REQUIREMENTS AND PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
The course was directed to European students of last three years of
architectural and fine arts degree, without any special prior
requirements or skills.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SUBJECT
"Working With Hands" was an intensive course within the context of
A.T.H.E.N.S (Advanced high education network) autumn announcement and
was held at the School of Architecture of Madrid during the third week
of November 2011. More than thirty hours a group of twenty students,
coming from different European universities, along with six, Spanish and
Greek, teachers, developed an innovative learning experience with both
practical and theoretical sessions, all of them taught in English.
“Hands” were taken as the starting point to carry out certain
“defamiliarization” processes that concluded in new ways of acquiring
OBJETIVES: KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
The main objective of the course was to propose new strategies for
promoting creativity in learning through singular practices. The common
thread of these experiences were “hands” that were placed at the center
of human activity, from the daily survival level to the artistic one,
being contemplated as makers, models, mediums and instruments of art.
This goal, aimed to force comprehension and analysis of everyday reality, through progressive approaches of “estrangement”.
A metaphorical course with an open issue without a direct utility -
taking the human body as the starting point to deal with items that
emphasize similarities and differences and opens space to reflections
about diversity, community and cartography.
The teaching material candidates worked with was related to all
aspects of our hands. Philosophical and scientific texts were given, as
well as visual references like images and videos of several artists. New
images and new videos of all students modeling, painting, acting,
knitting, and making all actions were produced in which clay, wool,
papers, instruments like castanets and other were used.
EVALUATION ACTIVIVTIES OR PRACTICAL TASKS
All the activities of the course were in a continuous schedule
designed to make any evaluation system through individual tasks not
necessary. The attendance and the completion of the course was enough
for the student to be qualified depending on the level of his or her
involvement on the course.