CrADLE
Creativity in Art&Design for Learners and Educators

The CrADLE project aims at developing and expanding the competencies of educators of older generation participants (54+) in specialized workshops in the field of visual expression, with an emphasis on teaching methods and tools by effectively using innovative solutions. The specificity of the program that will be developed through this project is that it will educate those persons who carry out educational programs with the elderly (54+).

The implementation of this project will produce more results, but we highlight key ones:

  1. Teaching staff who carry out workshops of fine and creative arts for the elderly will acquire competences to work with such persons through the educational program developed in the project.
  2. Through the work on the project, a manual will be created that will explain the methodology of working with the elderly in the field of visual expression.
  3. 11 creative expression programs developed.

The consequences of achieving the first key result are that fine arts teachers and other teachers will acquire additional competencies to work adequately with the elderly. This has the effect that they will be able to better understand older people and their problems and needs, which is especially important for younger professors. Furthermore, teachers will be able to share this newly acquired knowledge with colleagues in their schools and institutions where they work. Another key result of the project is a manual for working with the elderly in the field of fine arts intended for teachers of fine arts.

In its totality, the project contributes to raising awareness of the importance of creative expression and creation in the healthy aging process.

After the project is completed, the main dissemination event is planned – the final conference of the project where the results of the project will be publicly presented.

Vrijednost projekta
Total Grant
130.328,00 

100 % co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programmme of the European Union

Trajanje projekta
Project Total Duration
24 months

from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022

Curriculum overviews

Embroidery

Duration:

40 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Identify the different types of embroidery that exist
· List the materials needed to embroider by hand
· Name the different types of stitches used in hand embroidery
· Make an embroidery from start to finish
· Prepare and make an exhibition of the work done

The aim of the curriculum:

This workshop aims to stimulate skills and competencies in the elderly while promoting and preserving local culture. Learners will be able to identify different types of embroidery, know the steps to take and the materials needed to do hand embroidery.

The act of embroidery helps to exercise fine motor skills but is, at the same time, a form of meditation. It promotes mental wellbeing by requiring full attention to what is being done. In turn, embroidering together is also a form of friendliness and a moment of sharing par excellence.

Making Christmas decorations

Duration:

32 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Differentiate between types of Christmas decorations
· Identify and nurture elements of Christmas
· Describe Christmas decorations making techniques
· Create Christmas decorations by using different materials, equipment and techniques
· Decorate Christmas decorations by using different art techniques
· Present Christmas decorations in an interactive way by using video and photo media

The aim of the curriculum:

Conveyance of traditional and cultural values of Christmas. Stimulating retrieval and reminiscences levels with the purpose of strengthening and conveying personal individuality. Using creativity in art and design to promote lifelong learning among elderly learners. Thus, motivating them to become confident and activate citizens capable of creating new ideas in their communities.

Focusing on Christmas decorations requires creativity, fine motor skills, precision and patience, which makes this creative pastime an excellent activity for elderly to practice the before mentioned skills.

Strengthening the social network of elderly by including them in creative workshops. Promoting interactions of elderly with other people. Giving elderly the chance to improve the quality of their free time. Help the elderly express their ideas, feelings and experiences in different art forms.

Making carnival masks

Duration:

40 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Differentiate kinds of carnival masks
· Identify and nurture elements of cultural heritage
· Make a mask mould by using five basic steps
· Decorate a mask by using simple, basic elements taken from cultural heritage of Rijeka
· Embellish a mask by using different art techniques
· Present hand made masks by using photo and video media

The aim of the curriculum:

Encouragement and stimulation of lifelong learning and development by using creative techniques, upgrading two-dimensional shaping and moulding skills, applying the knowledge of Rijeka’s cultural heritage and legacy, preserving the continuity of local customs and folk traditions by making a unique, genuine artwork-a mask.

Improvement of mental and physical welfare of the elderly due to their successful social inclusion. Encouragement of the elderly to be more active in taking part in social life of the community. Gaining independence, promoting self-affirmation as well as stress relief in the elderly. Stimulating retrieval and reminiscences levels with the purpose of strengthening and conveying personal individuality. Preservation of personal history as well as conveyance of traditional and cultural values and Rijeka’s heritage values. Focussing on reality orientation and re-motivation in the local customs and folk tradition preservation achieved through local manufacturing of a unique, genuine artwork-a mask.

Making Easter decorations and Easter eggs

Duration:

30 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Differentiate between types of Easter decorations
· Identify and nurture elements of Easter holiday
· Describe Easter decorations and Easter eggs making techniques
· Create Easter decorations and Easter eggs by using different materials, equipment and techniques
· Decorate Easter decorations and Easter eggs by using different art techniques
· Present Easter decorations and Easter eggs in an interactive way by using video and photo media

The aim of the curriculum:

Conveyance of traditional and cultural values of Easter. Stimulating retrieval and reminiscences levels with  the purpose of strengthening and conveying personal individuality. Using creativity in art and design to  promote lifelong learning among elderly learners. Thus, motivating them to become confident and  activate citizens capable of creating new ideas in their communities.

