The first edition of the series of online workshops entitled “Storytelling Objects: Glass Engraving” was held at the School Center for Inclusive Education, Vălenii de Munte in online connection with the National University of Arts in Bucharest, on the educational platform Google Meet, on 10.03.2021.
The workshops aimed to promote the art and technique of glass engraving in primary schools and high schools. One of the main goals of the project is to identify the way in which the engraving process with the drill or diamond point on glass objects can help the students in their development of creativity and aesthetic sense.
The main objective of the first sessions was dedicated to teachers, to get acquainted and learn the working methods specific for glass engraving, and later to share knowledge with students.
This program was created for teachers and students, within the partnership signed between the National University of Arts in Bucharest and the School Center for Inclusive Education, Vălenii de Munte, the “Eng. Gheorghe Panculescu” Secondary School, Vălenii de Munte and “Romeo Constantinescu” Agromontan Technological High School.
Participants: Assistant Professor Ioana Stelea form the National University of Arts in Bucharest and the teachers Monica Ene, Laura Angel, Iris Ionela Diță, Adina Mihaela Ioniță, Nicoleta Bratu from the Inclusive Education School Center, Vălenii de Munte.
A special case of validation of the project approach was the application of the working methods and the experimentation of the virtual spaces at the Special School Valenii de Munte, where the team worked with children afflicted by mental handicaps of varying degrees. Two workshops where organized involving traditional technologies, the objectives being to test the simplest methods of transmission of the technical information, and the organization of an exhibition at the Cultural Center during the International Festival of theater and masques for primary and secondary schools.
The workshops were organized on the 11th of June, and the 26th of September 2016, when the Time Maps team (Dan Popovici, Paula Barbu, Livia Stefan) and contributors (Ioana Stelea si Marius Hodea) provided sessions of art therapy.
The same types of experiments were continued with another special school; a group of NUA artists coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Dan Popovici organized a workshop and an exhibition on the 25th of October at the Pana Filipescu Mansion, for the children of the Filipestii de Targ Special School.
Assoc.Prof. Ilie Rusu and Ovidiu Ionescu modeled clay, PhD student Ioana Stelea and Assoc. Prof. Dan Popovici engraved glass and presented the Time Maps project web pages. PhD student Alina Gurguta continued the former lesson from Valenii de Munte, coordinated by Assoc Prof. Paula Barbu, producing objects made of threads. Another event was the public presentation of the Valenii de Munte web page by Prof. Monica Ene, the coordinator of the Valenii de Munte webpage.
Following the success of these initial endeavors, the NUA will continue to be involved in the future in order to offer courses of art therapy.