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How to teach and assess arts? Find out at Eksperimenta! and IDEAlaboratory!

Reflection to the presentation of Tomaz Zupancic in IDEAlaboratory 2011. Joonmeedia


The international youth contemporary art triennial Eksperimenta! returns to Tallinn for the second time to explore the topic of Art and Science from 23rd October to 23rd November. Together with the opening of the exhibition the Eksperimenta! team invites education and art professionals to the IDEAlaboratory to explore the Art of Teaching and Art of Assessment on 24th and 25th October.

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The keynote speaker at Eksperimenta’s IDEAlaboratory James Elkins: Why art cannot be taught?

Prof. James Elkins. Photo: School of the Art Institute of Chicago. http://www.saic.edu/profiles/faculty/jameselkins/

As part of Eksperimenta! Eduko IDEAlaboratory for integrating contemporary art and education will take place from 24th to 25th October 2014 bringing together education experts, teachers, researches, artists and students. The keynote speaker of Eduko IDEAlaboratory is the internationally renowned art historian and critic James Elkins who asks why art cannot be taught.


Prof. Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He will focus on teaching and evaluating art at the Eduko IDEAlaboratory. Elkins has been interested in psychological processes of art students, criticism inside the class, the influence between student and teacher. He has been interested in what defines a good art teacher. One of his most intriguing books is entitled “Why Art cannot be taught”.

Estonian art historian Heie Treier explains how Elkins supported the visual culture studies as a possibility to rescue the art history writing from a kind of narrow, elitist, object-related and relatively boring approach. “For example, Elkins himself has experimented by analyzing an X-ray, a blade of grass, a sunset etc. while using different methods of art theory. It is quite rare that an art historian is equally interested in theory of art education,” says Treier.

Professor Elkins has held lectures in Estonia twice before – in 2005 in Tartu at the invitation of Tartu Art College and in 2010 in Tallinn at the invitation of Estonian Academy of Arts.

In addition to Professor Elkins we invite researchers and practitioners in the visual arts and art education to submit abstracts for peer-reviewed papers, presentations and practical workshops that would help to understand contemporary art and integrate it into teaching process of creative subjects. The call for papers is open until 10th of June. Topics include “The Art of Teaching” and “The Art of Evaluation”.

The Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! is a unique art event, which challenges art education to break out from the classroom and creatively interact with contemporary life and society.
The main topic of Eksperimenta! 2014 is “Art and Science”. It collects the interpretations by young artists and curators about the society, ecology up to nano technology in Tallinn Creative Hub. The authors from more than dozen countries are not professional artists but students aged 14 to 19. See more www.eksperimenta.net

IDEAlaboratory takes place as part of Eduko programme that has been launched by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Science and supported by the European Social Fund with the mission to improve Estonian teachers’ education, so that our children would have the best teachers in the world.

More info:
Annely Köster
Annely@kunstikeskus.ee
+372 502 7897

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Eduko IDEAlaboratory. Open Call

A reflection of the presentation of the main presenter of IDEAlab 2011 Sir Ken Robinson. Joonmeedia.ee

As part of Eksperimenta! Eduko IDEAlaboratory for integrating contemporary art and education will take place from 24th to 25th October 2014 bringing together education experts, teachers, researches, artists and students. We are looking for intriguing and inspiring presentations / workshops, which would lead to a better understanding of the essence of contemporary art and would contribute to integrating / translating contemporary art into the art teaching process. The length of presentations is 45 minutes, workshops 60 minutes. For teachers we have reserved a session of short presentations (up to 20 minutes) on both days to present best practices. Read more

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The Rapidian: Elizabeth Goes to Eksperimenta!

Photo: Elisabeth Goddard

Photo: Elizabeth Goddard

If anyone had suggested a year ago to Elizabeth Goddard, Education Director at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) that she’d be presenting at an arts conference in Estonia, she would have said, “Yeah, right.” And then, like the rest of us, she would have gone to Google maps and figured out where Estonia is.

But that’s what happened. Last fall, Elizabeth came across information about Eksperimenta! (E!) – a triennial multi-level international art education project. E! brings art education out from school walls with three unique components: 1) a contemporary art exhibition; 2) IDEAlaboratory – an education conference; and 3) a network of art schools and art centers.

Located in the halls at the famous Song Festival grounds, where the Estonian Singing Revolution took place 20 years ago, E! represents a similar breakthrough, this time through education.

