The Department of Teaching Education in Art and Design at the PH FHNW offers practice- and research-based teacher training and continuing education in the teaching of art. In collaboration with artist Magdalena von Rudy, the Art Lab at and with Schools (KLAUS) focuses on the link between art and teaching in order to better improve the quality of art instruction in schools. Particular importance is given to collaborations with arts practitioners who augment the course materials.
Art Lab at and with Schools
The Art Lab at and with Schools (KLAUS) focuses on the link between art and education in order to better improve the quality of arts instruction in schools. Particular importance is given to collaborations with arts practitioners who augment the course materials. An offspring of various art labs created by MUTIK gGmbH, KLAUS developed educational materials for arts instruction in schools from 2015–18. Artists worked in three studios at a secondary school and an academic high school, as well as at a middle school without studios. Independent studio work and art projects were conducted within the framework of instruction-based, artistic offerings in interdisciplinary collaborations with teaching staff. Researchers accompanied the project in order to best understand its impacts from a variety of perspectives. The goal is to improve cooperation between artists and educators and the quality of artistic education.
Art education must start with educators and arts practitioners at schools and with their collaborations. Participation in art and culture cannot end with subject-specific coursework but also requires extracurricular projects, activities and interdisciplinary work. Artistic and aesthetic experiences must be directed toward the lives of children and young people and initiated through teaching methodologies. Our focus is on understanding how best to achieve this by working together with arts practitioners and developing individual, hands-on projects.
Magdalena von Rudy is an independent visual artist and has years of experience working in arts education in schools. Her artwork is regularly exhibited in Germany and abroad. Prof. Dr. Nicole Berner is an educator and researcher in the fields of creativity and quality of instruction and heads the Department of Teacher Education in Art and Design at the School of Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Both worked together at KLAUS from 2015–18, where they shared the goal of bringing art and education together on equal footing as well as a continued commitment to spreading their knowledge and experiences.
For more information: https://kunstlabore.de/kunst/