2017 lta exposicion
Past exhibition

Learning through art 2017

06.13.2017 - 09.17.2017

Visitors of this exhibition can savour the magic of the successful collaboration between over 100 primary schoolchildren (ages six to twelve) and six artists from the Museum. During the 2016−17 academic year, using art as a tool, pupils from six schools have studied topics, such as the fact that there are many types of different families, things that set us apart from others and those that make us the same, the diverse ways through which the human being has created art since prehistoric times… The artists participating in this year’s project are Naia del Castillo, Iñaki Gracenea, Maider López, Manu Muniategiandikoetxea, Jorge Rubio and Ixone Sábada. Photography, painting, sculpture, or performance have been used as instruments to discover, explore, and attempt to understand reality, highlighting the value of individual and collective expression and creative freedom in the process. Through this exhibition, we seek to include our visitors in this exciting adventure.


This educational program was designed as a supplement to the Elementary School curriculum, using art as a tool and introducing transversal classroom projects from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program consists of workshops conducted in educational centers for 20 weeks by artists with outstanding careers and broad experience in teaching. Thus, schoolchildren can share their ideas and creative processes with real artists, approaching curricular topics in imaginative and more personal ways. Art becomes a tool to discover, explore and understand reality while laying emphasis on self-expression and creative freedom. Every workshop is bespoke and unique, designed with the interests and needs of each group of children and each teacher in mind. The program has been successfully carried out every year since 1998, with the collaboration of the Basque Department of Education, Universities and Research and the sponsorship of BBK—institutions that understand and appreciate the power of art as a tool in education.


The first Learning Through Art exhibition was held in 1998. Convinced of the enormous value of this educational program, we wanted to display its final result in the Museum. The children who displayed their work back then are now adults and may even be parents of another generation. Now, twenty years later, we are reflecting on how this program has enriched us: different opinions to our questions, many unexpected routes and surprises, fun opening events in which the Museum was full of music and laughter. And we also remember the many committed teachers who wanted to launch this adventure to explore new paths, opening the doors of their classrooms wide open to our artists.

In 1970, the Learning Through Art educational program was introduced at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. This project could be developed thanks to patron Natalie K. Lieberman, who had witnessed the disappearance of arts teaching in public schools in her city. During almost 50 years, over 100,000 children from New York schools have participated in the American program.


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Muniategiandikoetxea, Manu

“Learning Through Art is an experience that consolidates the creativity every kid has. Sharing work with an artist, through art, not as spectators, but as artists, represents an initiation experience for them, immersing them in this way of...

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Rubio, Jorge

“From a very early age, we seek to identify with something or someone. However, as nothing is truly unique, we have to reproduce what we feel as most interesting. Our identity would be a carbon copy of the most appealing parts of the...

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López, Maider

“With each new group, it is necessary to start working from scratch and create a dynamic that involves the whole group. On some occasions, we have created some amazing work, but the kids were not aware of this until they saw the shape; they...

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Del Castillo, Naia

“Artistic practice offers a world without borders, in which the students of Tomás Camacho School in Irala, have been fully immersed this year. They have learnt different artistic techniques and methods, which have given rise to a number of...

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Gracenea, Iñaki

“Prehistory and childhood bear some similarities. In prehistoric times, the defenceless situation of the human being in his/her environment led to the development of skills and thought, reaching greater abilities and becoming persons...

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Sádaba, Ixone

“With the Soloarte group, we have got closer to art, its forms, its contents, its eras, and its emotions… We have seen that art is not so far away from us or the objects that surround us; that all artists have felt weird at some stage and...