IT’S THE WORLD GRAPHIC DESIGN DAY: INITIATIVE IN ITALIAN SCHOOLS TO DEFEAT THE “BAD VIRUS”

HERE ARE SOME OF THE GRAPHIC WORKS ARRIVED FROM THE ITALIAN SCHOOLS

Today 27 April 2020 the World Graphic Design Day is celebrated all over the world. It is also known as “Designer’s Day”. It was proclaimed by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Ico-D), a worldwide association for professional designers, founded in London in 1963. World Design Day is an opportunity to celebrate creativity, to underline and recognize the value of communication through design and the role it plays in the world.

In Italy, schools have been invited to participate in a non-stop day to send the world, through drawings, all the color (and heat) possible to send a message against the spread of covid-19.

The starting point for this activity was given by a story in episodes “The day Cattivirus ended ko” that I created in recent weeks, which was met with great interest by the schools. The story tells of Cattivirus (which means Badvirus) and how personal behaviors are fundamental in beating the infection.

This is the invitation addressed to schools and individual students: “We use the weapons we love most: creativity and imagination. We invite you to create your designs, so that this ugly virus is knocked out, in KO! In the circumstance of the event We invite everyone, schools and individuals to publish on the Facebook page of Noi Siamo Okay! the documents relating to the story “The day Cattivirus ended ko“. Or they can be sent to the email: funtasyeditrice@gmail.com

To get ideas and ideas related to the story “The day Cattivirus ended ko“, see home page:

https://funtasyedizionideldivertimente.wordpress.com/

 

 

“LISTENING MORE INTENSELY”: TIPS FOR ONLINE TEACHER CONFERENCES AT THE TIME OF COVID-19

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One of the thousands of drawings sent to the online initiative for Italian schools launched by  Funtasy publishing house on the topic of coronavirus.

Teachers are currently communicating not only with their students and parents exclusively via internet, but also with each other – and that mostly via a computer screen. The Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum has expanded their tips for school life during the time of the coronavirus to include suggestions for conducting video teacher conferences.

“The first feeling is pure joy at seeing and hearing each other again!” This is how Tomáš Zdražil describes his impression of a web conference at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart (the College for Waldorf Pedagogy in Germany) on the blog of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum. “You have to listen more intensely to what someone is saying or wants to say”, has been Christof Wiechert‘s experience with web-based meetings. The Waldorf teacher, lecturer, and former head of the Pedagogical Section participates once a week in the virtual conference at a school in Asia.

The prerequisite for a web conference is that all participants are properly trained in the necessary software. There might be parents who can help with the setup and operation. A video conference is also made easier if relevant documents are available in advance. Tomáš Zdražil gives three reasons for this: “To ensure that everyone is familiar with the issue, that participants‘ attention is not overstretched, and so that time spent talking can be reduced to the necessary minimum” – prior experience points to a maximum duration of between 60 and 90 minutes.

Christof Wiechert recommends that someone be responsible for chairing the discussion. The rules of the game include short contributions, as longer statements can be submitted in writing later. The spoken word should have priority over a parallel chat function. More complex topics can be delegated to a sub-conference, which reports the results back to the main teacher conference.

According to Tomáš Zdražil, video conferences reach their limits, “the more personal and the closer the topics are to us”. This applies, for example, to questions of hiring new colleagues. It is also difficult to discuss controversial issues; voting tools might help to deal with yes or no questions.

A FUNNY EXPERIENCE: PUPILS BECOME ARTISTS WORKIN’ ON “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBITION

Guest writer: Marco Rossi

Pupils as artists – and art critics – for a day. It happened at “Colors of an Apocalypse” exhibition which is goin’ on (until January 15, 2013) at the beautiful Aldobrandesca Fortress in Piancastagnaio ( Tuscany, Siena ). The third class students of Primary School “Mazzi”, guided by teachers Maria Rita and Maria Elena, participated in a creative experience investigating and exploring Roberto Alborghetti artworks displayed in seven rooms at the medieval castle. The same happened to more than a thousand students who have already visited the exhibition showing forty works (canvases, lithographs, collages and silk scarves) about “the decomposition of publicity posters” and “urban signs”. Armed with scratchpad, pencils and crayons, the students have first met Roberto Alborghetti for an introductory meeting and then they entered between the exhibition halls, accompanied by the author of “lacer / actions”, so they are called the works on display. Roberto Alborghetti  artistic language – all his realistic images are taken from torn and decomposed advertising posters we may see along the city streets – struck and fascinated students, who worked on colors and shapes.  

 

Each student has reinterpreted an image (see photo-gallery) writing personal emotions and impressions. The result was an extraordinary document how eyes and mind have perceived and seen every single images. It was also possible to compile a ranking about the images that most impressed the kids imagination. At the top there is the lithograph introduced by an haiku: “Dark night / Snowflakes and Frost / before the  New Day.” The pupils were very impressed by the contrast of the colors and the “red light blade” which seems – according to the impressions – “an eye of a dragon.” Another wrote: “I like it, but it scares me.” And again: “It’s a very beautiful picture! It recalls me the first time I was born …” Compelling and funny comments coming from spontaneous hearts.

EXCLUSIVE: 4.000 DRAWINGS ON THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PLANTS. THE INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE OF ITALIAN KIDS (A SPECIAL PHOTO-GALLERY)

In 2012 Flower Council Holland and Okay! review launched in Italy the 2nd  edition of  “The plant I like”. The goal was reaching new generations and speaking them about the world of plants and indoor plants, improving knowledges and informations. Kids from infant to secondary schools were involved in a graphic research about green. Okay! magazine, in special pages, presented informations and news, describing some popular indoor plants. School were invited to draw plants in every techniques, expressing their creativity and imagination…

With the aim to improve the students participation Okay! magazine gave also attention to Dutch grocers scene. In special pages, the review introduced news and experiences about Holland plants production. Producers were interviewed about their work and experiences (the questions were collected among a students focus group).

The Plant I like” outcome was better than expected. Students sent to promoters more than 4.000 drawings, confirming that the invitation launched by the Flower Council Holland has turned into an opportunity to look around, discover and learn about the wonderful world of plants which  offer color, comfort, serenity and well-being, to people, to environment and to homes.

A commission, composed by teachers and educators, selected the best drawings. The schools received the gift of a plant. The best drawings were shown in exhibitions, fairs and during a special event which took place some weeks ago with a huge students participation. Green culture is one of the privileged fields of Okay! magazine. In the last 13 years, with the collaboration of Flower CouncilHolland, activities were promoted to create new attention and interest in young people. Thousand of kids  approached the world of flowers and plants, receiving impulse to consider the importance of green for social life and for personal well-being.

And now, with these thousands of drawings, we may look at the plants through the eyes and the ears of children. And also plants have eyes and ears. Those of children.

PLANTS HAVE EYES. THOSE OF CHILDREN

A great success for an activity launched to Italian schools by the Flower Council Holland: students invited to draw “The plant I like”.

Flower Council Holland – through Okay! monthly magazine – has asked the Italian schools to draw “the plant that I like”, flower plants and indoor plants. The outcome was better than expected. About 3.000 the drawings sent to promoters, confirming that the invitation launched by the Flower Council Holland has turned into an opportunity to look around, discover and learn about the wonderful world of plants that offer color, comfort, serenity and well-being, to people, to environment and to our homes.

A mass of colored drawings tell us that plants talk and caress us with their discreet presence. And now, with these thousands of drawings, we may look at the plants through the eyes of children. And also plants have eyes. Those of children.

In this page, some beautiful drawings made by Italian students.