• Our Work

    We cooperate with the Slovak Academic Association

    which has been supporting our organisation in projects

    developed under Grundtvig and Erasmus+ programs.

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    The projects are aimed at maintaining folk tradition, teaching arts and crafts for people with disabilities, elderly people and occupational therapists. In these projects, our association actively participated in the cooperation with special care homes - DSS Green House in Skalica, Slovakia.

     

    Our organisation has managed a number of successful projects. To name a few: Learn to Craft - a workshop in the High Tatras, which enabled courses for individuals; 2-year INTEGRA project with partners from special care homes from the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. And also thanks to the Erasmus+ Program, we organised Folk Crafts - Chance for Everybody, Chance for Minorities, Excellent Lecturers of Adult Teaching - Concepts and Core of Quality Institution, Craft for Better Future, Creative Occupational Therapist - as one of the pillars of social service homes, and Follow the Story project - an applied storytelling motivating and encouraging strategy in adult education.
  • Our Work

    In collaboration with Erasmus+ and Grundtvig

  • Our activities led us to cooperate with the Slovak Academic Association, which has been supporting our organisation in projects developed under GRUNDTVIG and ERASMUS+ programs.

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    The projects were and are aimed at maintaining folk tradition, teaching arts and crafts for people with disabilities, elderly people and occupational therapists. In these projects, the our civic association actively participated in the cooperation with special care homes - DSS Green House in Skalica, Slovakia.

     

    Our organization has managed/participated in a number of successful projects to name a few: workshop called "Learn to Craft" in the High Tatras, which enabled courses for individuals, the two-year INTEGRA project, where our partners were also from special care homes from the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. And also thanks to the Erasmus+ Program, there were organised the Folk Crafts - Opportunity for Everyone, Chance for Minorities, Excellent Lecturers of Adult Teaching - Basic Concepts and Core of Quality Institution, Craft for Better Future, Creative Occupational Therapist - as one of the pillars of social service homes, as well as Follow the Story project as an applied storytelling, motivation and encouraging strategy in adult education.

    Project: Craft for Better Future

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    Project organisers

    Project coordinator:

    Addenda Foundation, Krakow, Poland

     

    Partner: 

    Rural Partnership Selija, Akniste, Lotyšsko

    Tradičné ľudové umelecké remeslá, Leopoldov, Slovak republic

     

    Project is supported by: Foundation for Education of the Education System (FRSE), Warzsava, Poland

     

    Project start date: October 2017

    Project completion date: March 2019

     

     

    The goal of the project is to introduce applied discourse as an effective strategy that encourages low-skilled adults from rural regions to develop their literacy and digital skills and increase their interest in non-formal learning.

     

    Project: Craft for Better Future

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    Project organisers

    Project coordinator:

    Tradičné ľudové umelecké remeslá, Leopoldov, Slovak republic

     

    Partner: 

    Stowarzyszenie Forum Ceramików, Gliwice, Poľsko / www.s.cuforum.pl

     

    Project is supported by: 🇪🇺

    Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation (SAAIC), ERASMUS+ and National Agency for Education and Training.

    The project Craft for Better Future is focused on the practical and professional training of selected people in the field of folk crafts. The aim of the project is not only to improve the skills and abilities of the participants in the field of folk craftsmanship, but also the possibility of cooperation of these participants in the Folk Arts and Crafts events.

     

    The expected result of the project will be also the promotion of Slovak folk crafts abroad, the help of folk craftsmen in applying to the European labour market and then sharing of experience and contacts with civic associations and partner organizations as well as other participants. Structured courses were attended by twelve participants of the association who have long been cooperating with our organisation and attended the events and activities of the association previously.

     

    Every year, our organisation increases the number of events held in Slovakia, which would not have been possible without colleagues from other associations. And also, the participation of learners in structured courses will not only increase their professional level, thus improve the quality and number of organised events. Moreover, it will also add value to the skills of the lecturers and co-workers, which will have a positive impact on the functioning of the institution.

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    Project: Creative Occupational Therapist

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    Project organisers

    Project coordinator:

    Tradičné ľudové umelecké remeslá, Leopoldov, Slovak republic

     

    Partners:

    Centrum sociálnich služeb, Český Těšín, CZ

    Éltes EGYMI, Mosonmagyárovár, HU

    Club Kreatornica, Kovačica, Serbia

    Miejsi Dom Spokojnej Starosci, Ustroň, PL

     

    Project is supported by: 🇪🇺

    Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation (SAAIC), ERASMUS+ and National Agency for Education and Training.

