locus athens has chosen five contemporary Greek artists, to create "Workshops" in five different, public and state run schools in different areas of Athens. The artists running the "Workshops" are: Nikos Alexiou, Kostas Bassanos, Nikos Markou, Maria Papadimitriou and Alexandros Psychoulis. The schools hosting these workshops are: Moraitis School, Hill Primary School, I.M Panagiotopoulos School, Voula’s First High School as well as the Rallio High School for girls in Piraeus. Each artist will present their own work as well as introducing new ways of looking at contemporary art production to children of different ages, ranging from kindergarten to high school. The participating school children will have the opportunity to learn about contemporary Greek art as well as the exciting and different ways there are of visually representing the world around us. All the school children participating in the "The Workshop" will create their own artworks under the guidance of each respective artist. These "Workshops" aim to help school children become directly involved in art in a more creative, relaxed and invigorating way than in most schools’ art education programs. Each "Workshop" will take place over fours weeks, two hours per week at each school, with approximately 20 students participating in each class. The art works produced by the schoolchildren at each "Workshop" will be exhibited alongside artworks of the artists teaching them in Zoumboulakis Gallery at the end of April. Simultaneously a book introducing Greek contemporary art to children will be published, the first of its kind in Greece. The publication will introduce children in a fun and exciting way to the work of each of the artists involved in the "Workshops", to photography, animation, sculpture and drawing. Each artist’s work will provide new ideas as to how to engage in artistic activities as well as of projects that children can carry out at home. This publication will also include some of the work produced by the actual school children in the "Workshops".
"The Workshop" presents the projects produced by children in a series of workshops organized over the last year in five different schools, both public and private, in different areas of Athens. The workshops were organized by locus athens in collaboration with the artists Nikos Alexiou, Costas Bassanos, Nikos Markos, Maria Papadimitriou and Alexandros Psychoulis. Each artist introduced his/her work to the school children and together they worked on either a large scale collaborative project or on smaller more personal gestures. At the exhibition locus athens' latest publication will be launched following on from these workshops. "A Fantastic Book - of Contemporary Art for Children" introduces the five artists that took part in the workshops, each one emblematic of a different strain of contemporary thinking, to children of all ages. The book contains ideas for projects to be tried out at home as well as show casing some of the projects already carried out by the five schools that hosted the workshops. It is the first book of its kind published in Greece. The book can either be ordered from locus athens http://www.locusathens.com/ or from the books publisher Kaleidoscope http://www.kaleidoscope.gr/.