Which gap in education does the ANIMA centre fill?
In today's curriculum, the intellectual dimension of the individual's personality is prioritized, and academic performance is almost exclusively evaluated. Excessive emphasis is placed on cognitive functions, whereas other important areas such as body, motives and emotions are neglected. An encouraging sign can be seen in the fact that, both internationally and in our country, more and more scholars are starting to warn us of the dangerous consequences of the intellectualism and behaviorism prevalent in today's school.
In this context, more and more data are brought forth concerning the irreplaceable pedagogical benefits deriving from engagement with the arts and the necessity of incorporating the arts into modern school curricula.
Through the various forms of Aesthetic Education (visual arts, music, theater, creative writing, multimedia, etc.), it seems that the individual benefits not only at the aesthetic-artistic level but also at the bodily, emotional, social and academic- intellectual level. The systematic and meaningful use of Art in Education, both as a teaching subject and as a teaching medium, is a new innovative perspective from which a new type of education can emerge. This mission must be guided by instructors that have been appropriately trained on a theoretical, methodological and experiential level.
On this basis, the participant in the ANIMA centre:
- will acquire a theoretical background on the integration of art into education
- will become informed about the role of art in education
- will improve their teaching techniques
- will learn to analyze the goals of aesthetic - artistic activities
- will learn to design programs of aesthetic - artistic activities with specific aims
- will learn to organize aesthetic - artistic activities
- will learn to implement aesthetic - artistic activities
- will learn to organize and support artistic actions and events
- will learn to teach theatrical, kinetic and musical education to groups of children and adults
The ANIMA workshop, through training educators, contributes to:
- Rendering the acquisition of knowledge alive and alluring to pupils
- Rendering the teaching process more effortless, effective and anthropocentric
- Allowing the taught subjects to be perceived not only verbally and logically, but also multimodally, through colors, shapes, textures, sounds, expressions, movements, etc.
- Turning music, theater, body expression, theater with objects, painting, collage, handicrafts, photography, video etc. into ways and means of expressing individual differences and perceptions of the world.