    Project start date: September 2017

    Project completion date: April 2019

     

    The main themes of the Creative Occupational Therapist project - as one of the pillars of special care homes are to increase the expertise and creativity of GPs in the special care homes, integrate elderly people and people with disabilities into the cultural and social life of the community and involve organizations in working with disadvantaged people. This means that the target groups are therapists, professional and other special care homes staff, retired/elderly people and people with disabilities, their relatives as well as professionals and the general public.

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    Project: Excellent Lectures of Adult Teaching

    Basis Concepts and Core of Quality Institution

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    Project organisers

    Project coordinator:

    Tradičné ľudové umelecké remeslá, Leopoldov, Slovak republic

     

    Partner:

    Stowarzyszenie Forum Ceramików, Gliwice, PL www.s.cuforum.pl

     

    Project is supported by: 🇪🇺

    Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation (SAAIC), ERASMUS+ and National Agency for Education and Training.

    Main objectives:

    We decided to call our project Excellent lectures of adult teaching – basic concepts and core of quality institution. This name reflects the reality of our institution. The aim of our project was to offer lecturers the opportunity to travel abroad for further education. The main purpose of the project was to improve learning techniques of craftsmanship, to bring new knowledge and a new "wind" to the educational activities of our institution and also to become more familiar with innovative methods of non-formal education. New impetus proposals will be incorporated into the European Institution Development Plan. This can help improve the quality of the informal learning process, consolidate the position of the institution in the region and help the organisation in its further long-term development.

     

    The project was aimed at enhancing the expertise and competencies of selected members of our organisation by participating in structured courses followed by other activities. It has increased the level of one of the main activities of our association - the promotion of folk arts and crafts by organising international meetings of craftsmen and creative workshops for the general public.

     

    The "New Skills and New Jobs Program" initiative in our organisation means that we will focus on developing the versatility of the lecturer. Only a fully-developed personality can reflect on changes in the work environment, which also contributes to their flexibility in the labour market.

     

    The development of the internationalisation of our institution will be achieved through the exapansion of managerial and methodical competencies, which continue to move our institution forward as a model of a modern European institution. With the participation of mobility lecturers, we have established new relationships that will be reflected in the future of interesting international projects.

     

    During fourteen days there were seven lecturers and members of the group who participated in structured courses at a ceramic workshop in Gliwice, Poland. On behalf of the agreed mobility program, participants actively took part in the courses with the following program detailed below.

     

    Part 1 - Theoretical preparation:

    • Introduction to the receiving organisation and their employees and lecturers
    • Exhibition of workshops, 'workspaces' and galleries of the association
    • Getting acquainted with the basic equipment of the workshop, additional equipment, materials and tools
    • Lecture about ceramic materials and their use
    • Lecture about different types of glazes and their use
    • Learning theory about handmade ceramics, clay modelling, turning on the potter's circle, modelling of the form and plates
    • Lecture on how to decorate ceramics (gluing, punching, shaping, perforation, engraving, etc.)
    • Theory about glazing of ceramics
    • Method of glazing ceramics according to Japanese technique RAKU
    • Presentation of videos (by Zbigniew Kwolek and Aleksandra Kwolek)


    Part 2 - Practical exercise:

    • Clay modelling
    • Modelling of the form
    • Plate modelling
    • Figurative creation
    • Rotation on the potter's circle
    • Glazing
    • Firing process of pottery
    • Decorating ceramics
    • Manufacture of ceramics RAKU
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    Project: Folk crafts – Opportunity for Everyone

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    Project organisers

    Project coordinator:

    Tradičné ľudové umelecké remeslá, Leopoldov, Slovak republic

     

    Partners: 

    Centrum sociálnich služeb, Český Těšín, CZ

    Éltes EGYMI, HU

    Klub Kreatornica, SRB

    Rokodelske Center Ribnica, SI

    Miejski Dom Spokojnej Starosci, Ustroň, PL

     

    Project is supported by: 🇪🇺

    Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation (SAAIC), ERASMUS+ and National Agency for Education and Training.

