DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES
The Workroom ofFine Arts operatedaily from Monday to Saturday, with morning and afternoon sessions.
Art for Nursery School children
The aim of the nursery-school programme is to bring young children into contact with artworks and artistic creation from an early age, cultivate their visual perception, expression, skills, creativity and imagination and introduce them to good taste and aesthetic judgment.
The children begin to create by coming into contact with colour, brushes, large surfaces and the various materials.
The class develops sensorial contact at all levels through special creative exercises (e.g. hard, soft, warm, cold, light and dark, matte and glossy surfaces, etc.). Specifically, the lessons are conducted in such a way as to help children to:
- observe, explore, experiment and develop their ability to handle simple materials and media and create artworks,
- get to know various techniques and methods, express themselves in creative ways and convey their views, feelings and experiences,
- learn the terminology, the symbols and the formal elements employed by visual artists and become familiar with them,
- approach, understand and enjoy the phenomenon of Art and develop a positive attitude towards works of art,
- approach artworks of many forms, understand, analyse and interpret them, evaluate them and appreciate the cultural heritage ofGreeceand the rest of the world.
Painting for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade (Primary School)
Children learn the principles of Visual Art and apply them in a variety of ways depending upon their age (e.g. painting, engraving, silkscreen, paper sculpture, sculpture, constructions with various materials.
It is important to cultivate sensorial contact at all levels through special creative exercises (e.g. hard, soft, warm, cold, light and dark, matte and glossy surfaces, etc.).
We employ a wide range of simple, easy-to-use materials like paper, cardboard, boxes, finger paint, watercolours, crayons, charcoal, marker pens, clay, dough, plasticine and other plant-based or recycled materials through experiments and various techniques suitable for young children.
Moreover, the aim is for children to get to know how to:
- explore and employ materials and techniques for creating works and developing skills,
- develop ideas and express emotions through artistic creation,
- appreciate the fact that artworks reflect the views and values of ours and other cultures,
- use sources and information for simple and subsequently more complex art projects,
- recognise the content, the form and the method of presentation of an artwork,
- recognise certain formal elements in an artwork and interpret them in a simple way.
The instructor is Ms Stella Driyannaki, painter.
Painting for the 4th, 5th and 6th Grade
The aim of the class is for children to get to know some seminal works from the entire history of art (from prehistoric times to this day), acquaint themselves with elements from the Greek and other civilisations and express their views on them. They will browse through books, watch slides, visit exhibitions and get to touch various materials—liquid or solid, sculptural, natural, recycled, etc. It is aimed also for children to:
- understand the historical parameters of the arts,
- appreciate that any artistic subject is open to various approaches and different solutions,
- recognise the importance of art in the various civilisations,
- recognise some characteristic styles in the History of Art.
Pottery for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade (Primary School)
The aim of the class is to teach children the main principles behind the techniques, materials, media and tools used in pottery and ceramic art, which involves the four elements of nature, the hands and the child's imagination. The children approach art like a game, using their spontaneity and imagination to create various shapes depending upon the subject of each exercise, such as dishes, animal forms, masks, wall-mounted objects, mobile, beads, ancient toys, dolls, etc.
Pottery for the 4th, 5th and 6th Grade (Primary School)
The children learn the properties and the potential of clay, the various techniques and the process of making objects (moulding, drying, firing, decorating).
Τα children enrich their artistic expression with new elements and sensibility, while also developing and exercising their imagination, inventiveness, muscle coordination (eye - hand) manual and digital dexterity, patience and perseverance.
The instructors are Ms Stavroula Gounela and Ms Frosso Bora, ceramists.
Painting for High-School students
The overall aim of this class is for students to acquire some deeper knowledge about visual expression and become more accomplished creators and art lovers through enjoyable and balanced activities of research and creation as well as through a better understanding of the phenomenon of art.
The subjects examined include photographs, snapshots, emotions, landscapes, cars, sport, personal stories, myths, scripts, compositions of objects, fashion, film and advertising posters, romantic, impressionist and surrealist subjects, abstract letters, numbers, page layout. The techniques we use include painting, photography, graphic design, posters, publication design, jewellery, industrial design, fashion design, packaging design, interior decoration, etc.
It is also aimed for students to:
- conduct creative research in order to formalise their ideas,
- employ various techniques,
- understand the historical context of artworks,
- appreciate the social and cultural influences that inform a work and the way in which it conveys them,
- understand the difference betweenfine art andthe products of applied arts,
- use and assess commercial products, popular culture, media technology and the various images and draw ideas from them,
- examine, interpret and evaluate artworks in terms of form and content using the relevant terminology.
The general sections of the class strike a balance between theory and practice and touch on the following subject areas:
a) Materials - Media - Techniques
b) Formal elements
c) Subject - Content - Meaning
d) Forms of visual arts
e) History of Art - Artists
f) Aesthetics - Art theories – Art criticism - Artwork analysis.
Freehand Drawing, preparation course for studies in Art & Architecture
This is an intensive preparation course for students who will take the freehand drawing exam in the higher education entry examination, and the aim is to help them secure entry into the schools of their choice.
