Activate your Artistic Sensitivity: Art Psychology and Video Making

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This course introduces participants into different ways of understanding and teaching creativity and arts, taking the best of the positive impact of Audio-visual production and art-related activities on their wellbeing.

During the first week, the course will take a multidisciplinary approach to art and creativity. The course will analyse the creative process from a broader perspective, considering how creativity works at different ages and in different contexts. 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.

During the second week, participants will focus on how audio-visual tools can support students’ and teachers’ involvement: participants will actively learn how to create and adapt audio-visual resources (photos, movies, music clips, documentaries, new videos…) to teach their subjects in a more effective way. All this helps students to absorb and retain ideas and in the development of communicative, critical, social and creative skills.

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

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Be able to write a plot and a script for a video project in accordance with teaching objectives;
  • Know how to manage students’ teamwork to create a script and a video;
  • Be familiar with basic techniques for video-shooting, editing photos and videos, dub and add subtitles in a creative manner using web tools;
  • Make use of art and psychology of art theory and practice in a productive way; 
  • 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 psychology

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building;
  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations;
  • Managing, searching and publishing images and videos; Introduction to the history of filming techniques using movie samples;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Art psychology

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

Day 2 – Well-being and art

  • 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 – Lateral thinking

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

Day 4 – Implementing art in the classroom

  • 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 beyond the classroom

  • Hands on work / understanding and enjoying art out of the classroom: visiting or organizing art exhibitions;
  • Role play/simulation by course members;
  • How to actively maintain students’ attention and motivation. (This lesson will be held outside the classroom)
  • Conclusions, discussion, course evaluation and certificate ceremony.

Day 6 – Round up & Cultural activities

  • Round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Day 7 – Rest day

  • Day off

Day 8 – Intro to videos

  • Introduction to videos: formats, shooting equipment, tools for showing a video;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 9 – Video platforms

  • YouTube and other video platforms: channel, filters, playlists, regulations;
  • Streaming your lesson: options, tools, and utility.

Day 10 –  Video recording

  • Different free educational video platforms to implement your lessons; 
  • Video shooting: your phone is a camera; choosing a format/frame rate;
  • Shooting techniques;
  • Record your own presentation.

Day 11 – Video editing

  • Video editing: YouTube video editor and other software;
  • Adding sounds to a video from YouTube libraries;
  • Adding subtitles/text to a video;
  • Practical activity: edit the video presentation of a colleague of yours. 

Day 12 – Teaching techniques & course closure

Teaching techniques

  • Open software to implement teaching techniques;
  • Examples and exercises.

Course closure

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

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