The session was attended by 14 young artists from different countries, incl. Syria, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Spain, and France. In addition to the curriculum, which consisted of intensive courses in painting, sculpture, icon painting, and other artistic disciplines and professions, there were also cultural activities.
The students visited such iconic sights of the Northern capital as the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, Peter and Paul Cathedral, they saw the Swan Lake ballet and listened to the opera Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky Theatre, they visited St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, as well as places associated with Pushkin and Dostoevsky.
They also learned a lot about the history of St. Petersburg and its role in relations between Russia and Europe, plunged into the atmosphere of the city, which inspired the best Russian and European artists, sculptors, and architects.
At the end of the session and their stay in Russia, each student had to create a final project, which could be a painting, a sculpture, or an installation, and present it in the Italian Hall of the Academy of Arts, telling about the concept of their work.