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.
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.
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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.
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!