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

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Specifics

  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
  • OID: Discover our OIDs
  • Price: 480 €

Description

The course takes a multidisciplinary approach to art psychology, introducing participants to different ways of understanding and teaching arts, dealing with the student’s 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 through a simple series of group and individual exercises that stimulate lateral thinking.

Concept by Marta Mandolini

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.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & art education

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Art education

  • Foundation in Art Psychology;
  • The artistic phenomenon (artist, viewer, artwork) and its relevant impact on art education and participation; 
  • Slides presentation, case histories, and individual practical activities.

Day 2 – Art, in the classroom and beyond

  • Brain, Art, Society;
  • A multidisciplinary approach to art pedagogy;
  • Well-being and Life-Skills development through art practices;
  • The creative process during the Life Span;
  • Group discussion and focus group.

Day 3 – Art and communication

  • Teachers’ lateral thinking;
  • Let’s exercise our creative attitude to best communicate with students!

Day 4 – Active art

  • Hands-on work;
  • Understanding and enjoying art in the classroom – art production, history, management;
  • Role-play/simulation by course members; 
  • How to actively maintain students’ attention and motivation.

Day 5 – Art outside the classroom

  • Hands on work;
  • Understanding and enjoying art out of the classroom – visiting or organizing art exhibitions;
  • Roleplay/simulation by course members;
  • How to actively maintain students’ attention and motivation. (This lesson will be held outside the classroom).

Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.

Cultural activities

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.

Next Courses

= Confirmed date

  • 20-25 Sep 2021
  • 18-23 Oct 2021
  • 15-20 Nov 2021
  • 17-22 Jan 2022
  • 21-26 Feb 2022
  • 21-26 Mar 2022
  • 18-23 Apr 2022
  • 16-21 May 2022
  • 20-25 Jun 2022
  • 18-23 Jul 2022
  • 15-20 Aug 2022
  • 6-11 Sep 2021
  • 4-9 Oct 2021
  • 1-6 Nov 2021
  • 6-11 Dec 2021
  • 3-8 Jan 2022
  • 7-12 Feb 2022
  • 7-12 Mar 2022
  • 4-9 Apr 2022
  • 2-7 May 2022
  • 6-11 Jun 2022
  • 4-9 Jul 2022
  • 1-6 Aug 2022
  • 13-18 Sep 2021
  • 11-16 Oct 2021
  • 8-13 Nov 2021
  • 29 Nov - 4 Dec 2021
  • 13-18 Dec 2021
  • 10-15 Jan 2022
  • 31 Jan - 5 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Mar 2022
  • 11-16 Apr 2022
  • 9-14 May 2022
  • 30 May - 4 Jun 2022
  • 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2021
  • 25-30 Oct 2021
  • 22-27 Nov 2021
  • 27 Dec - 1 Jan 2022
  • 24-29 Jan 2022
  • 28 Feb - 5 Mar 2022
  • 28 Mar - 2 Apr 2022
  • 25-30 Apr 2022
  • 23-28 May 2022
  • 27 Jun - 2 Jul 2022
  • 25-30 Jul 2022
  • 22-27 Aug 2022
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Reviews about this course

This was an interesting course to learn about art therapy. It was the perfect mix of practical hands on activities, excursions and theory.

Sonja Chisnal

Hungary

Marta is an amazing spirit – she is not just a great professional, but a super instructor as well, with a fantastic personality. We did lots of tasks and experimented with different tools

I’ll absolutely recommend this course for my collegues!

Nóra Gál

Hungary

Very nice, well structured, a lot of new ideas and inspirations!

Jane Smitson

I loved the course, very dynamic and well raised by the teacher. Many new ideas to apply with my students.

Rafa Martin-Granizo Anel

It was a great experience to discover the connections between the theory and practice by myself and in the class. On the whole, the course offers theoretical knowledge in relation to 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

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