In May 2019, ENViL had a highly productive interactive meeting in Salzburg, hosted by the Mozarteum, thanks to Franz Billmayer. Being a guest in Frohnburg Castle was an experience in itself.
Carl-Peter Buschkühle gave a most informative presentation on the issue of ethics and art education. In the months to come a book on ‘Art-Ethics – Education’ will be published, edited by him, Dennis Atkinson and Rafael Vella. Two co-authors also gave a presentation on their contributions to this book. Joachim Kettel on ‘Ethics in Aesthetics? How much ethics can art tolerate?’ and Sahin Celikten, who gave a strong personal and visual presentation on his view on his experiences with ethics and art education.
For the first time ENViL was able to devote specific attention to museum education. Baiba Aļļe from the Latvian Museum of Art spoke about the approach taken by her and her colleagues Austra Avotina in which students are triggered to describe art works by means of adjectives, thus developing a rich vocabulary to communicate about artistic experiences. The ENViL Common European franework of Reference for Visual Competency is also take into account. Litza Juhazs gave a highly engaging interactive presentation about the way of working in the Vasarely Museum in Budapest and its relationship to the CEFR-VC. Finally Hélène Verreyke and Peter Carpreau from the Musuem M in Louvain shared their lessons learned after two years of curatorial practice based on visual literacy. The model they used is based on the model developed by the Dutch-Belgian research project on cultural education as developed by Barend van Heusden from the University of Groningen,. The ENViL model is also taken into account.
Also new were two presentations of the new working group on STEAM. Andrea Kárpáti gave an introduction on the concept of STEAM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Art – Mathematics). Marion Starzacher shared a project executed in public space based on the integrated use of the related school subjects.
Gabriella Pataky informed us about the activities taking place in the field of primary education in the Working Group renamed 3612+.
Two working session were devoted to discuss the results and the proposal of the Working group on the revision of the Framework as developed by ENViL.This generated good observations and helpful insights. The meeting agreed on the concept of a new model in which the sixteen sub-competencies are being redistributed in two main categories (production and response) and nine new, more subject specific competencies that also reflect the dynamic character of learning and working in this domain. The new model can be found on this website under the heading of CEFR-VC – Competence model.
Also the future of ENViL and the most efficient way to move forward were discussed. The most practical conclusion was to combine meetings of ENViL with congresses ad seminars of the European Regional Council of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA). This will save time and money for travel expenses. On the other hand it was also concluded that the relative small size of ENViL meetings is very attractive as it stimulates discussions and exchange of experiences and ideas. Most practically it was decided to have the next ENViL meeting in Jaén, Spain, in combination with the next ERc InSEA European Congress, July 6-9, 2020.