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‘Designing Planetary Nebulae’. Training course by Rostan Tavasiev


The Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow invites you to ‘Designing Planetary Nebulae’, a short experimental training course by the artist Rostan Tavasiev, beginning on 19 April 2022. 

The course consists of four classes. It is aimed at artists and sculptors, as well as students of art colleges and schools with basic artistic skills (drawing, modelling).

Cost of the course: 8,000 rubles
Dates: 19, 21, 26, 28 April 2022
Time: from 16:30 to 18:00

Almost every year a new planetary nebula appears in our Galaxy as a cloud of cooling plasma, shimmering in the light of a dying star. By cosmic standards existing for no more than a moment, it is striking for its complexity and sophistication of form, appearing as one of the most spectacular objects in outer space.
What if we try to design a planetary nebula ourselves? Can an artist’s imagination cope with a task of this magnitude? Do modern art and modern science have the potential to solve such problems? Where are the limits of our imagination and our capabilities? We will try to find answers to these questions during the course. 


Course objectives

- To develop the students’ skill in designing large objects in outer space;
- To form an idea of the possibilities of using scientific data to solve artistic problems;
- To develop the skill of sketching the presentation of projects for large space objects.


Course plan


19 April
First lesson
Subject of study:
- What is a planetary nebula? 
- How to choose stars?
- Shaping.

21 April
Second lesson
Methods of study:
- How to work with scientific data;
- Features of the composition of large space objects;
- Features of the sketch presentation of space objects.

26 April
Third lesson 
- Making sketches of planetary nebulae.

28 April
Fourth lesson 
- Discussion of the results. Exhibition.

Person Info

Rostan Tavasiev is a russian artist. He is known for his works using soft toys created in the author’s technique begemotopis.  He actively develops the concept of game art. Currently the artist is working with the idea of art in outer space and in an imaginary future.

From 2002 to 2020 Rostan Tavasiev took part in 29 personal and more than 70 group exhibitions in Russia, Italy, France, Germany, England and the USA. Finalist of the State Prize in the field of modern art Innovation (2006, 2013).

The works are in the public collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow, the Multimedia Art Museum, the Moscow Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and others.