Active Art: Understanding and Enjoying Art in the Classroom and Beyond

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Active Art: Understanding and Enjoying Art in the Classroom and Beyond

Concept by Marta Mandolini

Description

The course takes a multidisciplinary approach to art psychology, introducing participants to different ways of understanding and teaching arts, dealing with the students’ creative process and taking the best of the positive impact of art-related activities on our wellbeing. It is based on a broad understanding of art and creativity across the lifespan and will draw on work in several disciplinary areas such as neuropsychology, pedagogy and sociology, to consider creativity at different ages and in different contexts and specifically to consider the artistic phenomenon as a combination of perspectives and situations (artist, viewer, artwork).

Participants will be involved in an active learning process, also focusing on personal experience and self-expression, combining cognitive and emotional elements to make the learning process easier and ensure long-lasting retention of the new knowledge.

By the end of the course teachers will learn how to combine art theory and practice in a productive way, to actively maintain students’ attention and motivation throughout the creative class and process, including: art production, art communication, preparing and visiting an art exhibition. They will also be invited to improve their own creative attitude though a simple series of group and individual exercises that stimulate lateral thinking.

Guided city tours and 1 full day cultural excursion (usually on Saturday) will also be part of the programme.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Make use of art and psychology of art theory and practice in a productive way;
  • Understand and consider different ways of interpreting and teaching creatively;
  • Actively maintain students’ attention and motivation throughout a creative class and learning process;
  • Improve creative attitude and stimulate lateral thinking through group and individual exercises.

Audience

  • Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs;
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools. 

Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Specifics

  • Lessons: classes will take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Activities: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usuallly on Saturday).
  • Price: 480€

Next courses in Florence

  • 16-21 December 2019
  • 20-25 January 2020
  • 17-22 February 2020
  • 16-21 March 2020
  • 20-25 April 2020
  • 18-23 May 2020
  • 15-20 June 2020
  • 20-25 July 2020
  • 17-22 August 2020
  • 21-26 September 2020
  • 19-24 October 2020
  • 16-21 November 2020

Next courses in Barcelona

  • 2-7 December 2019
  • 6-11 January 2020
  • 3-8 February 2020
  • 2-7 March 2020
  • 6-11 April 2020
  • 4-9 May 2020
  • 1-6 June 2020
  • 6-11 July 2020
  • 3-8 August 2020
  • 7-12 September 2020
  • 5-10 October 2020
  • 2-7 November 2020

Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Although our courses are designed with the European Union Erasmus + program in mind, they are also open to teachers from all non-E.U. countries. Over the last few years we have welcomed increasing numbers of teachers from the USA and Japan, among others.

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Reviews about this course

It was a great experience to discovered the connections between the theory and practice by myself and in the class. On the whole the course offers a theoretical knowledge in relation with a practical perspective and supported by a professional teacher. Thanks for this impressive week!

Christiane Lincke

During the mobility period in four days I actively participated in activities, tasks and discussions. I learned how to improve the communication with students by teaching art, importance of art as a psychological tool . I also improved my knowledge about the creativity process, and leaned how to encourage the students in interesting ways to better express themselves. Gained knowledge and experience will help me during my work as an art teacher.

Tihomir Razum

Active Art course was so interesting and thought provoking that has really focused the teaching for the coming year. It is very practical, theory is really combined with individual and group exercises, and it gives you a new perspective of the power of art-related activities in education and well being! Thank you!

Marta Mandolini

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