Switzerland & Southcaucasus

Month: March 2019

Introduction: Nicole Salvalaggio

Valie Export “Body Configurations”

I like to share in my lessons some art strategies. Recently in an internship I had shown these two Artists to my classes. The task had been to create Intagio Prints with photographs. The students were making them in a performance.
It’s important to me to show female and male Artists, as well as i want to show contemporary art and old masters. I would also like to interduce more eastern art in my classes.

Michael Wesely “9.5. – 17.5.2005”

Photographie is simply what I’m most interest in. It’s a skill and a passion I like to share.

-> This art piece fascinats me in its’s stategie. Michael Wesely invents an apperature to capture moments like this. To make visible what otherwise only can exist in our minds.

That’s me.

Hello everybody!

My name is Simon and I live in a flat in Zurich, together with my twin brother and our girlfriends. I love to work on various kinds of projects. Currently, I’m creating a new collection for my small fashion label called „Laerchensteig“. Besides that, I’m a passionate gardener and now that Spring is coming, I’m very enthusiastic to grow different plants and vegetables.

I consider this exchange program as huge possibility to interact with people from different countries and to share our individual experiences we made in art teaching, but also in life.

I’m really excited to meet you all and I’m looking forward to have an insight into your everyday life in Armenia. 

my personal favorite artist and artwork…

At the moment, it’s the work of Richard Artschwager, that I’m very interested in. His art is difficult to situate. You ask yourself, what you actually see. Is it a sculpture? A furniture? An architectonical ornament? An Illusion? Or neither of all? I consider the indefinable state of his artworks as quite stimulating.

my favorite exercise in school…

My favorite part of school is working on own art projects. I love to do research for topics and getting inspired by all kinds of influences. Especially, I find great pleasure in exchanging ideas and thoughts with my fellow students.

what skills can i share in the group?

Manual printing with various techniques, tailoring clothing and cooking a delicious pasta sauce

This is me with my friends on a adventurous cycling trip around Lake Constance.

Introduction: David Hovhannisyan

That’s me


Hi, I am David Hovhannisyan and I am 35 years old. I started working at ASPU since 2006 and I teach drawing and sculpture. Besides teaching I sculpt and make bronze casting. I eagerly await our meeting and I hope that our collaboration will be successful.


My favorite artists…

Lynn Chadwick

Henty Moore

Antoine Bourdelle

Hieronymus Bosch

Maurice de Vlaminck

My favorite rock groups

Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd

My favorite film directors

David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Alfred Hitchcock

See you in April dear colleagues.


Hello, my name is Raya. I am very happy about taking part in this programme. Besides knowledge, I will also get many friends. I love learning and communicating with people and smiling.
And I also love juzz music


I am married and have a wonderful and lively and naughty daughter.

Introducing you to my favourite and talented artist Sergey Parajanov

Astghik Kirakosyan

Hi, I’m Astghik Kirakosyan and I am 21 years old. My name means “a star”, it is from word Astra, Astrid.
To understand the intensity of my passion for studying arts, it is enough to know that I stopped pursuing a degree in philology at Yerevan State University and transferred to ASPU to study Aesthetic Arts. All this in order to pursue the profession I love.

My favourite artists are Albrecht Dürer, Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne.

Hereby you can see one of my works

I’m fond of birds, cats, rabbits and all kinds of animals. I love travelling, learning something new, and meeting different people.

Also I like modern art and I’m looking for listening to your methods of teaching art.

The “trick” I like practising in the class is, when the children talk, and there is much noise, I tell them, that we need to respect each other, and if someone talks, all of us have to listen the one who talks, and if two or more people begin to talk at the same time, we need to raise our hands and be silent, until everyone becomes silent.

Except of this, I also work as a journalist, so feel free to ask me questions connected with everything which goes on in Armenia.

Marine Galstyan

I am Marine Galstyan. 20 years old.I live in Armenia.My country is beautiful , where the most hospitable people live. Like all Armenians , it is nice for me to help people. Ilike to tesch people.I teach volunteering in the Masis Yourth Developmeny Center for fine arts. I give my students the opportunity to create their own ideas in their paintings freely.This program gives a great opportunity to explore the difference between the cultural, educational, artistic and other spheres of Armenia and Switzerland, based on the experience of the two countries ,in the future we will try to develop and combine the best learning methods and will try to develop new methods for our students to make learning more interesting and effective.

Hopefully ,I will gain good friends, and I will be able to exchange them with new and effective ideas.I am interested in human practical anatomy ,listening to music of different styles, such as jazz, classic.One of my hobbies is collecting antique items.

I love the nature , I think it is the best work that exists.I paint a lot of various environmental issues .At times ,I am triing to raise the voices of disaster.

This picture is mine

My favourite painter Albert Dyurer , Piter Paul Rubens,Cloud Mone ,Rembrant, Leonardo da Vinchi and Ivan Ayvazovski are my favorite painters
This picture is mine

Art is my life ,and I can not imagine my life without art.It is difficult for me to separate a group of artists whom I believe because I like everyone very much.It is interesting for me to study the works of different artists .

