Le Salon Russe: Famous Art and Jewels of Russia


Russian icon of Our Mother of Perpetual HelpOverview:
Art in Russia has a very long history from pagan folk art to Orthodox icons, and Soviet constructivism through to modern Russian art. This course will introduce you to Russian art traditions and you will explore the complexity and diversity of Russian cultural identity through art. You will also learn about famous Russian artists and artisans, like Rublev, Repin, Kustodiev, Chagall and Faberge. Along the way, discover the mysterious and fascinating stories behind of some well-known pieces of Russian art and jewellery.

Target audience:
This Russian art course is suitable for anyone interested in Russian art, culture and history.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Explored the roots of Russian art and Russian concept of beauty
  • Read and comprehended a Russian icon
  • Learnt about main Russian folklore art styles and main Russian artists
  • Found out more about the Russian jewellery traditions

Course outline:
Each session includes a lecture presentation with time for questions and group discussion.

Session 1
Introduction to the Russian art traditions. Russian aesthetic taste and concept of beauty. Russian folklore art

Session 2
Iconography in Russia.

Session 3
Most famous Russian artists and their works.

Session 4
Jewellery making in Russia. Russia’s royal jewellery.

There is a short break halfway through each session and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Olga Suvorova has a PhD in Cultural Studies from one of the leading international universities, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and a Masters in Linguistics, Teaching and Interpreting/Translation (Hons, Distinction). She is the Vice President of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters.

“Olga is a natural teacher: engaging, energised, deeply knowledgeable and able to provide invaluable personal perspectives on themes. Her baking's pretty darn good too!”, The Vodka Room: Russian Book Club (2019)

“An enthusiastic and passionate and knowledgeable teacher. A very complete course”, The Vodka Room: Russian Book Club (2019)

“The course was varied in content & interesting for those with an interest in Russia. Olga is an engaging presenter who gave us a real feeling for things Russian”, Russia Today: Power, passion and pain (2017)

Relevant links:
School of Languages and Cultures
Russian Keys

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email: conted@vuw.ac.nz

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.