Due to COVID-19 pandemics our ERASMUS students from Greece are leaving. They spent almost a year with us – we will miss you!
In August 22, 2020, Latvian Orthodox Church in cooperation with “Latvijas Pasts” and Latvian Christian academy presented postal stamp commemorating 750 years since the “Gospel from Jersika” was copied by Latvian Orthodox believer named Jurģis. It is the oldest known Gospel text from Latvia. The presentation was done in Riga Latvian Society House and was attended by President of Latvian Academy of Sciences Dr. Ojārs Spārītis, Director of Fundamental Library of Latvian University Dr. Venta Kocere, clergym artists and academics. Rector of Latvian Christian academy adressed the audience with extended history overview illuminating development of Orthodox Christianity in Latvia.
During summer months Latvian Christian academy team works hard on digitalization of its study courses for online needs in the fall semester. Special attention is paid to materials in Scriptology, Calligraphy, History of Metaphors, Cultural history of Europe, History of Ancient Images.
An international seminar (online) for students “European Sacred Art Heritage for Social Europe of Hope” was hosted by Latvian Christian Academy in March 20, 2020. Art department students presented four reports which won special Award in the Competition “Best Research paper in 2019”. The seminar was attended by Klaipeda Art College (LT), Orthodox Academy of Crete (GR) with presentations on Ecology issues reflected in Art.
Master-class in Icon painting by splendid professional artist Georgy Mironov (Moscow) was held at the Academy for the Bible Art students, October 14-23, 2019. His icons are on display in many Orthodox Churches in Riga, Daugavpils and Jelgava, and his style has essentially influenced many Latvian young artists and Icon painters with his exquisite sense of color, nuanced line drawing and gorgeous gold shine. Latvian Christian academy was privileged to welcome G.Mironov for several sessions since 2008.
Calligraphic Transcript of the Preamble of Latvian Constitution presented to the National Library in its Centenary
Students of the Bible Art programme together with their teacher George van Durtanosky, DrHC of Latvian Christian Academy (Macedonia – Germany) and Rector of the Academy prof. Skaidrīte Gūtmane presented calligraphic transript of the Preamble of Latvian Constitution to the Latvian National Library and its director Mr. Andris Vilks in September 17, 2019.
Teacher at Biblical Arts study programme assist.prof. Beata Soloveja worked in Bethlehem University (Palestine) within the ERASMUS+ personnel teaching mobility, September 16-19, 2019. She hosted Art therapy master-class for both students and teachers of the Social work programme. Added value: inter-universities agreement between Latvian Christian academy and Bethlehem Icon center.
In September 16-20, 2019, assist.prof. Alexander Shabelnik from the Biblical Art study programme at Latvian Christian academy worked in Bethlehem University (Palestine), hosting master-class “The use of the Church art in education of social workers”.
Academic conference on “Sacred Art heritage in the city environment, monuments and memorial places in Riga and Europe: Experience, practice and conclusions” was held in Riga, September 12-13, 2019. Priest. Jānis Dravants, lecturer at Latvian Christian academy, took part with presentation about “Symbols of the Orthodox Church in the Riga city environment”.