Children love all aspects of art. Young children can spend hours drawing and coloring. They love the colors and the act of creation. Virtually any discipline, including painting, drawing, potting, printing, clay sculpting as well as fun activities like finger painting and paper machet fascinates them. Too often, however, however, little attention is given to developing an appreciation of fine arts. Some art museums this issue. Others give little attention to it.
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow runs a children's art studio to encourage creativity in the visual arts at very young ages. Boys and girls from about 5-10 years are enrolled. The photograph here shows a precocious boy of about 5 or 6 cutting the ribbon to open a special exhibit of children's art produced in his group at the museum. The exhibition showed at the museum in October and November of 1965. The boy doing the ceremonial honors wears the typical Moscow schoolboy dressy uniform. A white shirt with a large
collar, worn under a dark sleeveless sweater and short pants, long tan stockings, and dark hightop shoes. The second photo shows the same boy examining some of the class paintings. The girls with him are a bit older (apparently 7 or 8). Note that they also wear the same style tan long stockings with short skirts and various outfits including sweaters. The Soviet Union had a fascinating relationship with its artists. Few countries lavished its artists and historical artistic tradition more than the Soviets. Yet because of the stultifying political climate and political control of the arts, the Soviets made it virtually impossible to create great art. Few Soviet artists and writers were able to live up to the country's rich tradition. Those like Boris Pasternak who rejected state control were percecuted by the state. He won the Nobel prize for literture for Dr. Zivago, but the Soviet Government would not allow him to travel to Oslo to receuive his prize.
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