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Kindergarten

Lights in the darkness (final year)

“Ambienti/Environments” di Lucio Fontana

Background
Lucio Fontana (b. 1899 in Rosario, Argentina – d. 1968 in Varese, Italy) was a key international figure in twentieth-century art.
Fontana was fascinated by the cosmos and keenly aware of the new horizons opened up by the scientific discoveries of his era; in his “environments,” he experimented with emptiness and light as a means of generating space, introducing innovative techniques and materials such as neon, fluorescent paint, and rubber, and foreshadowing the Light and Space movement that later emerged in the US in the 1960s and ’70s.

Areas addressed

  • Images, sounds, colors
  • Language, creativity, expression
  • Knowledge of the world

Educational goals

The main goal of the guided tour is to expose children to new techniques of expression, through a dialogue that encourages them to look more carefully at works of art.
Specifically, they will be invited to think about the connection between light and darkness, and the importance of seeing things from a different angle.

Activity
The children will be encouraged to draw inspiration from the environments and installations in the show to create an illuminated object that constantly changes depending on the presence or absence of light. The workshop will conclude with the presentation and activation of the objects all the children have made.

 

Mysterious environments (final year)

“Ambienti/Environments” di Lucio Fontana

September 21, 2017- February 25, 2018

Background
Lucio Fontana (b. 1899 in Rosario, Argentina – d. 1968 in Varese, Italy) was a key international figure in twentieth-century art.
The “Ambienti/Environments” show brings together, for the first time, nine Ambienti spaziali and two environmental pieces made between 1949 and 1968. These ephemeral works, destroyed after exhibition, have been reconstructed through archival research and consultation with the artist’s associates. In them, Fontana combines painting, sculpture, and architecture, in an attempt to move past the traditional, static notion of an artwork, creating a space that visitors can walk through and explore.
Each environment is conceived as a room in which our physical and visual perception of space is altered using tools such as monochrome, neon, ultraviolet light, and fluorescent paint, or by constructing labyrinths and corridors.

Areas addressed

  • Words and discourse
  • The body in movement
  • Language, creativity, expression

Educational goals

The main goal of the guided tour is to expose children to new techniques of expression, through a dialogue that encourages them to look more carefully at works of art.
Specifically, students will be invited to think about the connections between outside and inside, container and content, developing imaginative and descriptive skills as they explore the Ambienti spaziali in the show.

Activity
The workshop is divided into two parts. During the guided tour of the exhibition, the children will be asked to use their imagination to visualize and describe what might be hidden in the dark rooms of the Ambienti spaziali. After exploring them all, they will use the materials that are supplied to depict their experience.

 

 

Inseguendo una stella (final year)

“The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015” by Anselm Kiefer

Introduction
The installation is a perfect scene in which to imagine fantastical stories and help children discover the depths of the sky and take a close look at its inhabitants: stars. The artist has chosen them as the guardians of one of the towers, presenting them in the form of shards of glass. But what are stars really like? Where do they come from? Do they live forever?

Focus Areas
• Sciences
• Motor and sports sciences

Educational Objectives
Through play, children will learn a complex concept such as that of the birth of the stars. They will learn what they actually look like (the points are a convention invented by humans to draw them), the matter composing them, why they shine and their life cycle. They will also learn that heat comes from the agitation of gas and dust particles, simulating their movement and heating action through play.

Activities
The explanation of the birth of a star is introduced directly during the visit of The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015. Back at the workshop, the student will actively participate in the “birth” of a star, in order to understand together – starting from the basics – the complex creation of these heavenly bodies. This workshop can be integrated with a story (the story of Thomas) to get the children involved and spark their imagination.

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La storia siamo noi (final year)

“The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015” by Anselm Kiefer

Introduction
Anselm Kiefer has always been acknowledged as “the artist of history”, particularly German history, because his works originate from profound reflection on memory and on “how to remember”. Each of us has an individual history full of events and encounters that have determined our path: The idea is thus to help young people understand that their personalities are influenced by an array of factors that this activity aims to bring out.

Focus Areas
• Geography
• Italian
• Religion
• History

Educational Objectives
The workshop aims to underscore the importance of individual history, as well as personal and family memories as the constituent elements of collective memory. The child will become aware that his or her personality is the outcome of personal experience and that existence goes beyond the present and is irrevocably bound to the history of his or her own context.

Activities
Starting with the reflection on the importance of memory in the language of Anselm Kiefer, students will be asked to identify people, places or things that are particularly significant to them. They will be asked to imagine that they are picking up Kiefer’s Falling Pictures and to think about what they would like to see represented inside the frames. Using recycled material that is provided to them, each child will create his own picture and “content”. When everyone has made their pictures they will build a tower with boxes and use it to hang their works. Kiefer’s pictures will thus be picked up and put back in place!

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