Abstract

Jokela, Timo
Finland
R.61 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 17:10 - 17:40, Room Aula
Project based studies in art teachers training programme
In Department of Art Education at the University of Lapland “Art, Community and Environmental” studies have been developed for the integration of art educators, artist, institutes of art and culture, schools as well as activities with local inhabitants to create and support the culture in North. These studies familiarize students with the strategy of place-specific art, community art and environmental art. Students are provided with basic skills to carry out art projects in communities and apply methods in combining art education with activities initiated by various art and cultural institutions, organizations and informal communities. The purpose of these studies is to refine students’ own artistic and pedagogical skills and reform cooperation between culture organizations, communities and art education. Project studies training courses aim to provide students with collaborative skills. During the process students perform project designs, survey sites and their socio-cultural contexts, learn how to document, evaluate and report. New learning methods in web-environments support the development of these studies. With the help of distance learning students can realize art education projects in their everyday environments outside of the university and share their experiences with other students in web-environments. The purpose of my presentation is to clarify the essence of place-specific and community based project working as a part of art teachers training program and art education, which aims to support local livelihoods and strengthen the communities in North. As an example I describe aims, methods and results in a project called Border Dialogues - Keys to Neiden: Environmental Art Project.
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