The CASAdelDRAGON follow the intention of the founder of EL-RAC, to use the residence, the working and exhibition spaces and all activities to develop an open space for informel education.
One main aspect of the dragon house is, to give contemporary creatives space to follow their own targets. The social peaceful enviroment of the part-time living community, the open space of the garden area and the high professional exhibition space together form the basement of individual informel learning.
In fact, informal learning is not based on a single classroom. So it happens in all spaces of the CASAdelDRAGON. But some spaces are exerting a major attraction.
The kitchen of the CASAdelDRAGON is in the group of guests a wellknown area of informel learning. Taking breakfirst and dinner together is one important set of arranging the daily life and a lot of important conversations started at the table of that kitchen.
The colour garden offer access to various plants from all over the world to study natural pigments and to get knowledge about recipes to extract and use stable colours for artistic usage.
The exhibition space in the CASAdelDRAGON – even for young contemporary artists – is an important playground to figure out a positive and useful presentation of their own works. Talking about marketing and the real relations between gallery, art agent, artist, commissionaire, art critic and museum director and other players in the art market started a lot of times, when art works where mounted.
The studio in the second floor of the CASAdelDRAGON is mostly used by artists working for the european art project ARTSURPRISE. In that area the conversation turned a lot of times in the fields of communication, website handling, newsletter writing, process and material, customer relationship management, work flow.
The terrasse, even in summer, is often used for barbecue and dinner in bigger groups with guests from the village and around (art lovers and art buyers). Looking the stars from the terrasse in the warm summer nights the informel learning turns to themes like the general sense or way of life or to thinking concepts of reality.
informel learning versus informal education
Learning is the act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information.* For us it is the personal act of our guest, defind by her/his motives and unter her/his conditions.
Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through story telling, discussion, teaching, training, and or research.* For us education is a set including space, time and proposals of facilities and people around.
In this sense, the offer is to learn in a self-organizing dynamic process in a group. CASAdelDRAGON offers the space and proposals. Each guest will start learning if he wants it and he will deside what he want to learn, and he will be teaching the other community members if they want it.
* source Wikipedia (Dez.2014