Specifically, students are taught the fundamental principles of freehand drawing: materials and tools; object forms and space; observing and reading forms and spaces; transferring the subject on paper; scale and positioning of the subject; point, line, outline, form; structure of the subject; axes, inclinations, measurements, comparisons, calculations, proportions, tones, script, etc.
Candidates in the university entry exams are required to:
- Organise the design in terms of positioning and composition;
- Precisely render the proportions and inclinations of the subject;
- Render the tonal grades of the subject.
The test in the exams involves a composition of—mainly utility—objects (e.g. chairs, plastic containers, bottles, fabrics) placed on the teacher's desk, parallel to the blackboard and at a small distance from it.
Our students are trained initially on simple and gradually more complex compositions through which they learn the principles of freehand drawing, the proper rendering of proportions (measured using a stylus), volumes and textures and properly train in conveying both actual and apparent tones.
The teaching of freehand drawing goes beyond the technical aspects (materials, tools, the ability to render and convey or the acquisition of drawing skills) to focus on learning a system for organising perception, analytic and synthetic thinking, acquiring an artistic view of things and generally developing a personal aesthetic picture of reality and our surrounding 'cosmos'. Nevertheless, this academic approach to freehand drawing does not compromise the student's personal handling of the technique nor does it offer readymade solutions.
The instructor is Mr Constantinos Christides.
2-hour creative pottery sessions for nursery- and primary-school children
This class operates as part of the collaboration between the MCA and the Rethymnon Council of Primary Education. The lessons are scheduled upon the initiative of the children's teacher and aim at introducing pupils to the basic principles behind the techniques of pottery.
The instructor is Ms Frosso Bora, ceramist.
2-hour creative painting sessions for nursery- and primary-school children
This class operates as part of the collaboration between the MCA and the Rethymnon Council of Primary Education. The lessons are scheduled upon the initiative of the children's teacher and aim at introducing pupils to the basic principles behind the techniques of painting.
Painting for adults Cycle A (beginners)
The class is addressed to adults with no prior experience in painting. The aim is to teach participants the basic principles behind the techniques, materials, media and tools used in painting and the visual arts in general.
The class aims also at a theoretical and practical introduction of adults to the most important parameters of visual expression so as to provide the necessary motivation and skills for a creative engagement in the visual arts.
The instructor is Mr Alexandros Tsintzos, painter.
Painting for adults Cycle B (advanced)
The aim here is for the adult participants who have gone through the beginners' cycle to improve themselves in the techniques that interest them and develop their own personal expression and range of subjects. Another aim is to encourage the participants' artistic interests and acquaint them with various different materials which will help them discover their own favourite styles of visual expression.
Generally speaking, the objectives of the painting classes for adults are:
- Promoting debate, exchange and the coexistence of individuals who wish to measure up against themselves in this fascinating battlefield.
- Acquaintance with materials and their expressive potential
- Familiarisation with the language of art
- Cultivating the special skills required in terms of technique and perception towards the creation of comprehensive artworks
- Contact with the world history of art.
The quest is not for masterpieces; it is to seek, find and articulate solutions to artistic issues. It is each person's own gain from their engagement in a creative pursuit.
The instructor is Mr Alexandros Tsintzos, painter.
Pottery for adults
The class aims to instruct participants in the fundamentals of the techniques, materials, media and tools used in pottery and ceramic art. Specifically: Pottery technology and terminology; types of clay; glazing (making glazes by adding oxides); making coloured clay; types of firing. History of ceramic art: Neolithic, Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Byzantine pottery; contemporary trends. Theory and practice of making coloured clay, glazings, etc. Theoretical and practical instruction in the special and fascinating Raku firing process.
The instructors are Ms Stavroula Gounela and Ms Frosso Bora, ceramists.
Artistic Jewellery Workshop
The aim is to encourage people to take up artistic jewel-making using metal, wire, semiprecious stones, etc. From the beginnings of time gold reminded people of the brilliance of the sun, and silver was associated with moonshine. Jewels are works of art and symbols of wealth, power and beauty. Working with nickel silver, copper and bronze and employing our imagination we create our jewels. In the workshop we apply tradition gold- and silversmithing techniques in combination with modern materials, and the emphasis is on detail and aesthetically pleasing results.
The instructor is Ms Hara Theodoraki.
Art History Classes
The four cycles of Western History of Art, which started in December 2009, examined
European art from the Renaissance to the 20th c. We analysed styles like Renaissance art,
Mannerism, the Baroque in the Catholic royal courts and the Low Countries, 17th c. classicism and
18ου c. neoclassicism; we examined also various 19th c. movements such as Romanticism, Realism
and Post-Impressionism. The 4th cycle ended with the movements of modern art in the 20th c.
and focused on the Fauves, Expressionism, Cubism, the Dada and Surrealism.
The instructor is Ms Sophia Katopi, art historian.
The annual art programmes include educational visits to other museums, art spaces, studios, etc. Moreover, the students participate with their works in painting competitions or other events (exhibitions, Christmas or carnival activities of the City ofRethymnon, etc.).
An exhibition is organised at the end of each year in which students from all classes participate with at least one work. Some of the works from the exhibition remain in the Workshop archives and are used in postcards and calendars or in subsequent exhibitions in which the Workshop takes part.