DIY Art School
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About the Event
If we could understand what makes the Art School a space for learning art, it could help us integrate parts of it in our education environments. But what is an Art School? What if every school was an Art School? The Art School asks you to be child like, while we teach children how to be adults in the classroom - where do these two come together? Kalakarm Collective welcomes educators, creative practitioners and those who do both to discuss the Art School and how it can be rebuilt.
Join us as we unpack this together in a hands on workshop where the discussion will be facilitated with the making of an accordion book. This workshop will be co hosted by Arzu Mistry and Laura Gordon.
Arzu Mistry is an educator and artist and maintains a high level of dedication and enthusiasm for art and design, as mediums for pedagogy, advocacy, transformation, and intervention for the building of sustainable inclusive communities. Arzu facilitates the Art in Transit and placeARTS public art projects in the city of Bangalore and internationally with the hope that art can facilitate dialogue between people and the urban spaces they inhabit. Arzu co-facilitates the Accordion Book Project and is the co-creator of the artist book Unfolding Practice: Reflections on Learning and Teaching. Her art and education practice connects teachers, youth and families with place using memory, story, play and art and design practices through inter-disciplinary education and public community art and design facilitation, livelihoods training, teacher professional development and educational research and practice. Arzu currently teaches at the Srishti Institute for Art Design and Technology in Bangalore and has taught with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education since 2006.
Laura is a research-led graphic designer, interested in how the tools and methods of visual communication can be used to challenge dominant social and political narratives. She is graphic design lead at The Liminal Space, a consultancy that uses art and design to synthesise complex topics and translate them into tangible objects and experiences that people can relate to and interact with. She teaches on the Visual Communication programme at the Royal College of Art, where she works with students on publishing platform Content Free. Her ongoing research centres around fear of failure in creative education.