K65 SENIOR WORKSHOPS will activate elderly citizens anywhere, while the K65 Crew mainly works in the capital area of Finland. The intensive street art workshops developed and guided by Veera Jalava are now available, even internationally. The workshops are characterized by a curious, playful and open approach to each project based on thorough research. Activities are customized to accommodate the interests of each of the participants attending and can also be customized to address age appropriate factors such as physical limitations. For more details of my experience, please take a look at my biography ►
K65 WORKSHOP was organized in Norrtälje, Sweden, as a part of the Finnish Week program. During one and half day intensive workshop the local seniors planned and painted their own versions of the name NoA (Norrtälje Ateljéförening).
THE CENTER OF KAUNIAINEN was filled with street art spring 2012. In honor of Helsinki’s year as Design Capital street art collective Multicoloured Dreams planned and organized a project that gave a colorful look to the construction site fences in the Kauniainen (Grani) city centre. The artists of this project were school kids as well as the local seniors. The senior workshop was planned and teached by Veera Jalava: During the spring 2012 a group of 10 seniors from the neighbourhood learned to know about street art and planned a collective mural painting of their own.
THE COMMON THEME for the whole project was “Forests”: People from Kauniainen decided themselves the theme of the paintings. Open vote was held at the local library, swimming hall, City hall, Villa Junghans and at the schools that participate in the project. Vote was based on the themes that came up when local people were asked about their opinions of their surroundings in Kauniainen (in a survey 2011). The first place went to “Forests” (55 %), the second place to “Small featured landscapes” (29 %) and the third to “Safety” (16 %). Some people also wanted to see on the fences our former president Kekkonen, as well as the sea side view, zoo, jungle, downhill sledding, and forest trips for picking up berries.
THE PARTICIPANTS of the whole project were: Kasavuoren koulu, Kauniaisten lukio, Gymnasiet Grankulla Samskola, Kauniaisten kuvataidekoulu, K65 crew and the senior citizens of Kauniainen, gathered through the following unions: Grankulla svenska pensionärer , Kauniaisten suomalaiset seniorit. As a final touch to the project, artist Otto Maja will create a huge piece of his art to the centre during the summer 2012.
STREET ART INTERVENTIONMetsään [To the Forest] by the senior group from Pori took place outside the Pori Art Museum on Saturday May 19th as part of the Night of Museums program. During one hour only the seniors painted an electricity distribution cabinet owned by Pori Energy. Concept and teaching: V.Jalava. In collaboration: Porin Energia Oy.
THE PARTICIPANTS: Ulla Keski-Laturi, Ulla Lampinen, Anna-Liisa Helin, Juhani Viander, Eija Kiiskinen, Sirkka Kukkanen and Hanni Malmi.
AS A PART of the educational program related to the exhibition Street Art – The New Generation, Pori Art Museum arranged a three-day-long K65 -graffitiworkshop for over 65-year-olds in the neighbourhood. During three April days a group of nine seniors studied pictures of street art and graffiti, tried out different techniques such as freehand spray painting as well as stencils, and collaborated on the collectively planned graffiti piece, guided by V.Jalava.
AFTER TWO DAYS OF WORKING, the enthusiastic group started already to wonder how could they go on with their new hobby and then decided to join their forces next time on the Night of Museums in May!
THE PARTICIPANTS: Ulla Keski-Laturi, Ulla Lampinen, Anna-Liisa Helin, Juhani Viander, Eija Kiiskinen, Kalevi Lipponen, Sirkka Kukkanen, Eila Tanttu and Hanni Malmi. Read participants comments ►
GRAFFITI, AN URBAN PHENOMENON, is usually seen as a part of youth culture. Yet many world famous graffiti artists are past middle age. SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum arranged a week-long mural project From Norway with Love for over 65-year-olds in Kristiansand [KRS]. During five sunny October days a group of enthusiastic seniors made a piece of urban space their own. Guided by art educator V.Jalava, they studied pictures of street art, tried out different techniques such as spray painting and stencils, and collaborated on the large scale work. The project builded bridges between generations and showed that it is never too late to learn new forms of artistic expression.
THE PARTICIPANTS: Ingrid Lønn, Astri Løge Pedersen, Yvonne Ranestad, Else Rasmussen, Siri-Mette Ryen Myhre, Olav Stenbro, Kari Storaker, Øigun Svenning and Randi Vilhelmsen Hulaas.