The aim of this project was to provide a useful teaching method that could be used in art classes to enhance visual thinking with the purpose to help students understand and create art. I designed worksheets that help students to analyze selected works of art using associative images and a worksheet to create art. The phases to create art are: keywords, associative pictures and the final work of art based on keywords and pictures. The theme for the art work was „Personal painful memories“.
2012 / Students of Sally Art School (14-18 years old)
“Art Tells Our Story”, was an intercultural art exchange project through the arts held in 2001 in R. D. Seymour Elementary School, East and Fundaçao J. dos Santos/Torredeita/Viseu/Portugal
with students aged 8-10 yars old
Family traditions is the topic of an interchange project between art teachers in primary schools from Portugal, Malasia, Colombia, USA, and Turkey about the topic ‘ Family traditions’
see more at http://visualnarratives.wikispaces.com/family+traditions
2009 / Carol Goff ; Fernanda Santos; Manuela Prata, Burcu Diker, Claudia Gaetan, and others
Students from Janis Rozentals Riga Art Highschool participated in art action “Know Your Limit”, which was organized by the supermarket chain “Maxima” and Latvian traffic police on 21 June 2010 in Riga, Latvia.
In Latvia, 23 and 24 June is the Midsummer Day. By tradition Latvians celebrate the Midsummer by lighting bonfires, drinking beer and eating cheese. In previous years the Midsummer Day was tainted by many tragic traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers. Therefore, in 2010, two days before the Midsummer celebration the Traffic Police and supermarket chain “Maxima” held an exhibition of caricatures dedicated to the problem of alcohol abuse. Part of the exhibition was an on-site drawing activity where 3rd and 4th year art students, aged 19 – 20, of Janis Rozentals Riga Art Highschool drew caricatures of Latvian Traffic Police officers, to include the Chief of Traffic Police Edmunds Zivtiņš, and supermarket employees. This activity was aimed at increasing awareness of alcohol abuse and problems associated with alcohol while shoppers were preparing for the Midsummer festivities.
2010 / 3rd and 4th year art students of Janis Rozentals Riga Art High school
This project was conducted with students from Alves Martins School in Viseu (ages 16-18 y.o.)
in the Drawing class and outside the school. The topic was: ‘No Women, no Peace’, including issues of Violence against Women and solidarity towards Afghan women movement to obtain voting rights.
2011 / Teresa Torres de Eça, Tamara Melchor, 12ºN students from Alves Martins High School
The Starting point was the concept of tourist gaze :
The tourist gaze keeps the sensory surface of a place, the attentive impression of the stranger …
The local gaze keeps the sense of place with memories of life experience feelings of a life time in a place …
Can we make an interaction between tourist and local gaze?
The starting point was discussed with a small group of artists, art teachers and cultural agents from the city ( Viseu anti-poverty League; Viseu cineclube; Emporium ). The elements of the group provided an alternative map of the city , almost all of them had been involved with social-cultural projects with non-profit and charitable organisations. So one of the focus of the discussion led us to look for alternative places and people in the city. To collect stories from people that are not often visible to foreign visitors. During July- September 2011 we discussed the rationales of the project, ethical, ontological and practical issues related to the topic. We defined general lines and a plan of action. It was agreed that we would involve communities that already had participated in artist or school projects, ways of getting in contact with them were established. We also agreed in asking local artists to lead the workshops in the second part of the project.
Part 1: The Hidden Stories (October 2011)
During October 2011 students and art teachers from the host schools in Viseu ( ESAM and Viriato) made pictures and interviews with special members of the community .
Part two: Interpreting Stories
In November Viseu students received the students from the other schools ( Finland; Latvia ad Estonia). After showing them around so they could get the tourist gaze. Students were invited to join five workshops with local artists ( Ana Barbero; Yuraldi Rodriguez; Luis Belo; Beatriz Rodrigues , Beatriz Lacerda; and Graeme Pullynen, Contra- Luz designers ), five ways of reflecting upon their own feelings and the stories collected by Portuguese students in October ( transcribed to images and text- translated to English) . Crossing feelings , sharing experiences …
In the last day of the visit students made a Public presentation and discussion, with the members
of the community .