Who we are?

Association of Teachers of Visual Expression and Communication. A professional network of people working in the field of teaching  visual expression and communication; visual art teachers; art educators; social engaged cultural workers; activist artists working in educational contexts. 

Our TEAM :  The Association is managed by social bodies elected by the members every three years:  Direction Board; Fiscal Council and Assembly. Also integrating the following working groups with members appointed by the Board for a period of four years:

The Ethics Committee 

The Pedagogical Council

The Research Group in Arts,  Community and Education 

The editorial group  


What do we do?

We  advocate for quality art education for all. We influence a wide variety of opinion formers, policy makers and stakeholders to defend and promote outstanding  education through art and visual art education across all phases of learning. 

We are a community of learners: We organize collaborative learning through seminars; conferences; training courses; workshops; exhibitions and art festivals. 

APECV has an in-service teacher training centre (Centro de Formacao de Professores Almada Negreiros CFAN) certificated by the Portuguese Center for Teachers Professional Development offering in-service art teachers courses for all the regions of Portugal.  

We promote  challenging calls for interdisciplinary projects; we share practice and research through our publications and events.


 We  Organize : 

 Participatory community projects

European Projects,

international interchange projects promoting diversity, inclusion, environmental  and cultural awareness.

 Long life Training Activities  such as courses;  MOOCs and workshops. 

We organize  Local and International Conferences, seminars and congresses  as well as  exhibitions about art; art education and education. 

We are  Publishers: The association has a network with possibilities to disseminate information ,  products and results through conferences, seminaries, congresses;  webpage , open source e-books  and the journals  of art education ‘Imaginar’   and  Invisibilidades  (peer reviewed). 


 Where ? APECV headquarters are situated in Quinta da Cruz, Viseu, Portugal. Contact APECV. 

Mission according to APECV Statutes

The study and investigation of artistic education, art teaching; teaching expression and visual communication, its pedagogy and didactics; support teachers and educators , promote exchange of experiences, carrying out training actions for teachers; educators and artists, network with other organizations; art education advocacy in Portugal;  production of cultural events; exhibitions; artistic residencies and research laboratories about  theories and artistic practices in education.

Our Partners

 APECV has a collaboration protocol with the city of Viseu. APECV  has the support of  the Portuguese Ministry of Education and works   as a consultant  for  curriculum   and national examinations  audits. APECV is  affiliated in the International Society for Education Through Art ( InSEA), as InSEA member integrates the World Alliance for Arts Education  WAAE,  APECV founded the  Ibero American Network of Art Education RIAEA . At a national and international level APECV promotes activities in formal and informal educational settings such as schools, museums and cultural centres for children, young people and adults such as  visual arts contests, seminars, exhibitions and  workshops.  



Objective1: Develop transcultural methods for art education 


By inviting art educators from other countries/cultures to participate in our projects/ workshops/training courses for teachers.

By inviting art educators from other countries/cultures to attend our seminars and congresses and write articles/visual essays/photo-essays and vídeo essays to our journals.

Timing/Activities : 2 issues of each journal; 1 conference; 4 seminars per year.

Evaluate the process through  interviews; analysis of audio visual recorded data (ensuring data protection policies; following ethical guidelines of EU, Portugal and APECV)


Objective 2: Develop pedagogies through art to foster competencies to equip learners to sócio and environmental challenges


Design and implement art education training events to develop learning methods fostering creativity; visual communication; art expression; design thinking; problem solving skills through art , crafts and design processes and tecnologies. 

Activities: Artistic residencies/ research laboratories including workshops for teacher training;

Timing/Activities: 4 workshops; 2 artistic residencies; 8 teacher training courses per year.

Evaluate the process through focus group interviews; analysis of audio visual recorded data (ensuring data protection policies; following ethical guidelines of EU, Portugal and APECV).


Objective 3: Implement learning through arts small scale programmes for communities.


Identify groups with inexistent art education programmes or a lack of offer of art activities as learning, specially marginalised groups (disability, minorities, social excluded)

Establishing protocols with stakeholders (associations; municipalities; social centers; charity organisations, schools; etc) offering  learning through arts' activities for their members/users/learners.

Design a coherent program of workshops with the participants responding to the needs of the community

Evaluate the process through focus group interviews; analysis of audio visual recorded data (ensuring data protection policies; following ethical guidelines of EU, Portugal and APECV).

Timing/ Activities: 10-15 workshops per year integrating artistic residencies; with final seminar/exhibition to make visible the results.



Data Protection and Ethical Principles

read more about APECV policies


Ensuring the continuity of the Projects

APECV elected boards have a 3 year period; APECV Nominated Boards ( Pedagogical Board; Research Board; Ethics and Publications Board) have a 4 year period to ensure the transition and garanteee the commitments signed by the previous elected board.