Thanks for attention.

Sevada Sargsyan

I greet you all.

I am glad of communicating with  You for this opportunity. This is also the important chance for me in the sense of spreading that idea, which has become the key goal of my pedagogical and creative activity.

My pedagogical and creative activity is tend to justification and approval of the ecological function of the landscape painting. Through the landscape painting the process of the ecological upbringing becomes more effective. In this sense the landscape painting obtains the special status of the ecological upbringing. 

I am sure that our cooperative work will obtain the new results in this sense.

INTRODUCTION: Hripsime Kirakosyan

Hi everyone. My name is Hripsime. I am glad that we all have this oppurtunity. It would be nice to meet you here. I hope you will like this experience . I like this idea. I live in Echmiadzin. It is a small town near Yerevan. I like everything new. I am fond of dancing, growing flowers, drawing, reading books.

Here are some of my favourite artists

  • Picasso
  • Vardges Surenyants
  • Arshil Gorki
  • Claude Monet etc
Vardges Surenyants founded the historical genre of Armenian painting.

My favorite exercise

There is no particular method that I use,but I like to help children as much as I can,to answer any question they have.I like to give them time to express their feelings,ideas and show their creativity.

Skills I can share

I know some entertaining games we can play together.I like touring around Armenia ,listening to music and gardening. I hope we’ll enjoy our time

That is me. See you soon)

Introduction: Arev Vardanyan


Ulay and Marina Abramović, legendary duo in performance art, during Nightsea Crossing performance.


Vivian Dorothy Maier


As my lecturer once said, being a teacher does not mean giving 100% of the subject in one session, but making students love the subject and motivate them to study it themselves. I am trying to do this during my lesson, and I really like that emotional contact between the whole group.


Today healthy lifestyle is becoming more and more popular, but I and my whole family have been doing this, since then I remember myself. I would be delighted to share with you healthy diets, activity exercises for keeping fit. The healthier we are, the better we feel, because healthy way of life concerns not only our body, but mind and soul.

Just me.
See you soon here.

Introduction: Ervand Grigoryan

My favorite artist is Gevorg Bashinjaghyan. Hi is founder realistic painting.

( Gevorg Bashinjaghyan )

(Armenian village in Rastov )


( Picture of me )

Im very interedted in sport. My favorite hobbies is snowboard , skiing .

( In Tsaghkadzor )

I love watch football but playing i love much more . My favorite footballer is A . Griezmann

I look forward to aur meeting impatiently…….

Introduction (Sevada Sargsyan)

It is just me

Greetings to my friends from Shwitzerland.I am Sevada. I am looking forward to our meeting. I am sure we shall have many thoughts to exchange. The exchange of experience is very important for both sides. For every painter pedagog it is very important and interesting to meet new cultures. It will give me opportunities to create and develop new ideas.

My favorite artists

Claude Monet
Piter Paul Rubens
The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

My favorite painters are Claude Monet and Piter Paul Rubens,especially Rubens because of his unique and popular Baroque style.Rubens specialized in making portraits,landscapes,history paintings.

It is me working with my pupils

First of all it is very important to turn on the music during our lessons.It helps my students to concentrate on their works and to express their thoughts. Its very important for me to have good relationships whit them.

My Skills

One of my favorite hobbies is singing.I have been singing since my childhood. I wanted to become a singer but I changed my mind. Now I work at Arts school, and I have many talented students.One of my skills is to understand my students, their opinions and ideas we love each other very much and I appreciate it very much.

Introduction: Fabio Melone

Hi everybody. I am really looking forward to this exchange and meeting you soon. My name is Fabio. I am originally from Italy but I was born in Switzerland and grew up here. When I have time, i love painting and drawing in my studio.

I see this exchange program as a great opportunity to get together, get in touch and interact. I am sure it will be a great experience for us all.

Here is one of my favorite artists: FRANCIS BACON.

Seated Figure 1961 Francis Bacon 1909-1992

my favorite exercise at school…

Actually I do not have a specific favorite one. What I like is reading and doing some research to get inspired by different kinds of artists. At the moment I admire Markus Lüpertz’s artworks.

I prefer painting freely and let the random moment, during painting, surprising me. 🙂

This is me. See you soon in Jerewan.

Introduction: Anne Gruber

…one artwork from the canon

Meret Oppenheim, «Le déjeuner en fourrure» (1936)

…personal favorite artist or art work

My most actual favorite work is »Assimilation« from Bea Schlingelhoff. She renamed streets in Düsseldorf with names of female artist and created a list, which was set with a new font of her font-serie »Women against Hitler«. Each font in this serie is named after female resistance fighter in WW2. For example: Anna Mettbach, Ella Trebe, Lisa Fittko, and many more …

…my favorite exercise in school

…is one of those, that evolve from shared interests of the class and myself.

