Environmental Art Education
The theme of the first European INSEA congress, held in Finland in 1971, was Environmental Protection in Art Education. Since than in many InSEA conferences , researchers, art teachers and artists present good practices and theories on art education related to Environmental issues. Environment awareness can be raised through project based art education; critical thinking and problerm solving skills are fostered through creative artistic practices. Theory on art education pedagogy ( van Boeckel, 2014) ; curriculum development ( Pohjakallio, 2007) and research methods were developed in many countries by InSEA members, specially in Finland. ( Jokela, 1995; Jokela & Coutts,2017; Jokela, Coutts, Huhmarniemi and Härkönen, 2013).
InSEA is interested in promoting the discussion of topics related to natural and built ernvironment , and challenges members to make visible their projects and publications so other educators can learn from the experiences. For exemple in the InSEA e-book RE-ESTETIZANDO. ALGUNAS PROPUESTAS PARA ALCANZAR LA INDEPENDENCIA EN LA EDUCACIÓN DEL ARTE, the editor Isabel Moreno Montoro selected the excellent work of artist Lucia Loren in Spain , using art practices in formal and non formal contexts raising awareness of environmental education ( Loren, 2015) . In the European Project CREARTE, some teachers and artists from Cyprus and Portugal made similar projects that can be consulted on the project websites:
The sea Washes Up Human Stories at Katharis Primary School - Demetris Lipertis. Researcher Efi Ioakim with primary teacher Panagiota Poirazi and artists Minas Alexiou; Anastasia Lambaski Onisiforou and Soula Christou; Cyprus
Water Goes by museum educator and artist Ines Azevedo at the Primary School of Chouselas -Escola Básica de Chouselas, Portugal
Presentations during InSEA congresses show the importance of the topic in InSEA community; for example during the InSEA 2012, InSEA European Congress in Lemessos, Sahar khalil, from Egypt talked about 'Urban Museums – more green steps'; and Kalafati Daskolia; Salla and Flogaitis , Greek art teachers presented a project in pre-school education exploring the relationship between environmental and art education. In the InSEA world Congress, Daegu, Korea, 2017 Yichien Cooper, from Washington State University, USA presented a project called 'Building a Sustainable Creative City through Art with Social Purposes'.
Letizia Balzi, InSEA member created a great resources in her webpage, for example the Lesson Plan: “Sharing the Planet – Plastic Waste”. or the lesson Plan: “What is Pollution?” Reduce, Reuse and Recycle + Art Brut Sculpture
As art educators; artists working in education; and researchers in art education we believe that the arts in education can contribute to:
Awareness and sensitivity to the environment and environmental challenges
Knowledge and understanding of the environment and environmental challenges
Foster Attitudes of concern for the environment and motivation to improve or maintain environmental quality
Develop Skills to identify and help resolve environmental challenges
Increase Participation in activities that lead to the resolution of environmental challenges
This working group , was created during the InSEA congress in 2018 in Espoo, Finland and intends to map projects around the world dealing with how art educators are questionning with their learners issues related to : Natural environment; Climate Change; Sustainable Planet and Built Environment.
Loren, Lucia ( 2015).PROCESOS COMPARTIDOS – EDUCACIÓN, ARTE Y TERRITORIO. In Moreno Montoro et al ( Eds) RE-ESTETIZANDO. ALGUNAS PROPUESTAS PARA ALCANZAR LA INDEPENDENCIA EN LA EDUCACIÓN DEL ARTE. InSEA Publications. 181-202. Retrieved /publications/Re-estetizando.pdf
Pohjakallio, Pirkko (2007). Mapping Environmental Education Approaches in Finnish Art Education, Paper in the InSEA Conference in Heidelberg 2007
Jokela ( 1995). FROM ENVIRONMENTAL ART TO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION .In M.H. Mantere (Ed.), (1995). Image of the Earth: Writings on art-based environmental education. (pp. 18- 28) Helsinki, Finland: University of Art and Design.
Jokela, T., Coutts, G., Huhmarniemi, M., Härkönen, E. (2013) (Eds.) Cool : applied visual arts in the North. Faculty of Art and Design: University of Lapland.
Jokela, T. & Coutts, G. ( 2017) (Eds.) Relate North : Practising Place, Heritage, Art & Design for Creative Communities. Rovaniemi: Lapland University Press
Jokela, T. & Coutts, G. ( 2018) RELATE NORTH: ART & DESIGN FOR EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY. Rovaniemi: Lapland University Press
van Boeckel, Jan ( 2014) At the Heart of Art and Earth. An Exploration of Practices in Arts-Based Environmental Education . Doctoral dissertation Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture , Helsinki, Finland