From the 2022-2023 school year, the municipality of Oosterzele will further expand its artistic leisure offer with image studios for children from 6 to 11 years old. For this, the municipality works together with the Municipal Academy of Visual Arts (SABK) of the City of Zottegem.
From the 2022-2023 school year, the local board of Oosterzele will further expand its artistic leisure offer with image studios for children from 6 to 11 years old. To this end, it is collaborating with the Zottegem urban academy for visual arts.
‘The registration figures showed that in recent years more than 50 parents of 6 to 11-year-olds from Oosterzele came weekly with their children to our academy in Zottegem or the location in Sint-Lievens-Houtem for the studios,’ according to Zottegemse aldermen. of culture Lieselotte De Roover. ‘The offer from our academy is clearly to your liking. After the concrete question of a number of parents, we investigated the direction of an image department in Oosterzele from that point of view.’
‘As an academy, it is our job to find out where there are geographical blind spots for the organization of part-time art education. Within our vision we want to ensure that children can follow an image workshop, so to speak, under the church tower. There is already a very successful location for SAMWD Zottegem in Oosterzele, only the visual arts on offer was still missing’, adds SABK director Paul Nys, who contacted the Oosterzele leisure department to explore the possibilities.
‘When I was asked by the services to expand the range of part-time art education with an image department, I didn’t hesitate for a second’, says Pieterjan Keymeulen, alderman for part-time art education in Oosterzele. ‘We found an inspiring workplace with the chalet on the De Kluize site and the colleagues from the college of aldermen were immediately convinced of the added value of this offer. In the first school year, the Oosterzele local government invests in the operation of the Oosterzele department, but that is seed money to be able to start with a subsidized operation from next year. We are currently organizing two courses on Wednesday afternoons, each for a maximum of 20 students’, concludes alderman Pieterjan Keymeulen.
The image studio classes take place on Wednesday afternoons in the chalet on the De Kluize site in Oosterzele:
from 1.30 pm to 3.10 pm for 6, 7 and 8 year olds (1ste2of in 3of grade day education)
from 3.20 pm to 5 pm for 9, 10 and 11 year olds (4of5of 6of grade day education)
You can register for the 2022-2023 school year until September 30, via Mijnacademie.be/sabkzottegem. Registration fee is 74 euros for young people from 6 to 17 years.