Second LTT in Iceland: Italian preparatory works, meeting, travel diaries, photos and video

A marvelous experience

During the third mobility held in Reykjavik in Iceland from 09 to 15 April 2018 all the activities planned during the previous mobility in Palermo were carried out. In a first phase all the students of the partner countries presented videos on the Environmental Art; therefore, presentations were presented on some famous enviromental artists or on some sites where it was possible to identify the link between art and the natural enviroment. A visit to the Reykjavik Science Museum was also held during which the students had the opportunity to attend or take part in simple scientific experiments.

During some laboratory activities the students gathered in groups and created some artefacts, using recycled materials, such as cardboard, stones, wood, etc.

These activities made it possible to crate a positive atmosphere of collaboration; during the weeks the whole group took part in two guided tours during which it was possible to admire the beauty and the majesty of Icelandic nature

Getting ready for the meeting in Island: Italian works

These are some products that Italian students prepared before the departure for Reykjavik: a video about Natural riserve and presentation of Ambiental Art

Atelier sul mare e Fiumara d’arte

Zingaro natural reserve (Trapani)

Islandic memories : travel diaries, photos and video

“Iceland presents itself as an unusual land, far from the European canons we are used to, both in terms of the landscapes and the environment and in terms of how people relate to society.
Very hospitable and cheerful, contrary to what one might think, Icelanders live a life marked by a very relaxed pace.
The tranquility that characterizes the capital, Reykjavik, is mind-blowing.
This increases considerably in the deserted lands of the so-called “Land of Ice”, where you experience the feeling of being part of the immense nature you are contemplating and, at the same time, perceive your infinite smallness in front of it.
The only word able to describe this country, and that contains all the feelings and emotions it arouses and the goodness of its people is MAGIC”         

Riccardo P.

This is Maria Rosaria’s travel diary about her Icelandic experience.

Thanks to my school I had the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus project and experience endless emotions.
The Erasmus project aims to bring different cultures together with the aim of conveying the idea that the diversity of customs and traditions is a heritage of each people.
The main objective of the project, in my opinion, is to build meaningful relationships between people of different nationalities. During the project we did many activities but the moment that I was most excited was when we all together did a dance inherent to their tradition.
I hosted an Icelandic girl, Oliwia, I was very fond of and with whom I shared moments that I will never forget.
We are still in touch and on both sides there is always the desire to meet again one day.”



Last but not least……

P.S. Don’t forget to visit our flickr site to see wonderful Islandic Photos!

LTT “Nature meets art and science” in Reykjavík, Iceland

Students and teachers of partner schools met in Reykjavík, a capital of Iceland , on Monday 9 th April 2018. We left on Sunday the 15 th April.  The second learning/ teaching/ training activities course “Nature meets art and science” was held  by Hólabrekkuskóli.

We had a great week there, the host teachers and the host families helped all the students during all the activities of the project and created the best conditions for a positive learning atmosphere. Þakka þér fyrir!

We visited Science museum, the students worked in an international groups linked with SMART in the Makerspace, the teachers were informed about school Makerspace. Of course we visited the places as Gullfoss, Geysir  or Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance). We were inspired by the power and beauty of nature.

In this course we also worked at an award winning educational project called Biophilia which was a result of the cooperation of academics, scientists, artists, teachers and students of all academic levels. It combined music with technology and natural science in an innovative way, so the students will learn about and work with renewable/green energy for which Iceland is famous, and they will use different ways to express their understanding.

Next time our mascot SMARTY will travel to Zaragoza, Spain. Teachers disscused the course in Iceland.

The rest of our experience and feelings will be found in traveller´s diaries.

Programme Iceland

Icelandic travel diary about Palermo

Meeting in Palermo

On the 15. of March we started our journey to Palermo. The students Oliwia Czerwonka, Þóra Björg Ingvarsdóttir, Breki Freyr Albertsson. The teachers Anna María Kortsen Þorkelsdóttir, Jóhanna Rakel Sveinbjörnsdóttir, and Bogi Franzson.  After three air flights, we landed at Palermo in the evening. The students met their „foster families, and the teachers went to their hotel.

The next day the program began with a speech from the headmaster following presentations from all the participating countries.  After lunch, we visited the old Norman Palace and the program ended around five o’ clock in the afternoon.

The second day we went by bus to Monreale on Monte Caputo. There we visited a beautiful Cathedral. Magnificent wall tiles (mosaic) and the buildings were a mixture of Norman and Arabic architecture. We had a workshop in creating patterns.

On the third day we divided the group into two, one group visited a house where they were repairing paintings. The other visited a church where they were repairing some decorations inside. After lunch, we had the afternoon free.

On the fourth day, we visited two places in the morning. The Massimo Theatre and the National Museum of Sicily. The meeting room in the theater was very interesting, especially how the sound echoed. In the National Museum, there were a lot of old objects, but the turtles in the fountain stole the scene. After the break, we went to the Palatine Chapel where we visited both the Chapel and the monastery.

On the fifth day, we all met at school. We danced and had lunch together in the gym hall. And after that students went to their „home“ and enjoyed the last evening.

The goodbyes were difficult, a lot of tears but it was good to get to know new friends and to visit the homes of Sicily.

Breki, Oliwia. Þóra

1st LTT in Palermo- Art and Science photos and video

The 1st Ltt took place in Palermo. Among other workshops our students tried to take photos and videos of all the monuments and spots they visited and made impression to them in order to create a photo show and a short video about the Art and Science spots in Palermo.

The photos:

and the video:

Travel diary of the Italian course

During the last day of the course held in Palermo, the Erasmus students, in pairs, wrote a travel diary covering, among other things, their experiences and feelings. These postcards, realized during the writing workshop, represent a way to monitor the project and understand how much the students have enjoyed the experience. The results were all positive and some students had fun adding special graphics effects to the postcards. Enjoy the reading!











LTT “Restoration and Architecture” in Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Students and teachers of partner schools met in Palermo, a beautiful Italian city, on Thursday 15 th March 2018. We left on the first spring Wednesday 21 st March.  The first learning/ teaching/ training activities course “Restoration and Architecture” was held by Liceo delle Scienze Umane “Camillo Finocchiaro Aprile”. The participants discovered the interaction of Chemistry, Geometry and Art by studying the techniques of the restoration of the superb buildings of the rich Sicilian cultural heritage.

We visited for example  Palatin Chapel and The Norman Palace. The gold covered mosaics of the Palatine Chapel need no explanations, this impressive site is a feast for the eyes, a mastrpiece, a mixture of Byzantine art with Norman/Arab construction with ceilings and walls covered in gold mosaics. The Royal Rooms are also incredible with stunning mosaics and affrescos.

Interviews from experts, workshops of photography, of exploring restored artefacts of the museums were parts of the course. We got familiar to the scientific tools which are used for the restoration, and of painting as well in Fine Academy of Art. Participants studied the “ fractals” to analyze the relations between the various forms of art, plants and natural objects and geometrical proportions. In particular the fractals could be applied to study the Norman-Arab architecture.

The host teachers and the hosts families helped all the students during all the activities of the project and created the best conditions for a positive learning atmosphere. Thank you for the great week! Grazie mille!

The rest of our experience and feelings will be found in traveller´s diaries.

LTT program Palermo

Palermo 15th -21st of March: photo gallery and video

These are some photos that are only a part of a school exhibition made the last day of the mobility.

The school was opened to everybody and parents came to visit the exhibition made by our students during the workshops and the visit of the city.