    If they offer ANY kind of so-called "visa support" - REFUSE!
    You're completely covered by the Academy, and it's FREE.
    After your paperwork is complete, your official residency will be stated as "17 University Embankment" (Which is the Academy address).

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    Threecharles and others,

    In case you're still interested in the Prep Courses album, the price has decreased by 15%.

    Now it's 2380 rubles, which is about $85.00.
    Not so cheap yet, of course, but it presents the material you can't find anywhere else.

    And in case you're interested to see how the preparation for exams is going on, here is the link to some photos.
    All the works that can be seen on those pics (mostly presented on the floor) are of those students who were rejected, not even allowed to take entrance exams.

    (Please, don't confuse those rejected works with the ones on the walls - those are students' works by now famous artists... Guess which one was made by Nikolay Blokhin? )

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    For those who've applied for Prep Courses.

    As of today, here is the list of countries and amount of students who've been accepted (in alphabetical order):

    Denmark - 3
    Norway - 1
    Taiwan - 1
    Thailand - 1
    Singapore - 1
    Sweden - 2
    USA - 3


    The total is 12 students.
    There are many Chinese students, but they'll have their own group. As of today, there are about 40 Chinese students.

    There were several rejected portfolios, but all those who've send their portfolios to me - were accepted. I'm proud of you!!

    Actually, I was under an impression that as long as you pay money they go easy on you.
    Well... there was a guy from France, he was 100% sure he'll be accepted as there was no any student from France applied for Prep Courses. He was rejected: his level was not good enough for the program.

    Again, congratulations to all!

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    Thank you for all the information Book Guru, and good luck to everyone going this year. It is still my plan to finish off my last year of my BFA. Book Guru if you would consider package deals between the two new books for a discounted price please let me know. I am very interested in getting my hands on both of them being that the drawing book is great.

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    Threecharles,

    Please, write to guru@4-art.org and tell me what two books you're interested in.
    You've been such a loyal and active participant of this thread. I'm sure we can provide you a discount.

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    Attn: Jonas Heirwegh

    This message is for Jonas Heirwegh,

    Hi Jonas,

    I'm going to send you a PM as well.
    It's about the fist page that needs to be updated, if possible.

    First, the price for both Prep Courses and for full-time studies at the Academy has been increased by 1,000 euro. So now it's 6,000 and 8,000.

    Also, there is no medical exam needed for your visa.
    You apply, you send your portfolio, you get accepted, you receive an official invitation, you apply for visa, buy airfare, arrive. The rest is done here.

    There are other things that also need to be corrected based on the latest updates.

    Thank you once again for this wonderful thread!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Book Guru View Post
    This message is for Jonas Heirwegh,

    Hi Jonas,

    I'm going to send you a PM as well.
    It's about the fist page that needs to be updated, if possible.

    First, the price for both Prep Courses and for full-time studies at the Academy has been increased by 1,000 euro. So now it's 6,000 and 8,000.

    Also, there is no medical exam needed for your visa.
    You apply, you send your portfolio, you get accepted, you receive an official invitation, you apply for visa, buy airfare, arrive. The rest is done here.

    There are other things that also need to be corrected based on the latest updates.

    Thank you once again for this wonderful thread!!

    I updated the obvious things you said. I'll make a bigger update when I have some more time. If you have any suggestions to add to the first post let me know I'll be happy to change some things.

    Thank you for all the information, you and Lena are a great help!


    EDIT: Some Ilya Repin goodness

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    Jonas,

    Thank you very much!

    In return, I post some new images that have never been published before.

    We've just received this book from Finland. It's about Repin's life in Finland, it's in Russian, shows about 50 images among which are some works that have never been seen before!
    I hope you like them...
    More is here.

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    For those following important events at the Russian Academy of Arts, here is the link to Diploma Exhibition '2011.
    They've made it. 6 years of hard work is behind.

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    Hey.

    I was one of those who was planning to apply to the prep course...I was really serious about it too. But I looked at it like this: okay, I'm there for one year and then what? I'm 23 years old and still no degree or anything "permanent" in my life, just less money. I need to settle down somewhere. I applied to a Dutch school for a 4 year illustration program and got accepted. So..I'm moving to Holland in a couple of weeks. I'm really excited because I know I want to be an illustrator. But STILL I am extremely curious about Ilya Repin Academy. I always return to this thread to see how things are going for all of you who applied there...

