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Trip to Spain

The sun, narrow streets and amazing people - these are the first associations that come to our mind when we remember Erasmus trip to Spain.

After a long journey by planes, taxis and buses from Gliwice, through Krakow, Warsaw and Madrid, we finally reached the main destination of the trip - the city of León, where we could admire the charming streets on Sunday night and learn some plans for the next exciting days.

In the morning of the next day, we were greeted by the rest of Erasmus students and teachers loudly at school, and later - after a short introduction and mutual integration during the "true - false" game - we started our first task: papier maché. It is a very interesting plastic technique - a moldable mass, which hardens after drying, is made of shredded and water-softened paper with the addition of glue and dyes, is applied in a thin layer on a previously prepared form and allowed to dry.

The wonderful staff of the Spanish school even took care of our food, so we could taste local specialties.

This is not the end of artistic challenges! During León's stay, divided into two groups, we had the opportunity to participate in painting the mural - starting with a chalk sketch, to filling with paint.
The townspeople were so enchanted by our work that even the local television came to admire him and we gave her an interview, which you can see below!

Another interesting activity was the course of African dances, referring to various dance styles of Sub-Saharan Africa.
These dances are closely related to the traditional rhythms and musical traditions of the region.

We also managed to visit the interior of the Gothic cathedral in León and the diocesan museum.

We also had an outdoor lesson on perspective, which allowed us to demonstrate our artistic skills.

After four days full of emotions, we said goodbye to the beloved city of León and returned to Madrid. In the capital of the country, we could eat the famous Spanish paella and visited one of the most famous art galleries in the world - the Prado Museum. We admired a collection of Spanish paintings from the 11th to 18th centuries and many works of the most eminent artists, such as: El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Bosch, Titian, Van Dyck and Rembrandt.

This trip was unique for all of us, it allowed us to develop our skills and overcome language blocks. Most of all, however, we met wonderful people and saw the world from a different perspective, and the memories will stay with us for a long time!

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Trip to Croatia

Even though it's been a while, we still feel like it was yesterday.
We constantly think back to our stay in Croatia as part of the next Erasmus+ trip. We spent an unforgettable week in welcoming Valpovo.
A very nice Croatian group of students and teachers welcomed us with open arms on the day of our arrival. We knew immediately that this trip would be successful. There was not a moment for boredom.

On the first day we got to know the school in Valpovo and the town itself. We also had the opportunity to tell a bit about our secondary school, to hear about the schools in Turkey and Gdańsk.
During our stay, there were also many art workshops, during which we could demonstrate our creativity. During the first workshop, we had a chance to go back to our childhood and create colorful scrapes. During the next classes, we were able to interpret the works of such great masters as Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso in our own way.
In the last workshop, on the other hand, we carved a tower from the city of Vukovar or a Vučedolska dove, thanks to which we could get to know a piece of Croatian history and culture.
We spent amazing moments with the Kreaktiva group, which made it easier for us to break down the barriers between us and helped us young to integrate even more.
An unbeatable departure point was a trip to the Plitvice lakes. We could feel like in the “Frozen”. We spent some nice moments in the snow, playing and throwing snowballs.
We walked around the capital of Croatia - Zgrzeb, which was extremely intriguing in the light of the evening lamps.
We were visiting Osijek, talking to local people through the game, which the Kreaktiva group has prepared for us.
We were shown how we can create videos for social media in an interesting way, in which we showed a bit of the city, a bit of ourselves and certainly a lot of our humour.
On the last night of our stay in Valpovo, we were said goodbye to a hearty dinner during which we had our last talks and exchanged contacts. We also received certificates.
This trip was very special for us. First of all, we were able to meet amazing people - young students full of energy, charisma and diligence.
Teachers who wholeheartedly put passion into what they do. It is thanks to them that we were able to experience it all. The acquaintances we made there will not end so soon, and the impressions and memories will certainly stay with us until the end.

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Trip to Turkey

Students spent over a week in hospitable Turkey, learning, sightseeing, getting to know the most picturesque corners of the country. They were accompanied by Krzysztof Kuberek, an English teacher, and Grzegorz Chlebek, a history teacher. All thanks to the project implemented by our school as part of the Erasmus+ program.

It was an unforgettable time! So let's go back for a moment to these special moments ...

This is how the trip to Turkey is remembered by its participants!

Arrival day (24/10/2021) 🌞

After a long and tiring journey, we finally reached Trabzon, a very interesting city, located right on the Black Sea. This place was to become our home for the next few days. After checking in, we went for a walk to the city center. It was late evening, but the Trabzon was still bustling with life. Of course, we also went to a nearby restaurant to taste, among others baklava, a Turkish dessert served hot, and Turkish tea served in small glasses resembling a flower vase. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel. There were other groups waiting for us there - very nice indeed! There was time for a moment of conversation and the first exchange of impressions.

