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Study Short Story Writing, Visual Arts, Survival Greek, Classical and Byzantine Athens, Managing Crisis, Yoga, Zumba, and Pilates. Classes and workshops for adults (and students in grades 11/12) November 2012 - January 2013

The Institute for Innovation and Creativity is an initiative of the American Community Schools of Athens



Writer’s Workshop: Playing with Words

Communicate in Greek! (for beginners)

Class 1: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon; Individual conferences: noon - 1:00 p.m., by appointment. Class 2: Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Individual conferences: 7:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m., by appointment. Instructor: Amalia Melis Dates: Wednesdays (morning class) -November 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12  Thursdays (evening class)-- November 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20    5-7:30 p.m.,  5 sessions Cost: 120 euros (13.5-hour program) Minimum enrollment: 6 (in each class) Maximum enrollment: 12 (in each class)

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Instructor: Vasiliki Klimou Dates: Nov. 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 19; Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5 Cost: 120 euros (16.5 hour program) Minimum enrollment: 6 Maximum enrollment: 15

Need to learn how to get on the right bus? Make sure that you arrive on the right island for your weekend getaway? Buy sugar instead of flour at the market? Ask someone if you can buy him/her a drink?

This course is designed for adults who wish to begin a formal study of the Greek language. Students will learn the Greek Join us to play with words to create stories alphabet and to read and communicate in you have always wanted to tell. Together Greek. Vocabulary and basic grammar we will cover different elements of Fiction: instruction will focus on everyday Setting, Character, Point of View, Dialogue, communication. The goal is to learn Greek Plot, etc. This workshop is designed to while getting acclimated to life in Greece. motivate the writer in all of us, and its focus will be to help each of us discover our own Instructor Vicki Klimou is a member of writing voice and style. New and published the Facultyat ACS Athens. She has taught writers are welcome. in the Foreign Language Department, teaching French to Middle School students We will use several techniques in class to tap for 3 years. She has taught beginning into our thoughts/ideas for stories—free Greek to children and adults and is writing and writing prompts, including currently teaching JK in the ACS Athens photographs, short story lines, poems, one Elementary School.. She is a graduate of line sentences, etc. Some outside reading Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, may be required. (Short stories are often Canada and has been teaching for six years. discussed in class as they   pertain to style, character, voice, plot).   Zumba Dance and Fitness Once we start producing work, participants may be asked to send their new writing to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:15 the group for an initial read before we meet - 10:15 a.m. (Theater at ACS, second in class. Group comments will provide floor rehearsal room). constructive criticism, guidance for rewriting, and editing suggestions. In Instructor: Nicolette Frangou addition written feedback will be provided Dates: Ongoing: Participants must enroll by  instructor on specific assignments. for a minimum of 12 classes this Amalia Melis is creator and organizer of the Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshops (fourteen writing workshops have been held to date). Her first short story “Immigrant Daughter” won second place award for new writers in Glimmer Train (U.S. literary magazine/2002). Two other short stories were finalists in Glimmer Train ( 2005 & 2007). She has finished writing her first novel and is working on her second novel. She is a freelance feature writer for magazines and newspapers. When avoiding the blank page, she makes sculptures out of discarded pieces of metal & wire.  


registration period (Nov. 12 - Feb. 1) Cost: 12 classes: 90 euros 25 classes: 150 euros Minimum enrollment: 6 Maximum enrollment: 15

The ZUMBA® program is a Latini n s p i r e d , d a n c e - fi t n e s s c l a s s t h a t incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements, creating dynamic, exciting, exhilarating, and effective fitness system. A ZUMBA class-known as a ZUMBA Fitness-Party™-combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body

using an aerobic/fitness approach to achieve a unique blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits.

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It’s a blast! It’s different! It’s easy! It’s effective!

Four Sundays in the City: Discover Ancient Athens Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Instructors: Helen Stefanopoulos and Varvara Voulgaraki Dates: Nov. 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9 Cost: 40 euros Minimum enrollment: 6 Maximum enrollment: 20

