Custom Education Programs
More than once we are asked to customize our educational programs to a theme, specific event or unusual collaboration. We are happy to provide! Since our foundation is strong and deeply rooted in the day-to-day practice of the studio, we always manage to come up with wonderful new ideas to make the educational experience one of a kind. Below you will find just a few examples of projects we did in 2016&2017.
Interested to find out what we could do for you? Don't hesitate to contact us.
As part of the international scientific filmfestival InScience program, multiple DIY labs were organized. KunstLab was asked for one of the DIY labs, following our philosophy and views on art and science.
Following the subject of the day as set by InScience, we organized a series of workshops exploring how scientific facts could be applied in practice. With short, carefully directed assignments we challenged the participants to find a potential solution to the question of the day. The questions we tried to get answered were ‘Which genetic DNA properties would you like to change?’, ‘If by brain training you could influence your own brain, what part of it would you train and how?’, ‘What would be desirable if robots are being deployed in health care?’ and ‘What would a playground that entices all senses look like?’.
On Sunday we hosted a workshop especially for the little ones, who participated with great enthusiasm.
Zuid aan Zee
Zuid aan Zee is a holiday week for kids, including those who can’t go on holiday or are financially not capable. For this admirable project, we developed a new concept and organized the event of 2017. The project was a collaboration with Kunstbedrijf Arnhem.
With the theme ‘Designing for the future’, the kids were transposed in a crazy scenario, the year 2080. The world is a mess, the plastic soup is bigger than ever, the ice caps have melted completely and the dikes have all burst. The kids have to save the world, and in search for the answer, literally everything has to be made from scratch. Combining art and science with collaboration, exploration and creative thinking, the group engages in all sorts of activities. All the while having the best time, gaining self-confidence in making and thinking, as well as new friends - perhaps even for life.
This program was awarded the Youth Culture Award 2017.
ArtEz Conservatory - Music Therapy
Based on our makers-in-residency program, we developed a program for the project week of all master students Music Therapy at the ArtEZ Conservatory. The two-way program was on the one hand focussed on how the individual students could determine and use their strengths in the professional work field, and on the other hand, it was focused on realistic cases with societal issues that needed to be solved.
Case examples were ‘The loneliness of the elderly and their apathy’, ‘Elderly in the final stages of dementia’, ‘The participation society’ and ’The homeless’. The program aimed to connect the hopes and dreams of the young music therapists to be to the ever-changing landscape of their profession. In a very practical manner, the students got to test out their future in a safe environment and learned how to apply their creativity.
The Immerloo Park in Arnhem is incredibly hard to find and because of that, quite inaccessible. Based on our education program, we compiled a series of workshops for children, in which they are invited to design a creative gateway that stands out. Offering our usual way of thinking, the children combined playful experimentation with design thinking and lots of fantasy. We gave this workshop on many schools in the area, as well as an extensive after-school trajectory in Huissen and a hands-on version at the Immerloo Park Festival, resulting in over 100 designs!
We are currently collaborating with the municipality of Arnhem to build one of the designs as a gateway in 2018. And if all goes well, each subsequent year we will build a new one, eventually realizing unique gateways for all the entrances to the park.
Hugo de Groot School - Socces Goals
We were asked to compile a design class for group 7 & 8 of the elementary Hugo de Groot School. As the playground of the school is to be renovated, we saw this as an excellent chance to give the children a real-life experience and lots of influence over their own environment. We decided to design soccer goals with them, incorporating learning with an open and design-based mindset into the curriculum. The groups were asked to sketch, but also to build a maquette of their best idea. All the maquettes were collected and exhibited in the school central hall, inviting the school, the parents and anyone who was interested, to vote for the most original goal. A selection of the best goals has been combined into a final design, which was then forged by an ironsmith. And now the playground is proudly decorated with the most creative soccer goal ever, designed by the students!
This project was realized because of the fine collaboration with KunstBedrijf Arnhem and Hugo the Groot School.