    When I graduate I'm 26 years old. And If it's still possible, I would love to do the prep year. Is that weird? What is the average age for students there? What is the average age for the students who graduate from the actual 6 year diploma course ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumisade View Post
    Hey.

    I was one of those who was planning to apply to the prep course...I was really serious about it too. But I looked at it like this: okay, I'm there for one year and then what? I'm 23 years old and still no degree or anything "permanent" in my life, just less money. I need to settle down somewhere. I applied to a Dutch school for a 4 year illustration program and got accepted. So..I'm moving to Holland in a couple of weeks. I'm really excited because I know I want to be an illustrator. But STILL I am extremely curious about Ilya Repin Academy. I always return to this thread to see how things are going for all of you who applied there...

    When I graduate I'm 26 years old. And If it's still possible, I would love to do the prep year. Is that weird? What is the average age for students there? What is the average age for the students who graduate from the actual 6 year diploma course ?
    Wouldn't it make more sense to do 1 year of repin and practice what you learned during those 4 years getting a degree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyskoa View Post
    Wouldn't it make more sense to do 1 year of repin and practice what you learned during those 4 years getting a degree?
    yes, you are right. That was my initial plan. It would be the most logical thing to do. But lately I've had too many "one year here, next year there" in my life, I can't even remember how many different adresses I've had in the last 4 years. That's why I'm thankful for the following 4 years that I'll spend in Willem de Kooning Academy . But I can't even tell how much the Repin Academy fascinates me...I thought it'd go away once I get the acceptance letter from the Dutch school..but it hasn't . I know I have made the right choice though, the choice that fits me the best at this point of my life

    All of you who are attending the prep course this year, I want to wish you good luck and please come post here every now and then

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    Lumisade,

    I'll be totally honest with you. (And I apologize in advance if I hurt you.)

    No. This doesn't make any sense. Period.
    Entering the Academy after 4 years at Willem de Kooning is the same as if someone here after graduating Mukhina College (now Stieglitz Academy of Applied Arts) would apply for studying at the Repin Institute.

    It's simply EITHER this OR that.

    I agree with Hyskoa's suggestion.
    However, you need to think what are your plans for the future. If it's more applied arts and conceptual art, then you don't need Repin at all. Of course, polishing your drawing and painting skills is not a bad idea, but you have to remember that Prep Courses' main goal is to prepare you for passing exams at the Academy.

    At the same time, even if you decide to study at Prep Courses "just for fun" or because of my heavily abused advertising here, you'll have a heartbreak. Because you'll be told that everything that you've studied for 4 years at the Kooning is... hm... (I'll try to use the most acceptable word here)... is useless.

    Honest enough?

    Yes, I wasn't so much unpleasant for a long time, and I didn't intend to offend you in any way, but this is the reality of a very sharp differentiation that exists nowadays: it's either studying fine arts at the Russian Academy of Arts or... something else.
    You've made your choice, I'm happy for you. I'm sure you'll get the most out of that school. But please, don't waste your time for the Repin school, or they'll ruin all your confidence.

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    More stuff: age discrimination, Chinese students, etc.

    Lumisade,

    Now back to your other question.
    Average age at the Repin Institute is about 25 years old.
    This doesn't include the Faculty of Art Specialists, as there is no age, they're "ageless" (which means I can't even estimate their age, too far beyond 25yo).

    This average is pretty much the same at all three faculties: Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.

    ~~~

    It appears that my information about Chinese students was totally untrue and misleading. I apologize. I've been using my own overview of the Foreign Students Department for several years. But this info has been obviously outdated.

    To make this short, today there is NO any Chinese student who studies at the Repin Institute with the government support or any kind of scholarship.
    All Chinese students pay for themselves for their complete education (1+6 years). Or their parents pay, which is a more common case.
    This year there are going to be about 40 Chinese students at Prep Courses (I'll double-check later). There are several guys who'll be attending it for the second year (didn't pass entrance exams).

