Art in Lofoten
After four days of magnificent scenery, ice sculptures and beautiful art, it was a parrot who stole the show.
The art class got off to an excellent start on the trip to Lofoten. Already the first night, the sky appeared with its finest northern lights. From the nice fisherman's cabins in Kabelvåg we had a fantastic view to the sea and mountains. After a short morning gathering where the students were responsible for "Words for the day", we went on a road trip to idyllic Nusfjord, the beautiful Haukeland stand, mirrored ourselves in Dan Graham's mirror and went up the Sherpa stairs to Svolværgeita. In the evening there was a cooking match where the students had to make 2 dishes in 90 minutes.
The fine weather was replaced in the last few days with rain, slush and a lot of wind, so we mostly stayed indoors in the magnificent Lofoten Cathedral and were impressed by all the ice sculptures on Magic Ice. The day ended with an evening session at Galleri Espolin. where the students were given a tour and saw a film about the artist Kaare Espolin Johnson. Finally, they try their hand at scraperboard - where they carve out fine motifs on a black plate.
The last day we learned about Vikings at Borg Viking Museum before we went on to the renowned artist Scott Thoe's Gallery 2 in Stamsund. Scott talked a bit about all his projects where he brings art out to the people, before we got a sneak peak on his popular calendar. With good motivation, the students first painted mountains with only black paint and parallel lines, and finally Scott's colorful parrot, Laura.
There is a lot of coziness in communal food, and when each cabin prepared tasty dishes for the tapas table, it became an exciting and social dinner. The last hours of the evening were spent in beautiful surroundings in the hot tub out on the pier.