A big thank you goes to two Upper-School students who helped us to promote the next Erasmus module by designing a WWI diorama. The battlefield scenes are so lifelike that it is easy to imagine the noise of the gunfire, the screams of the wounded in no-man’s-land and the silence in the trenches during ceasefire.
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WAS: Erasmus-Workshop Kunst & Kunstgeschichte
WER: Frau Bieniek und SchülerInnen der Jgst. 10 – 12
WANN: Kick-off-Meeting am Montag, dem 9. Oktober, 7. – 8. Stunde
WO: Raum 34
Wir beschäftigen uns mit der Frage: „Wie wirkte der Erste Weltkrieg auf die damaligen Künstler und ihre Kunst?“ Wir setzen uns praktisch und theoretisch mit exemplarischen Werken des Expressionismus, der Konzeptkunst und des Dadaismus auseinander. Ihr dürft auch gerne selbst gewählte Werke und Künstler einbringen. Unsere Ergebnisse tauschen wir über eTwinning mit den Partnerschulen aus. Damit bereiten wir eine gemeinsame Woche vor, während der wir uns aus heutiger Sicht mit dem Gedenken und Erinnern an den Ersten Weltkrieg beschäftigen und daraus ein eigenes Friedensdenkmal entwickeln.
Illustration: World War I Diorama by Lucca Oberhößel and Christian Becker
The last day for our Erasmus group in Varazdin was warm and sunny. At three in the afternoon students and host families met in the school’s auditorium for the final presentation of a week’s work in Croatia. The students had written creative texts on the basis of their historical research of non-fictional sources and some had also found the time to draw their own illustrations.
Among the texts the students wrote were letters, diary entries and reports. Here are three extracts to show what the students focused on:
Extract 1: Letter
Extract 2: Diary Entries
Extract 3: Reports
When Erasmus students visit a foreign country, they do so with the intention to work on their assigned project. In September 2017 our research question was to find out how political and moral convictions had been transformed in Europe during WWI. However, Erasmus would not be Erasmus if there wasn’t more discover. Studying textbooks is what one may do back at home. When travelling with the flying EU classroom, you will go places and learn on the spot. Students from Denmark, Germany, Poland and The Netherlands thus visited the Varazdin Town Museum. Their Croatian friends presented historical facts about the WWI exhibits to be found there, such as weapons, medals and ID tags worn by soldiers during the war.
Another excursion took us to Trakošćan Castle, in German „Die Drachenburg“, where we took our first group photo for the Erasmus annals.
Not a bad way to learn about history, is it? 😉
Varazdin is a small Catholic town in the North of Croatia whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. Project work, social activities and sightseeing were the key elements of the Erasmus week in September 2017 for students from Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.
After the students had gone home to their host families on the first day of the Erasmus week, the teachers took a trip to Toplice and visited an ancient Roman bath with hot thermal spring water.
Yes, teachers are strange creatures, but they had their own kind of fun… 😉