…what skills can you share in the group

Bookbinding, Layout, Photoshop, developing research methods.

…picture of me

Introduction: Estella Sahakyan

One of my dreams came true
London 2018

Greetings to all the students! I’m looking forward to working with you.Previously I had chances to interact with foreign students and make friends with them,this time will not be an exception.This program is a great opportunity for all of us to interact,to exchange knowledge,experience and some great ideas.I’m excited to learn more from you,your culture,your educational system and share a lot of great things about us.

These are some of my favorite artists

•Claude Monet •Amedeo Modigliani •Mikelangelo •Diego Velázquez etc

This is the artist and the painting that inspired me a lot.

My favorite exercise

For me the most interesting exercise to try with children is to talk about a specific subject,turn it into a discussion and give them the opportunity to express themselves and to listen to each other’s ideas.I think it will help them to widen their horizon of thinking.

Skills I can share

I’m famous for my humor skills,as everybody says I can make everything seem funny and hilarious(so you’ll never feel bored with me).Also in every kind of groups I can make friends,because I always find something in common to talk about.I like to listen to different types of music,mostly rock music(always happy to discover new artists and songs,feel free to share everything new with me).I am also good at cooking,and I like to try improvising with different recipies.

Introduction: Lysanne Stroomer

An artwork from the canon:

Piero della Francesca, Flagellation of Christ (probably 1455–1460)

An artist I really like:

Joseph Beuys, 7000 Oaks

There are so many inspiring artists around the world, but for me Joseph Beuys is an artist, who fascinates me over and over again. Not only with his works, but also his philosophy and understanding of teaching.

My Favourite Exercise

What I really like during class, is when students can experience something, that they have never done before. I want them to challenge the way they see or do things normally and widen their horizon. This can be done for example with new or unusual materials and or experimental exercises.

Skills I can share in the group

I can make a delicious meal out of some random ingredients and different spices. So if we are starving at one point or an other, I will be happy to be your chef.

Hello, this is me!

Introduction: Janina Müller

This is one of my favorite artworks. It’s painted by Helen Frankenthaler:

Another painting I really like is this one by Emma Zhang:

My favorite exercise in school:

I don’t have a specific favorite exercise but I like it when ideas evolve from experimentation. When you start exploring materials and subjects and over time, you come up with an idea that you never thought of in the beginning.

Skills I can share in the Group:

I can show you some basic salsa steps. I love painting, cooking and solving riddles.

see you soon!

Introduction: Elisa Hüttner

…one artwork from the canon

I’ve chosen this painting from Jacob Jordaens (1640/1645) – “Fest des Bohnenkönigs” cause it was the source of inspiration for one of my last paintings I did about the word “Abbiocco” – which in Italian means: drowsiness following a large, delicious meal.

…personal favorite artist or art work

These days I’m a big fan of Cy Twomly’s artworks. But there are so many more like: Egon Schiele, Tracey Emin, Alex Paulus, Richard Sierra, Joan Mitchell etc.

…my favorite exercise in school

there is non specific one, which I did several times. But I like the possibility to work outside of a classroom preferably in the sunshine or to use natural material to work with, e.g. I teached a workshop for natural dyeing which was a really good experience.

…what skills can you share in the group

I make the best Müesli (Swiss breakfast) and I love to try new things and so I often have ideas how to do things differently.

…and that’s me 😉

Looking forward meeting you!

Introduction: Bastian Riesen

One of my favourite Artworks, painted by Théodore Géricault:

Another Artwork I really like by Frank Auerbach:

My favourite Exercise:

Collective drawing: Someone starts drawing a line, an object or something he wants to draw. After a while, the drawing goes to another person, which adds its own ideas to the drawing, adding, changing or crossing things. After a while, the drawing goes to the next person and so on. In the end, you get a collective drawing, in which everybody participated. It’s like a game and is meant to be fun.

Some Artists I like:

  • Goya
  • Alfred Kubin
  • Max Beckmann
  • Caspar David Friedrich
  • etc.

Skills I can share:

morning sport exercises, drawing simple comics, falling asleep fast

Painting of myself:

Introduction: Olivia Jaques

Starting with an artwork from the canon …

… from my personal, current canon: a phantastic work by Tanja Ostojic

My Favourite Exercise

My favorite exercise is something I continuously develope within the Performatorium together with Marlies Surtmann: It’s called “Schwärmen” (a german wordplay around “swarm”, like a swarm of bees or other birds or fish; the movement that is produced by such a swarm; but also in the sense of “to rave about something”); a performative approach, an exercise about collective knowledge and sensitivity.

My personal favorite artist(s)

  • Sandra Johnston
  • Jeanne van Heeswijk
  • Andrea Saemann
  • Martha Wilson

Skills I can share in the Group

listening; how to drink an orange; free writing exercises;

That’s me.

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