Focusing on making Easter decorations and Easter eggs requires creativity, fine motor skills, precision and  patience, which makes this creative pastime an excellent activity for elderly to practice the before  mentioned skills.

Strengthening the social network of elderly by including them in creative workshops. Promoting  interactions of elderly with other people. Giving elderly the chance to improve the quality of their free  time. Help the elderly express their ideas, feelings and experiences in different art forms.

Making magnets

Duration:

30 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Differentiate between types of decorative magnets
· Describe magnet making techniques
· Create magnets by using different materials, equipment and techniques
· Decorate magnets by using different art techniques
· Present magnets in an interactive way by using video and photo media

The aim of the curriculum:

Using creativity in art and design to promote lifelong learning among elderly learners. Thus, motivating them to become confident and activate citizens capable of creating new ideas in their communities.

Focusing on decorative magnet making requires creativity, fine motor skills, precision and patience, which makes this creative pastime an excellent activity for elderly to practice the before mentioned skills.

Strengthening the social network of elderly by including them in creative workshops. Promoting interactions of elderly with other people. Giving elderly the chance to improve the quality of their free time. Help the elderly express their ideas, feelings and experiences in different art forms.

Making soaps

Duration:

21 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Name all the raw materials required for soap making
· Apply safety precautions and usage of personal protective equipment during soap-making process
· Differentiate characteristics of soaps derived from different herb oils
· Identify additive effect of native herbs essential oils on soap
· Select packaging material and decorate handmade soap bars
· Recognize different features between industrial and handmade soaps
· Present different stages of soap-making process and soap packing process by using photo and video media

The aim of the curriculum:

Encouragement and stimulation of lifelong learning by taking on creative process of soap-making based on individual choice of essential oils. Meeting the diversity of oily and raw materials and their effect on soap. Exploration of therapeutic effect of autochthonous herbs and their usage emphasizing the importance of a proper herb harvesting method. Encouragement of creativity in soap modelling and soap packaging.

Encouragement of the elderly to be more active in taking part in social life of the community. Gaining independence, promoting self-affirmation as well as stress relief in the elderly by providing a positive-learning environment and high-quality communication.

Making and designing wall clocks

Duration:

40 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Differentiate roles and different designs of wall clocks throughout history
· Identify elements of cultural heritage
· Shaping a wall clock by using a paper mache method
· Decorate a wall clock by using simple, basic elements taken from cultural heritage of Rijeka
· Embellish a wall clock by using different art techniques
· Present hand made wall clocks by using photo and video media

The aim of the curriculum:

Applying the knowledge of Rijeka’s cultural heritage and legacy, preserving the continuity of local customs and folk traditions by making a unique, genuine artwork-a wall clock.

Encouragement and stimulation of lifelong learning and  personal development by using creative art techniques, upgrading shaping and modelling skills.

Mental and physical welfare of the elderly due to their successful and more active social inclusion. Independence development, stress relief and self-affirmation in learning and using creative art techniques throughout  the development of gross and fine motor skills. Improvement of remembrance or reminiscence levels as a result of strengthening and conveying personal individuality. Preservation of personal history as well as conveyance of traditional and cultural values and Rijeka’s heritage values. Focussing on reality orientation and re-motivation in the local customs and folk tradition preservation achieved through local manufacturing of a unique, genuine artwork-a wall clock.

Making small salty snacks

Duration:

34 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Identify different types of salty snacks
· Describe essential ingredients and cooking materials needed to make salty snacks
· Make salty snacks using different ingredients and techniques
· Create a recipe of your own
· Record the conception of a recipe and the results (salty snacks) through photos and video

The aim of the curriculum:

Learning throughout life and in relation with others, through sharing and socializing that the elderly need and whose importance is increasing these days.

Thus, this course will stimulate the elderly to remain active, maintain and develop physical, mental and psychosocial skills. The “study”, debate, research, and making of slight salty snack recipes will stimulate students’ curiosity, availability (to learn and teach), and creativity, as well as requiring the use of motor (prepare, make, clean), mental (research, do the math, make decisions, apply), and psychosocial (relate to colleagues, share, discuss ideas, reach consensus, and teamwork) skills.

This creative workshop (and the others) will promote interaction among the elderly and between them and other people involved in the process, strengthening bonds, favouring friendliness, and usefulness so crucial in human life.

