Born in 1922 in Šibenik; Died in 2016 in Zagreb , Croatia

 

Academic Degrees

1951: B.A. in Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb

1981: M.A. in Graphic Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb

 

InSEA Membership and Related Activities

1958: Member of InSEA and founder of the Yugoslav Council of InSEA

1963: Founder of the Croatian Council of InSEA

1967-1972: Vice-President of the InSEA World Council

1972: Organized the 21st InSEA World Congress in Zagreb

 

Grants and Awards

1956: UNESCO Grant to study modern art education in Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland

1963: Ford Foundation Grant to gain in-depth insight in art education methods and achievements across the United States of America.

1972: Ministry of Education of Croatia granted the “Ivan Filipović” Award for lifelong success in pedagogical work related to art education

2012: InSEA Executive Committee granted Lifetime InSEA Membership “in recognition of distinguished lifetime achievement & service to the international art education community”

2014: InSEA granted „Edwin Ziegfeld Award“, presented and celebrated at the InSEA World Congress in Melbourne, Australia

 

Work Experience

1952-1958: Teacher of drawing at the Classical Grammar School in Zagreb

 

1959-1972: Chief Advisor for Art Education and Fine Arts in primary and secondary schools, at the Education Board of the Republic of Croatia:

  • Designed, monitored and supervised, as well as provided advice and technical backstopping of Art Education in primary school curricula;

  • Designed, launched and supervised a continuous long-term (15 years) action entitled “Aesthetic Upbringing of Schools and their Environment”, implemented by a team of Art Education Teachers and related experts;

  • Organized and participated in permanent training of Art Education Teachers; Created and launched Pluriannual Programme for Visual Upgrading of Schools and their Surroundings;

  • Published guides and textbooks for art education teachers, as well as technical and scientific articles and other texts in journals and newspapers;

  • Conceptualized the International Children’s Festival in Šibenik;

  • Founded the Centre for Art Culture of the Young, Zagreb)

 

1972-1988: Full Professor of Methods in Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb;

 

1987 Guest Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz, Germany

 

1988 - 2015: As a retiree, continuously carried out various activities as honorary adviser, guest lecturer and organizer of exhibitions, seminars and other events at public and private schools at all levels (i.e., pre-schooling, primary and secondary education), government institutions, NGOs and other entities engaged in the areas of Art Education and Children’s Art.

2014 - 2016: Donated collections of children’s artworks and of his own paintings, drawings and sculptures to the Croatian School Education Museum, Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Croatian National and University Libary and Croatian Historical Museum in Zagreb, and to the City Museum of Šibenik.

 

Conceptualization, Organization and Realization of Art Education Exhibitions

1964: “Birds, Fish and Other Animals”, Zagreb, Fine Arts Exhibition Hall

1965: “Sinjska Alka” (Traditional equestrian competition), Sinj, Croatia. The same exhibition was also shown in Prague at the InSEA World Congress in 1966

1966: “Towns of Stone”, Zagreb, Fine Arts Exhibition Hall

1967: “Imagination and Knowledge”, Čakovec, Town Museum

1968: Didactic Exhibition “Visual Perceptions of Children at Ages 7 to 11”, Zagreb, Centre for Art Culture of the Young

1968: Third International Exhibition of Children’s Drawings “Architecture in Children’s Art Expression”, Zagreb, Centre for Art Culture of the Young

1970: “Colour in Art Works of Pupils”, Zagreb, Centre for Art Culture of the Young

1972: “Continuity and Contemporary Methods of Art Education at all School Levels in Croatia”; “Architecture in Artworks of Children and Youth”, 21st Congress of INSEA, Zagreb

1973: “Achievements in Art Education in Croatia’s Primary Schools “, Symposium “Arts in the School”, Rijeka, Croatia

1973: “More Security for Pedestrians”, Zagreb, Centre for Art Culture of the Young

1974: “Space, Volume and Structure”, Zagreb, Centre for Art Culture of the Young

1976: “Our Cultural Heritage and Folk Tradition, expressed in Children’s Art”, Zagreb, Fine Arts Exhibition Hall

1976: “Art Works and Esthetical-Technical Culture in Free Time Activities of Primary Schools in Croatia” (graphic design of pupils’ newspapers; architectural modelling; photography; knitting; modelling with paper, wood and metal; tapestry; ceramics; terracotta; posters; drawings on cloth; stage scenography; flower arrangements; puppet theatre; masks; jewellery; decoration of school spaces”), Zagreb, School Museum of Croatia

1977: “Water, Air and Green Areas”, Zagreb and Rijeka

1978: “Flora and Fauna of the Adriatic Sea”, Stari Grad and Zagreb

1979: “Forests, Parks and Orchards”, Zagreb, School Museum of Croatia

1979: “Forms, Colours, Structures and Spaces”, Zagreb, School Museum of Croatia

1979: “Games and Sports in Art Works of Yugoslav Children”, 8th Mediterranean Games, Split

1982: “Fish and Birds of My Homeland”, 21st International Children’s Festival Šibenik

1983: “Visual Communications”, Zagreb, “Školska Knjiga” Gallery

1984: “Designing Games”, 24th International Children’s Festival Šibenik

1985: “Imagination, Knowledge and Design”, 25th International Children’s Festival Šibenik

1986: “Cars, Boats and Airplanes”, 26th International Children’s Festival Šibenik

1986: “History of Drawing Classes in Croatia”, Zagreb, School Museum of Croatia

1993: “War and Peace in Children’s Imagination and Reality”, at the occasion of the InSEA World Congress, Montreal

1994: World Exhibition “Human Family”, Oslo, Museum of Children’s Art (participation of 120 countries)

1994: “Achievements in Art Education in Croatia”, Lisbon, European Congress of InSEA

1995: “Three Important Events in Croatia”, Zagreb, Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences:

  • “Visit of Pope John Paul II to Croatia”

  • “Drawings made at the exhibition ‘Holy Trail’”

  • “Spaces and Buildings of Zagreb”

1996: “Adults’ World in Children’s Eyes”, Zagreb, Fine Arts Exhibition Hall:

  • “War and Peace in Children’s Imagination and Reality”

  • “Cities and Building Construction” (international collection)

  • “Boats and Shipbuilding”

1997: “Six Themes”, InSEA World Congress, Glasgow, Academy of Fine Arts

1997: “Events, Perceptions and Experiences”, Zagreb, City Hall

1998: “Oceans and Seas” – Exhibition of 500 selected art works from an international competition among children and youth from 17 countries, organized by the InSEA Branches of Croatia and Portugal, at the occasion of the 1998 World Exhibition “EXPO 98”, at Carlos Lopes Hall, Lisbon. Upon the request of the Ministry of Education of Portugal, the exhibition was opened during the European Conference of Ministries of Culture. This same exhibition was also shown in 2000 in Rijeka (Kortil Gallery) and Poznan, at the 5th European INSEA Congress

2002: “Cities of Stone”, New York 31st InSEA World Congress. In 2003, this same exhibition was also shown in Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb