General Information
 
Organizations:
Annantalo Arts Centre
Helsinki Art School for Children and Young People
Hämeenlinna School of Fine Arts for Children and Young People
Länsi-Porin Lukio (Länsi-Pori Senior Secondary School)
National Board of Education
Push Firma Beige
The School of Art and Design TAIKA
University of Art and Design UIAH, Department of Art Education
University of Lapland, Department of Art Education
Vantaa Art School for Children and Young People
 
Projects:
The Oak of Finland - [Info] [Page]
Picturing a Century CD-ROM Project - [Info] [Page]
Play and Art - Art Exhibition as an Act of Art Education - [Info] [Page]
Taikomo - Art Education in a Multicultural Context - [Info] [Page]
Art and Arctic Environment - [Info] [Page]
Pori-Mácon-Eger - [Info] [Page]
Trachea - Contemporary Art Education - [Info] [Page]
Town Archaeology in the Surroundings of an Art Estate - [Info] [Page]
9000 Solar Circles - [Info] [Page]
The Theme Finnish Forest - Silva - in Art Education - [Info] [Page]
Lahti Summit '97 - [Info] [Page]
The Free Breakfast - [Info] [Page]
    

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General Information

 Background
 
  

For the last fifteen years the multicultural society has faced a new educational situation, which demands activities for equal rights and tolerant education against racist movement. Racist movement is not yet a big problem in Finland, but it is growing.

Art education can contribute to promote tolerance, mutual respect and a "Culture of Peace". In fine arts, the pupil studies the world through experience, emotions, cognitive thinking and his or her own artistic activity, which all strengthen sensitive intelligence.
 

 
 About the curriculum in the field of art in Finland
 
  

The latest core curriculum in Finland was authorized in 1994. Painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic arts, mixed media, crafts and design are all taught under the same label, "arts". Pre-primary level has a holistic core curriculum (including arts) instead of a national distribution of lessons.

In primary schools (for the first six years), art, crafts and music (6, 8 and 6 hours per week, respectively) are compulsory. In secondary schools (the next three years) they are still compulsory, but in lesser quantities (2, 3, and 1 hour per week, respectively), and the schools have to offer 20 optional courses of whatever they decide, which may include arts, even theatre and dance.

InariGrönholm
National Board of Education

 
   

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Annantalo Arts Centre

 

Network 1001 (connected to the Trachea project) at Annantalo Arts Centre is in co-operation with Community Arts Centre, comprehensive schools, senior secondary schools, and special schools for artistically gifted students.

Network 1001
Annantalo Arts Centre
Annankatu 30
FIN-00100 Helsinki
Finland

Tel. + 358 9 169 3919
Fax. + 358 9 169 3914


 Project: Trachea, Contemporary Art Education
 

TRACHEA was a joint project undertaken by a group of Finns and Lithuanians, its aim being to bridge the gap between contemporary art and art education. The project comprised of five subprojects culminating in a performance gallery.

The project consisted of workshops and lectures about art and science and physical exercises, and it utilised body experiences in relation to cognition, feeling and movement. The students were instructed to prepare presentations on performance art and youth sub-cultures. Homework assignments was also an integral part of the project. The pedagogical approach has been interdisciplinarity and multiculturalism.

The expected outcome of the project is to get acquainted with cultural differences between east and west, to explore ways in which contemporary art relates to young peoples' lives and how art appreciation influences their own art projects, and to create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists, art educators, cultural institutions and sponsors at both national and international levels.

The project assessment is done through reports, publications and exhibitions.

Contact:
Riitta Heikkinen, Riitta.Heikkinen@pp2.inet.fi
Project duration:
2 years and one week period, homework in 1995-1998
Finance:
Total USD $54 000
Pupils:
15-18 years, Finnish, Finnish-Swedish and Lithuanian

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Helsinki Art School for Children and Young People

  Helsinki Art School is a private extra-curricular school, which provides art education for children aged 5-20. The activities of the school have been determined by a parliamentary law and carried out by the municipal board of recreation. The children come once a week as a group, and their motivation and interest solves whether they continue studying year after year.

Helsinki Art School for Children and Young People
Untuvaisentie 10
FIN-00820 Helsinki
Finland

Tel. + 358 9 759 195264
Fax. + 358 9 759 1964


 Project: Town Archaeology in the Surroundings of an Art Estate
 

Helsinki Art School children studied history and life of the times gone by. The project was joined by children from day care centres, and comprehensive school. There were about 500 participants.

The project began at a 200-year-old manorial environment in the spring. Historical buildings, urban life, people and animals in Helsinki became a part of the project. The pupils had their eyes and senses opened to see and experience their environment in a new way. Besides the traditional art works the participants studied light art, and made public performances.

The expected outcome of the project was to promote multiculturalism, interdisciplinarity, environmental education, and national heritage.

Contact:
Liisa Hamarila
Project duration:
One academic year (1998)
Finance:
USD $60 000 from the school, Hämeenlinna City Council, and parents.
Pupils:
4 to 18 years, with African, Asian, Russian or Balkan cultural backround.

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Hämeenlinna School of Fine Arts for Children and Young People

 

Hämeenlinna School of Fine Arts for Children and Young People
Keinusaarentie 13
FIN-13110 Hämeenlinna
Finland

Tel. + 358 3 621 2657
Fax. + 358 3 621 2657


 Project: 9000 Solar Circles
 

9000 Solar Circles is a project organized by Hämeenlinna School of Fine Arts. In the project, historiology together with environmental art education provide the camps with a rich source for various activities. A number of craftsmen, artists and teachers study with the children the humankind's relationship with nature and time. The frame for activities is a prehistoric village community, its cultural life, industries, tools and items. An experience based on participation is the bridge across the layers of time. Life in the village of the Solar Circles is a drama and a game which adults and children play together; it is creating visions of the prehistoric times in Finland. In the summer camps, held each year since 1990, nearly one thousand children have lived in the village community of 9000 Solar Circles.

Contact:
Pekka Lehtimäki, Pekka.Lehtimaki@hml.htk.fi
Project duration:
One week each year
Finance:
The school financed the project.
Pupils:
6-18 years, all Finnish.

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Länsi-Porin Lukio (Länsi-Pori Upper Secondary School)

  Länsi-Porin Lukio, Upper Secondary School is situated on the coast of Baltic Sea. In the school there are 300 pupils and 20 teachers and its orientation is visual art. The school is very active and has contacts both to the art world and upper secondary schools in Europe.

Länsi-Porin Lukio
Aatuntie 6
FIN-28600 Pori
Finland

Tel. + 358 2 621 5293
Fax. + 358 2 621 5171
lpori.lukio@cedunet.com


 Project: Pori-Mácon-Eger
 

The project was about contemporary murals in co-operation with Finnish, French and Hungarian senior secondary schools: Eszterházy Károly Normal School from Eger, Hungary, René Cassin Senior Secondary School from Mácon, France, and Länsi-Pori Senior Secondary School from Pori, Finland.

The approach was to improve the built environment by the means of visual arts and also to learn about the values and attitudes of young people from other countries. The schools organized three mural workshops, each one in their own country. The wall paintings in Finland and Hungary have been realized by using traditional methods and sgraffito-technique. The theme of murals were related to the cultures of the participating countries.

The expected outcome of the project is to get to know different cultures, to learn different attitudes and values from each other, to influence the environment through art, and to work in co-operation with cultural institutions and sponsors.

Contact:
Arja Kujansuu
Project duration:
A few weeks in 1995-1998
Finance:
A special budget, USD $10 000, from Pori City Council.
Pupils:
15-18 years, from France, Hungary and Finland, with different cultural backgrounds.

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National Board of Education

  The National Board of Education (NBE) is the national agency of expertise for field of education and training in Finland. The key areas of excellence are curricular development, evaluation of educational outcomes and supportive services to schools and educational institutions.

National Board of Education
P.O. Box 531
FIN-00820 Helsinki
Finland

Tel. + 358 9 774 775
Fax. + 358 9 774 77823
www.edu.fi/english


 Project: The Oak of Finland
 

The project has a homepage at www.edu.fi/projektit/tammi
(Also in English)

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The expected outcome of the project is to foster creativity and knowledge of local history, to promote the spirit of tolerance in regard to religion, cultures and gender issues. The Oak of Finland is a joint project with NBE and the Board of Antiquities and a hundred schools and museums are taking part in it.

For example, primary school children in Kannelmäki school studied their cultural heritage. In National Museum of Finland there is a prehistoric stone age pot from Kannelmäki area. Pupils, teachers, and ceramic artists studied the pot carefully. Afterwards the pupils made pots of their own using stone age techiques. Another result of the museum visit was two meter high relief of clay which was placed on the wall. Pupils also followed the story of wool from lamb to textiles by doing all stages of processes by themselves.

Contact:
Inari Grönholm, Inari.Gronholm@oph.fi
Senior advisor
Project duration:
1998-2000 from 1 to 5 courses per year; 38 lessons per course.
Finance:
The project has a special budget, and receives funding from the government, city councils, and private sources.
Pupils:
6-18 years, with a Finnish, Finnish-Swedish, Sami, or other cultural background.

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Push Firma Beige

  Push Firma Beige is a place for presentations, exhibitions, teaching, experimental publications, shows, teaching and educational services. It is in co-operation with Tapio Nursery, Aleksis Kivi Comprehensive School, and Kynnys ry (an organization for disabled people).

Push Firma Beige / Minna Heikinaho
Helsinginkatu 23 B
FIN-00510 Helsinki
Finland

Tel. + 358 9 73103212
Mobile + 358 50 5215724
Fax. + 358 9 7014872
minnah@mkaho.pp.fi


 Project: The Free Breakfast
 

The expected outcome of the project is to strengthen the co-operation within the local community, to seek out interaction with the surrounding space and people living there, to promote the spirit of tolerance in regart to culture and gender, and to see the artist's challenged role: to create new concepts and a new kind of model for action, and to meake people think about their values and their attitude to life.

The project was the first action of Push Firma Beige launched by Minna Heikinaho, an artist. While she was doing her graduation work for the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, she serviced a free breakfast in an empty street shop every morning for half a year.

The project was a graduation work for the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 1994. Finnish Broadcast Company made a documentary of this project.

Contact:
Minna Heikinaho, minnah@mkaho.pp.fi
Project duration:
A few weeks
Finance:
USD $2850 from Helsinki City Council.
Participants:
Local community people.

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The School of Art and Design TAIKA

  The school functions together with Lahti Polytechnic Institute of Design, offering a wide range of visual arts basic education for 300 children aged 6-18. The curriculum emphasizes environmental and object culture. The instruction is based on specific objectives and the law on the basic education of arts. The school is financed by the Päijät-Häme educational consortium and the 11 communities involved.

Taide- ja Muotoilukoulu Taika
Lounaankatu 2
FIN-15150 Lahti
Finland

Tel. +358 3 814 4671
Fax. +358 3 814 4671
www.lpt.fi/taika

 Project: Lahti Summit '97
 

The main purpose of this project is to establish relations between adolescents in two different countries, Iceland and Finland, in a new way. The students get an opportunity to send pictures and photos and discuss art and life via e-mail and on a web site ("the Book of Friendship"). Further co-operation between the Akureyri School of Visual Arts and the School of Art and Design TAIKA has been agreed upon in December 1998.

Students were working together in a net workshop (Summit '97) in October 1997 (but are still in contact via e-mail), with the aim of providing the students with more skills to produce net and multimedia work.

Contact:
Marjatta Hassi, marjatta.hassi@lpt.fi
Project duration:
One week, but communication by e-mail continues.
Finance:
Funded by parents and city councils (of 11 muncipalties), approximately USD $660 per year per student.
Pupils:
15-18 years, from Iceland and Finland.

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University of Art and Design UIAH, Department of Art Education

  The University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH gives education and pursues research in the fields of design, audiovisual communication, art education and arts. There are eleven departments and seventeen fields of education and research.

University of Art and Design UIAH
Department of Art Education
Hämeentie 135 C
FIN-00560 Helsinki
Finland

Tel. + 358 9 756 30252
Fax. + 358 9 756 30250
www.uiah.fi/arted


 Project: Picturing a Century, CD-ROM Project - The World in the Picures of School Children
 

Picturing a Century CD-ROM has been produced as a study project by the Department of Art Education. Most of the material for the CD-ROM comes from the art education history archives of the department. Students, in various study groups, produced hypermedia segments about the history of the Finnish art teaching and school children's world.

Contact:
Pirkko Pohjakallio, Pirkko.Pohjakallio@uiah.fi
Lecturer, Department of Art Education
Project duration:
1995 -
Finance:
Ministry of Education, different foundations, University of Art and Design UIAH, Department of Art Education
Pupils:
40 university students

 Project: Play and Art - Art Exhibition as an Act of Art Education
 

The project was an art exhibition with the title "Art and Play", addressed to day care centres and elementary classes lacking competent art teachers. The core of the art exhibition was to present Finnish contemporary fine arts of 1980's and 1990's for children.

The artworks displayed in the exhibition had children's play as a a central theme. After the guided tour children attended the art class at the gallery or were drawing or writing about their experiences of the exhibition afterwards in day care centres and schools.

