European Regional Council A new board of ERC was elected during the 2015 InSEA regional Congress in July, Lisbon :         Carl-Peter Buschkühle <>Ernst Wagner;Victoria Pavlou;Janeke Wienk;Angela Saldanha Purpose of ERC: - to act on behalf of the International Society for Education through Art for matters regarding international activities in the field of art education in Europe- to promote cooperation between national art education organisations and other InSEA affiliated organisations in Europe AdvocacyLisbon letter , 17-11-2015European Publications INSEA EUROPE Congresses2018,  Helsinki  2016,  Vienna, Austria , University of Applied Arts, 22-24 September  2015    Lisbon, Portugal (Proceedings) 2013   Canterbury, UK (Proceedings)  2012   Limassol, Cyprus (Proceedings) 2009   Ljubljana, Slovenia (Programme) 2010   Rovaniemi,  Finland2007   Heidelberg, Germany  ERC EU Projects    The European Network for Visual Literacy (ENViL) presented its research results, the prototype of a Common European Framework of Reference for Visual Literacy (CEFR_VL), at the InSEA Conference in Vienna in September 2016. This document is an instrument to describe and reflect art education practice in specific countries or situations. It was elaborated in a joint development process by more than 60 teachers, experts responsible for curricula, teacher trainers and researchers from 18 European countries. As a reference document, funded by the European Union, it is based on surveys, empirical research, conceptual discussions within the network and at InSEA conferences in Budapest, Canterbury or Melbourne. “It is the first time in InSEA’s history that such a widespread international approach exists”, stressed Carl-Peter Buschkühle, chairman of InSEA’s European board, in Vienna.    The Common European Framework of Reference for Visual Literacy (CEFR_VL) delivers a structural competence model of what can be learnt in art education, as well as a model to define levels of competences with respective scales, and manifold examples how the model can be used in different contexts (e.g. to develop assignments, lesson plans, curricula, teaching materials or tools for evaluation). A trilingual glossary (English, French and German) is included.Since its publication in September 2016 ENViL, has started applying the CEFR_VL to different cases, covering a broad range of examples, such as implementing it into a museum for visual art in Belgium, evaluating an art-curriculum in Germany, developing new models of teacher training in Cyprus, creating a new culture of assignments in Hungary and Switzerland, writing an art textbook in Germany, validating the levels in The Netherlands, Hungary and Austria. ENViL is open for new members and invites everybody to subscribe to its newsletter: ernst.wagner(at)fau.deReference: Diederik Schönau, Ernst Wagner (eds.): Common European Framework of Reference for Visual Literacy – Prototype, Münster – New York (Waxmann) 2016   CREARTE, Creative school Partnerships with Visual Artists,  is a project for experimenting pedagogies based on contemporary art practices in primary schools. The project  has been co-funded with support from the European Commission ( 2015-1-PT01-KA201-012989),  started in 01/09/2015 and will finish by  31/08/2017. Crearte   integrates the following partners:Faculty of Fine Arts – University of Porto, Portugal; Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Cypru; Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus; University of Jaen, Spain; Stichting the European Regional Council of INSEA ( International Society for Education Through Art ) – international NGO; Goldsmiths’ College, UK and BUFF Film Festival, Sweden.  See here the web page of the CREARTE project.SEE HERE THE Projects in Portugal Project website  ENHANCEMENT OF RUSSIAN CREATIVE EDUCATION: NEW MASTER PROGRAM IN DIGITAL ARTS IN LINE WITH EU STANDARDS Te aim  of project is to  enhance the quality of RU higher education in creative design by harmonizing the RU Master Programs in Digital Arts (DA) with the EU Master Programs and by strengthening links with business and provide students of 9 Russian Universities with the opportunity to study the Double Degree EU-RU Master Program in Digital Arts both in the Russian and EU Universities. The project is in line with the principles of the Bologna process which aims at creating an European Area for Higher Education through a common new degree system, a European dimension to quality assurance and the recognition of degrees and study periods abroad. Project wider objective is to improve Russian education in Digital Arts and provide mutual degree recognition through development and introduction the Double Degree Master Program. Project specific objective is to develop business oriented MS course in Digital Arts, to harmonize RU Master Programs in direction "Digital Arts" with the EU Master Programs in Digital/Multimedia Arts .The main target group that benefit from the project is students of RU Universities participated in the project who studies in the field “Digital Arts". The second group of the project beneficiaries consists of RU University academic staff involved into the project, and enterprises and companies in demand of DA graduates.In the project INSEA plays a role of non-academic EU partner connecting EU & RU universities with business as well as increase the effectiveness of dissemination of the project’ results in RU & EU via INSEA resources ( see here the Report of the InSEA delegate in the Saransk meeting ,  November 2014).     InSEA members EU ProjectsEuropean Framework of Reference for Visual LiteracyEuropäischer Referenzrahmen für Visual LiteracyA group of European specialists of didactics, curriculum developers, teacher trainers and scientists in the field of the school subjects Arts, Design, Art Education, Visual Communication (since 2010 organized in the European Network of Visual Literacy – ENViL) has been working since 2013 on the project CEFR_VL  (acronym for European Framework of Reference for Visual Literacy). The European Union supports this project under the Lifelong Learning Programme in 2014 and 2015.The project focuses on visual skills that learners can acquire in the classroom or in non-formal settings. We define these competencies as the interplay of knowledge, skills and attitudes. They enable the learner to resolve domain-specific tasks and problems of everyday life in the field of visual communication (e.g. the understanding of works of art or of media images, the design of objects, sketches or visualisations). The members of the consortium will submit the results on this basis in the spring 2016.The informal European Network for Visual Literacy (ENViL) was founded in 2010 and consists of more than 60 members from eleven European countries. All members conduct research in the field of art education. The steering group comes from The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary and Germany. The network works closely together with InSEAImages and identity ( 142345 LLP-1-2008-1-UK- COMENIUS-CMP)The project linked the disciplines of Art and Citizenship education, using digital technology as a means of expression and communication across Europe. It explored ways in which discussion and production of visual images pertaining to identity can contribute to Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC). The link between art and citizenship education has not previously been investigated in the European context and this is a new area of curriculum development and research. The project trained teachers and teaching assistants in digital imaging processes, platforms and techniques as a medium of cross national communication. Throughout the project, the photo-sharing website Flickr and the virtual learning platform StudyZone (which has now changed to Moodle) were systematically employed to document the action in each country and facilitate sharing of information, visual resources and evaluation. WEB SITE (2000-2014) :  ERC page -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------