In short, this creative workshop will: improve the well-being of the elderly; encourage them to remain active and purposeful; promote a sense of usefulness and self-validation; stimulate motor and cognitive skills; share knowledge and acquire new learning about making small salty snacks; creativity stimulation; and provide moments of conviviality.

Traditionally, Portugal is a country where people gather around the table to celebrate achievements, birthdays, religious festivals, memorable moments, or quality time with family and friends. We place an assortment of salty (and sweet!) snacks on these tables, and when everyone has gathered around, we share different stories and remember the memories and create new ones.

Thus, besides all the benefits already highlighted, this workshop will also bring the possibility of enforcing a tradition much appreciated by all.

Making small sweet snacks

Duration:

34 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Identify different types of sweet snacks
· Describe essential ingredients and cooking materials needed to make sweet snacks
· Make sweet snacks using different ingredients and techniques
· Create a Kit with sweets snacks
· Learning throughout life and in relation with others, through sharing and socializing that the elderly need and whose importance is increasing these days

The aim of the course curriculum:

Learning throughout life and in relation with others, through sharing and socializing that the elderly need and whose importance is increasing these days. Thus, this course will stimulate the elderly to remain active, maintain and develop physical, mental and psychosocial skills. The “study”, debate, research, and making of small sweet snack recipes will stimulate learners’ curiosity, availability (to learn and teach), and creativity, as well as requiring the use of motor (prepare, make, clean), mental (research, do the math, make decisions, apply), and psychosocial (relate to colleagues, share, discuss ideas, reach consensus, and teamwork) skills.

This creative workshop (and the others) will promote interaction among the elderly and between them and other people involved in the process, strengthening bonds, favouring friendliness, and usefulness so crucial in human life.

In short, this creative workshop will: improve the well-being of the elderly; encourage them to remain active and purposeful; promote a sense of usefulness and self validation; stimulate motor and cognitive skills; share knowledge and acquire new learning about making small sweet snacks; creativity stimulation; and provide moments of conviviality. Traditionally, Portugal is a country where people gather around the table to celebrate achievements, birthdays, religious festivals, memorable moments, or quality time with family and friends. We place an assortment of sweet (and salty!) snacks on these tables, and when everyone has gathered around, we share different stories and remember the memories and create new ones. Thus, besides all the benefits already highlighted, this workshop will also bring the possibility of enforcing a tradition much appreciated by all.

Redesign or recycling of clothing

Duration:

40 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

· Identify new uses of clothing
· Differentiate responsible and environmentally friendly consumer behaviours by recycling clothes
· Improve the technique of measuring body proportions to make the cut of a garment
· Select different types of material textures and color chromatics to make various garments
· Use clothing redesign techniques using the recycling method
· Present redesigned clothing in an interactive way by using video and photo media

The aim of the course curriculum:

This type, of course, allows people to reach their potential for physical, social, and mental well-being throughout life and to participate in society, and through this. Redesign or recycling clothing courses, by participating in lifelong learning, they will feel useful, they will develop visual skills, memory, and practical applied skills. Encouraging and stimulating lifelong learning by taking the creative process in a course of recycling, redesign, and accessorizing clothing is a way to always remain an active member of society and will support and promote the concept of active aging. With this way of life, it is easier to find its meaning. The development of these practical skills by applying specific techniques for recycling, redesigning, and accessorizing clothing will allow them to find new uses for clothing, to harmoniously combine textures and colors, all in order to actively participate in social life, so find an occupation, a purpose. Lifelong learning can be seen as learning, the duration of which is equal to a person’s life expectancy.

Redesign or recycling of fashion accessories (bags, scarves, hats)

Duration:

35 school periods

Competencies and outcomes after the course completion:

Adults over the age of 54 at the end of this module will be able to:

· Identify different types of fashion accessories and match them in an outfit
· Develop hand-made skills using correctly and measuring different objects
· Improve the technique of cutting and measuring different types of materials to create a fashion accessory
· Apply of different innovative design techniques to give a new utility to fashion accessories through a (re)design process
· Select different types of textures of materials and colors to make a fashion accessory
· Present redesigned fashion accessories: bags, scarves, hats in an interactive way by using video and photo media

The aim of the course curriculum:

Encouraging and stimulating lifelong learning by taking the creative process in a course of Design or recycling of fashion accessories (bags, scarves, hats), by a better understanding of this recycling phenomenon and by applying specific techniques of recycling, redesign and accessorizing of clothing accessories. The development of these skills will help the elderly explore new ways on how to harmoniously combine textures and colors, to accessorize various garments, to provide a new utility will fully contribute to stimulating active participation in social life and as possible the potential of physical, social and mental well-being throughout life.

CrADLE Creativity in Art&Design for Learners and Educators
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