20 students from Vietnam, China, Brazil, Syria, Chile, and France have attended painting and sculpture classes at Children's Art School №1. Such classes help develop speech skills and expand vocabulary: international students learn specific terms and concepts in Russian and become more familiar with Russian culture.
- For me, this is the first experience of working with international students, and I must pay tribute to the University, that the students are well prepared and have a good command of Russian - said Olga Dvizova, director of Children's Art № 1. - These are guys who have no relation to the visual arts, but they were interested. We met with the directions of painting, materials, equipment, colors, and shades. In addition, they are well aware of realist artists, representatives of our national school – Repin and Shishkin. However, they did not quite understand the names of the impressionist artists of the French school, for example, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Renoir. They have these names sound different, and in our pronunciation they are not completely recognizable.
The art classes were attended by students of different faculties - Faculty of Philology, Biological Institute, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Institute of Economics and Management, Faculty of Radiophysics, Faculty of Physical Education, and Faculty of Psychology. They painted watercolor with an apple from nature and also sculpted animals from clay. Then the figures will be baked, and the authors will receive them as a keepsake.
- It was very interesting. We learned new art terms, learned how to draw an apple. The lesson was unusual, it differs from our courses. When everything was done, I realized that I could still draw, - Mu Yuxi, a student from China, shared her impressions.
While studying at TSU, international students not only study their chosen specialty and improve their knowledge of the Russian language but also get acquainted with Tomsk and Russian culture. They teach Russian folk songs, types of painting and participate in the traditional festival of folk crafts Ax Festival.
- We strive to diversify the Russian language classes for international students so that they also become familiar with our culture,- said Anna Khiznichenko, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philology.
In 2017, the Associate Professor Faculty of Philology Galina Starikova specifically for the development of speech among international students released the textbook “Let's Talk about Russian Painting: Russian Art in the Lessons of Russian as a Foreign Language”. The paintings of Russian painters and artistic texts Иностранные студенты побывали на занятиях по живописи и скульптуре