Art education 2023
How can we enable visual arts education to reflect contemporary art practices? The art form of performance has a significant role in today’s art scene and is exhibited in galleries, biennials, and museums. However, it can feel challenging to approach for both students and art teachers. Working in three dimensions and with sculptures involves physical contact with the materials, but the body itself can also become the material.
In their thesis project at Konstfack, performance artist and art education student Naelu, in collaboration with the Princess Estelle’s Cultural Foundation and the Museum of Ethnography, has explored the use of masks as tools for performance art in visual arts education.
Naelu has employed Research Creation, a method of research through creative practice, where various research events such as workshops and interviews with high school art students have shaped the work.
The video performance piece Alternative Identity portrays experiences and insights that have emerged through artistic exploration of the Royal Djurgården Sculpture Park and the Museum of Ethnography, using alternative identity as a starting point. Workshops and interviews with high school students have been a significant part of the empirical study, where students were initially tasked with designing and creating alternative identities in the form of masks using recycled materials in the Museum of Ethnography’s studio. Subsequently, they participated in performance exercises in the Royal Djurgården Sculpture Park.
By providing students with the challenges posed by different art expressions and materials, where considerations of identity, spatiality, and corporeality are given space, a broader form of knowledge acquisition can be achieved, blurring the boundaries of what one dares to express or not.
Collaboration between schools and art and cultural institutions is a way to integrate practical knowledge acquisition in visual arts education with contemporary art. Allowing students to create in public spaces while being protected by the alternative identities provided by the masks enables greater inclusivity while also reaching out to the broader community with their creations.
Storytelling and perspective with parallax
Wednesday to Sunday between July 5th and August 20th in the Gallery AI exhibition at the Technical Museum.
This year’s workshop for children and families is designed to develop their creativity and teach them about the artistic forms of the sculptures in the park, the techniques they are made with, and the storytelling in artistic composition.
We use the so-called parallax effect to explore scales and perspectives. In the workshop, children choose a figure that is cut out of wood using our laser cutter. The children draw on the wooden silhouette and create a short storyboard for the character. The figure is then placed in front of or between some pre-made backgrounds, see example image below. When a photo is taken, an illusion is created that the background is far away, while the figure appears close due to the different scales. This is despite the fact that the backgrounds and the figure are very close to each other in reality. It also becomes a play with 2D and 3D – how can the eye perceive something that is layers of 2D as 3D?
The Museum of Ethnography will offer a workshop for children and adults where they build “Rådare,” creatures inspired by nature.
More information will be added shortly.