Learning Through Art 2021
06.15.2021 - 09.19.2021
Every summer, this exhibition brings Learning Through Art –an initiative involving art and education that unfolds throughout the school year–to a close. During the eight sessions of this year’s program, which began in March for public health reasons, students from six schools worked on curricular subjects, such as geometry and volume, the organs in the human body, or science experiments from a different perspective: art.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sessions took place in schoolyards, open areas, parks, etc., as this year we wanted to focus on street art and the creation of healthy spaces. Walking our usual places brought a few pleasant surprises: we discovered walls, squares, and gardens we had never seen before. The program was shorter this year, but it was carried out with the same effort and enthusiasm–or even more, if that were possible.
The artists who embarked on this adventure with us were Elssie Ansareo, Ibon Garagarza, Zaloa Ipiña, Nerea Lekuona, Manu Muniategiandikoetxea, and Ibon Sáenz de Olazagoitia. They have worked with more than 100 schoolchildren, encouraging them to explore their surroundings and engage in creative processes of their own. This led the kids to think, appreciate, choose, try, wonder, have fun, get lost, and, of course, go wrong, for there can be no progress without mistakes. Learning Through Art is a program where questions are made, curiosity is kindled, and there is room for improvisation and play, for exploration, experimentation, and research.
With this exhibition, which displays part of the work done, the artistic process comes full circle. Visitors have the unexpected chance of coming into contact with fresh, original points of view, inspiring insights, and the excitement of discovery and creation, as experienced by schoolchildren.