    Other countries include students from:
    - Denmark (3)
    - Israel (1)
    - Mexico (1)
    - Norway (1)
    - Thailand (1)
    - S.Korea (1)
    - Singapore (1)
    - Sweden (2)
    - USA (3)


    There are also "foreign" students from former Soviet republics, but I don't list them here as they'll be studying with Russian students as they all speak Russian.

    In any case, you'll have a very international gang there, all speaking perfect English.

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    I've been a silent follower of this thread for a couple of time now, I am planning to go to the Ilya Repin Academy after I finish my painting degree in Puerto Rico (I still have 3 semesters left 'till I finish). I will try even try to attend russian course this semester.

    I couldn't help but notice that there are students from Mexico, as spanish is my mother tongue. How many mexicans are attending the academy? In the past, there were spanish-speaking people from other countries? I doubt that any from Puerto Rico went there, nobody knows about the academy in this country, so I if I ever go I'll probably be the first puertorican to set foot in the academy... who knows?

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    Arnaldo,

    Actually, there is one student per each country, except Denmark, Sweden, and the USA. I've just updated the list to make it more clear.

    Yes, you'll be the first puertorican, that's for sure.
    I personally have met only one student from South America, he was from Brazil, Professor Monasherov introduced us. He studied at the Repin for 7 years (Prep Courses + 6 years full-time).
    I've heard he was very gifted, but it's been several years since he has left for his homeland.
    I'll check at the Academy on this, will let you know.

    When I receive the invitation for this guy from Mexico, I'll make sure to let him know about this thread, and hopefully he'll be a good contact for you for making your mind on settling in Russia for several years.

    Good luck with your studies in Puerto-Rico!
    And yes, being able to communicate in Russian (at least verbally) will save you a good bunch of money (2,200 euro out of 6,000), and will make you feel much more comfortable when you arrive.

    Btw, I recommend to all who'll be studying here soon to watch our TV news and to listen to Russian radio channels - not only to get familiar with the language, but to get a better picture of our daily life in here. I know there are options for doing this at many local schools and universities.
    The most popular search engine in Russia is Google, but there is also a local search engine, Yandex.ru - I recommend you to use it as well for all kinds of news and information.
    Also don't forget about the Academy's social page at vkontakte.ru/practicum, and the site itself, Practicum.org.

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    I definitely want to study at Repin after i get my bachelors. My teacher always has good things to say about art in Leningrad (except that it's too cold). Any Armenians there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Book Guru View Post
    Lumisade,

    I'll be totally honest with you. (And I apologize in advance if I hurt you.)

    No. This doesn't make any sense. Period.
    Entering the Academy after 4 years at Willem de Kooning is the same as if someone here after graduating Mukhina College (now Stieglitz Academy of Applied Arts) would apply for studying at the Repin Institute.

    It's simply EITHER this OR that.

    I agree with Hyskoa's suggestion.
    However, you need to think what are your plans for the future. If it's more applied arts and conceptual art, then you don't need Repin at all. Of course, polishing your drawing and painting skills is not a bad idea, but you have to remember that Prep Courses' main goal is to prepare you for passing exams at the Academy.

    At the same time, even if you decide to study at Prep Courses "just for fun" or because of my heavily abused advertising here, you'll have a heartbreak. Because you'll be told that everything that you've studied for 4 years at the Kooning is... hm... (I'll try to use the most acceptable word here)... is useless.

    Honest enough?

    Yes, I wasn't so much unpleasant for a long time, and I didn't intend to offend you in any way, but this is the reality of a very sharp differentiation that exists nowadays: it's either studying fine arts at the Russian Academy of Arts or... something else.
    You've made your choice, I'm happy for you. I'm sure you'll get the most out of that school. But please, don't waste your time for the Repin school, or they'll ruin all your confidence.
    Thank you for your honest words, and no, I'm not offended by any of it ! I am a bit suprised by your strong reaction though.

    I can totally see what you mean but none of it really "changed my mind". I would love to study in the prep year. They might think that my illustration degree is useless, and it probably is, in the Academy atleast. But it will never be useless for me and my future. That's why I decided to go for it in the first place. And I never understood why anything in life should be either "this or that".

