Featured Article: Arts education and the challenge of evaluation in Slovakia by Miloš KmeťThe aim of this article is to provide an overview of arts education in primary and lower secondary level education in Slovakia, and highlight the challenge of evaluation in visual art education. I provide these perspectives based on historical facts and a reflection of my own experience of teaching visual art for the last 12 years in Slovakia. The contemporary issue of evaluation is of significant importance to the field and also an interest of my current research investigation. Slovakia is a small country in Central Europe. More information >> Strengthening Nordic-American cultural exchange through art educationA unique feature in Aune's works is that they have a central image with patterned borders that are decorative, symmetrical and floral - which in some ways is an antithesis of contemporary styles in visual arts. Aune mentions that while studying art in school, art related to nature or decorative art was frowned upon; instead, barbed wires and dead birds were considered serious and nitty-gritty art. More information >> IDEAlaboratoires : an European art education project by Teresa EcaThis article describes a collaborative project developed and implemented during 2010-2012 by a group of art teachers from secondary schools in four European countries. The project was funded by the European Commission, under their Comenius sub-programme of the Lifelong Learning Programme. A total of seven schools from Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Portugal participated in the project. More information >> Art Education and the New Knowledge Economy in Saudi Arabia by Sara AlbadiI studied in a private school for my elementary, secondary and post secondary education, which unfortunately did not offer any art classes. Although most private schools offer art classes, there are some exceptions like my school. In general, in Saudi Arabia, it is rare for schools to not offer art classes and is a mandatory subject in public schools. Public schools are under the Ministry of Education, which mandates art as a compulsory subject in the school curriculum. More information >> The Fragile Live Art Experience: Art and music in realtimeThe Fragile Live Art is a unique method of making art with live music being played in real time, that was conceptualized by Estonian artist and art teacher Tõnu Talve, who is currently teaching art at the Laulasmaa School, in Laulasmaa, Estonia. Talve has a particular style in his color and techniques that incline towards abstraction that can be easily distinguished from works of other artists. Equally unique is his method of making art, The Fragile Live Art, which he has been practicing for over 15 years in Estonia and several countries around the world. More information >> Tactile art for the visually challenged in CroatiaVisually challenged people are not in a habit of visiting art exhibitions, both, as a group or as individuals. Their engagement with the arts are limited, since many artworks require ‘sight’ to physically engage with the artwork. Not being able to perceive the artwork with their eyes, limits their interaction with art and also in many aspects of social life. Ivona’s sculptures are especially made for visually challenged people, who can perceive the artwork not through their eyes, but through their sense of touch, by using their hands and by moving their bodies while interacting with the sculpture. More information>>