“Discover Ancient Athens” is a program aimed to introduce non-native Greeks to some of the most important sites, museums and monuments located in the heart of Athens, but also an opportunity for natives to explore these sites in a unique and alternative way. Join us (two scholars of history and archaeology) as we visit sites of both national and international importance and collections that represent the diversity of Greece’s past. The guided tours are divided into four parts: 1) The New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis 2) Monastiraki, Plaka, Ancient Agora and Roman Forum, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos 3) National Archaeological Museum 4) Benaki Museum, The Museum of Cycladic Art, Byzantine and Christian Museum Each visit will be followed by lunch in some of the city’s most upbeat local restaurants and tavernas (for those who would like to continue the conversation). Cost of meal is not included in course tuition. Helen Stefanopoulos, an ACS Athens alumna, is currently a PhD student in A rch a e o l o g y at t h e U n i ve r s i t y o f Southampton and has obtained an MA in Mediterranean Archaeolog y at the University of Bristol and a BA in A rch a e o l o g y at t h e U n i ve r s i t y o f


representation and presentation of the past in the present and is currently studying regarding heritage management in Greece. She has participated in several field surveys and recordings as well as excavations throughout England and Greece and has obtained certifications in Museology and Cultural Heritage Management. She has further obtained certificates in Study Skills for students of all ages, has attended numerous seminars and workshops on Learning Differences, and has worked at ACS Athens as a Shadow Teacher in the Learning Enhancement Program. Varvara Voulgaraki has studied History and Archaeology at the University of Ioannina, Greece. She specializes in Prehistoric Archaeology and has presented several essays on the everyday life and art of the ancient Greeks. She has participated in numerous excavations and field surveys/ recordings throughout Greece and has o b t a i n e d c e r t i fi c at i o n s i n C u l t u r a l Management, Exhibition Curating and Stage Management. Currently, she is working at the Theater at ACS as House/ Stage Manager and is an MA student of Cultural Management at the Open University of Greece. She speaks Greek, English and Italian.

Art Studio

for beginners and advanced students Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Middle School Art Room) Instructor: Sophia Stella Sosselos Dates: Nov. 10, 17; Dec. 1, 8, 15; Jan. 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23. Cost: 250 euros (36-hour program) Minimum enrollment: 6 Maximum enrollment: 15

The Studio Art classes for Adults are suitable for those that are new to art and to the advanced in skills. It is a fun way to be creative and to improve the techniques while exploring different materials. The studio class will focus on: (Lessons 1 - 3) The fundamentals of drawing in a‘Still Life’ (pencil and charcoal). (Lessons 4-6) Experimentation with color and composition (in an oil painting). (Lessons 7-9) Portraiture, specifically ‘Self Portrait Studies’ (pencil). (Lessons 10-12) The exploration of form in a 3d sculpture - molding technique (clay, plaster of Paris). Sophia Stella Soseilos was born in Bonn, Germany, did her high school years in 3 Cyprus and completed her BA Fine Nicosia,

Arts Education degree at the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. After that, she enrolled in the Drama Department of the same University doing Theater Design. Since then she has worked in South Africa, Greece and Cyprus as an Artist, Art Teacher, Interior Designer and Stage Designer for numerous theaters and TV set productions. She is, at the same time, a qualified and experienced Art Teacher with international teaching experience both as a private and school teacher. She is currently a member of the Middle School Art faculty at ACS Athens.

‘bear’ on teaching about the process of creativity and the fun aspect of art.

Finding the potential for success during crisis Mondays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (New 5th grade suite: room 3) Instructor: Lindy McMullin Dates: Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17 Cost: 80 euros Minimum enrollment: 6 Maximum enrollment: 15

This series of self exploratory exercises will look at the deeper, underlying challenges of coping with change. Both at an individual and global level changes bring to surface old Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (New 5th wounds. How can we identify these wounds? grade suite: room 3) How can we heal them? What is the learning lesson that comes together with Instructor: Jeff Bear change and what can this do to help the Dates: Nov. 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. younger generation believe in a bright 8, 15, 22 future? Cost: 100 euros Using different techniques, we will be Minimum enrollment: 6 working in groups and individually to Maximum enrollment: 15 explore the inner potential available to us in Various creative projects in several media times of change. We will look at the different are designed to demonstrate the real art coping mechanisms to reduce stress and to experience. The focus is upon the process of heal both body and mind. seeing as an artist does. No art experience required. Small materials fee. Wo rk s h o p l e a d e r L i n d y M c M u l l i n

The Zen of Seeing: Art as Meditation

Artist, poet and teacher, Jeff Bear has been associated with ACSAthens for over 20 years. “Mr. Arcuda” continues his 44 year educational career through the Institute, bringing his extensive fine art experience to ‘bear’ on teaching about the process of creativity and the fun aspect of art.

