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European Identity

The project "European Identity through Art" focuses on the analysis of two types of artistic language of the human being: architecture and painting. Firstly, it's intended to do an artistic retrospective of the European architecture in different historical periods: Classic art and Romanic style, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical and Romantic, in order to enhance the common artistic influences in the European territory, according to the artistic production of each partner. Secondly, it's supposed to do an historical and pictorical analysis of a painting from a representative painter from each partner country, from the modern or contemporary period, to be reproduced by the students, having in mind a personal creation of art and the establishment of artistic dialogue.

The aims of the project are related to the increasing historical and artistic knowledge of the participants, the awareness of the European historical and cultural patrimony, the promotion of the European dimension, the improvement in History and Art teaching, the acquisition of linguistic competences and ICT skills and the prevention of early school leaving.

The participants will be teachers and students from six European countries. The teachers will create, in each school, a multidisciplinary team, that will work with the other partners and the coordinator school, having the support of the headteachers. The students will be from year 5 to year 9, including the ones with fewer opportunities (economic and geographical barriers and learning disabilities).

There will be a transnational project meeting in Portugal at the beginning of the project, to approve documents and discuss common methodologies. In two years there will be six mobilities, crucial moments to present the work that has been done: Italy (Classic art), France (Romanic and Gothic style), Greece (Renaissance style), Czech Republic (Baroque and Rococo style), Poland (Neoclassical and Romantic style) and Portugal (modern and contemporary painting).

In each school there will be an Academy for students, where the participants will choose and analyze the paintings, study the artistic styles and also do school trips to representative national monuments, so that students can develop their knowledge and prepare the presentations to show in the mobilities. Furthermore, there will be preparatory cultural meetings, linguistic preparation meetings and meetings with parents and students involved in mobilities or host families that will be done in each partner school.

The final products of the project will be an interactive timeline of European art, an identity card of each country and a European identity card, a cooperative production of a painting, didactic materials for History and Art classes and a website.

The dissemination of the project will be done through a newsletter from the coordinator school, local/ national mass media and the creation of a website that will have a link in each school website. The students involved in the mobilities will do a presentation about their experience to their colleagues and, in the mobilities to the different countries, the participants will visit different types of schools, to disseminate the project and the European dimension. Each country will promote sessions to present the project to the school community and the project will also be shared in eTwinning platform and be given to local authorities and heritage management.

It's expected to focus on learning about European art, promoting the artistic sense, improve the linguistic competences and knowledge, mainly in English and basic terms of each country mother language, developing ICT skills and promoting the European dimension, having positive consequences in the citizenship domain.

The final products will be kept in the website that will be created, being at the same time a didactic resource for History and Art classes and an informal platform of communication, both for teachers and students. The contact with partners will remain after the project, on the website and on the eTwinning platform.

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