Media skills for future-oriented media education in Germany by Daniela Reimann

The new BMBF project, also known as MediaArt@Edu explores artistic approaches to support media literacy in vocational preparation and vocational orientation progams for young people. The project aims to develop new concepts to enhance digital media skills of young people at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Institute of Vocational and General Education. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and also co-ordinated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Institute of Vocational and General Education. More information >>

 

Beyond the Borders in Sparta by Georgia Kakourou Chroni 

The city of Sparta, which is in the Southern part of Greece, has a very large and diverse community of immigrants, who have come from different countries around the world. It would be both stimulating and exciting for the Coumantaros Art Gallery, a Branch of the National Gallery, to gain some insight into the lives of these immigrant children. As part of the on-going InSEA Borderland project, the Coumantaros Art Gallery aims to understand the lives of these immigrant children more deeply. More information >>

 

The AccessArt Sketchbooks in Schools Project, UK, by Paula Briggs

Funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Sketchbooks in School project aimed to promote the creative use of sketchbooks in schools as a learning tool that can help nurture ownership of learning, motivation and development of creative thinking skills in children. We first demonstrated to teachers how sketchbooks could be an important person-centered learning tool, which can extend beyond an art lesson and help in learning other aspects of a person’s interest. More information >>

 

Staying Pure for the Future: An art project in Kisumu city by Steven Masai

It has taken me a long time to send my work from Kenya to InSEA, mainly because it has been a challenge to get these images and text in an electronic format. Here I describe a project session that was done in April 2012 in Kisumu city, in Kenya with the help of three other artists. Our work involves educating the community through the arts about pertinent issues that affect the community. We mainly conduct these project sessions in schools and churches. In this particular project, we had a chance to speak to several youth in St Luke ACK Church in Kisumu city. More information >>

 

Youth and Heritage: An EU-Syrian project to promote cultural heritage by Maya Alkateb

Youth and Heritage was a one-year EU-Syrian project aimed at promoting awareness of cultural heritage amongst youth in two cities in Syria. The project was implemented by the Italian Development organization COSV (Comitato di Coordinamento delle Organizzazioni per il Servizio Volontario), the Syrian non-governmental organization Al Makan Art Association, the French research institute Ifpo (Institut français du Proche-Orient/ French Institute for Near East Studies), and the Syrian Organization for Sustainable Tourism. More information >>

 

ITEMS - Innovative Teaching for European Museum Strategies by Aniko Illes

The Innovative Teaching for European Museum Strategies (ITEMS), funded by the EU Leonardo Life Long Program is a collaborative project between museum and art educators from six European countries. About forty teachers from France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg and Portugal participated in various seminars that were held in each country. The main goal of the project was to share experiences and ideas on the relationship between schools and museums, and strategies for enhancing effectiveness of formal/informal learning programs offered to young people. More information >>

 

Hexagon of Hexagons from the UK: International Interdependent Hexagon Project

While we were in New York, Beth Burkhauser, the chair of the international Interdependence Hexagon Project told us about the aim of the project, which is to use visual arts for facilitating interconnectedness amongst youth globally, which can contribute towards a global civil society. We, at acreativespace, Kent, UK, thus decided to produce our own contribution to that project during “acreativespace” day, in which children and adults created hexagons for this project. The final outcome of the project is a hexagon of Hexagons. More information>>

 

Digitally documented experimental museum-school projects by Leena Hannula

The fact that learning acquired in museums can be recalled long after the museum visit has been noted by many scholars such as Falk and Dierking (1995). Museum experience is unique, authentic and long term. Based on this core idea, three experiemental museum-school projects were developed at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum in Helsinki, in collaboration with schools and other museums in Finland and Sweden. The projects contribute towards expanding the role of the visitor in a musuem as well as in the pedagogical experience within a museum space. More information >>

 

Creativity inspired by lyrics: An art installation project in Augsburg by Ava Serjouie

This project was implemented in July 2009, with fourth graders in the International school of Augsburg, Germany. This project was developed as a collaborative lesson plan between the art teacher, which is myself, and the drama teacher. The project was based on Primary year’s education Program (PYP), which is a curricular guide for fourth graders. The PYP unit that was adopted for this project had the central idea of ‘Imagination - that allows us to express ourselves creatively’. When we teach art, we have to meet a variety of decisions. More information >>

 

Transforming old chairs into art-objects Project by Bernadette Thomas, Kehl

The ‘Transforming old and used chairs into art objects’ project was conceptualized by Bernadette Thomas, an art teacher in Tulla-Realschule, in Kehl, in Germany. The project was implemented in February and March 2010, as part of art lessons in the school curriculum, involving students from two of her classes, aged 13 to 15 years. Art lessons are normally for two hours a week for each class. The project was conceived based on the idea of transforming an ordinary object into something artistic, something that is large and also inexpensive, for example old or used chairs. More information >>