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Canada Views: Canadian Youths’ Artworks Selected for European Exhibition

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Works of art created by Canadian high school students have been selected for Eksperimenta!, first of its kind international conference and Triennial Art Exhibition that will celebrate secondary school visual art and contemporary art education. It is estimated that 100,000 people will attend the events occurring from April through June 2011 in Europe. Eksperimenta! will be held in Tallinn, Estonia-the “Culture Capital of Europe.” It is modeled after the Venice Biennale, arguably the most prestigious contemporary art exhibition in the world. Canada’s participation in this event is made possible by Drs. Joanna Black (University of Manitoba, Faculty of Education) and Miriam Cooley (University of Alberta) who are co-curating Canadian student digital artworks.

The unique art show is slated to showcase contemporary student art from Canada, Portugal, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Russia, South Korea, Iceland and Ireland. Notably, Canada is the only country from the Americas that is participating in this prestigious event, demonstrating the significance of Canada’s art educators with regard to art and art education.

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IDEAlaboratory’s presentations and workshops are now selected

IDEAlaboratory’s Call for Papers received 40 abstracts from art researchers and practicioners from all over the world. The aim of collecting IDEAlaboratory’s abstracts is to find inspiring ideas and experiences, which would lead to a better understanding of the essence of contemporary art and would contribute to integrating/translating contemporary art into the art teaching process.

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IDEAlaboratory. Contemporary approaches in art education

From 20th – 22nd of September the first workshop of the project “IDEAlaboratory: how to integrate contemporary art and art education”, titled as “Contemporary approaches in art education” took place in Riga, Latvia. 20 participants from seven partner schools in Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Portugal participated at the meeting. Read more

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Call for Papers for IDEAlaboratories

IDEAlaboratories is a programme for integrating contemporary art and education, which will take place during the Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! from 28th until 30th of April 2011, in Tallinn, Estonia.

IDEAlaboratories will consist of two parallel programmes, which will partly merge: a programme for the art educators and a programme for the school students in the age of 14 – 19. IDEAlaboratories will bring together art education experts, researchers, practitioners and school students.

We are looking for intriguing and inspiring presentations / workshops, which would lead to a better understanding of the essence of contemporary art and would contribute to integrating / translating contemporary art into the art teaching process. As we highly value in-depth presentations which interact with the audience, so we have planned the length of the presentations to be 45 – 60 minutes and the workshops 60 – 90 minutes.

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A project „IDEAlaboratory: how to integrate contemporary art and art education“ will start in the framework of Eksperimenta!

In August 2010 a project „IDEAlaboratory: how to integrate contemporary art and art education“ is launched in the framework of Eksperimenta!“. Seven Eksperimenta! partner schools from Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Portugal will take part of the project: Sally Stuudio, Children Art School of Tartu, Janis Rozentals Riga Art High School, Vantaa Art School, Sara Hildén-Academy, Viriato High School, Alves Martins High School. The project is financed by the EACEA Comenius programme.

The aim of the project „IDEAlaboratory“ is to create an open and sustainable platform for learning and exchanging ideas and the best practices in art education. Bringing the hot topics of contemporary art into school lessons, developing up-to-date art curricula and methodology of art education are among the issues to be discussed.

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Preparatory visit of the Comenius project

Preparatory meeting of the Comenius project. Photo: Paula Soares

Preparatory meeting of the Comenius project. Photo: Paula Soares

In 14th – 16th of September the preparatory meeting for the Comenius project “IDEAlaboratory: how to integrate contemporary art and art education” took place in Sally Stuudio and foundation Tallinn 2011, in Tallinn, Estonia. There were 7 schools from Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Portugal present in the meeting. Following schools were participating: Sally Stuudio, Tartu Lastekunstikool, Jaņa Rozentāla Rīgas Mākslas vidusskola, Sara Hildén akatemia, Vantaan Kuvataidekoulu, Escola Viriato, Escola Alves Martins.

The aim of the meeting was to create a base for the project “IDEAlaboratory: how to integrate contemporary art and art education”. As the result of the meeting, project application will be submitted to the Comenius school partnership programme.

Three days of the meeting were busy. Participants became acquaintant with each other and got overview of art education in partner schools. The objectives of the project and the partnership were discussed and the basic concept of the web platform of IDEAlaboratory was set. The time-table of the two-years programme was arranged. There was also time to visit the future triennial area.

Arutelu Sally Stuudio õpilaste näitusel

Discussion at the exhibition of Sally Stuudio students. Photo: Annely Köster

The kick-off meeting was full of work and succeeded well. It created a base for sustainable collaboration between the partners for the Comenius project and Eksperimenta!.

A lot of thanks to all the participants!

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