Sunday, 10 June 2007

1st of June 2007 - International Art Exhibition for children

The International Art Exhibition organized by School nr. 5 from Baia Mare, Romania, started as an experiment. We were curious if anyone would be interested in participating in our project. So we sent an invitation on a Romanian teachers'online forum, and on several discussion groups. To our surprise, there were almost 400 teachers who answered our invitation. These teachers are from Romania, most of them, and from England (2 schools), Sweden, Poland, Turkey (2 schools), Kuwait and Ghana (an art academy).
There are some teachers from Greece, Nepal, China, Lebanon, Palestine, Mexic, others from Turkey and other countries, who would have liked to join our project, but they considered that their pupils' art works could not arrive at our school in time for the opening of the exhibition. So, at their request, we thought about organizing the 2nd edition of this exhibition.
We think it would be interesting to find partners from other art schools from Europe and start a project with European funding. Because art is an international language and a very good tool for intercultural education.
We hope we can find the right partners for such a beautiful project.
When using the Internet to communicate, our world seems such a small place!
It's so nice to be able to talk to people from different parts of the world as if they were close, not thousands of miles away!
If you like our project, please leave comments. We need all the feedback we can get.
And maybe we can also find partners for the project.
See you online.

1st of June International Art Exhibition

1st of June is the International Children's Day, according to UNESCO.
1st of June is, thus, a day of celebration. We celebrate our children.
1st of June was, this year, another moment of celebration: the opening of the International Art Exhibition that was organized by Scoala cu clasele I-VIII nr.5 from Baia Mare, Romania. The exhibition was organized for the children; the exhibits are art works made by children.
It is a unique art exhibition in our region because our school is not a special art school. And because teachers from other countries responded our invitation, not only from Romania. There are art works from children from England, Sweden, Poland, Turkey, Kuwait and Ghana.
There are also other teachers from such countries as Greece, China, Nepal, Lebanon, Mexic, etc, who would have liked to participate, but they could not send their pupils' work in time for the exhibition. So they will be able to participate in the 2nd edition that will be organized next year.
The people present at the opening said that the exhibition was very successful, considering that there were almost 400 teachers who answered our invitation and sent their pupils' art work for this event. There are more than 1500 exhibits on display: drawings, paintings, toys, fashion design, photos, etc.
Children's creativity is always surprising. There is a wide range of styles in which the children expressed their ideas and feelings. One can only wonder at the beauty children can create.
The objectives of our project are: promoting our pupils' creativity and their cultural values, and thus promoting intercultural education. And this is because , in our school, there are children from different ethnic groups. But children are not discriminated in our school on the basis of their ethnic or social group, on their religion or other issues. They are treated equal. And we try to teach them tolerance and acceptance of those who are different , because we believe that different is good, it makes life more interesting. And we also believe that there are no major differences between the children from different countries, having different religions and different cultural values. And this art exhibition proves this.

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

juniorarts - art for and with kids

Art is the way children can express their feelings and ideas without fear.
Art is an international language that any child or grown-up can understand,
no matter what their mother language is.
Art is not the subject I was trained to teach at school, but I teach my pupils art
using different methods.
Art is something I can't live without.
Art can be something my children draw or paint. It can be the way I dress
and teach the kids how to dress. It can be the way I organise my office
and teach the kids to organise their work space or home.
Art can be the way we play during the English classes and find interesting ways of
Art can be the way my colleagues teach their pupils how to behave each day. Also the way they decorate their classrooms to make them fun and pleasant to work in.
Art can be the way the children learn how to accept their peers, no matter their skin colour, their ethnic group, their religion, their social group, etc.
We decided to use art as a tool for intercultural education.
This project idea came to us after we organized the exhibitions with the toys made by the pupils for the Comenius 1 school project "Junior inventors".
We have challenged children and their teachers to participate in a national art exhibition for Easter and the International day of the Rroma people.
This year the two events were supposed to happen on the 8th of April.
But then the children were on holiday, so we organised the exhibtion a week earlier, on March 30.
The exhibition was very successful: more than 600 art works were present in the Easter section and more then 100 were present in the Rroma section. The works were made by children aged 5-12 from different parts of Romania, including our school.
For the grand opening of the event, some children from our school presented a short song and dance show, with Romanian and Rromani (Gypsy) songs and dances.
The public present there were very much impressed by their talent in this type of art: song and dance.
The mass media presented our activity as an important intercultural event in our city.
You can see some images from this event using the following link:
We are happy one project is successful.
We are preparing for two other art exhibitions: One in May 2007, within the International Conference on Key Competencies that is being held in Baia Mare in the period May25- 27, 2007, and we'll demonstrate the artistic competences and the intercultural dialogue. Here, the children from our school will present an art exhibition and a song and dance show.
We are organising an international art exhibition for the International Children's Day, June 1st 2007.