2019 Yerevan – Zurich
April 7.-19.: Workshop and practical work in Yerevan, Armenia
Sept 1.-15.: Workshop and practical work in Zurich/Bülach

In the second year of the Art Matters project, students from the Art Education department of the Armenian State Pedagogical University and the Zurich University of the Arts collaborate and exchange ideas – in spring 2019 in Yerevan, in late summer 2019 in Zurich/Bülach.

A total of 11 people from Zurich (students and lecturers) meet 11 people in Yerevan and start an intensive two-week collaboration.
In Yerevan, four mixed student groups are formed in the first week. Each group consists of four students, who develop a teaching concept together, explore the city as well as the art classes at various schools (primary schools, an afternoon/art school, art college, Armenian State Pedagogical University). In the second week, the teaching concepts prepared by the student groups are put into practice at various schools: The students teach in teams at a primary school in the centre of Yerevan, at one in the periphery and at an afternoon/art school.
The students and lecturers are supported and accompanied in their exchange by translators: Three translators constantly accompany the group, plus three additional translators, who are prospective English teachers (students of the Armenian State Pedagogical University) and use the project for an internship and learn from their more experienced colleagues.
Discussions take place daily in the large group and between the lecturers in order to share the continuous learning process. Different pedagogical and artistic approaches become apparent between the institutions, the schools attended and the individual (future) lecturers.
Special highlights of the stay in Yerevan are the visit to the NCA Henrik Igityan Children’s art gallery and excursions to the pre-Christian cult site of Garni (the Garni pagan temple), the Geghard monastery and the carpet exhibition/weaving mill “Megerian Carpet”.
The discussion of Jacques Rancière’s text “The ignorant schoolmaster“ at the ICA, the Institute for Contemporary Art, with Nazareth Karoyan and the guest of honour, Serob Khachatryan, will certainly be remembered.

Arevik Vardanyan, Astghik Kirakosyan, Bastian Riesen, Elisa Hüttner, Estella Sahakyan, Fabio Melone, Hripsime Kirakosyan, Janina Müller, Jean-David Jamet, Lysanne Stroomer, Marine Galstyan, Nicole Salvalaggio, Raya Eghiazaryan, Sevada Sargsyan, Simon Mauchle, Yervand Grigoryan

Anne Gruber, Dagmar Reichert, David Hovhannisyan, Olivia Jaques, Shoghakat MLKE-Galstyan, Sevada Sargsyan


Yerevan: Davit Karyan, Liza Petrosyan, Mare Babayan, Naira Iritsyan, Nare Khandamiryan, Sona Sargsyan, Stella Loretsyan

Zurich: Denys Shantar

Involved Schools:

  • The Base College, Armenian State Pedagogical University.
  • Yerevan Basic School N 57
  • P. Terlemezyan State College of Fine Arts
  • Yerevan Basic School N 84 n/a Kh. Abovyan
  • Charenstavan Basic School N 2
  • Charenstavan Art School n/a Garzu
  • KZU Bülach