Sofía Pastor

Sofía Pastor Matamoros trained at the Talavera de la Reina School of Applied Arts and Crafts. He studied Teaching of Early Childhood Education at the Autonomous University of Madrid participating as a fellow in different research groups and making a Mention in Art Education. During that time he studied Creativity in Ukraine, Design in Taiwan and made several stays abroad.


She moved four years to the University of Toyama (Japan), as an International Researcher of the Japanese Government to study the models of Artistic Education in the country, both in Museums and in Educational Institutions. She has been a lecturer throughout Japan and has presented his proposals in Taiwan, South Korea and Spain.


She has several publications on the similarities and differences, between the Japanese and Spanish educational systems, on the evaluation of Artistic Education; and proposals and analysis of the use of the methodology of good practices reciprocally in each country. He has exported models of aesthetic appreciation to Japanese schoolchildren and imported the Japanese model of creative play and self-expression to Spanish schools.


She is currently hired as a predoctoral FPI-UAM attached to the Department of Art Education of the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education of the Autonomous University of Madrid. Research on the Japanese methodology Zoukei Asobi. An educational model initially designed by a group of clandestine professors who questioned traditional artistic education at the time when artists played to discover new plastic expressions, new uses of materials and intended to modify their daily spaces through art. Upon being discovered by the government, the curriculum designers reviewed their approach and took part of their manifesto to establish it as a test in the first primary education courses. The proposal was so successful that in less than 10 years the model had been extended to sixth grade. Having spent 30 years since the Zoukei Asobi micro-rebellion, this methodology has become one of the pillars of the educational curriculum promoting creativity, innovation and progress that characterizes the nation.


In addition to her duties as a PhD student, Sofia is a member of the Research Group “Educational Change for Social Justice” (GICE-UAM) in the lines of Art Education for Justice and Creativity for Educational Change and Social Justice; of the UNESCO Chair in Education for Social Justice of the Autonomous University of Madrid; and collaborates with several projects of the department (ArtCubo, Tell me a bowl, ExpoARTEspacios …), as well as the collaborative project with the Institute of Democracy, Human Rights and Culture of Peace and Nonviolence (DEMOSPAZ): Art and Peace conceived in the Chair.