lectures, workshops, seminars & exhibitions
03.02. – 06.02.2022Freie Kunstakademie Gerlingen
13.02. – 17.02.2022Freie Kunstakademie Augsburg
11.04. – 14.04.2022Kunst Akademie Allgäu
09.05. – 14.05.2022Volkshochschule Inzigkofen,
im Alten Kloster Workshop:
My approach to teaching fine arts.
In my view, students must learn to consciously roam through and deeply reflect life spaces, the worlds issues, thoughts, innovations, feelings, news, politics, economic and ecologic issues, in order to develop an individual form of innovative creativity. Only then they will be able to make connections, unspoiled from established viewpoints, cultural barriers and conventions.
This can actively be schooled.
Based on my 28-years of experience as a professional artist, curator, art historian, doctorate, lecturer, junior professor and teacher of art and textile art, my approach to teaching is truly interdisciplinary. It combines artistic practice with scientific research.
It is such a rewarding thing to teach students to develop and generate their creative potential, while finding their individual artistic expression; to develop their senses and aesthetical sensitivity, their theoretical & practical skills and intelligence. Reflecting their artwork, being able to communicate, implement and generate their ideas, is a big step in direction of a freed innovative creativity, of which our times are in great need for.
My approach to teaching textiles as media of art
If you look at the wide span of applications the textile has and has had in our society and worldwide cultures and traditions in the past and the present, you become aware of the wide field of possibilities for an aspiring artist.
Teaching art at university level incorporating textiles as media of art, demands multidimensional learning and studying. All of the students´ senses need to be sharpened in many directions and they need to develop a type of mobility/ flexibility of the brain. The basis of my teaching is to convey fundamental know-how in the fields of art, science, craft plus deepset experience with creative processes and forwarding fundamental textile knowledge and understanding.This is intitiated and inspired by the textile material. We form our identity via textiles, we communicate to the outer and inner world via textiles, we feel them on our skin, we connect sensually to them, we have many memories connected to them, they shelter us, nurture our needs, give us warmth, clothe us, shield off harm and express our innermost standing.
Due to the expanding of virtual reality and its synthetical creations free of materiality and haptics, the textile media becomes a surrogate for authentic feeling and experiences. And therefore it is not really surprising that we find the textile media quickly gaining importance in the arts at present.
Listen to Denise Bettelyoun:
Opening speech at Pfullinger Klosterkirche for the exhibition „Ur°Sprung“
Scenes from 28.01.2021: