THE ART OF LIVING – ART PROGRAM
With this project made possible by the Swiss Embassy, the kids have the opportunity to give free reign to their creativity and develop their artistic skills through different workshops with external teachers coming to Imaginatorium. They currently participate in music as well as photography and video workshops. The Art of Living project will end with a final music performance, as well as a photography exhibition and screening of the movies realized by the participants. The final event will also include a play to close the theater workshop.
FROM JANUARY TO MAY
We have three music sessions a week, with different teachers (Blerta Kosova, Jimmy and Avni Mustafa) coming to teach the kids and teenagers basics in singing, guitar and percussions.
In the singing lessons, the kids learn to have control over their voice through exercises and songs, but Blerta also introduces them to the basics of piano and electronic music. A few kids are now working on their own compositions with her guidance and support.
The music sessions also include guitar and percussions lessons. With Jimmy, they learn chords and strumming patterns to master some of their favorite songs, and with Avni, they perfect their skills on percussions (cajon, def, tarabuka…). While these sessions initially took place separately, the groups ended up working together to prepare for the final show.
The music sessions are not only about learning to sing and play an instrument. With two volunteers from the Recif Collective, based in France, the kids and teenagers of Imaginatorium have the opportunity to create their own musical objects, with an instrument construction workshop. They participate in all steps of the project and make an original creation by upcycling different materials.
The kids also benefit from photography and video making workshops with Denis Mustafa, that enable them to learn a lot and use their new knowledge in their own projects later on.
The participants of Imaginatorium can be very inventive, and seeing that some of the kids were improvising and performing small comedy shows for the others, we recently implemented a new theatre workshop, in which the kids can explore this art with a professor. During the sessions they do exercises, improvisation but they also prepare a play for the final event. While enabling them to be creative, improve their skills and express themselves, it also allows them to focus their energy and work together.