Jan van der Kooi
Eager to participate in discussions about quality, knowledge, and tradition in art (education)?
Within the TRAC 2018 conference, time and space will be made available for two mini conferences. In smaller discussion groups, we will discuss how to describe artistic quality and how to apply it in assessments. We will also explore how to generate this quality in art education. For the latter, art schools from around the world have been invited with an eye toward bringing them together in an international league.

Conversations can be held in panel discussion formats and/or in subgroups of participating professionals

Discussions: Art & Education

Wednesday May 2nd
Subject 1:
 Education in art, methods, values and criteria  How do you organize art education in such a way that you generate optimal quality? What are the basic principles, how do you teach them, and how do you structure them?

Subject 2: International interaction What do our institutions have to offer each other worldwide? How can we work together to optimize quality, inspire, and support each other? How do we organize exchanges of expertise and of teachers and/or students?  How do we establish interconnected post-academic studies, summer schools, artist residencies, etc

All speakers, panels and presentations of papers are connected to this theme today

Speakers: Steven Hicks;  Ernst van de Wetering; Gezien van d Riet; Mandy Theis
Papers: Leon Lou; David Hardy,  Jennifer Sendall; Anne Emerson Hall, Semyon Bilmes; Lori Escalara, Tamara Ansing,  Sandra Galda,  Joke Frima, Virgil Elliott.

Downloads: Contemporary Academism

Contemporary Academism

Discussions: Art & Assessment

Thursday May 3rd
Subject 1: 
Assessment of art, values and criteria of quality in form and content. What are the definitions (at least handy descriptions) that can be used to interpret the level of the work of art and to determine the distinction between professional and amateurish art? When and why is something called kitsch? What are the criteria? How do we formulate definitions (or reasonable descriptions) of various levels in art?

Subject 2: Art criticism and promotion: How can you structure your arguments in such a way that you can reach a reasonably broad (interested) audience? How can you avoid esoteric excursions, emotional instincts, physical interpretations, or free fantasies? And more importantly, prejudices or political propaganda? How to restore public respect for art?

All speakers, panels and presentations of papers are connected to this theme today

Speakers: Steven Hicks; Odd Nerdrum; Corinne Wagner; Kara Ross
Papers: Carl Korsnes, Willem Venter,  Jorge Egea, Shaun Berke, Niloofar Gholamrezael,, Peter W. Coppin, Freerk Heule, Andrew Leventis. David Molesky, Iian Neill.

Downloads: 7 chapters on art

I Art & duality II Art & society III Art & development

IV Art & diversity V Art & research VI Art & boundaries VII Art & resurrection

International League of Fine Art Schools

International league of fine art schools – Ligue internationale des ecoles des beaux arts – Liga Internacional de Escuelas de Bellas Arte – Lega Internazionale delle Scuole di Belle Arti – Internationale Liga der Kunsthochschule – Internationale liga van kunstacademies – Güzel sanatlar okullarının uluslararası ligu – Ligi ya Kimataifa ya Shule za Sanaa – Διεθνές πρωτάθλημα σχολών τέχνης – Международная лига школ изобразительного искусства – ललित कला के स्कूलों के अंतरराष्ट्रीय लीगالدوري الدولي للمدارس للفنون الجميةلیگ بین المللی مدرسه هنرهای زیبا美術學院的國際聯盟美術学校の国際リーグ

We will establish an International League of Fine Art Schools, ILFAS.
ILFAS serves the following purposes

  • The development of international standards for quality in fine arts
  • The development of educational methods to generate that quality
  • Maintaining an interactive discourse with ideas, papers, and images
  • The establishment and preservation of a quality mark
  • Sharing inspiration, possibilities, and solutions
  • Conducting a joint promotion policy
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  • The exchange of expertise and know-how
  • The exchange of instructors and/or students
  • Organization of workshops, summer schools, post-academic courses, etc.
  • Organization of lectures, retrainings, conferences, etc.
  • Establishing selective and critical cooperation
  • Establishment of a leading group in art education

Membership of ILFAS is based on invitation or balloting.