The “Blue Birds” by Alekos Fasianos, “The Child with the Pigeon” by Pablo Picasso and 18 other well-known works of art by artists, turned the 9th high school of Kalamaria into a gallery
They took up brushes and paints and they turned their school into a high-end gallery. The “Blue Birds” by Alekos Fasianos, “The Child with the Pigeon” by Pablo Picasso and 18 more well-known works of art by Greek and foreign artists, created by six students on the doors of the classrooms, changed the image of the 9th grade in a unique and elegant way Kalamaria High School.
The paintings that adorn the entrances of the halls and “travel” the students into the world of art are the result of the original project “A Door to Art”, which was implemented with the help of the students, by the well-known visual artist Kostas Koutroubis, who teaches at specific school.
Anthi, a 3rd high school student who participated in the project, speaking to the Athenian/Macedonian Agency, said that she wants to work professionally in painting and said: “I like painting and it was a great pleasure to participate in the program. I painted the work of Nikiforos Lytras “The Easter egg”. Although it was difficult to complete as it has a lot of detail and took me almost a year, I really enjoyed the process. It was a special experience because although I am involved in painting, it was the first time I painted such a large-scale work”.
“It was a very creative process. We needed to have teamwork and cooperate with each other. I painted together with a classmate of mine, the painting by Giorgos Sikeliotis “Carol”. It was quite difficult for me to mix the colors, but my teacher helped me a lot and I completed it”, explained Nikos, a third grade high school student.
“The proposal to create artistic works of art at the entrances of the classrooms with my guidance was made by the previous director of the school, Mrs. Kousidou” explains Kostas Koutroubis and points out that “in the program, which we called “A Door to Art”, the role he was guiding and educational for me, with minimal interventions so as not to limit the students’ creativity and expression”.
The specific effort lasted four years and as noted by Mr. Koutroubis, the total number of works is 21, while the selection of the artists was made according to the works they have created, since those that fit, in terms of subject matter, more to the aesthetics of the school were chosen.
“Each year we had 32 hours at our disposal to implement the selected projects. During the four years of the program, the students transformed 21 doors into works of art. Each project had its own difficulty, because it was an unprecedented experience for the children, especially due to the size of the projects, but also their first contact with the materials used,” he explains.
This year, the visual artist Kostas Koutroubis, who is widely known for his works of the urban topography of Thessaloniki, completes 30 years in education and is his last year in the role of art teacher. As he emphasizes, “teaching is a two-way process and I will especially miss the fact that I learned every year from the children, through their unique characters, their boundless imagination and creativity and of course their curiosity about Art, but also life”.
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