WEBINAR 3 - Arts: creative schools, creative youth

Get inspired by creativity!

Thursday 14 June 2018  |  17:00 CEST  |  Duration: 1 hour

A webinar on 'Arts: creative schools, creative youth' will take place in June.

One of the best ways to engage students in learning is to incorporate various form of arts in the learning process. Learning through arts is experiential and sensory, which makes it memorable and engaging. It is also creative and interactive, as the artistic process is one of exploration and participation; it includes higher order skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, imagination, creativity, problem solving adaptability and self-evaluation.

Furthermore, using arts in learning, provides students with tangible tools for self-expression, it urges them to discover their interest and pursue solutions to problems. This does not have to be restricted to arts class as it can be integrated in various lessons, from math to language. Schools can also partner with local art organisations in a formal or non-formal way, collaboration can take shape as visiting artists in the school, artistic workshop in the arts centre, after school theatre production and more.

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Joan Parr is Head of Creative Learning and Young People at Creative Scotland, the national agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Previous posts include Head of Education for the Scottish Arts Council, education officer at the National Galleries of Scotland,  education officer at Edinburgh Castle and education officer for heritage, visual and performing arts at Falkirk Council. She has also held positions in embassies in West Africa and the Middle East as well as a year in Mumbai and the Punjab. Joan is a graduate from Edinburgh University with an MA honours degree in history and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Dundee University.

Her current remit includes a national strategic overview of creative learning, the national Creative Learning Plan, the development of Time to Shine, the national youth arts strategy and the delivery of national programmes such as the Youth Music Initiative and CashBack for Creativity.

As well as being the current chair of the International Teaching Artists  Collaborative (ITAC), Joan is also the current president of ACEnet, a network of European policy makers. She is passionate about the value of the arts and creativity as part of fulfilled, healthier, happier individuals and communities.


Iohana Cristina Udrescu (Mathematics teacher at Colegiul Auto Traian Vuia and Vice-president of Asociatia Edulifelong) is a teacher and trainer with vast experience in managing groups and projects, expert in defining and diffusion of transnational projects. She holds a Bachelor Degree on Mathematics at  Craiova University, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, she also has experience in web design. She is fluent in English, Italian and French. She has also worked for 1 year in mass media, as a reporter for a local newspaper and hosted TV-show. She is very involved in the awareness of youth. She created many workshops and projects for pupils of middle schools she worked for, that aims to help them to choose their future occupations, to discover their talents, to improve their language skills, to learn about other cultures, to embrace diversity, to learn about active citizenship. She has written, coordinated and managed several Erasmus+ projects in the last years.



Author: Assi Honkanen
Last editor: Koen Glotzbach