The Perm-based Ars Vivendi studios have started running art courses for people with disabilities. The Perm Kray Governor’s administration has provided financial support for the repair of the buildings and has bought brushes, paints and easels etc. Four groups each of five people are now enrolled on the courses, with all training completely free and provided in accordance with COVID requirements.
According to Sergey and Sara Zakharov who came up with the idea, the main aim is to show people with limitations that everyone can access art. “Not all our students can use a pencil or a brush, but our goal is to convince them that anyone can find a way to express themselves.” If someone can’t hold a brush, then we try a sponge or even a finger. “When people understand this and begin to create drawings, of course everyone is overcome with emotion”, says Sergey Zakharov. “We select equipment on an individual basis for everyone, and try to make sure that everyone succeeds, and enjoys creating something.”
The organisers plan to hold the courses regularly, and the work will be exhibited at the Ars Vivendi studios.