We wanted to organize workshops for secondary art school pupils and art university students. Schools and universities from 7 countries could actively take part in the activities of the project. A guest speaker from the partner country visited the schools in another partner country and delivered lectures about specific subjects which refer to the field of traditional arts and culture of his own country. The guest speaker participates in the workshops and helps the pupils/students in their jobs (together with the host performers and teachers). Some topics: traditional wear, folk wood carving, folk pottery, traditional architecture, applied arts, goldsmith’s craft etc. The second lecture was held by a local speaker (example: art teacher from the local school) compare it to the local customs and traditions. One of her main goals in the workshop activities is to reveal the similarities and differences of European traditions. The task of the different school groups was to create artworks in modern style relying upon the lectures and their own researching by the assistance of a teacher in the traditional art and culture of the partner country. In these works they had to unify tradition with modern trends. They made contemporary artworks with traditional elements, fill the tradition with modern meaning, and meanwhile they get to know the culture of the partner country. Moreover we wanted to impart the pupils and students a value-conscious thinking. These lectures and the following workshops help the young designers and artists get acquainted with European traditions and handcraft techniques, and this can promote their professional development and establish a fresh and creative way of thinking. On the workshops the students made 70 new artworks and the best pieces were selected to the national exhibitions.
Location of the workshops:
Prague (Czech Republic)
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Video summary about the Hungarian workshop
Location: Kisképő Art School
Video about the Polish workshop
Video about the Slovenian workshop