“Journey into the past” – Methodical game

Tryavna Art School – Bulgaria.

From 22nd to 25th February, a group of art students from “Tryavna Art School” came together to work on a methodical game. Their task was first to craft several wooden cubes with images, then to develop different game strategies with the cubes.

In Bulgaria, the students of art schools have to take two final exams at the end of their last academic year. One of the exams is in Bulgarian language and literature while the other one is in History of art. This second exam provoked the teachers in the Art School of Tryavna to think about different ways to help students properly prepare for the examination.

“Journey into the past” is a methodical game, which was developed by both teachers and students in the History of Art classes to support the students’ learning process by using art images, which are included in the final exam syllabus. The workshop turned to be very successful since both the students and the teachers found the game really helpful and fun to use in class.

“We have been thinking of various ways of developing the methodology of this game. We have been talking about designing a board game with the images; of creating online games and also of a more compact option. We present to you our first step and craft process.”, shared one of the teachers in the Art School of Tryavna.

Crafting the cubes game.

3D printer technology, through the eyes of Craft students.

Name: Viktor Markov

01* What is your age?
18
02* What do you study?   
Interior design
03* Country or origin. 
BULGARIA
04* Your current level of education. 
High School
05* Have you heard of 3D printing technology before?
YES
06* Have you used 3D printing technology before? 
YES
07* What do you imagine using 3D printer for?
Household tools (screwdriver, missing parts of
furniture, cutlery);
Home decoration, art;
Prototyping;
For fun;
Work (research.
08* If you had the opportunity,
you would buy a 3D printer in..?
1 - 2 years
09* Did you find 3D printer technology
helpful during school projects?
YES
10* What were the challenges for you,
using 3D printing technology?
I don’t think there were any specific challenges 
for me, we got the best teachers in that area.
11* Do you think that technology helped
or will help you in the future?
It helps build up or create an object or a piece 
that is needed much faster.
12* What did you learn during the process
of using 3D printing technology?
Programming
13* What softwares did you use for 3D printing?
Sketch up, Blender, OnShape, Vectary
14* What are the benefits of 3D printing?
Easier design and manufacturing of materials
 needed for work.
15* What are the limitations of 3D printing?
A lot curvier forms can’t be printed right.
16* How can 3D printing help improve the ways
of teaching and learning?
Even the teachers need something new nowadays.
A 3D printing class will help the students
take some weight off and relax while creating 
something entirely new.
17* Can you share some examples of great uses
of 3D printing to grow teaching and learning?
I don’t think I can.
18* How will 3D printing affect traditional crafts?
3D printing might replace most traditional crafts 
in the future, but not so soon.
19* How do you thing 3D technology can help
keeping the national heritage of a certain region?
I don’t know how, that is a relevant question. 
I don’t think that it can help that much with 
keeping the heritage of a certain region.
20* What benefit can 3D printing have to link
to or conserve craft technology?
depends. I have seen first hand the uses of 
3D printing in interior design for example.
21* How can you combine 3D printing and craft
technology in one object and what would that be?
I would use it for a house design. The interior 
design will be the 3D printing part, and the 
numerations and the rest will be on hand.
Name: DIMITAR NACHEV

01* What is your age?
19
02* What do you study?   
GRAPHIC DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
03* Country or origin. 
BULGARIA
04* Your current level of education. 
 Bachelor degree
05* Have you heard of 3D printing technology before?
YES
06* Have you used 3D printing technology before? 
NO
07* What do you imagine using 3D printer for?
Everyday items (cups, phone covers, toys, 
exercising machines);
Prototyping;
Work (research).
08* If you had the opportunity,
 you would buy a 3D printer in..?
3 - 5 years
09* Did you find 3D printer technology 
helpful during school projects?
YES
10* What were the challenges for you, 
using 3D printing technology?
LEVELING OF THE PRINTING PLANE.
11* Do you think that technology helped
or will help you in the future?
BETTER VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THOUGHT.
12* What did you learn during the process 
of using 3D printing technology?
PROJECTS CAN BE PRESENTED VERY LITERALLY.
13* What softwares did you use for 3D printing?
CURA ULTIMAKER.
14* What are the benefits of 3D printing?
YOU GET A REAL REPRESENTATION OF SCALE.
15* What are the limitations of 3D printing?
PRINTER SIZE.
16* How can 3D printing help improve the ways 
of teaching and learning?
WITH MANY THINGS.
17* Can you share some examples of great uses 
of 3D printing to grow teaching and learning?
I USED A 3D PRINTER TO PRESENT MODELS OF FURNITURE.
18* How will 3D printing affect traditional crafts?
TOWARDS PROGRESS AND INNOVATION.
19* How do you thing 3D technology can help
keeping the national heritage of a certain region? 
WITH MODERN PRESENTATION.
20* What benefit can 3D printing have to link
to or conserve craft technology?
you can create a common product combination 
between new and old.
21* How can you combine 3D printing and craft
technology in one object and what would that be?
you can make a combination of new and old and 
have more productivity of a product.
*3D printed design projects in scale of furniture and the realized wood table. (Part of graduation project by Dimitar Nashev, student in Interior design speciality). *
Name: Nikola Mihov

