Thursdays, May 4-25
9 am-12 noon
Instructor: Timur Akhriev
This four-week still life class will focus on composition and methods for approaching very complex subject matter. The still life set up will have many different patterned objects such as Persian rugs, tea pots and other objects with decorative and reflective surfaces. Timur will first teach students how to identify large shapes of the composition quickly, allowing them to establish the underlying structure of the painting instead of focusing on details. This will challenge the student to push forward and look for the pattern of light and tone in the painting before concentrating on the details that will make their paintings sing. The skills that students learn in during the four weeks are applicable to figurative or landscape composition.
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About the instructor:
Born in Vladikavkaz, the territory where Southern Russia meets Chechnya in 1983, Timur lived with his family until moving from the region during the conflict of 1991. After moving to St. Petersburg Timur began attending the St. Petersburg Iagonson Fine Art School at the age of twelve, where many of the professors studied at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts. While living in Russia Timur also received private tutoring from Nikita Fomin, son of Piotr Fomin.
After graduation, Timur immigrated to Chattanooga Tennessee to live with his father, Daud Akhriev and stepmother Melissa Hefferlin, who are also Russian trained artists. In Chattanooga Timur attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga studying in the Fine Arts program. In 2005 to further his education Timur moved to Florence Italy to study at the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cicel Studios of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture for two years. Today, Timur, splits his time between the US and Europe. He is skilled in painting all genres of work.