5 objects -with students…

5 objects in a bag –  in a group of students…

First we talked about what is important if we want people to share their thoughts. This is what they said:

that you know what you want to say
– that you don’t care about what the others might think about you
– that the listeners show respect for your opinions
– that you feel comfortable

So, we agreed that it’s important that we help each other.

the bag, the stone, the painted glass, the shell, the key ring of buttons, the “basket”, the cIMAG1091lock,  the black statue…

I put the things on a table in the middle and asked them to examine an item, and describe or show, in some way, the object or what they felt about it or what it made them feel or think, and then hand it over to someone else who could do the same, or first exchange it for another object.

They found it a bit hard to stay serious, and to understand what to do, and mostly they described the way the object looked. Not many changed object, or took the time/ made the effort/dared to really examine the object.  When I then held up the painted glass (with green, blue and some hearts) and asked what it made them think about, one girl started to sing a well know Swedish song, and gave us an example of how you could express yourself, with that object as a starting point. I realized that they would have needed more time or preparation, since  most of them were out of their comfort zone, during this exercise.

I really wanted them to take the time to look at things, and use their senses to describe, so next step, in groups, was to look at one object at the time, and try to describe it as well as they could, using different senses and make associations. They wrote it down on a paper, and after a while we changed objects and continued to make descriptions on the same paper as the previous group, until all groups had written about all objects.

This seemed a bit easier, and they were more focused. They wrote quite a lot, both the more talkative group and the more quiet group.

A flying carpet, inspired by the bag that England brought…

The next step, in the same groups, was to choose one of the objects, seek inspiration in the descriptions and decide what the object was. The only rule, was that it couldn’t be what it really was. They had to use their imagination and invent something new, and then make a poster to show their product.

They took on this work quite seriously, and most of them were involved in their groups work. When we talked about it after they had presented their products, they said it was fun, and a good thing that there were no limits. I was glad, since one of my main goals was that everyone would take part in the exercise, and that there would be no right or wrong. I also pointed it out to them that they were able to stay focused and serious, and that we now were in a different place than when we started with the objects…

A moving-hat that will take you anywhere you want to go, inspired by the basket that Spain (?) brought

A moving-hat that will take you anywhere you want to go, inspired by the basket that Spain (?) brought

/Anna, Medlefors, Sweden

COGAMI: In the search of new sensations

The story began in Skelleftea where we meet the different partner countries involved in the project ARTS (Alternative Routes to Success).It was very interesting to see how different education systems in partner countries directly affect what we are able to offer disadvantaged groups

One of the techniques carried out in Medlefors was focused on learning from the use of the senses. It became clear that the use of perception and senses in Medlefors is paramount and we were invited to a lesson to test this system by ourselves.

This use of creativity allows everyone to express themselves and is a good introductory exercise for disadvantaged people who are learning to express themselves in the group.

Once in our point of work were explained the knowledge acquired during our stay in Medlefors which were implemented with the users of CRD-Medelo (COGAMI), besides continuing with the activity of sensory stimulation already established in the center.

The aim of this activity is to stimulate the user and get it with that they feel more independent, aware through the senses, that their deeds can change what happens around and feeling like a participant in society, thereby achieving an increase in their psychological wellbeing and improving interpersonal relationships, being able to optimize the functional independence and quality of life of the user.

The story continues in Ferrara…

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Xeira (Working time) by COGAMI

In COGAMI´s Centre in Lugo there develops from January, 2016 the workshop “Xeira” that is an opportunity of activity prelaboral for 15 persons with disability. It takes as a purpose the improvement of their labor insertion across a better training.

To achieve this: we seek to maximize, among other things, creativity through art specific workshops and creative crafts

Making a vision board

This is the group that goes and read health 50% at Medlefors, they have worked doing vision boards.

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. It is a sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

A creative way of getting your wishes and goals of the future from your head out to a paper and pictures.

They started first to write down some words that will be there words of value in life: for example LOVE, TRUST, COURAGE, FOCUS ON GOALS, JOY….

Then they used papers to take out words and pictures that will representat what they want in there future. After that they talk and showed there vision boards for the rest of the class. During the work music were used too increase the creativeflow!!

Best wishes!

Ann-Charlott Medlefors

Listening,feeling, expressing

The group of ANTIGONE in Greece is creating…..art!

We listen to each other, we feel others’ work, we express ourselves through arts. And all started 2 years ago, when we first met. And now, it continues after our meeting in Skelleftea, where we learnt how to use our senses, feel the things, travel to painters’ mind.

Alternative Routes to Success!