Leningrad Secondary Art School

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Leningrad Secondary Art School (Russian: Ленингра́дская Сре́дняя худо́жественная шко́ла) was established in 1934 as the first art school for gifted children.


The Leningrad Secondary Art School was found in 1934 by initiative of Leningrad communist party boss Sergei Kirov as the first in the Soviet Union art school for gifted children.

Located in the Academy of Arts building in Leningrad, in 1936 it was transformed in the Secondary Art School. In 1947 the Secondary Art School became a division of the USSR Academy of Arts which in 1973 was named after the noted artist Boris Ioganson.

Since 1992 it has been the B. Ioganson St. Petersburg State Academy Art Lyceum comprising three divisions: painting, sculpture and architecture.

Among its first teachers were mostly professors and teachers of the Academy of Arts: Konstantin Lepilov, Leonid Ovsyannikov, Leonid Sholokhov, Vladimir Gorb, Samuil Nevelshtein, Alexander Debler, Alexander Zaytsev, and many others. The School boasts its such alumni of international reputation as Mikhail Anikushin, Alexei Eriomin, Oleg Lomakin, Maya Kopitseva, Nikolai Pozdneev, Yuri Tulin, Mikhail Kaneev, Valentina Monakhova, Vladimir Chekalov, Georgy Kovenchuk, Marina Kozlovskaya, Elena Kostenko, Nina Veselova, Evgenia Antipova, Anatoli Levitin, Vecheslav Zagonek, and other.[1]

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 eight-year training. The Diploma of the secondary art education allows its graduates to enroll the higher art educational entities, including I. Repin St. Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

Since 1997, the Lyceum has arranged annual international children's art competitions named after I. Repin and exhibitions of its most talented students’ works of art.

The teachers’ staff consists mostly of the graduates of the I. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture thus continuing the traditions of the Russian art school.



  1. ^ Sergei V. Ivanov. Unknown Socialist Realism. The Leningrad School.- Saint Petersburg: NP-Print Edition, 2007. – p. 15.


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