The works from the Espoo School of Art deal with the visible and invisible phenomena of nature. The exhibition consists of paintings, animations and three-dimensional works by pupils aged between 5 and 13. The Invisible Nature (Näkymätön luonto) exhibition is open from 11 March to 3 May 2020 at Nature House Villa Elfvik.
What happens in nature when the sun sets and the night falls? How does the snow change colour? What animals appear from their hiding places? What do insects look like up close? How are chlorophyll and butterflies linked to the circle of nature?
Pupils from the Tapiola, Olari, Kauklahti and Niittykumpu studios of the Espoo School of Art have examined natural phenomena, both visible and invisible to the naked eye. The children have observed nature and studied beliefs connected to it. The observations and impressions have been worked on by means of visual arts, using art supplies and materials from nature.
The Espoo School of Art has made this year the theme year of Invisible Nature – art-based environmental education. The issue of biodiversity is highlighted in instruction. The curriculum of the school of art names ecological and aesthetic environmental education as a focus of education. Children and young people’s relationship with nature is supported through personal experiences and creative self-expression.
The Espoo School of Art offers basic education in visual art and handicraft to pupils and students aged 5 to 20 as well as other recreational opportunities at its studios in different parts of Espoo. The Invisible Nature project has received funding from the Finnish National Agency for Education.
The Invisible Nature exhibition is on display in the area for changing exhibitions at Nature House Villa Elfvik, Elfvikintie 4, Laajalahti, Espoo. In March, the nature house will be open from Monday to Friday at 9:00–15:00 and on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00–16:00. During the Easter holidays and on May Day, it will be open at 10:00–16:00.
Café Elfvik is open on Sundays and midweek holidays during the nature house’s opening hours. There is no entrance fee to the nature house or the Invisible Nature exhibition.