Igityan, founder and director of the Aesthetic
Center believes that all children are talented.
For 30 years, the Armenian National Aesthetic
Center has offered children a chance to turn their
imaginings into art.
It was founded on the base of the Children's
Art Gallery in 1970, at that time the only one
in the world dedicated to exhibiting only children's
art. Today this gallery has branches in six cities
of Armenia, where 3,500 children make their first
steps in the world of art, acquiring a rich knowledge
of art history, literature, Biblical themes, and
Colorful works of art created by children down
the years decorate numerous exhibition halls of
the gallery. Next to the works of Armenian children
there are also paintings, graphical and sculpture
works of children from 150 countries.
Henrik Igityan, founder and director of the Armenian
National Aesthetic Center, assures that the republic
will have a bright future if there are centers
where children can get acquainted with mighty
force and spirit of art.
The country appreciated the value of its work
by including the building of the Children's Art
Gallery in the Lincy Fund's multi-million dollar
renovation program for cultural centers.
of nine-year-old Hayk Hovsepyan add bright
colours to the museum's exhibiton.
The once grey and semi-dilapidated building,
which was illuminated only with the warm colors
of children's paintings, today has a magnificent
new look. Moldy storerooms, where works of art
created by the pioneering Seventies generation
are kept, have been reconstructed and now correspond
to all international standards.
The picture gallery has been completely renovated
with a new marble floor and window displays corresponding
to European standards. New lighting makes an altogether
more welcoming and presentable atmosphere for
visitors to works of art.
Nine-year-old Hayk Hovsepyan has been attending
the center since he was five and is already an
award winner of several competitions. His paintings
distinguished by bright coloration, as well as
being displayed prominently in the museum, also
helped to illustrate a Bible for Children published
by the center two years ago.
Published in two languages, the Bible is illustrated
with thematic pictures created solely by children.
remodeled gallery has a magnficent new look
enlightened with the children's paintings.
"During her visit to Moscow a few weeks
ago, the First Lady Bella Kocharyan presented
this book as a gift to the First Ladies of Russia
and the USA, Liudmila Putina and Laura Bush. They
were astonished and delighted by the unique color
sense of Armenian children and the individual
approach to Biblical themes," says director
of the center's art studio Samvel Baghdasaryan.
Children have also illustrated a number of other
books, such as Armenian Fairy Tales, Hovhannes
Tumanyan's Fairy Tales and Let There Be Light.
These have been published in seven European languages.
A version of the Armenian epic David of Sasoun
is also being prepared, again with publication
in multiple languages.
The Fine Arts College of the Aesthetic Center
has eight studios, where children aged from 4
to 18 learn oil, pastel, water color painting,
sculpture, and different crafts such as carpet
work, metal-work, ceramic, woodwork, and needlework.
Anyone can enter As Igityan says: "All children
are talented, their talents must just be found