Μήνας: Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

RESTART : Organic and Analytic Art in Russian Avant Garde

This is my 2nd blogpost about the SMCA’s latest show RESTART (the show is now over, of course) . In my first post, I talked about the ‘Lubki’, comic art from the Russian Avant Garde . This new post is dedicated to another small section of the show, which was actually hosted in just one room, the Analytic and the Organic Art, which are in fact quite interesting movements under the bigger umbrella of the Russian Avant Garde.

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An evening with Jeffrey Eugenides

“But maybe they understood more about life than I did. From an early age they knew what little value the world placed in books, and so didn’t waste their time with them. Whereas I, even now, persist in believing that these black marks on white paper bear the greatest significance, that if I keep writing, I might be able to catch the rainbow of consciousness in a jar.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

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‘Canto di aci’ (popular poem) by Lionardo Vigo

In 2013  I translated from Sicilian into Greek  the poem ‘Canto di aci’ (dalla colelzione di canti popolari di Lionardo Vigo, Catania – Sicilia 1857) for the concert program of the Department of Music (Aristotle University ) and the DissonArt Ensemble. The concert featured ‘Il giardino di Sara’ di Salvatore Sciarrino (2008).

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DEBATE : Is Graffiti a form of Art or Vandalism ?

This series of lesson plans fist appeared on the Visual Arts Circle and can be found Visual Arts Circle. I am sharing it here too so that it is archived.

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By Vicky Papageorgiou

The classroom debate is a highly useful tool for a teacher. It provides the students with an excellent opportunity to improve their fluency skills and to extend their vocabulary while, at the same time, discussing about complex contemporary issues and developing the students’ critical thinking skills. If organised carefully, classroom debates are something your students will look forward to.

Introducing a debate in the ELT classroom is a complex process without any doubt. If none of the students has ever taken part in a debate, the teacher has to ensure that several steps are followed :

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DEBATE : Is Graffiti a form of Art or Vandalism ?

The first of a series of lesson plans for the Visual Arts Circle

Visual Arts Circle

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By Vicky Papageorgiou

The classroom debate is a highly useful tool for a teacher. It provides the students with an excellent opportunity to improve their fluency skills and to extend their vocabulary while, at the same time, discussing about complex contemporary issues and developing the students’ critical thinking skills. If organised carefully, classroom debates are something your students will look forward to.

Introducing a debate in the ELT classroom is a complex process without any doubt. If none of the students has ever taken part in a debate, the teacher has to ensure that several steps are followed :

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RESTART : Comic art from the Russian Avant Garde (Lubki)

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If there is a place, other than Russia, where you can enjoy seeing Russian Avant Garde art works, this is Thessaloniki (Greece), as amazing as it may seem! The State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki hosts  the Costakis collection with 1.275 masterpieces of prominent Russian Avant Garde artists. As you can imagine, I am a frequent visitor because, even though, this is their permanent collection, the art works are not exhibited all year round  but rather in smaller numbers once or twice a year. The current exhibition showcases about 400 works and ….off I went to spend a few hours there.

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