CyberFair Project ID: 3872

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Avant Garde
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: School #33
    Nukus, Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan

4 students, ages 14 - 16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 20, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005

Classes and Teachers: Aymuratova Rano - Art teacher, Nadira, Janat, Alexander, Azamat.

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

We want to thank our coaches Rano Aitmuratova, Art teacher and Sayyora Saidova, computer specialist of our school Educational Internet Center who organized our work and helped us and gave good suggestions and advice. I'm Janat. I am jounalist in this project. The project is interesting for me because I study at school where we study Art very deeply. Besides of it, I enjoy Karakalpak and other cultures. I am fond of history, painting, English and computer technology. I have been learning English at Language Learning Center 'Progress' since 2000. I've participated in different IEARN projects 'Get know others','Good deeds', 'My dream world', 'Virtual museum' and others. During out participating in this project we visited our local museums such as Art Museum and we had meetings and interviews with local famous artists. I would like you to get to know about our national culture of Karakalpak people for further cooperation and a better life. My name is Nadira. My hobby is playing tennis, computer. I like to take part in IEARN projects because they are very interesting and we can know new information and make friends from different parts all over the world. This project is very useful for us because we learn good communication skills to be real diplomats. I am Aleksandr. I worked as a web-designer on this project. I collected the necessary information about avant garde artists in the Internet and created a web-site of the project. My name’s Azamat. I was a photographer in the project. I photographed meetings, process of job, excursions to the Art museum named after I.V.Savitskiy, Nukus Art College and Art Academy of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.I like taking pictures and I could to apply my skills in this project.

2. Summary of Our Project

We learned and searched the art and culture of karakalpak people and relationships with other cultures which provide mutual understanding between people of the world.. We're have learned Avant Garde style in art, Karakalpak Avant Garde artists and compared their paintings with the famous Avante Garde artists of the world. Our team four of us chose this topic because it was actual for our region. This direction in art is young and it isn’t searched enough. It’s interesting to know that there is a unique collection of Russian and Uzbek, Karakalpak artists in our State Art Museum. It is considered thousands of paintings of Avant Garde. Working through this theme our team wanted to show and tell to many people of the world that through researching Art we could build diplomatic relations and join people against the strength of evil. As you know beauty will save the world.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

The technical equipment, especially the computer class and the access to the Internet, which we used were provided with the program 'School Connectivity for Uzbekistan ' administrated by IREX.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The basic problem, with which we came over, was that the professional young artists of avant garde, who had a professional development course in foreign countries, were on a business trip out of our country, and we lost a chance to meet with them and to get acquainted with their art works closer. But inspite of it, we found the alternative and decided to meet with beginning artists, who were only students of Nukus Art College. And also there were technical problems: limit of electricity at our school.We had to go other schools-participants of our program, which had Internet access.We came to our school on weekends to complete our project succesfully.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We-the young ambassodors,want to involve the whole world community into researching of unknown unique particularities of art of Uzbekistan and the ways of integration with other world cultures. We hope that our work will bring people together and attract attention of people who have information which can make contribution in the development of our project to our research.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

As the work on this project was managed by the Art teacher, the researches which we had,we applied at our lessons of Art and History of Art. It is nice to note the discussion between the participants of the project with the Austrian graphic artist Gerbert Hershleger, who represents other direction in art. But we were given the chance to compare two completely various directions in art, and to see the differences between the avant garde and graphic art. We realized that in avant guarde the artist paints a picture, which cannot be repeated, and in the graphic some copies of this picture are possible. We got an additional knowledge about graphic. Also we visited the Art museum to widen our outlook about history, culture, traditions, ethnography and archeology of our native land. Also we learned ethics and aesthetics more. We investigated an avant garde style through opinions of many artists of other countries. We have learned to work in a team, doing our work,we were responsible for and also improved our English. Besides of this, we acquired a new experience of picking up the most important and necessary information from different resources, such as books, newspapers, magazines, web-sites and to use it correctly.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Working on the project the participants of the project used the different technical equipment, such as computer, multimedia educational programs disks, and materials from the Internet. To show the different moments of process of working on the project, we used a digital camera, scanner to scan paintings, photos of the students and artworks of the artists. We visited The Art museum, got acquainted with works of the outstanding artists of avant garde style, visited Fundamental library of university. Also students took interviews from the outstanding artists of avant garde style and beginning artists of the students of Art college, Art Lyceum and art school. The most valuable ways and the most important source during job on the project were interviews, discussions and visits. Lots of the useful information on avant guarde and artists of other countries, which we couldn’t find in local newspapers and books, we got with the help of the Internet.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

We organized a strong team, which has become an example for our school community. Our job on the project shows, that we, despite of our young age, have already made our little contribution in research of our national culture and originality and presented our country with the honor and advantages to the world community. With the help of art we aspire to tie the diplomatic relations, and to unit all the world under the motto 'Beauty will save the world '. And also we want to prove, that the art is beauty, which unites the people of the world and gives strength to resist against terrorisms and wars. Further we plan to develop this theme and to carry out a number of educational lessons, with outstanding artists of our republic, where the students from different areas of republic would participate. And certainly, during the given lessons we shall show the given site on the project and we shall tell about importance and role of the given direction in world art.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Besides the participants, other students from different schools, lyceums and colleges, and their parents and the members of community learned about this style. We – participants of this project, learned a lot of information about art, especially avant guarde style, as this style of art is on the stage of development, and it is a new to our republic style. During the research through the project, we took interviews, from the outstanding artists of our republic: Jengiz Lepesov, Sarsen Baybosinov, Jollibay Izentaev, Zawiq Saipov. We realized the importance and the uniqueness of their works and their meaning in the development of not just only our art, but also world one.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Besides the participants, other students from different schools, lyceums and colleges, and their parents and the members of community, the assistants of the museums and Art Academy were involved in our researching. One of the achievements of our team is, the ability to involve various groups of the people to help the participants with the project. School administration, teachers constantly supported and helped us. WE would like to express our gratitude to the students of Art college and Art Lyceum for their help, and also outstanding artists of our country, for giving unique information, recommendations and their contribution for the development of the project. A special thank to the parents, who gave the opportunity to their children to be free of home duties and responsibilities and allowed them to spend their spare time, working on the project.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Participating in this project impressed us very much. Despite of the fact that I am an art teacher, neither the participants nor I had enough information about avant guarde. Through our research we learned the history of art painting, went to museums and saw the creativities, had interesting meetings and interviews with wonderful people. Thanks to it, we gained different ideas and implemented them in our life.

As for me, I liked the picture of Lisenko “The bull” very much. Every person, who sees this picture, has his thoughts about it. It symbolizes the personal view of the artist to the life, moments of difficult times of our country. It was interesting to observe the painting, where there was painted the sun on the bull’s tail. It shows that the sun has gone away and the end of the world is coming soon.


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