Creativity Lab

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Welcome to IDEC trainings in Greece!
>> Scope: Develop creativity skills through creative writing, storytelling, comics, animation and digital media.

>> Aim: Creativity Lab training course aims at equipping teachers and trainers with practical knowledge, in order to incorporate creativity techniques in their instruction. The course is modular, and it is delivered by different instructors, each one of them being a specialist in his/her area.

>> Certificates: Certificate of attendance.
Europass Certificate Supplement.
Europass Mobility.

>> ECVET points: 3.5

>> Target groups: Teachers and trainers in primary, secondary schools, vocational education schools and organizations, adult learning providers, NGOs.

>> Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the training course, you are expected to be able to:
- Organize classes, projects and lessons using different learning means to enhance creativity in students
- Understand the basic concepts of creativity and creation
- Combine different techniques for developing creative lessons
- Enhance creativity skills in classroom
- Organize a creativity laboratory in school

>> Thematic units:
• Introduction to creativity
• Creating with words: creative writing, story telling
• Creating with words and images: illustrated storyboards, comics
• Creating with digital media: animation, video art
• Organization of Creativity lab

>> Methodology and learning material: The preparation phase includes a learning needs analysis that is being conducted with a standardised questionnaire.
The course is modular and each instructor presents a different method. During the week, the participants work with their own ideas and the instructors trigger them to produce more ideas, select some of them and apply the different techniques.
The course includes theoretical sessions on creativity theory and organisation of a creativity lab, plus practical sessions, where the participants are working with different methods and techniques. One day is devoted to storytelling, creative writing, one day to arts, drawing, painting, illustration and 3d physical models, one day to digital arts, video and animations. During the practical sessions, they develop their stories, comic strips, illustrated stories, artefacts, posters and videos. In addition, they exchange ideas on how the different methods can be used in the lesson plans.
The course includes one study visit to a Tech Lab, where the participants will see how technology (robotics, 3d printing, video making) is used to enhance creativity.
The learning material consists of presentations and support material, in English language.
As a follow up, the participants are invited to join our Facebook group and network with other participants of IDEC courses. The participants of the Facebook group are exchanging ideas and practices regularly and often are asked to join new European projects, based on their interests. IDEC staff will provide all necessary support to facilitate your entry into new European project proposals.

>> Why selecting this course? In a constantly changing word, creativity is one of the most important skills, highly appreciated in the labour market, but also a skill that can bring fulfilment in personal and social life. Creative techniques such as storytelling, drawing, developing comics, creating artefacts and of course digital creations can be used to enhance lesson plans, to foster learning and development of competences and at the same time enhance creativity skills in students. The course addresses all teachers, trainers, adult educators, youth leaders who are willing to explore new methods of learning and it is not limited to arts teachers.
The course deals with different creative methods, namely storytelling, creative writing, drawing, modelling clay, comics, stop motion, animation and video art. For each method, simple techniques are presented that can be used by non-experts. For animation and video art, we are using simple technologies with mobile phones, cameras and free software programmes. After each method is presented, the participants are practicing and creating their own learning scenarios.
The course deals with methods that can be used in any education setting, from pre-primary and primary education, to vocational education, adult learning, higher education and youth work. The course instructors are highly qualified professionals and artists and they all combine arts and educational experience in different settings. The course atmosphere is fun and relaxing, and the participants are encouraged to relax and enjoy the process.
The Creativity Lab training course has been designed by IDEC experts and has been introduced in 2016.
The course organiser, IDEC is an organization with great experience in European projects, having participated in more than 300 European projects and has cooperated with more than 700 organisations from all over Europe, since the 90s. By joining this course, you will be supported in placing your organisation into the framework of European projects, joining the Facebook group and networking with other course participants.
Last but not least, IDEC will provide to you an unforgettable experience in Greece, with a well-designed cultural programme. You will have the chance to experience the Greek culture, hospitality, gastronomy and social life and spend precious moments with your fellow participants.

>> Indicative programme

Arrival of participants

Presentation of participants
Expectations from the training
Introduction to the training course, syllabus, methodology, learning outcomes
Creativity, what is it?
Why we need creativity?
How can we be more creative?
Cultural activity: Joint dinner (seafood)

Creative with words
Creative writing
Story telling
Short introduction to the history of comics
Use of comics in education
Comics theory
Experiential exercises and creation of comic stories
Cultural activity: Walking tour in Athens. Visit to the Acropolis hill, the Parthenon, the Acropolis museum and Athens historic centre.

The basic elements: colors, forms, schemes, structures
Creating with words and pictures
Illustrated storyboards
Free evening

Creating with digital media
Stop motion animation
Digital animation
Video art
Cultural activity: Joint dinner (meat platters) in Athens centre, live Greek music

How to organise a Creativity lab in school
Study visit: UTech Lab of Eugenides Foundation
Reflection - evaluation of the training course
Assessment and certificates

Note: The training sessions are being held between 9:00 – 14:00 daily with two coffee breaks. Small adjustments can be made to accommodate the cultural activities.

Course organiser
Piraeus, Greece

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Upcoming sessions

07.03.2022 > 11.03.2022
10.10.2022 > 14.10.2022

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