Art and Nature Cycle

The Igartubeiti Farmhouse Museum started up its Education Programme in 2013 with a cycle of workshops on Art and Nature.

The Museum started the year with a number of activities and projects aimed at socialising our local heritage, featuring events for different target audiences.

Along these lines, the areas of art and heritage are brought together to create experiences that provide people with new ways of interacting with heritage objects, giving them a new outlook and telling them new stories based on the Igartubeiti farmhouse, using a variety of forms of artistic expression.

The Art and Nature cycle focuses on awareness of our natural and cultural heritage. It is based on our relationship with our surroundings as a common, collective feature, and uses active observation and audiovisual presentations to build up a new picture of our heritage.

The cycle includes a workshop with the title “World in Miniature”, aimed at families with children aged three and upwards, and two creative workshops: “Heritage on Stage” and “The Eye within the Eye: Camera Obscura and Landscape” for 12 to 16-year-olds.

In the World in Miniature workshop the children and their parents listen to explanations given by Isabel Herguera and Jose Belmonte, then work in six different groups to create landscapes and animated towns using elements of nature found around Igartubeiti, such as recycled materials, clay, paint, etc. All six creations are then brought together to form a world.

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On 16 February around a dozen 12-16 year-olds from the Liceo Garaialde high-school in Urretxu took part in the experimental animation workshop “Heritage on Stage” organised by the Igartubeiti Farmhouse Museum. After listening to the instructions given by Isabel Herguera and Jose Belmonte, the youngsters produced drawings on strips of paper to try out the effect of such forerunners of the cinema as the zootrope and the praxinoscope. They also produced a stop-motion animation using a variety of natural objects found in and around Igartubeiti, such as stones, leaves and branches.

The youngsters were shown a number of animated short films in which the natural environment is used as a theme or medium.

At the end of the workshop the three experimental animated films that they themselves had produced were shown.

This workshop is part of the Art and Nature cycle. It represents the efforts made by the Igartubeiti Farmhouse Museum to encourage new forms of expression such as experimental animation to bring people closer to heritage objects, stimulate creativity and convey a broad view of our heritage.

The video below shows the three animated films produced by the students:

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A group of young people aged between 12 and 18 took part in the “Eye within an Eye: Camera Obscura and Landscape” workshop.

Asier Gogortza turned the three rooms of the farmhouse into gigantic camerae obscurae. The windows in each room were blacked out, leaving only a small hole. Images of the landscape outside with its trees, farmhouses, etc were projected on the walls of the dark rooms.

The participants took photographs of these projected landscapes and developed them in the conventional way.

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The Musikoporrak Association gave a workshop for children aged between three and 12, under the title Euskal Herria Euripean. The children were asked to make different sounds with water. A number of games were arranged to help them do this: glasses were filled with water to make music, sheets of plastic we used to imitate the sounds of nature) storms, thunder, rain), etc.

The workshop ended with the children making handicrafts projects to take home with them comprising glass containers decorated with musical notes that could be filled with water. By blowing on these containers a musical instrument can be created.

Photos of the Euskal Herria Euripean workshop on Flickr.