Nomadic School for Visual Education, an educational program on contemporary art for pupils

Paweł Althamer. Common Task (Kyiv, 2015)

18 September – 10 December 2017

Visual Culture Research Center launches the Nomadic School for Visual Education – educational program on contemporary art for pupils.

On September 18, 2017, the first experimental course on contemporary art for 7th-grade pupils started in Mariupol at the Secondary School-Lyceum of Information Technologies # 69. During the course, the nine contemporary Ukrainian artists will familiarize pupils with the strategies and problematic of contemporary art, as well as teach to analyze artworks and visual images.

Within the program, the pupils will acquire the skills of understanding the visual image and artistic expression. At the lessons, pupils will learn who Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys are, what installation, performance, social sculpture, and ready-made are, as well as why the mistakes can be more valuable than the right answers. Practical classes with the artists, development and creation of common projects in different artistic media will be part of the program, too.

Understanding of art always requires going beyond the limits of the established mental structures. That is why efforts aimed at the image perception facilitate the development of social skills – openness to a different viewpoint, willingness to overcome your own stereotypes and prejudice, and critical thinking. Through the interaction with artists, pupils will learn to understand art as a means of communication and mutual understanding, as a tool for self-reflection and comprehension of the surrounding reality, as well as the possibility of its transformation.

Among the teachers: Zhanna Kadyrova, Alevtyna Kakhidze, Borys Kashapov, Oksana Kazmina, Lesia Khomenko, Maria Kulikovska, Sasha Protiah, Yevhen Samborskyi, and Maria Vorotilina.

Curator – Lesia Kulchynska
Coordinator – Ruslana Koziienko

Organizer – Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv

Partner – Platform “Тю!”, Mariupol

The project is supported by International Rennaissance Foundation within the Cultural Diplomacy for Dialogue contest:

Supported by ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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