Barnaul childrenâ€™s Art School No.1 was established in 1966 and it was the first school in the Altai Territory. At that time only 30 pupils were enrolled in the school, but now more than 600 boys and girls attend it.
The first headmaster of the school was Mikhail Badyan. Then in different times it was headed by Tamara Stepanskaya, Doctor of Arts, professor of the Altai State University; Ivan Samozvantsev, Honored worker of culture of Russia. From 1985 the headmaster of the school is Elena Sokolova, art critic, Honored worker of culture of Russia.
At present there are four departments in the school: painting, decorative art, design and evening courses for adults. Children study the following subjects: drawing, painting, composition, graphic and landscape design, decorative art and history of art.
Every year our pupils become winners of various International, All-Russian and regional art competitions.
Some paintings of the pupils of the school are in the funds of The State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.