Expressing the Essence: Progressive Abstraction Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (New 5th grade suite: room 3) Instructor: Jeff Bear Dates: Nov. 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20; Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Cost: 100 euros Minimum enrollment: 6 Maximum enrollment: 15

Learn the techniques of abstract art and discover for yourself how the creative process works. No art experience required. Small materials fee. Artist, poet and teacher, Jeff Bear has been associated with ACSAthens for over 20 years. “Mr. Arcuda” continues his 44 year educational career through the Institute, bringing his extensive fine art experience to

graduated with a BA in Education with majors in Psychology and Criminology from The University of South Africa. She moved to Greece in 1978 and has taught all levels from kindergarten through to universitygraduates. She has considerable experience in teaching drama and art, and has thoroughly enjoyed writing and producing a number of plays. She carried on her studies, obtaining Diplomas in Public Relations, Biotherapy, Stress Management and the Science of Intuition. She completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Western Esotericism and recently obtained an MSc w i t h d i s t i n c t i o n , i n Tr a n s p e r s o n a l Psychology and Consciousness Studies from Northampton University (UK) and currently holds the post of president of the Hellenic Transpersonal Association.


Morning Yoga for Adults

Pilates for Everyone

a Yogaworks class Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Theater at ACS second floor rehearsal room) Dates: Nov. 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20; Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7 Instructor: Anita Palimeri Cost: 100 euros (15 hour program) Minimum enrollment: 6 Maximum enrollment: 12

Ninety minutes of asana-exercise-and relaxation, based on the Yogaworks class structure. The Yogaworks sequence includes both vinyasa flow sequencing and c aref u l i n s tru c ti o n , p lac i n g g reat importance on correct alignment to avoid discomfort. This morning class will benefit both beginners or students who may have practiced in the past but wish to deepen their practice. Yoga is beneficial exercise and so much more. It is a personal journey towards relaxation, concentration, self knowledge and inner peace. Teaching Creative Movement since 2003, Anita Palimeri holds an MA in European Studies, a B.A in Sociology and a Law Degree. Worked for a long time in Public Relations, in the European Commission in Athens and lived in Bulgaria, Indonesia, Nigeria and Kenya. Since 2003 Anita has taught Creative Movement to kids. Her dance experience is based on 12 years of classical ballet (Royal Academy of Dance) and continuous education in Authentic Movement & Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, and seminars in Modern dance, drama therapy, dance therapy and the Orf System. Practising Yoga since 2010 she certified as a Yoga for Kids and Families teacher, Rainbow kids Yoga LLC and completed the Yogaworks Teacher Training course (200h).

Afternoon class: Mondays, 3:45 p.m. 4:35 p.m. Dates: Nov. 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 Morning class: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. 10:20 a.m. Dates: Nov. 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 (Theater at ACS second floor rehearsal room) Instructor: Sharon Sagiv Cost: 90 euros (10 hour program: register for morning series or afternoon series) Minimum enrollment (each series): 6 Maximum enrollment (each series): 15

IIC Programs for Adults -- Fall/Winter 2012-13 --at a glance-Writer’s Workshop: Playing with Words Class 1: Wed., 9:30 a.m. -noon Class 2: Thurs., 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Communicate in Greek Tues., 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Zumba Mon./Wed./Fri., 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates , or interested in starting a Pilates Discover Ancient Athens exercise program. Indeed, one of the best Sun., 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. things about the Pilates  method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. A t h l e t e s a n d d a n c e r s l ov e i t , a s Art Studio Sat., 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. do  seniors  and women rebounding from  pregnancy. Beginners can work alongside more advanced students. The Zen of Seeing Tues., 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Pilates is a form of  exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the Progressive Abstraction b a l a n c e d  d e v e l o p m e n t  o f t h e Thur., 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. body  through  core strength. The class involves working on the stomach, back and Pelvic floor muscles. There are some Success during Crisis flexibility exercises in the class as well. The Mon., 6 - 8:00 p.m. class is on a mat. So all you need to bring is a towel and a positive attitude! Morning Yoga for Adults Instructor Sharon Sagiv started dancing at a very early age: ballet, jazz, tap and ballroom . She acquired all of my ISTD qualifications and studied at Laban College of Perfor ming Arts and the PineappleDance  center  in  Covent  Garden. She then went on to a career as a professional dancer and worked for Chandris Cruise lines and the Belinda King dance company. After getting married and having children she decided to change directions and trained to get her R.S.A. certificate in the Fitness.    She has taught aerobics, spin, step amd Pliates professionally since in Mexico, Finland and Israel.

Thur., 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Pilates for Everyone Class 1: Mon., 3:45 - 4:35 p.m. Class 2: Tues, 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.



Adult Education Courses, Fall - Winter 2012-13  

ACS Athens' / IIC's Adult Education Courses for Fall - Winter 2012-13

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