Education - Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern (IVAM)

The main aim of the teaching workshops is to encourage immersion in the processes of creation and in the genesis of the works exhibited.
Art education has traditionally been polarised either towards expression, in the form of workshops based on free creativity, or else towards the recognition of works, artists and styles.
The products of art tend to be considered like any other object of disciplinary knowledge. Exclusively analytical methods of reasoning are used, when a fundamental requirement in order to enter into the phenomenon of art is to make a synthetic approach based on experience.
Traditional museum visits are organised as an appendage of school activity, often with the sole aim of collecting data or information, characterised by an excessive obsession with learning to recognise rather than to understand. Understanding of art does not come simply from observation and recognition of works and styles but from something more important, the reflective understanding that makes it possible to obtain enjoyment and enrichment from aesthetic vision and experimentation. Workshops based on free artistic expression develop personal creativity, but generally without any kind of cultural or reflective reference.
Teaching workshops are a bridge between creative experimentation and experiential understanding. They make it possible to develop the three areas that Howard Gardner defines as fundamental in all art education: perception, reflection and production.
It is true that no understanding is possible without planned, conscious observation, but it is also true that for an aesthetic experience to take place the observation must be sensitive perception. This may lead one to reflect either about the products of art or about reality seen in terms of specific aesthetic principles.

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