🍀1st day (25/10/2021) 🍀

On the first day, right after breakfast, we visited a school attended only by girls. They learn the secrets of cooking, sewing, designing, hairdressing etc., but they also learn standard subjects. We visited the facility, watched the process of creating assemblages and decorations on various types of materials, and listened to stories related to this type of art. It was very interesting.

Another intriguing point of the day was the bazaar, i.e. the Turkish market, which captivated us with the multitude of colors and scents. The abundance of goods, lots of sellers, the atmosphere of shopping fever - it was a pity to come back to the hotel.

2nd day (26/10/2021) 🖌🎨

We started the second day with painting on ceramics. How does it look like? A foil with small holes forming a pattern is put on the ceramic plate, then it is covered with a layer of powdered carbon. Contours are drawn on the resulting pattern, and then they are painted with different colors. The last step is to burn the ceramic plate in the furnace, which takes two days. After firing, the colors are much more intense and vivid, and the tile itself is very smooth.

After the artistic activities, we went to visit the Cal Magarasi mountain cave. It was quite chilly, but the views from inside will stay in our memory for a long time - they made an impressive impression on us!

In the evening, the headmaster of the school in Trabzon invited us to dinner at a very elegant restaurant. Elegant and surprising, because not only was the food very good, but you could also buy interesting souvenirs and jewelry.

3rd day (27/10/2021)

We organized a small party right after breakfast. Reason? Birthday of two people in the Erasmus group. The thunderous "sto lat" (Polish “happy birthday”) sounded both in Polish and in English. This day was full of attractions! We received an invitation from, among others for yoga classes - quite interesting, but also demanding dose of fitness. We also managed to visit the Sumela Monastery: the monastery was built in the 4th century, it is built on the slope of a high mountain. There are frescoes, paintings on the walls and, interestingly, you can touch everything. Perhaps that is why some of the paintings are heavily damaged by visitors. The beautiful view of the mountains adds charm to this original place.

4th day (28/10/2021) 💦

Today, as part of school activities, we made ornaments on T-shirts. This method is known as Ebru: a special powder is added to the cuvette with water, then dyes are spread on the surface of the water in very small amounts - in practice, the paint drops floating on the water are formed with a stick or brush in a selected pattern. Then a cotton T-shirt is gently placed on the surface of the water, on which the pattern is reflected - the effect is often amazing!

After school, we had a visit to the Turkish bath. The 400-year-old building had a wet and dry sauna and massage services to offer. The massage is a relaxing ritual which consisted of several stages, incl. with wet peeling and soaping. Only after such preparation of the body, the actual massage takes place. It was an unforgettable experience for Europeans!

🌍5. day (29/10/2021) 🌍

The last day was our departure date ... For a good start of the day we went to the teahouse, where we got black and green tea, which they grow here. Then we drove to the lake Uzungol surrounded by mountains - it looked wonderful! We walked around. Unfortunately, time was passing quickly. We had to go back to the hotel ...

In conclusion, we would like to emphasize that Turkey is a fantastic country to visit: full of history, traditions which are visible with the naked eye and at the same time authentic and open to people land. Everywhere we felt welcome, safe and… we aroused interest. It should be added that Trabzon is not a typical tourist destination. We recommend a trip to this fantastic country to all undecided!

1st International Meeting - Erasmus+

Gliwice, on August 25 - August 27, 2021

1st international meeting of teachers participating in the project "Art Rallies Together Internationally with Students and Teachers", number 2020-1-PL01- KA227-SCH-095438 as part of the KA2 action - Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices KA227 - Partnerships for creativity financed from European funds under the Erasmus + program took place in Gliwice on August 25-27. We are very happy that we were finally able to meet and start the project not only online, but also in real life. In the Association of Animators of All-round Youth Development, representatives of schools from Gdańsk, Turkey, Croatia and Spain met live, while Italians and Swedes also accompanied us online.
This meeting was aimed at establishing many organizational issues.
To begin with, we showed our guests the school, in particular art studios, then it was time to get to know other schools and countries. During the meeting, we raised issues related to, inter alia, organization of foreign mobility, project management, finance or dissemination (promotion) of the project. We also took care of the participants' free time, inviting them to visit the open-air museum in Chorzów, ending with a ride on the "Elka" cable car with a view of the Silesian Park. To bring our region closer, we organized a visit to the Silesian Museum.
3 days have passed very quickly and very nice, foreshadowing a very interesting and pleasant ARTIST project! We would like to thank all participants for coming, and dear students, we invite you to participate in the project!