Pro Artibus works in art education for children in numerous different ways. We primarily put on programmes of events in conjunction with our exhibitions at Gallery Elverket in Ekenäs and at Sinne in Helsinki. Our educational work also spans the rest of Swedish-speaking Finland. In the summer, we run art camps.
Pro Artibus’ audience work has its starting point in current exhibitions or in the work of a collaborating artist. An important goal of our educational work is to introduce children to various artistic working processes, and to let them try things out in a safe setting. The art-education work is based on the various modes of expression and working methods used in contemporary art. The motto of our work is that art does not offer just one answer, but acts as a sounding board for your own thoughts.
In the workshops we delve deeper into a theme or method that comes up in the current exhibition or collaboration with an artist.
Gallery Elverket and Sinne offer guided tours of all their exhibitions. There is also an exhibition attendant at each venue who can give an introduction to the exhibition. Groups can book free guided showings.
Teachers are always welcome to Pro Artibus’ exhibition spaces in Ekenäs and Helsinki – alone or with a whole class – to be inspired by the art or to meet the staff. It is also possible to use Gallery Elverket or Sinne as a teaching space for a lesson.
Pro Artibus’ creative art camps for primary school children take place in the first three weeks of June every year.
The camps are held in various places around Swedish-speaking Finland and in areas where there are small groupings of Swedish speakers. The summer camp is a place for artistic experiment and to be together in a safe setting.
Since 2010, Pro Artibus has held Bildstorm seminars directed at Swedish-speaking visual-art teachers and educators in upper and lower secondary schools, and in non-formal adult-education settings.