AT WHOM ARE THEY AIMED?
The CCI is open to the community. The activities involve entertaining and exploratory techniques, including the development of artistic and practical techniques. They are aimed at students: everyone from preschool children to secondary school teenagers. We also offer training for teachers, as part of continuing training programmes, related to teaching visual and technological expression as well as to the visual arts and artistic education fields.
WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES?
One of the CCI’s main areas of action is the development of projects and activities in coordination with schools. The goal is to create a space where students can share different realities, experiences, questions, wills and wishes. That way we’re creating room for a common implicated practice, in which artistic education works as the common basis for research and action. The CCI is open to dialogue and cooperation seeing that we believe that only by considering the existing reality in each school can we establish a true cooperation.
As a center for artistic education, the CCI offers workshop related activities on a seasonal and annual basis (depending on the kind of training in question). The workshops are organized by professionals in the arts fields who believe that learning in this area comes by practicing, that is, they believe that artistic learning takes place when what we do is the material result of what we know. Following this reasoning, we promote practices that need both a constant affirmation and a consciousness of the meaning and senses of the contents in order to assert themselves as learning exercises.
The CCI promotes activities based on sharing and on practices that favour constant experimentation with and discovery of means, technologies and reflections which come to life through objects/actions. Given the multiple formative and educational demands that schools face these days, the CCI promotes the creation of a privileged place for students to come in contact with contemporary art and culture. We consider that this should happen, whether in school grounds or at the CCI, through encouraging a connection with practice always in constant dialogue with its surroundings. We consider that processes of experimentation with contemporary art and culture should be based on the understanding that the exercise of learning a technique is always closely related to the creation of meaning, that is, we encourage learning that reflects upon itself and that is also concerned with what it entails regarding those that take part in it. It is in this learning environment that we understand the practice of contemporary art as a possible way of creating a common ground, where multiple spheres of meaning with different points of reference intersect: from communication and language to the historical, social, philosophical, aesthetical, political and educational dimensions. Learning takes place when we adopt an attitude of discovery, of exploration and deconstruction, of cooperation, of creating and sharing individual perceptions. In order to promote this relationship, we suggest activities based on themes or techniques that are already part of the school’s educational project as well as new ideas that only come up as a result of the cooperation between the school and the CCI. We are aware of the importance of following the prescribed curriculums and of adapting those contents to the students we will work with. Only by adhering to this idea – that every group of students is unique – can we truly establish dialogues, common interests and new practices.Activities Schools