Learning Through Art 2012 | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Past exhibition

Learning Through Art 2012

06.12.2012 - 08.26.2012

This exhibition presents works by the 112 children aged six to twelve who participated in the educational program Learning Through Art in the academic year 2011–12. Taught by artists Elssie Ansareo, Naia del Castillo, Ibon Garagarza, Maider López, Manu Muniategiandikoetxea, and Jorge Rubio, the program reinforces the primary school curriculum through the use of art as an educational tool.

Classroom teachers identify educational goals and skills to be incorporated into lessons with the Museum’s artists and educators in order to devise a series of workshops. Every program is unique, designed to meet each participant’s needs, and fosters the students’ interests and skills.

Talking openly about art and the creative process helps students to explore a variety of topics in a more creative, personal way. Employing different disciplines, such as photography, painting, sculpture, video, performance, and movement, the program breaks down barriers between curricular disciplines and encourages participants to look at the world from freer and more imaginative perspectives. So art becomes a tool to discover, explore and understand reality, emphasizing the value of individual expression and creative freedom.

To celebrate the Museum’s 15th Anniversary, the children from the six participating schools have created a commemorative or celebratory work of art entitled Zorionak, Museoa!! (“Congratulations, Museum!!”).


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Ansareo, Elssie

“Learn how to tie a bow. Begin to work on your first piece of art. Remember that there is always a first time for everything. The feeling when this happens.”

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Manu Muniategiandikoetxea

Muniategiandikoetxea, Manu

Working with kids requires adapting your language and artistic discourse. The process is stimulating and enriching just because you have to try to show what you do with the same concepts, but in other words. Every subject, no matter how complex,...


López, Maider

“We tried to recreate the shapes of the mountains and rocks in the surroundings with our own bodies. We experienced the landscape in our bodies, changing the classroom routine and using dynamics in which cooperation and coordination are a must,...

Jorge Rubio

Rubio, Jorge

Imagination is not just an escape route but also a powerful driving force in creativity. It is one of our most powerful tools for expression and communication, for self-knowledge and transformation. We should nourish and expand our imagination so...

Ibon Garagarza

Garagarza, Ibon

“In all the groups, things that were not planned at the outset often surprise us, which leads the work process toward a result that I always think is better.”