    Main objectives:

    • To gain self-confidence and creating positive attitude and mood among seniors and people with disabilities
    • Improvement of training for managers and occupational therapists in special care homes
    • Increase learning of arts and crafts skills for beginners and people who have lost their jobs so they can retrain and re-enter the work process
    • Promoting folk crafts to the general public and organising Folk Arts and Crafts festivals

    For this purpose, the project partnership consisted of six partners from European countries, including Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Serbia. The country organisers and their institutions are engaged in long-term work with people who were our main target group for this project. In the course of two years, there were held project meetings carried out by individual partner organisation to support local activities related to the project objectives.

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    Project: Chance for Minorities

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    Project organisers

    Project coordinator:

    Tradičné ľudové umelecké remeslá, Leopoldov, Slovak republic

     

    Partner: 

    Stowarzyszenie Forum Ceramików, Gliwice, PL

     

    Project is supported by: 🇪🇺

    Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation (SAAIC), ERASMUS+ and National Agency for Education and Training.

    The project Chance for Minorities was aimed at increasing the expertise and competencies of selected members of our association by participating in learning courses and consequently in their active work in teaching folk crafts for minority groups. At the same time, the project's key objective was to increase the level of one of the main activities of our association - taking care of people from minorities.

     

    The co-ordinator of the project is Traditional Folk Arts and Crafts and the partner is the Stowarzyszenie Forum Ceramików from the Polish city of Gliwice. During two tours, there were held two-week seminars and creative workshops, which took place in Stowarzyszenia, Poland. Fourteen participants from Slovakia were given the opportunity to participate in this project. They will use their knowledge and experience in their next roles as co-workers of the Traditional Folk Arts and Crafts association.

    Project: INTEGRA

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    Project organisers

    Project coordinator:

    Tradičné ľudové umelecké remeslá, Leopoldov, Slovak republic

     

    Partners:

    Centrum sociálnych služeb Český Těšín, CZ

    Dom Pomocy Spolecznej im. Wladyslawa Godynia Krakow, PL

    Éltes Mátyas Nevelési-Oktatási Kozpont Mossonmagyarovár, HU

     

    Project is supported by: 🇪🇺

    Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation (SAAIC), ERASMUS+ and National Agency for Education and Training.

    In 2013, we started a project called INTEGRA which is supported by the Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation under the GRUNDTVIG subprogram.

     

    The project focuses on the teaching of folk crafts for people with disabilities, seniors and occupational therapists. We actively cooperate on this project with a special care house - Green House in Skalica.

    During 2013, project meetings took place in all partner cities: in Czech Tesin in Czech Republic, in Mossonmagyarovare in Hungary, in Krakow in Poland as well as in Skalica, Slovakia. The opportunity to learn was beneficial not only for people with disabilities but also for their ergo-therapists, who had the chance to learn new technological processes in the production of arts and crafts products and then applied them in their local organisations.

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    Project: LLP Grundtvig –

    Lifelong Learning Programme

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    National Agency of the Lifelong Learning Programme

    Since 2009, our association has been cooperating with the Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation - National Agency of the Lifelong Learning Program. The National Agency supported us in two projects under the title "Visits and exchanges". In 2010, we succeeded in the "Workshop - Creative Workrooms", and the project "Learning Partnerships" was approved in 2012.

    Workshop: The Handicraft was held from 27th of June to 6th of July 2011 in the village of Gerlachov, in the High Tatras. Twenty attendees were composed of participants from Poland, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The theme of the workshop was the basic mastery of folk crafts, such as ceramics, decoration of pots and cloth techniques.

     

    Six ceramics lecturers taught the basics of ceramics: circular circle, figural creation, glazing and painting of ceramics during the first five days. In the next five days, the lecturers were teaching wiping techniques, decorating Easter eggs and teaching the play on folk musical instruments. There were adult learners, seniors and people with disabilities among all participants. Throughout the workshop, everyone has mastered the techniques of folk crafts. In leisure time, we took part in optional trips to Štrbské Pleso and folklore festival to the village East. The excellent location of the guest house provided excursions to the surroundings and visits to popular sites. Foreign participants learned not only about Slovak crafts and folklore, but also the nature and locations of the High Tatras.

     

    The workshop was funded by the Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation under the Grundtvig sub-program, which addresses the needs in the field of teaching and learning of adults involved in adult education.

     

    For more information about this successful Lifelong Learning Program projects, you can download a brochure which features an article about the Workshop: The Handicraft on page 49.

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