    Anyway, my previous post was just a thought, not a plan . I don't know where I will be in 4 years and what kind of opportunities my new life in the netherlands will bring .

    Again, thank you for your honest opinion Book Guru.

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    kunfyoozdish,

    Guess what?
    The director of Prep Courses is Armenian, his name is Ivan Isakovich Arutyunyan.
    So I guess it's your carte blanche!

    I can check with him on Armenian students as well, I'm sure he knows all Armenians who ever studied there before or study now. I'll let you know.

    ~~~

    Lumisade,

    It's just the fact that I don't like to see young people losing their valuable time, going from one school to another, changing places year after year... and still not getting really good results (while having a good ability).
    Well, being "on the go" is a part of youth, I understand that. But the Academy is just a too serious thing to speak about it too lightly. That's why is my attitude, so again I apologize for being too harsh.

    Of course, if later you decide to continue your education after 4 years at de Kooning, that's your choice. I'm just trying to push you in being more precise with your time (and money). But I better stop as it's none of my business.

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    Lumisade,
    I am going into my last year in my 4-year degree studying illustration. In this time I went from knowing nothing about art to knowing much more. I learned I don't really want to be an illustrator persay, but I did get plenty of experiecne and had many gallery painting teachers. I wish I could afford Repin afterwards, but I can't. That is life, but I dont at all regret studying where I have either. Without it I may have never come to know of Repin or have gotten to have such great teachers. Maybe I wouldn't have come as far as I have now.

    Everyone has their own path of course. One may claim Repin is the best(I have no doubt it is great), that may or may not be true for most people, but it is different for everyone. I bid you good luck with your Illustration studies. I recommend Drawing and Painting from life as much as you can possibly handle. Sitting in classes, after class clubs and going out landscape painting with friends. Ask your teachers and fellow students lots of questions, if they can't answer you seek it out in other places: internet books or what have you. Sorry, enough of my blabbing, good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by threecharles View Post
    Everyone has their own path of course. One may claim Repin is the best(I have no doubt it is great), that may or may not be true for most people, but it is different for everyone.
    Unless you end up making non realistic work, it's not really different for everyone. They use what has worked for 300 years for all of their students. The other schools seem to have concocted their own stuff which only works under ridiculous circumstances.(sight size being a good example of this).
    Working on your own, you're doing 4 -6 times the amount of work and have a large risk of growing into bad habits as well.

    It's both illogical and detrimental to an education of any artist to not have a solid base.

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    MASTER CLASSES by the Russian Academy professors

    Guys,

    I have a question to all of you.
    It's kind of marketing investigation we're doing now...

    It appears we'll be able to offer master classes run by our Academy professors.
    At present, we're looking at possibilities of three locations:
    - St.Petersburg. Obviously a logical choice, but not everyone can go there
    - Finland (considering a couple of locations)
    - Hawaii (one location)

    Where would you rather go?
    We're thinking about 10 days - 2 weeks duration of very intense classes on drawing, painting and composition (or concentrating on drawing or painting only).

    There is also a possibility to run simultaneously a modest exhibition of academic drawings (similar to those in our Academic Drawings and Sketches book).
    If you have connections with art schools and ateliers that might be interested in such master classes and exhibition, please let us know. We'll contact them. But there is must be a good package, including at least: all inclusive for professor(s) + salary + space for classes and exhibition + model(s).

    No rush, as we plan this for the next year. But I really would like to hear your thoughts on this.

    Thank you all.

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    Nice!

    Location wise, I'd love St Petersburg, the downside being the added expense/hassle of the visa. Finland would be great too. Hawaii sounds like an amazing place but it seems super far away from everwhere except maybe America.

    I'd be super interested in any master classes

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    Liz,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Finland is a good option to us as well, as it's a very short distance from St.Petersburg (about 3-4 hour drive).

    US students - yes, I'm quite sure they'll prefer Hawaii. Though it's a long distance to us (totally opposite side of the planet), but if you ask me in January to go there... no second thought.

    Thinking out loud, may be this might be a perfect idea: June in Finland, January in Hawaii...?

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