Kasteyev School of Fine Arts & Applied Design

On Monday, I will begin one of two mural project with students ages 10-15 at a summer camp program of the incredible Kasteyev School of Fine Arts and Applied Design (named after famous Kazakh artist A. Kasteyev, of which Almaty’s Fine Art Museum is also named.) I had a meeting at the school with the principal and the organizers of my program here. I was given a tour of the facilities and had an opportunity to learn about the school as well as discuss all the details and logistics of our mural projects. The Kasteyev school is a free (or very low cost) public after school program for elementary through high school aged students, focused on developing skills in a variety of subjects, from observational drawing to jewelry making and metal-smithing, to intricate textile designs. At the top level, students earn a prestigious certificate through a concentration of portfolio work. Upon completion of the program students receive an opportunity to continue their studies in fine art/applied design at the University level. Many of these students have gone on to study abroad or participate in International art exhibitions. I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the quality of the work these students were producing. There is clearly a very high level of expectation for student performance. These students put in a tremendous amount of effort outside on their art on top of all their other regular school day studies. I am very eager to meet these young artists on Monday.


(above) Outside the school (below) Signs indicating the school’s values about art and creativity

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The principal at the school had this beautiful, gigantic tray of pastries for us for our meeting! Amazing hospitality!



1 Response to “Kasteyev School of Fine Arts & Applied Design”

  1. 1 Corie Neumayer
    August 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    This is fabulous..great opportunity to work with these inspired students!

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