From October 14th to 20th, 2017, within the framework of the international program Erasmus+, Nikolay Orlovskiy, associate professor of Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts, visited one of the leading eastern european universities in the field of art and design – the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava.
The main goals of this trip was becoming acquainted with traditions and peculiarities of this popular academy, to produce a workshop on mosaic technique, the experience exchange with leading teachers of the Department of Painting and search for new ways to interact.
The main event of the trip was a visit to AFAD and constructive cooperation with colleagues from the Department of Painting. The colleagues have shown a lot of student’s works in the field of industrial design, which have a high level of performance, creativity and creative freedom.
The first day I joined teacher Klaudia Kosziba from the department of painting in the building on Kocelova Street for an evaluation of the readiness for the workshop. On the second day, I successfully held a presentation on the history of mosaics. Under my direction, a group of students successfully completed a copy of the Roman mosaic made of natural stone and smalti.
On the third day, together with teachers from the Department of Painting and students, I continued to study the possibilities of using mosaic for the creative projects of AFAD students.
Further excursions around the Academy only confirmed the initial opinion. AFAD has a strong academic basis and is open for a new experience; their approach to teaching is interdisciplinary and systemic. In addition, the works of students from different departments combine wide design thinking and high artistic culture. The academy has excellent architecture and highly developed infrastructure, it has everything you need for work: special equipment, good use of space, enough lighting levels; high ceilings, as well as many other things
AFAD – is a great educational organization, combining traditional and innovative approaches. The further development of cooperation will enrich and complement the activities of both sides and will be a useful experience.Thanks a lot for the great organization of the International Department and special thanks to Veronika Markovičová and Klaudia Kosziba Head of Department of Painting.