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Institute of Innovation and Creativity

Arts Academy

The Institute of Innovation and Creativity (IIC) offers a wide range of specialized programs for students in Elementary, Middle School and High School (Academy).

The programs (termed IIC Arts Academy) aim at educating and enriching students' specialized interests and help them develop creatively these aspects of their personalities not typically addressed by school curricula.

Program areas include, Ballet, Hip Hop / Jazz Dancing, Yoga lessons; or specialized Workshops (in music, cooking, sculpture), exposure to Spanish, Chinese and other cultures through music and language, etc.

Elementary School Arts/Tech Academy, Fall-Winter 2017

Classes and workshops for students in grades KG - 5
September - December 2017

Play Chess, Explore Chinese Language/Culture, Dance, Practice Yoga, Play in the ACS Youth Orchestra, Act and Sing, Study Greek, Create a Robot

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Contact Information: For information, contact Ms. Marietta Garbis - email: garbism@acs.gr / ph.: 210.6393.200, ext. 302

For a detailed information brochure and registration form (in pdf), please click here or see below...

What is your child interested in?

Chess Academy / Grades K – 5

Mondays (Experienced) or Wednesdays (Beginners), 4:00 - 5:00p.m.
Instructor: Mr. Konstantinos Soultatis

Experienced Players - Mondays
September 18, 25
October 2, 9 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18
Cost: 140 euros 14 sessions

Beginners - Wednesdays
September 20, 27
October 4, 11, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13, 20
Cost: 120 euros 12 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 / Maximum enrollment: 12

Chess is the most popular game ever invented. The benefits of chess to children are endless! It strengthens mental clarity, fortitude and stability. It develops decision making and patience and builds focused concentration. It's fun. This course will provide lessons tailored towards the skills of the children, combined with supervised training games.

 

Instructor Konstantinos Soultatis is a FIDE Chess Instructor. He has trained chess players of all ages and levels for more than 15 years. He is also an active chess player, team leader at the Kifissia Chess Club.


Chinese language and culture/ Grades 1 - 5

Tuesdays (Advanced Chinese) or Thursdays (Beginners Chinese), 4:00 - 5:00p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Yi-Nai Wang

Advanced Chinese - Tuesdays Beginners' Chinese – Thursdays
September 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 28
December 5, 12, 19
September 21, 28
October 5, 12, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30
December 7, 14, 21
Cost: 130 euros 13 sessions Cost: 120 euros 12 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 5 / Maximum enrollment: 15

Learning a new language and culture is an opportunity to learn a new way of seeing the world. In this class, students will continue to explore the basics of spoken Chinese through dialogue, games, song and play. As they learn the language, they will also be introduced to aspects of Chinese culture. The beginner’s class is designed for students with no experience of the language. The advanced class is designed for students with some prior study of the language.

 

Instructor Yi-Nai Wang is originally from Taiwan. She obtained her Bachelo's Degree from National Taipei Institute of the Arts, where she studied Piano Performance, Violin, and Chinese language. Each summer, she participates in the seminar "Chinese Language Research" at Tunghai University in Taiwan. She has over 15 years experience in teaching Chinese language.


A.C.S. Youth Orchestra/ Grades 1 - 5

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms Artemis Gaitanos

September 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 28
December 5, 12, 19

Cost: 130 euros 13 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 5 / Maximum enrollment: 15

The A.C.S. Youth Orchestra will be consisting of a yearlong of classes that will be taking place once a week. This will give students the chance to get together learn a new instrument or even continue to learn on the instrument that he/she already know how to play. Also all individuals will be learning about the beauty of classical, jazz, blues and international folk music. Students will be able to learn how to play and collaborate in a group, be on time and organized, and learn how to cope under pressure. Most of all, they will discover how orchestra performance and music teaches discipline. It always takes a lot of hard work and determination to reach a high standard on any musical instrument. Students enrolling in this course will need to provide their own instruments.

 

Artemis Gaitanos is an A.C.S. Athens graduate. In 2009 she received her Degree and Diploma on Violin and her degree on Vocal Technique from the National Conservatory of Athens. In 2010 she graduated from the American College of Greece with a B.A. in Music, Dance and Theater Arts. She has been teaching violin, vocals and piano, for both General Education and Special Education children and adults, for the past 13 years.


Robotics for Beginners /Grades 3 - 5

Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. **PLEASE NOTE LATER ENDING TIME FOR THIS CLASS.
Instructor: Ms. Sana Kassem

September 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18

Cost 160 euros 14 90-MINUTE sessions

We will be utilizing the Lego Education kit, WeDo Construction Set. The course will enable students to build and program simple LEGO models that are plugged into a computer. The set contains more than 150 elements, including a motor, motion and tilt sensors and the LEGO USB Hub combined with the Software and Activity Pack to carry out 12 theme-based activities. The objective of this activity is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies. In each session the students will be involved in the development, building and programming of a LEGO WEDO robot. Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. Topics will include motor control, sensors, timing and timing sequences.

 

Sana Kassem has been a chemistry and biology teacher at ACS Athens since 2004. She earned a B.Sc. Science (Biology/Chemistry) from the American University of Beirut and a M.Ed. from the University of LaVerne, Athens.

She has taught biology and chemistry for IGCSE, A level, AP, French Baccalaureate and IB classes in many international schools in Beirut, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Athens. In addition to teaching, she has worked as an academic advisor for curriculum development of science at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, as Head of Science in international schools in Abu Dhabi and Athens. She has also been an IB Biology examiner since 2000 and an AP Biology examiner since 2014. In 2015, Ms. Kassem was selected by the IBO to be a team leader for IB biology examinations.

