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Art Education – inter-culturally

Meetings and exchanges between art education students from Switzerland and the South Caucasus are at the heart of this project. Three art colleges from Switzerland and state colleges from Armenia and Georgia are involved. Every year for three years, a total of 18 students and accompanying lecturers will undertake two 14-day exchange workshops. On each leg, one of the workshops takes place in the South Caucasus and another in Switzerland. The workshops begin with observation work in public schools, in which the participants later jointly prepare and deliver art lessons. A reflection on inter-cultural cooperation accompanies the process.
The project is intended to provide future art teachers with their own experiences of different school systems. In a practice-oriented exchange, they question the (supposed) self-evident facts of the familiar school system and develop their attitude towards it. The exchange allows them to learn about alternatives to their educational tradition and to critically examine these. The Swiss students also prepare for teaching in school classes with children from different backgrounds. How can cultural differences be used as a valuable resource here?

 

Art Education – inter-culturally II

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How does art teaching work in Georgia and what are the leading goals? What does the everyday school life of art teachers in Switzerland look like and what are its challenges? The second edition of Kulturelle Bildung – Inter-kulturell is an exchange between art education students from Switzerland and Georgia. It began in October 2022 with a two-week workshop in Tbilisi. A workroom at Ilia State University served as a “home base” where the 18 students and four accompanying lecturers, half of them from Switzerland and the other half from Georgia, will first get to know each other. From here, they attended art lessons in public and private schools and prepared their own lessons, which they then held in mixed teams at state school no. 5 in Tbilisi. Visits to cultural institutions and universities in Tbilisi completed the full programme. Impressions that remained with the Swiss participants: The great commitment of Georgian teachers who achieve a lot with little resources; the huge difference between public and private schools; an interesting reorientation of the Georgian curricula, which reflects the country’s desired approach to the EU.

The second part of the exchange, the return visit of the Georgian participants to their Swiss colleagues, was hosted by the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) in February 2023. Here, too, the focus of the programme was on school observations, joint lesson preparation and trial lessons at the Alpenquai Cantonal School. However, there was also enough time for personal exchange, and the lecturers and students from Lucerne showed the Georgians and their Swiss colleagues around their university, city and museums. The high standard of museum education there inspired many participants. In the evening, they cooked together in a kitchen at the art academy. An exuberant celebration, including Georgian dancing, marked the end of the intensive time together.

Place and year
Tiflis and Luzern, 2022/2023

Students
Soumaya Batache, Mia Bodenmüller, Jonah Buchmann, Laura Ciarla, Ina Egger, Christian Frei, Tamara Maxine Früh, Eter Gordeladze, Jacqueline Granwehr, Mako Ioseliani, Eter Ivanelashvili, Natia Jashiashvili, Marine Koberidze, Giorgi Liparishvili, Tamta Natidze, Inga Shalvashvili, Pascale Speck

Lecturers
Ursula Bachman, Céline Brunko, Iris Ganz, Irina Jorjadze, Buba Ochiauri, Priska Senn

Interpreters
Ana Jikia, Mariam Gabrichidze

Project Management
Dagmar Reichert (artasfoundation)
Irina Jorjadze (Ilia State University, Georgia)

Partner organisations
Ilia State University, Georgia
Zurich University of the Arts
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Academy of Art
School Nr. 50, Tbilisi
Free University, Tbilisi
European School Tbilisi
Tbilisi State Academy of Arts
Kantonsschule Alpenquai, Lucerne
Kunstmuseum Luzern

Financial Contribution
Stiftung Mercator Schweiz
Zurich University of the Arts
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Academy of Art

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After a COVID-19-induced postponement, we are finally getting started! In February 2022, we welcomed nine students and two lecturers from the Armenian State Pedagogical University for a two-week workshop in Zurich. Together with art education students from Basel (FHNW), Lucerne (HSLU) and Zurich (ZHdK), they visited art classes in the cantonal schools of Baden and Bülach and gained insights into the work of museum education in the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Stapferhaus Lenzburg. Then, in groups of four, the students prepared their own lessons and delivered them to the students at the cantonal school in Bülach. Their lecturers observed the classes and gave feedback. Two moments of this workshop were particularly memorable: The first was the contribution of Kulturagent*innen, who brought their intervention in Swiss schools to life in the shape of a live performance; The second was the evening when the Armenian students presented their alphabet and its history at the Literaturhaus Zurich. Both were a success!
The nine Swiss students then travelled to Armenia in March 2022. Lecturers from Tbilisi and Sukhum/i joined the Armenian-Swiss group and all moved into a working room at the Armenian State Pedagogical University. The Armenian lecturers invited the participants to typical classes, which included carpet design and weaving, and sculpture. Moreover, museum visits introduced the students to the country's rich culture. Still, the focus of the programme was on school visits and joint lesson preparation, upon which the students built knowledge in preparation for holding their own. Our partner schools were located in Yerevan and Charenstavan. The cross-cultural teamwork necessary for these lessons proved an important learning experience for all participants. A blog was created that contains the students' impressions.

Place and year
Zürich and Jerewan, 2022

Students
Anna Azaryan, Soraya Blumer, Mia Bodenmüller, Alisa Gunba, Anush Hakobyan, Lorenz Hegi, Dominique Joller, Paula Knill, Marieta Levonyan, Lilya Martirosyan, Matilda Materni, Meri Matosyan, Sanja Nascarella, Luiza Nersisyan, Francesca Peluzzi, Varduhi Shushanyan, Viktorya Varosyan, Meri Yeghiazaryan

Lecturers
Ursula Bachman, Iris Ganz, Irina Jorjadze, Naira Mkhitaryan, Haykuhi Mukoyan, Priska Senn, Maiana Tvishba, Kulturagent*innen (Manuela Luterbacher and Barbara Tacchini)

Interpreters
Davit Gyulamiryan, Stella Loretsyan, Estella Sahakyan, Denys Shantar

Project Management
Dagmar Reichert (artasfoundation)
Sandra Suter (artasfoundation)
Shoghakat Mlke-Galstyan
Andreas Kohli (ZHdK)

Partner organisations
Armenian State Pedagogical University
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Academy of Art
Atelierschule Zürich
Base College /High-School/ der Armenian State Pedagogical University
Charenstavan Art School n/a Garzu
KZU Bülach
Kantonsschule Baden
Kunsthaus Zürich
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Stapferhaus Lenzburg
P. Terlemezyan State College of Fine Arts
Yerevan Basic School N 57
Yerevan Basic School N 84 n/a Kh. Abovyan

Financial contribution
Stiftung Mercator Schweiz
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Academy of Art
Private Donations