Art for your Future – European Training

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European training | Non-formal education, artistic practices | November 2015 | Marchiennes

Visual arts as a tool of non-formal education: what issues? What practices? During 7 days, from the 7th to the 11th of November 2015, this European training organised by Histoire de Savoir(s) gathered 28 participants from 10 European countries: volunteers, youth and cultural stakeholders, students and teachers.

Initiated in 2014, this training is resulting from Histoire de Savoir(s)’ investment in promoting artistic tools as a base for popular education, and in creating a European network on this subject. Thanks to a fruitful collaboration with partner organisations from 7 European countries, and the financing through Erasmus+ programmes, the training could take place in the best conditions.

The programme: introduction to non-formal education, discussions about the relevance of visual arts as a tool for education, introduction to of project and leading artistic workshops, presentation of actions created by participants and sharing best practices, introduction to Erasmus+ programmes and reflection on future projects.

The real “plus” of this training was the training of participants to concrete technical photography, video and graphic arts processes, which could be applied by participants in the framework of their own organisations. Thanks to the involvement of professionals, participants have been trained to the stop motion technique, green background, and video interview (Claire Jeandroz –; to portrait and documentary approach in the field of photography (Nicolas Leblanc –; to collective drawing, typography and pictograms, for the graphic part (Blandine Scrève –

After a week of collective life in a group board and loadging, and training, participants acquired solid and diverse skills and competencies, methods directly applicable and transferable in order to take action at the local level; new ideas and potential partners. As for every non-formal education projects, informal moments were an important part of the group cohesion, cultural discoveries and networking.

The training was closed on Saturday, the 14th of November, by an exhibition open to the public, showing the participants’ different creations. Many projects should see the light following this training. Given the success of it, at all levels, Histoire de Savoir(s) intends to submit a new application for 2016.

More information about this training: Art For Your Future Training



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