The expected outcome of the project was to foster the understanding of contemporary art by giving positive experiences in interpreting artworks at early ages, to promote visiting art galleries and art exhibitions as a worth-while activities for everybody, and to open up the cultural heritage.

Assessment will be done through a doctoral dissertation, processing the data which was collected during the exhibition time.

Contact:
Liisa Piironen, Liisa.Piironen@uiah.fi
Professor, Head of Department of Art Education
Project duration:
One month, children visited the exhibition once, for two hours.
Finance:
The exhibition was financed by City Art Gallery Espoo.
Pupils:
3-10 years with Finnish or Finnish-Swedish cultural background, and some teachers of the day care centres and elementary school classes. The project was addressed to all day care centres and elementary classes of the city of Espoo.

 Project: Taikomo - Art Education in a Multicultural Context
 

The initiatior for the project was the University of Art and Design UIAH, Department of Art Education. On behalf of the City of Helsinki, the project is based on the work of a committee appointed by Helsinki city government. The basic task of the committee was to define the co-operation between art education establishments and comprehensive schools in Helsinki. The project includes research members from different type of art universities.

The main methodological principles of the school development and research work are based on the action research model. On the basic assumptions in the project is that through artistic activities pupils learn to understand different cultural ways of being. The pedagogical approach of the project is connected with interdisciplinarity.

The expected outcome of the project is fostering creativity, promoting the spirit of tolerance, and gender issues as a multicultural question.

Contact:
Inkeri Sava, Inkeri.Sava@uiah.fi
Professor
Project duration:
1997 - 2000
Finance:
The project has a special budget from Helsinki City Council, approximately USD $60 000 per year.
Pupils:
With Finnish, Somalian, Russian, or other cultural background.

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University of Lapland, Department of Art Education

  Department of Art Education is a centre for art education in the arctic areas of Europe. Multicultural interaction between Finnish, Sami, Swedish, Norwegian and Russian cultures is an essential part of Barents region heritage.

University of Lapland
Department of Art Education
P.O.Box 122
FIN-99601 Rovaniemi
Finland

Tel. + 358 16 341 341
Fax. + 358 16 341 2361
www.urova.fi/english


 Project: Art and Arctic Environment
 

The expected outcome of the project is to further cooperation among artists, art educators, cultural institutions and economic life in art education at both national and international levels; to become acquainted with northern culture, environment and identity through art; to develop working models for the integration of art and environmental education, social and aesthetic education. Assessment is done through research, reports, dissertations and master's thesis.

The project is divided into three part projects:

  • The River, 1994-1995
  • The Arctic Fell, 1996-1998
  • Ultima Thule, 1998

Contact:
Timo Jokela, Timo.Jokela@urova.fi
A professor of art education and artist, with 20 years of practice in the field.
Project duration:
Several 2 to 5-day periods (1994-1998).
Finance:
Total USD $5900, from the school, parents, private sources, and public grants.
Pupils:
15 to 18 years, with a Finnish, Sami, Swedish, Norwegian or Russian cultural background.

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Vantaa Art School for Children and Young People

  Vantaa Art School is a private extra-curricular school, which provides art education for children aged 5-20. The activities of the school have been determined by a parliamentary law and carried out by the municipal board of recreation. The children come once a week as a group, and their motivation and interest solves whether they continue studying year after year.

Vantaa Art School for Children and Young People
Asematie 7
FIN-01300 Vantaa
Finland

Tel. + 358 16 8392 4345
Fax. + 358 16 8392 2326


 Project: The Theme Finnish Forest - Silva - in Art Education
 

The aim of the project is to enrich the students' creativity and widen the aesthetic visions and cognition of the Finnish forest through art education. During the project the students visit forests in different seasons and produce works of art through perception, sensual impressions and experiences. The works were also influenced by the Finnish folk heritage, myths and legends. Excursions to exhibitions and museums are used to widen and deepen the knowledge of the relation of art and nature throughout art history.

The forest-project also includes happenings in shopping centres, market places etc. The students can co-operate with professional performance artists. Besides this, in the future the curriculum will include the ethical side: the importance of forests and the need for nature conservation. Year 2000 the project will be introduced in a comprehensive exhibition in collaboration with the Vantaa City Museum / Visual Arts.

Contact:
Pirjo Olsson Pirjo.Olsson@vantaa.fi
Principal of the Art School of Vantaa for Children and Young People
Project duration:
Two academic years
Finance:
No special budget, financed by the school and parents.
Pupils:
5 to 20 years, all with a Finnish cultural background.

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