Schools and contemporary art: new forms of participatory planning

Pirelli HangarBicocca and the Riccardo Massa Department of Human Sciences for Education at the University of Milano-Bicocca present the second participatory training course for teachers in nursery, primary, middle and high schools.

The aim of this course is to share with teachers a different way of enjoying art. Both teachers and pupils will play the leading role in interpreting the works on show, taking part, right from the initial display-installation stage, in a dialogue with those responsible for communication and education, with the museum curators and with the lecturers at Bicocca.

After the first edition about “Hyopthesis” by Philippe Parreno, held during October and November 2015, on 17 March 2016 a second edition of the training course “Schools and contemporary art: new forms of participatory planning” related to “Doubt” by Carsten Höller, is going to start.

Thirty teachers will be selected, giving them the opportunity to take part in the training course on art education, which will mostly be held at Pirelli HangarBicocca.

There will be four meetings, which will examine some of the subjects tackled by contemporary artists, and there will also be a special backstage visit to the “Doubt” exhibition by the famous Belgian artist Carsten Höller, who is appearing for the first time in Italy with a major solo event. Participants will receive the instruments they need to design and organise new educational courses for their students. After an initial drafting phase together with the teachers taking part, the projects will be discussed and assessed by the course leaders, examining their feasibility and their curatorial and educational content.

These new educational courses will later be tested at Pirelli HangarBicocca by the teachers’ own

classes and, through publication on the www.hangarbicocca.org website, they will become part of the School programme.
The project will end in the spring with a conference, which will also be open to other contemporary art museums.

Applications for participation in the course may be sent from Thursday 11 February  to Friday 4 March 2016 as outlined in the ‘Useful Information’ section.

Calendar of meetings:

  • Thursday, 17 March 2016, 5-7 p.m
    Pirelli HangarBicocca, Via Chiese 2, Milan
    Start of the experimental project with the group of thirty selected teachers.
  • Thursday,  31 March 2016, 5-7 p.m.
    Pirelli HangarBicocca, Via Chiese 2, Milan
    Backstage visit to the “Doubt” exhibition by Carsten Höller, while it is being set up, and group work.
  • Thursday,  7 April 2016, 5-7 p.m.
    Pirelli HangarBicocca, Via Chiese 2, Milan
    Educational projects about “Doubt” by Carsten Höller and group work.
  • Thursday,  14 April 2016, 5-7 p.m.
    Pirelli HangarBicocca, Via Chiese 2, Milan
    Experimentation of the educational projects in the exhibition after it has opened.

In collaboration with  LogoIstvett (Pantone - Nero)