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Connections of History and Arts in Vilnius

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This last LTTA was constructed out of the combination of nine activities linked to each other and described below.

1st activity:team building mini-activities at the Lithuanian school auditorium, where the school Arts team performed traditional songs, music and folk dances as a welcome and vivid immerse on the art of dance and music.Teams of students presented cultural links between Lithuania and their own country and in the afternoon we were all engaged in a painting workshop of the Baltic symbols. Lithuanian student groups presented the report “Meaning of the Baltic symbols”. Students and teachers decοrated cloth bags with Baltic signs and commented on their work to the audience. An exhibition of the created bags was uploaded on the Twinspace Platform (ESEP).

The 2nd activity focused on highlighting the connection of the Lithuanian History & Art in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. A visit there was organized choosing the route of “reconstructed historical interiors”.This part of the exposition presented the stylistic development of the residence of the Lithuanian grand dukes through the Late Gothic,Renaissance and Early Baroque epochs: authentic furniture, tapestries, paintings, maps and other treasures that are characteristic of European palace interiors. An educational Practice workshop in Jewelry of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was held. Participants made bracelets applying technology of the 15th to 16th centuries. The produced handmade artful bracelets were displayed on the Twinspace platform of our project (ESEP).

On the same afternoon the 3rd activity was “Architecture of Vilnius in different historical periods”. A walking tour to the Gediminas Tower, the old town, the Bernardinu Gardens and St Ann’s Church.

The 4th activity was dedicated to Sculpture as a sign of the city’s history and art: Talking Sculptures in Vilnius. Lithuanian students prepared a route for the participants to get acquainted with 18 sculptures in Vilnius. Participants were able to access the history of the sculpture by scanning a QR code near the sculpture or typing in the specified URL. 

A Clil lesson was organized as a 5th activity – at MO museum of Modern Art  students explored a new exhibition of literature ”Vilnius Poker”. They applied visual thinking strategy and critical thinking.

The 6th activity was about the connections of different national cultures in architecture. An invited expert led a tour of Vilnius and Trakai Old Towns, introducing the architectural heritage of different nations. After the tour, each participating country created a map of the visited architectural objects with a selected IT tool and uploaded them to the Twinspace platform.

The 7th activity focused on Historical heritage: “Presentation of national songs”. Students from each partner school chose to present two national songs.

A teamwork activity was held as the 8th activity: “Intertextuality in the XXI century”. Students worked in mixed international groups to write their own stories, connecting heroes from all the 5 books we read. A presentation and discussion session took place in the end and the stories were uploaded on the Twinspace platform of our project (ESEP). 

Finally, Connections of Lithuanian History and Lithuanian Literature was the main thematic of the last activity. At the Museum of Freedom Fights we had a review of the historical setting of the mid-20th century, as also presented in the book we read “Between Shades of Gray”.

Results: A personalized bracelet made by applying technology of the 15th – 16th centuries with symbols of Lithuanian ethnoculture. Map of “Talking Sculptures”. A cloth bag decorated with Baltic signs. Created map-guide for visited architectural objects. Created stories joining heroes from all five national books.