01* What is your age?
18
02* What do you study?   
Iconography
03* Country or origin. 
BULGARIA
04* Your current level of education. 
High School
05* Have you heard of 3D printing technology before?
YES
06* Have you used 3D printing technology before? 
YES
07* What do you imagine using 3D printer for?
Home decoration, art.
08* If you had the opportunity,
you would buy a 3D printer in..?
I don't know.
09* Did you find 3D printer technology
helpful during school projects?
YES
10* What were the challenges for you,
using 3D printing technology?
Learning the programs.
11* Do you think that technology helped
or will help you in the future?
Easier visualization  of the art project
12* What did you learn during the process
of using 3D printing technology?
Working with ZBrush program.
13* What softwares did you use for 3D printing?
ZBrush.
14* What are the benefits of 3D printing?
Entering the digital art field.
15* What are the limitations of 3D printing?
A lot curvier forms can’t be printed right.
16* How can 3D printing help improve the ways
of teaching and learning?
You work with a computer, not with your hands.
17* Can you share some examples of great uses
of 3D printing to grow teaching and learning?
By helping teachers and students work out
their art projects.
18* How will 3D printing affect traditional crafts?
By introducing modern technology.
19* How do you thing 3D technology can help
keeping the national heritage of a certain region?
By making 3D models of this national heritage maybе.
20* What benefit can 3D printing have to link
to or conserve craft technology?
3D printing can help speed up the project process.
21* How can you combine 3D printing and craft
technology in one object and what would that be?
3d printing can make the process of developing 
projects for wood-carved iconostases and carved 
frames for icons much easier.
Name: Elena Vacheva

01* What is your age?
19
02* What do you study?   
Graphic design and visual communications
03* Country or origin. 
BULGARIA
04* Your current level of education. 
 Bachelor degree
05* Have you heard of 3D printing technology before?
YES
06* Have you used 3D printing technology before?
NO
07* What do you imagine using 3D printer for?
Everyday items (cups, phone covers, 
toys, exercising machines);
Household tools (screwdriver, missing
 parts of furniture, cutlery);
Home decoration, art.
08* If you had the opportunity, 
you would buy a 3D printer in..?
3 - 5 years
09* Did you find 3D printer technology
helpful during school projects?
YES
10* What were the challenges for you,
using 3D printing technology?
I don’t have any challenges
11* Do you think that technology helped or 
will help you in the future?
The technology  help me to imagine the 
real proportion of the objects I design
12* What did you learn during the process
of using 3D printing technology?
I learn to use many programs.
13* What softwares did you use for 3D printing?
3ds max, Cura, 
14* What are the benefits of 3D printing?
All your projects can become a reality.
15* What are the limitations of 3D printing?
Тhe material he works with.
16* How can 3D printing help improve the ways 
of teaching and learning?
The technology  help students  to imagine
 the real proportion of the objects they design.
17* Can you share some examples of great uses
of 3D printing to grow teaching and learning?
Мaking models.
18* How will 3D printing affect traditional crafts?
I think it will help to save them.
19* How do you thing 3D technology can help 
keeping the national heritage of a certain region?
Perhaps with the production of souvenirs.
20* What benefit can 3D printing have to link
to or conserve craft technology?
Making traditional sites for the region.
21* How can you combine 3D printing and craft
technology in one object and what would that be?
Souvenirs such as magnets and keychains.
* 3D printed design projects in scale of furniture and interior. (Part of graduating project by Elena Vacheva, student in Interior design speciality). *

3D-Printing enters 100 years old Craft school “TRYAVNA ART SCHOOL”

At the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year, the “Tryavna Art School” equips a brand new school-Lab wich is planed to function as a 3D-printer room, with 3D printer machines which aims to raise the level of vocational education.

New 3D-printer atelie created in “Tryavna Art School” Bulgaria.

National High School of Applied Arts “Tryavna Art School”, is very pleased to say that the school received a serious donation in the form of three 3D printers from John Martini from the Netherlands. Along with the three “Ender” 3D-machines, the school invested also to buy one “Ultimaker” 3D-printer.

Three 3D-printing machines and filaments, donation from: John Martini

From the beginning, students and teachers began to use and explore new technology. They were introduced to the software and the variety of programs needed to work with 3D design. The new technology has become an active part of the Sculpture, Woodcarving and Interior Design classes as part of the learning process. The students also began to carry out their own projects and find it useful.

Using 3D-technology into the learning process.

“Our main purpose like School of Arts and Crafts is to learn about the new technologies and how we can use them in our crafts and artistic developments. Connecting these two fields in such a young age wich are our students, we provide them an opportunity to progress faster and smarter, keeping Crafts alive.”

Institution: National High School of Applied Arts “Tryavna Art School”
Location: Bulgaria, Tryavna city
Partner in Craft Your Future project.

Link of the school: http://artschooltryavna.com