Using works of art in the classroom: theory and practice
"Using works of art in the classroom: theory and practice"
This engaging and interactive course gives teachers the opportunity to develop their skills in an international environment with educators from around Europe. Participants will have several workshops to learn and practice various tools that they can use in their classroom immediately. In addition to classes and workshops, the course includes visits to cultural spaces, museums and meetings with cultural educators.

The course takes place in Venice, Italy. The city has an incredible variety of art in its museums, ranging from Renaissance paintings to contemporary art installations. This course runs during the Easter week, and participants will experience decorations and Venetian tradition throughout the city.

The course is a balanced combination of theory and practice. The final projects vary for primary and secondary teachers and all the participants take away at least 4 lesson plans which they can apply in their classroom. They will create lesson plans using artworks which focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing. These lesson plans can be applied to works of art in their home cities, or teachers can use the Google Arts & Culture online collection for wider reach.


DATES: April 6 - 10, 2020 (Easter week)

DURATION: Five days





Palazzo Rossini, 4013 Campo Manin, 30124 Venice

+39 320 245 06 31

Teachers will understand how works of art can be incorporated to teach:

  • Literacy
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Local history

Teachers will become more comfortable developing lesson plans that incorporate works of art to reach their learning goals. Teachers will practice creating educational environments for meaningful learning.

Primary Teacher Cohort will focus on Teaching Through Art in Primary Education (general, all subjects).
Secondary Teacher Cohort will focus on Teaching Critical Thinking and Communication Skills Through Art.

Here is a sample framework from our previous course, Teaching and Learning Through Art.

  • Knowledge of the most relevant museums and cultural spaces in Venice
  • Capability to design lessons that highlight content through art in various disciplines - practiced in four lesson plans
  • Acquire knowledge and competences that you can transfer to your own practice through facilitated materials and support from the course leaders
  • Master new methods and tools to foster students' creativity, knowledge and kindness
Networking and hands-on opportunities to continue communication with other course participants and school colleagues towards common international projects. Learn from museum educators how they incorporate their institutions in local classrooms.
Teachers and school staff working in both teaching and non-teaching capacities. One school can send up to 20 participants per course.
"Your students can learn the arts as well as learn through the arts".

Andrew Miller, Educator
Everyday participants are introduced to a new activity or topic in the morning, then in the afternoon they are divided into working groups (either from school or by age group) and tasked with creating one lesson plan as a group. By the end of the week, teachers will have four lesson plans of their own.
Interested? There are 2 ways to join the programme at ECA:
Option 1
Apply for Erasmus+ funding to cover all the expenses for the course
APPLICATION DEADLINE - OCTOBER 1st, 2019. Registration and funding via your school.

Your school can apply for Erasmus Plus funding to cover tuition fees, travel and accommodation expenses. Your school can apply for funding via Erasmus Plus Key Action 1.

See the process below or contact for guidance.
Application deadline - October 1st, 2019.
Option 2
Individual registration
You can register as an individual on our website. Click the button below to purchase the course and secure your placement. You will fund your participation yourself. Application deadline for individuals - April 1st 2020.

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How to fund your participation via Erasmus Plus Key Action (KA) 1 – Learning Mobility for Individuals
Your school can apply for Erasmus Plus funding to cover tuition fees, travel and accommodation expenses
1. Create EU login and PIC (Participant Identification Code)
REGISTER EU-LOGIN. You can register your EU-login here, it takes just a couple of minutes.

REGISTER PIC NUMBER. It will take about 5 minutes. Your school must have a PIC to apply for any EU grant programme, including Erasmus+. PIC is Participant Identification Code for your school; it can only be obtained by organisations, not individuals. You can register a PIC for your school yourself; it will take a few minutes. Here is how:
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It is good to let your school know that you registered at the portal just in case they want to apply for other grants in the future.
2. Apply on the National Agency website
FILLING IN THE APPLICATION. This is the most time-consuming part. Go to this page and enter with your EU-login:
Enter with your EU-login. Go OPPORTUNITIES ->Field of opportunity SCHOOL EDUCATION -> Key Actions SCHOOL EDUCATION STAFF MOBILITY (KA101).
You will see an online application form. See our sample application. You can copy some answers or use it for inspiration.
3. Deadline
Applications must be submitted to your National Agency by no later than Noon, Brussels time on the October 1st, 2019.
4. Useful Guides
Sample Application (based on online application). You can copy some answers or use it for inspiration. Click here to download.

Erasmus Plus Guide 2019. Click here to download.
Refer to Staff Mobility (Key Action 1), pp.63 - 70 and to Part C - Information for Applicants, pp. 251 - 270.

Quick Guide for Schools Erasmus Plus.
Click here to download.
A practical guide for School Leaders.

Your National Agency is your best friend when filling in the application. It provides consultations, organises webinars and meetings and has all the necessary information for you to submit a successful application.

For example, IRELAND or SWEDEN.
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