"The Garage of Nicholas
II in the Winter Palace"
Computer Graphics and Animation Contest
February - May 2011
This contest coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Garage of Nicholas
II in the Winter Palace and is one in a series of events devoted to The
State Hermitage Museum's 250th anniversary in 2014.
Children must create a computer work based on the different topics proposed
below. The aim of the State Hermitage Museum is to support the creativity
of children and to increase inter-museum cooperation between educational
- Find and support creative and talented children
- Generate interest in history and art among the upcoming generation
- Encourage participants to use literature to complete their works
- Draw the attention of children and youth to the history and traditions
of our museum
- Engage children and youth in The State Hermitage Museum's 250th anniversary
from 25th February to 18th May
Conditions of participation:
1. Participants must submit works in one of these three categories:
- Digital painting and graphics
- Multimedia presentation (PowerPoint, etc.)
- Animation (Flash or GIF)
2. The following information must be attached to each submission: name
of the work, participant's first and last name, age, name of the participant's
educational center, city, country, and contact information (e-mail and
3. Works will be accepted from 1st April to 12th May 2011 and may be
submitted by e-mail or to The State Hermitage Museum's volunteer office.
34 Dvortsovaya Emb, St. Petersburg, 190000. Tel: +7 812 710 98 76
4. The judging process:
The judges will select the winners before 1st May. The winning works will
be displayed in the State Hermitage Museum. The winners will receive awards.
1. Transportation of the Monarchy
For the presentation of this theme it is necessary to use information
about real transportation used by royalty and found in museums. In addition,
participants should also imagine how else the vehicles of the royal family
2. The Fantastic Transformation of Carriages
In presenting this theme, participants are invited to apply stories in
which they remember unusual forms of transportation appear, and also to
dream up original vehicles, imagining, for example, something similar
to the transformation of Cinderella's coach.
3. The Emperor's Favorite Car
Participants are invited to submit a car which the emperor would like.
Which technical features should it have? What would it look like? How
would it differ from the vehicles of ordinary people?
4. The Emperor builds a garage
It is known that the emperor liked cars very much and therefore collected
them. He once came up with the idea to build a garage where his cars would
be safe and sound. Naturally, the garage of the emperor would have been
both functional and unique. How do you think this building should look?
5. The crowned family travels
The family of Nicholas II loved to travel, and their favorite means of
transportation was the automobile. Of course, they did not have only one.
Try to find out what kind of cars the members of the tsar's family drove
and any interesting stories related to them.
6. The Tsar's Driver
One of the most prestigious and respected positions in the service of
the emperor was the position of the tsar's driver. There was even an imperial
driving school specifically for the development of the driver's form.
Find out what this form looked like and how it changed. Talk about one
driver who used this special form.
Entries to the competition should be dedicated to the emperor's garage.
As illustrative material it is recommended to use internet resources and
prints, which are necessary due to the theme of the work.
The State Hermitage Museum Volunteer Service (www.benevole.ru)
School of Computer Engineering (www.ucvt.ru)
The State Hermitage Museum Educational Department (The School Center)
The Road Transport Department of the State Hermitage Museum