My First Week in Riga

I arrived at Riga International Airport around 2 pm this Monday. There were a few obstacles on the way but I managed to get situated in my dorm and then headed to the city center to grab something to eat. By the time I got back I was so exhausted I went straight to bed. The next morning it was time for my first day at Janis Rozentals Riga Art High School.

My first school week consisted mostly of drawing and technical drawing. In drawing classes my task was to draw this statue and in technical drawing classes I was given an exercise in one point perspective. The drawing classes seemed to be pretty similar to those we have at Lybecker, though we don’t really have technical drawing as a separate subject there.

In addition to drawing I had composition, abstract composition, printmaking, and sculpture this week. In both composition classes I was given a task to make sketches at home to bring to the next lesson.

At Lybecker we have a lot of printmaking so the lesson I attended here wasn’t quite as advanced as what I’m used to but I didn’t really mind.

In sculpture class we were given these statues that we’re supposed to mold from clay. While we have worked with clay at Lybecker as well, this was different in the sense that here we were told to copy an existing statue, whereas at Lybecker we mostly work with our imagination when it comes to sculpture. That being said, I think this is going to be a good chance for me to improve my sculpting skills. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of my classes so far!

The first couple of days I was really tired after school and could hardly find the energy to do anything. Perhaps getting used to the new place and new culture was what left me kind of drained. However, after allowing myself to just relax at the dorm for one whole evening I started to find my energy again and became more interested in exploring the city. I’ve been walking around the center a lot and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Riga during the upcoming weeks!

-Siru