In 2015, she took the challenging task of teaching science in the elementary school, servicing grades JK to grade 5. She has developed an inquiry-based science curriculum, the goal of which is to provide plenty of opportunities for the children to experience things in a hands-on way in order to encourage and increase their curiosity and to instill in them the lifelong love for science.

At the ACS Athens Colloquium, she presented the approaches and methods applied during inquiry-based lessons. In addition to this, she published the article “What Are We Doing Today” in the Ethos Magazine.


Musical Theater/ Grades 1- 5

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Katerina Mitakou

September 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 28
December 5, 12, 19

Cost: 130 euro 13 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 / Maximum enrollment: 15

In the Musical Theater class, students will have the chance to learn and perform songs and dances from such Broadway and movie musicals as G rease, Saturday Night Fever, Mama Mia, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line, The Lion King, Cats, Annie, 42 nd Street and other great, classic shows. This course is the perfect way to explore the fundamentals of musical theater in a dynamic and fun atmosphere. The program will lead to a performance at the end of class.


Ballet / Grades K – 3

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Katerina Mitakou

Monday Wednesday
September 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18
September 20, 27
October 4, 11, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13, 20

Cost: 260 euros 26 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6/ Maximum enrollment: 15

The ballet program for younger students gives students the chance to work their bodies as often as ballet technique requires and will lead to the performance of the students’ work in the Theater at ACS Athens in May-June. Lessons will be based upon classical ballet technique, free movement and character work. High quality training will aim to correct posture, balance, line of dance, space consciousness, strength, rhythm, repertoire and composition. Students will need to provide their own tights and dance shoes.


Modern Jazz & Hip Hop / Grades 3 – 5

Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Katerina Mitakou

September 21, 28
October 5, 12, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30
December 7, 14, 21

Cost: 120 euros 12 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 / Maximum enrollment: 15

The jazz/hip hop dance program for upper Elementary students will lead to a performance in the Theater at ACS Athens in May-June. Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its prevalence on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic and consists of unique moves and fancy footwork. A jazz class explodes with energy. The class goal is to produce physical and expressively well-trained dancers. Most importantly, students are encouraged to relax, breathe and enjoy this exploration and to give it their best.

 

Instructor Katerina Mitakou has trained at Stella Mann College in London and has continued her studies in choreology, choreography, classical ballet, modern dance and musical theater. She has danced in many theater productions in London and Athens, has appeared in film and has choreographed a wide range of performances. She has trained actors and dancers at the professional level as well as young people. She is a Tutor of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.


Greek Language/Culture Workshop I/ Grades 2 and 3

Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Foteini Chatziantoniou

September 18, 25 October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20, 27 December 4, 11, 18

Cost: 140 euros 14 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 students/ Maximum enrollment: 15 students

This is an intensive, interactive and engaging class designed for students who are native speakers of Greek who attend ESL classes during the regular school day. In a lively challenging learning environment, students will practice and develop reading, writing, grammar and spelling skills. Music, movement, performance, storytelling, and role playing will be regular features of the class. If space permits, enrollment may be offered to students enrolled in Greek classes during the day as an enrichment course.


Greek Language/Culture Workshop 2/ Grades 4 and 5

Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Foteini Chatziantoniou

September 21, 28 October 5, 12 26 November 2, 9, 16, 30 December 7, 14, 21

Cost: 120 euros; 12 classes

Minimum enrollment: 6 students. Maximum enrollment: 15 students

This is an intensive, interactive and engaging class designed for students who are native speakers of Greek who attend ESL classes during the regular school day. In a lively challenging learning environment, students will practice and develop reading, writing, grammar and spelling skills. Music, movement, performance, storytelling, and role playing will be regular features of the class. If space permits, enrollment may be offered to students enrolled in Greek classes during the day as an enrichment course.

 

Instructor Fotini Chatziantoniou was born in Athens and raised in Karpathos. Ms. Chatziantoniou holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology with a major in Pedagogy, from the the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an M.A in Technologies of Learning and Communication from the European University of Cyprus.

Since 2012, Ms. Chatziantoniou has been employed in these areas and has gained extensive experience in teaching students at all grade levels. In parallel, she has actively participated in various seminars and lectures regarding Special Abilities Education. Ms. Chatziantoniou is excited to be teaching the Greek Language through up-to-date methodologies and a personal way of approaching students in order for them to love and succeed in language learning.


Yoga Moves Me/ grades 1 - 4

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Anita Palimeri

September 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 28
December 5, 12, 19

Cost: 130 euros 13 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 / Maximum enrollment: 15

Join Yoga Moves Me! to learn in a fun and creative way why Yoga is so popular all over the world. It is relaxing and fun, full of challenges, games, acrobatics and yoga postures. In Y oga Moves Me ! you learn how to be an airplane, a cricket, a mountain or a candle; how to do partner poses and pyramids with your friends; how to relax body and mind. Yoga Moves Me! combines exercise, movement, balance, relaxation and games. It is fun for boys and girls!

 

Instructor Anita Palimeri started teaching Creative Dance in 2003, while living abroad in Indonesia, Nigeria and Kenya. She cooperated with SPAN (Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria), the American Playschool in Lagos, and later in Kenya she danced with the Pre-K kids at the International School of Kenya. Since 2007 she has held Creative Dance classes in schools and kindergartens in Athens with great results! Her dance experience comes from for 12 years of classical ballet (Royal Academy of Dance) and continuous education in
-Authentic Movement & Improvisation -Contact Improvisation
-Seminars in drama therapy, dance therapy and the Orf System
In 2010, she was certified as a Yoga for Kids and Families teacher, Rainbow Kids Yoga, LLC.