«ARTIFICIAL CLASS»:
Stories about contemporary art and artistic experiments
for children and parents

Starting February 2010 in the frames of the educational program the Kaliningrad branch of the NCCA carries out the project, entitled «Artificial class: Stories about contemporary art and artistic experiments for children and parents».

Every child has an aesthetic interest in the world around, in other words «a need to be artistically productive and perceptive, as it’s based on an anthropological need of artistic self-expression and desire to analyse artistic images of others». This very statement of Kleinmann reflects very carefully the main principle of the «Artificial class»: from acquaintance and analysis of children’s paintings by children to investigation and search for interconnections between «children’s» art and works of «grown-up» contemporary artists, and then to self-expression and artistic experience of every child! The basic idea of the «class» is the following: every child is a creator, who has own aesthetic interests and need for creative realization of his/her own ideas, free from corrections from the side of grown-ups.

Joining the first «Artificial class», children and their parents will listen to short and long stories about what a museum is and who an artist is, how to «read» a picture and how to create it, they also get acquainted with the brightest representatives of contemporary art and its trends: Willem de Kooning (abstract expressionism: action art, dripping, color-field painting) Alexander Calder (kinetic sculpture, stabile, abstraction) Dan Flavin (ABC art, installation) Andy Goldsworthy (land art, landscape painting, frottage) Yves Klein (monochrome, avant-garde, new realism) Wolfgang Laib (minimalism), etc.

The class will help to develop visual competence, critical thinking, communicative abilities of the children; it will also tell about principles of work with unusual artistic materials and invite to try oneself as an experimenter, creating their own unique creative works.

We’ll try to investigate traditional questions and statements, addressed to contradictory contemporary artists: «Is it art or what?» «Everyone can do so!» We’ll find beauty in baffling «black squares» and create our own!

The «Class» is meant for children from 7 years. The lessons are for free. Parents provide children with materials necessary for the lesson. Training will be in the 8 + 8 groups (child + mother/father) 2 times a month. The lesson duration is about 2 hours (with breaks).

If you want to join the «ARTificial class» or know about the time of the next lesson, please phone (4012) 604-332 or write an e-mail to (Zhinaida Shershun)





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