Art in the Classroom: A journey through comics, the so-called 9th art, for high school teachers
Why did the “speech-image” hybrid become so popular? What creative means did the precursors of cartooning use in the Lascaux cave? What tales are told by the adventures of Rodolphe Töpffer, the father of modern comic books, and who is the bald character on badges and gadgets that circulated as early as the late 19th century?
What is the relation between the comic book and the superhero culture, the pop-art movement, philosophy, Shakespeare, math, and politics?
Employing the idea of an “in-school journey,” students approach art comics, become familiar with comic book codes and terminology, and get to know the stages and techniques of creating an illustrated story. Students become comic artists, translate their own stories on paper, and render their era through a comic book scenography.
Design - Implementation: Very Young Contemporary Art / VYCA
Thursday 01 & 22/04 | 18.30
Art in the Classroom: The different faces of the hero: An search inspired by the duel between Achilles and Hector in Rhapsody 22 of the Iliad
How much does Achilles have in common with Superman? Would the son of Peleus ever kill Hector by stabbing him in the back? At what time would Hector’s death be depicted on a wallpaper? With which of the two Homeric heroes does the modern reader identify the most, and why?
Rhapsody 22 of the Iliad describes the most important duel of the Homeric epic, that between Achilles and Hector.
Teachers and students are called upon, through examples of modern artworks and pieces of literature inspired by this particular duel, to explore their beliefs about the idea of heroism and observe how the latter changes over time. Students approach the heroes of the Iliad in a different way, develop their critical thinking skills, and engage in experiential activities that aim to activate their creativity and imagination.
Design - Implementation: Maria Tsonona, educator
Thursday 08/04 | 18.30
Art in the Classroom: The idea of upcycling for primary school teachers
How do everyday materials become works of art? How does upcycling relate to the movements of Dadaism, Neorealism and Arte Povera? Are you familiar with the sculpted trophy of the César Awards? Out of what exhibit did John Lennon take a bite at a London exhibition? Since when have recyclable materials been exhibited at museums? And how does modern-day conceptual art peg a banana on a wall and turn it into a concept?
Students are invited to observe the objects around them and change their daily lives by getting to know the challenge of upcycling in the classroom! Taking on the role of hunters of objects, images, words and simple everyday materials, students create their own sculptures, poems, mock-ups, ephemeral artworks, in order to convey their own ideas and meanings within the classroom.
Design - Implementation: Christina Tsinisizeli, visual artist
Thursday 15/04 | 18.30