The Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum was set up in 1939 on the initiative of prominent figures of Russian culture: academicians I. Grabar, V. Baksheev, P. Konchalovski, D. Moor, S. Gerasimov, P. Sokolov-Skalya, K. Yuon; People’s Artists of the USSR V. Barsova, V. Kachalov, A. Yumashev; the Arctic explorers E. Krenkel, E. Fedorov, P. Shirshov. It was named Moscow Secondary Art School. In 1951 the School through a decree of the USSR Art Committee became a division of the USSR Academy of Arts (now Russian Academy of Arts).Among its alumni are such noted artists of world reputation as V. Ivanov, P. Ossovski, V. Sidorov, V. Stozharov, A. Tkachev, O. Tselkov, T. Nazarenko, M. Dronov, A. Shmarinov and many others.
The Moscow Art Lyceum is founded on the disciplines of painting, sculpture and architecture. These three disciplines are fundamental to the Academy traditions that the Lyceum is proud to uphold. It offers children of exceptional abilities and promise the opportunity to obtain necessary skills and a foundation to their careers as professional artists.
Application and interviews. The most gifted children with the four-year experience in the primary school are selected to become students of the Lyceum for the free of charge seven-year training. The Diploma of the secondary art education allows the graduates to enroll the higher art educational entities, including V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute and I. Repin St. Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
Teaching is based upon the individual’s capacities. The diversity of artistic practice contributes to the development of children’s talents. School exhibitions are also one of the most efficient methods of professional perfection.
The Lyceum has well-equipped studios providing opportunities for working in various materials and techniques, such facilities as a swimming pool, cinema room, dormitory. The Russian Academy of Arts offers the Lyceum students its museums’ collections for study and copying.