Creator & Organiser
Initiation and realisation of a cultural and artistic programme for state kindergartens and schools (4–18 yrs old) on behalf of ArtKam in conjunction with the international exhibition Expect the Unexpected (ETU 22) (Kamnik, Slovenia • 24 Sep–2 Nov 2022). With the ETU 22, the medieval town of Kamnik became for a short time home to a diversity of urban gallery and exhibition spaces featuring a broad selection of contemporary works of art by seventeen international artists from different countries and continents.
As I reported in the local magazine Aplenca, "The 9th-grade pupils of Komenda Moste Primary School, accompanied by teacher Tina Kosi, took part in the programme as part of the art and design course. The programme for pupils consisted of two parts.
In the first part [20 Oct], we walked around the exhibition, set up in five locations. In the Knjižnica Franceta Balantiča Kamnik, elementary school pupils learned about the processes of book design from the sketchbook to the finished product, while in the centre they learned about the various art techniques and materials that artists use in their artistic practice, both when depicting the human figure and portrait and when telling stories dealing with socio-critical and environmental issues. In addition to general children's curiosity about the exhibition's content, the most frequent question was about the price of an individual work of art, which contributed to the development of a witty conversation.
In the second part, I held a creative workshop. The first phase [20 Oct] took place in the Veronika Gallery, where Victor Kastelic's Cloudburst was exhibited, while the second phase [24 Nov] occurred later at their school. The goal of the workshop was an experimental typographic response to Victor's drawing with the phrase There are no easy answers. Using a black fine liner, the pupils first drew decorative elements into drawn circles. From the point of view of ornamentation, the children were introduced to the Zentangle technique. The term for this drawing method is a combination of the word zen (Buddhist meditative philosophy for balancing the mind) and the English word tangle ['draw twisted, complex patterns]. This abstract art practice aims to achieve calmness. From the aspect of fine art, the pupils first developed their drawing as a tonal scale, i.e. the system of gradation of the line from its light to dark value, while later on at school, they gradually enriched their drawing with more complex and varied ornamentation. To produce the final product, they had a wide list of fonts at their disposal. From the list, they chose 21 different kinds of letters, drew them separately and decorated each one individually with patterns they had previously developed."
For a general overview of the cultural and artistic event for pupils, see the programme.
For the workshop on experimental typography, see the programme.
This is how the project, radiating children's playfulness, rich imagination and creativity, was created. The workshop will be presented as an exhibition at the school.
– Andreja Brulc, "Devetošolci obiskali kulturno-umetniški program v Kamniku," Aplenca (Na mladih svet stoji), Jan 2023, 21