Ideas in the classroom: Online workshops for educators | February 2021 - Εικόνα

Sustainability in the Classroom: In-class Recycling, for primary school teachers

What is the role of recycling in tackling climate change, and what did Ancient Greece have to do with recycling?

Why are paper towels not recyclable? How do we determine which materials are recyclable? What are the rules we must know in order to recycle properly? How many types of recycling bins are there?

Teachers and students are invited to discover the secrets of proper recycling, implement them in their daily lives, and actively contribute to tackling climate change. Students as researchers look for, discover and record information about recycling, and showcase their talents with artistic creations made of recyclable materials. 

Design - Implementation: Elissavet Galanaki, Physicist - Meteorologist, Scientific Associate at the National Observatory of Athens

Thursday 04/02 | 18.30 



Sustainability in the Classroom: Learning from Collections

What do a bell pepper from our fridge, an origami flowerpot, 17th-century Cabinets of Curiosities and modern-day school have in common? How can the historical development of museums make a school walk in a park more fun, and how can we be surprised by an idea of Michel Foucault within a school hour? How could we understand material culture if museums, explanatory texts and guides suddenly disappeared, and what role can a hamburger and a peach play in this project? 

Teachers and students are invited to experiment in the classroom with informal education tools, and enrich their daily lives with cross-disciplinary activities and “green” ideas, create new collections and learn from them.

Design - Implementation: Kalliopi Koutroumpi

Thursday 11/02 | 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 18/02 | 19.00



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 25/02 | 18.30