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Educational projects for elementary schools

In 2007 Skaftfell started to provide a regular art education program, custom made to meet the needs of students in East Iceland. Every winter since then, Skaftfell has offered new projects presenting art in one form or another, and has brought them to elementary schools in East Iceland, thereby strengthening art education efforts in the region.

Landscape and sound figures was the title of Skaftfell’s art education project for winter 2017-2018. It’s main focus was the sound sculpture Tvísöngur, by German artists Lukas Kühne. The students were also invited for a guided tour of the current exhibition in Skaftfell’s gallery at the time, Edge EffectsRead more.

Skaftfell’s art education project for winter 2016-2017 was a travelling art workshop in which the concept of oral traditions and their transformation through recording were analysed. The workshop travelled between schools in October 2016 and was designed for students in mid level. Instructor was Ragnheiður Maísól Sturludóttir. Read more.

“Perception lab for color and shape” was a travelling workshop led by Icelandic artist Karlotta Blöndal. The workshop introduced the students to artworks by Eyborg Gudmundsdóttir and Eygló Harðardóttir and provided them with methods for studying the properties of color and shape. Read more.

The project Digital Craftsmanship emphasized the union of creativity and sustainability and was designed for fifth, sixth and seventh graders in primary schools around the east fjords. Read more.

The educational project during the winter of 2013-2014 revolved around the visual language and practice of the Swiss artist Dieter Roth. Skaftfell invited primary school students from ten to twelve years of age to a guided tour of the art center’s current exhibition Fancy-Cake in the Sun, focusing mainly on print works and book works by the artist. Following the visit, the students were invited to partake in a creative workshop and guided tour examining the printing machines in the Technical Museum in Seydisfjörður. Read more.
During the 2010-2011 project, a guided tour was offered through the exhibition Every other day, another place. The exhibition presented the results of a yearly workshop for students of the Iceland University of the Arts, hosted annually at Skaftfell since 2001, in collaboration with The Dieter Roth Academy.

The course Ideas and recycling in art and creation aimed at broadening the students’ horizon and widening their aesthetic literacy. Two teachers went with the project to 13 schools, and around 130 students between the age of 12-16 took part in the course.

During winter 2008-2009 the Chest of Knowledge was created in cooperation with the Technical Museum of East Iceland. The project’s aim was to look at the connection between art and science in a stimulating and unorthodox way. The Chest of Knowledge traveled to all elementary schools in East Iceland and was well received.

The first educational project by Skaftfell was a joint project with the National Gallery of Iceland. An exhibition was set up in Skaftfell’s gallery – Icelandic visual art: a hundred years in a nutshell, and around 300 students from the region were invited for short courses in connection with the exhibition. The goal was to broaden the students’ knowledge about the evolution of art and to improve their visual literacy, particularly in terms of modern and contemporary art.