Teacher resource: Including special needs students in Visual Arts to develop key competencies about environmental issues
YANIV DANIEL JANSON www.yanivjanson.com
This teacher resource uses Visual Arts to develop key competencies about environmental issues and is available as a free download to all teachers at: http://tinyurl.com/apahteachingresource
It was assembled by a team of researchers, teachers, parents and community organisations. The team collaborated to assist Yaniv Janson an artist with Asperger syndrome on the autistic spectrum build an international career and summarised the main points of their learning.
At the age of 19 Yaniv Daniel Janson is the youngest artist invited into the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited in over 40 museums and galleries and is the recipient of 14 awards and scholarships. He is working on his next exhibition “New Zealand Through the Mind’s Eye” opening 20th April 2013 at the Depot ArtSpace in Devonport. Yaniv is a graduate from the International School of Arts and Creativity in Wellington, and was mentored by Leafa Wilson, Contemporary Art Curator at the Waikato Museum.
His work on environmental and social sustainability spurred collaborations with professionals in the art world. As the artist in residence in a number of New Zealand national and international events, his art was exhibited during social science conferences such as the Massey University Annual Sustainability Workshop as testimony of the impact of art on sustainability consciousness. His September 2010 exhibition at ArtsPost Gallery, Waikato Museum, Hamilton “Visualising climate change” and his November 2010 exhibition “The world according to…” at the new Wallace Gallery Morrinsville were on the theme of Climate Chains – about the fact that our survival as human beings is dependent on everyone making serious efforts to change to more sustainable ways.
The art is aimed at raising awareness and communicating the frustration that people who care about the environment have about not being able to help others change their behaviour.
Charlotte Giblin the Wallace Morrinsville Gallery curator said:
“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have this exhibition in our new gallery, and Yaniv’s bold, bright canvasses have attracted a lot of attention. The subject matter has been of particular interest to visiting school groups, who have been fascinated to see such confident, expressive work echoing their own fears of a changing world. On my part, I find the later work in Yaniv’s display particularly moving: the loose swirls and spontaneous strokes within Tornados and Turbulence ignite a passionate response and give emphasis to the ever-present plaintive question: what can we do to stop this from happening?
The Gallery walls here have worn Yaniv’s paintings with pride, but it would be selfish to keep them for too long: this exhibition is too important to be kept hidden, or restricted to one Town, one Region, one Country.”
His last Paris exhibition (“Chemins Croisés”) took place in December 2010 in the Galerie Celal between the Louvre and Centre Pompidou, in the coveted rue St. Honoré, 75001. It followed exhibitions in Israel and Canada. He is also working on a public art installation commissioned by the New Zealand Clean Energy Centre in Taupo. Yaniv has a French and a North American art dealers and has just opened a showroom in Boston central.
Additional Teacher Resources [for more information contact details below]
- The documentary Yaniv Saves the World describes how he chose to follow his passion and how people around him joined in to assist him follow his dream was screened at the 7 Sept “Challenging the Myths” Autism New Zealand in Auckland.
- The 3 min trailer of the movie is at: http://vimeo.com/46170213 The DVD of this documentary is available by contacting the artist. The documentary was produced by John Mandelberg from Blue Water Productions and Wintec and Samarah Wilson Productions.
- Yaniv’s second book “Changing the World – One Painting at a Time” has received great international reviews and is also distributed by the artist.
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