The renowned Bielefeld Kunsthalle is about to open their long-awaited exhibition «Mean Expressionism. Trauma and Taboo» next weekend. It is not meant to show expressionism as something evil, but to document the ground-breaking new ideas and approaches to come to terms with the remarkable and often confusing challenges of modernism.
Famous German artists like Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, August Macke, Paula Modersohn-Becker, or Emil Nolde are displayed until March 2018.
The Kunsthalle’s paedagogical team and the Westfalen-Kolleg Bielefeld have been cooperating ever since the European Project DECCA started in 2015. In the course of the ERASMUS plus project VTS was introduced to the Kunsthalle staff so that they decided to train their guides in the technique of VTS.
As a result, the current exhibition will offer different workshops around the topic of colour, expressionism, creative writing, and of course, VTS. The latter can be booked for students of all ages, whereby the participants can decide on VTS only and an additional creative part with the chance of drawing their own expressionists paintings. In correspondence with the goal of the DECCA project the Kunsthalle will focus on the benefits for language learning through VTS.
Learn more about the exhibiton under: https://www.kunsthalle-bielefeld.de/index.php/ausstellungen/aktuell/der-bose-expressionismus-trauma-und-tabu-11-11-17-11-03-18/
A DECCA Project participating teacher, Carola Castellano Ortega, at a conference organised by the Teachers of English Association (TEA). In her workshop she explained to her colleagues what DECCA Project was about and the activities carried out so far so as to encourage other English teachers to use art as a means of developing their students’ communicative competence in English.
Teaching staff at the EOI Las Palmas de GC listening to some DECCA Project participating teachers talking about the development of the project and the advantages of using art on a regular basis in their lessons.
Being DECCA an innovative and breakthrough project, the use of IT in our activities has proved successful as it provides students a motivating and a new approach to art and language learning.
After a one-week blended mobility in Bielefeld, the Spanish students were asked to show through a painting how much they had learnt about art. Also, they would depict their feelings or emotions regarding what that week had meant to them. Then, all the works were displayed at a school exhibition together with a QR code with the artists’ biography and an explanatory video attached to the painting through Augmented Reality.
This experience within this DECCA project was shared at this IT conference in Las Palmas de GC.
An enriching afternoon exchanging experiences and spreading good practice with other teachers in a conference held by the Education Inspectorate in Telde, being interdisplinary activities in the classroom the cross-cutting topic of the talks.
DECCA Project Spanish coordinators Mercedes Hernández Rey and Norberto Ojeda Zamora presented some of their activities based on some of the artworks from the Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. The activities dealt with using museum shop postcards, Augmented Reality and a Kinesthetic activity based on some paintings.
The coordinators have also been invited to join Musaraña, the museum innovative project for teachers.
DECCA at the Language School of Telde celebrated International Museum Day on 17th May at the CAAM visiting the exhibition called Lucy’s Iris, in which 25 African women artists display their works. A fascinating experience.
Discussion, VTS and emotions under the watchful eye of Dinkenesh!
Listen to these podcasts recorded and uploaded by students who attend classes of ‘English communicative competence through art’ at the language school of Telde (EOI Telde). They talk about their experience with the DECCA project and encourage other students to join us!
Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.
This activity carried out by some students who attended the Blended Activity in Bielefeld were asked, on the last day of the meeting, to show their meeting experience through painting. This is the magical result. If you follow the instructions while your device scan the pictures a video or audio will be instantly downloaded and you will see or hear the student talking about his/her piece and explaining what that picture means for them. On the other side, if you scan the QR CODE you will get more information about the student: who he/she is, what he/she does, …
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This is a picture of how the paintings were exhibited at EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and EOI Telde. The paintings have been also echibited at Escuela de Arte y Diseño de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in a dissemination activity.
A group of students from the “Developing English Communicative Competence Course” (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)had the opportunity to visit the exhibition “The colours of wine” at San Martin Contemporary Art Centre, as part of the activities carried out in their course. An activity where we could explore Canarian Contemporary Art through Cristobal Guerra’s paintings and discover the creation of a wine and neuronal landscape. Amazing!
On the 12th of April, students from Mullsjö folkhögskola visited the County museum at Jönköping. The museum has several exhibitions and we chose to work with two of them. The first one was «The picture of the year» which is a contest for journalists in Sweden and there were a lot of pictures that evoked a lot of emotions. The second exhibition was also the result of a contest for youths between 15-25. Six students from our school have been successful enough to be chosen to take part in the exhibition.
Our activity started with a presentation made by a guide from the museum that presented the two exhibitions which made a great introduction to the activities the student carried out in the museum.
During the 29th and 30th February, 2016 Palma de Mallorca held the 1st Conference on Level C. During the Conference, Mr Manuel Viera, a teacher of Frem from EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, presente the European K2 Project «Developing Communicative English though Art». The project, which, originally started only for teachers of English has been extended to other teachinglanguages at our School: German and French.
The project coordinators from the Erasmus+ Project Developing English Communicative Competence through Art (EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and EOI Telde) attended the X Jornadas de Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas de Canarias.
In the presentation, Mercedes Hernández Rey (EOI Telde) and Norberto Ojeda Zamora (EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) showed some of the activities created by them and explained to their colleagues how they worked out with their students. The attending teachers showed great interest in the project and the activities as a source of inspiration to develop students’ communicative competence.