EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY FOR SCHOOLS

On the occasion of the exhibition From Nothingness to Dreams. Dada and Surrealism from the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum Collection, the Ferrero Foundation has established a free educational programme aimed at nursery schools and elementary schools under the supervision of the Education Department at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. It will be conducted by staff selected from Itinera Servizi Turistici. 

The educational activity envisages a guided visit of the exhibit and a creative laboratory (duration is approximately 2 hours).

THE WORKSHOPS

There are four free educational programmes: The Wonder Box, Dreams and Visions, The Enigma in the Drawer, This Is Not a Window. These enable an in-depth look at the two artistic movements represented, Dadaism and Surrealism. They also give the option of concentrating on a specific artist, Salvador Dalì or René Magritte.

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THE WONDER BOX LABORATORY

Activity: mixed media assemblage conducted randomly with different objects so that surprising pairings emerge from our subconscious. The resulting artwork will be placed in a duchampian travel box made through the collage technique.

Materials: paper, cardboard, glue, scissors, plastic, magazines

Technique: collage and mixed media assemblage

DREAMS AND VISIONS LABORATORY

Activity: experimenting with automatic painting and the frottage technique. The image obtained will be given a title that takes inspiration from the world of dreams.

Elementary School: the frottage technique will be combined with the surrealist literary game, cadavre exquis ("The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine"). The title of the image will be formed by randomly extracting a noun-adjective-verb-noun-adjective sequence of words. The children will be invited to invent and describe a surreal connection between the image and the title.

Materials: paper, cardboard, pastels, frottage surfaces

Technique: frottage

THE ENIGMA IN THE DRAWER LABORATORY

Activity: a cut-out of the Venus de Milo with Drawers is the starting point for making a collage inspired by our memories and dreams. Some parts of the collage will be covered by “drawers” with knobs. The back of the cut-out will become a new image coloured with pastels.

Materials: cardboard, glue, scissors, pastels, magazines

Technique: collage

THIS IS NOT A WINDOW LABORATORY

Activity: using swabs, the children will paint four different textures (sky, grass, bricks, sand). Inserting pieces of cardboard inside a window-like frame in the typical shape of Magritte's poetics, participants will recreate the reality-painting mystery.

Materials: cardboard, scissors, swabs, poster paint

Technique: sponging

INFORMATION AND CONTACTS


The instructors for all of the educational cycles can participate in a training event and a free guided visit of the exhibit:
Monday 29 October and Wednesday 31 October at 5 pm 
Reservation required:
0173.29.45.62
didattica@fondazioneferrero.it

TEACHING ART WITH ART

The Ferrero Foundation reiterates its commitment to children by continuing to offer and develop educational activities linked to exhibition projects. The Foundation believes art is a tool to encourage aesthetic and cultural awareness. 

The methodology used can be traced back to the concept of teaching art with art, and is employed for the purpose of making the viewer the protagonist. Encounters with art, according to the principles of Lifelong Learning and Peer Education, translate knowledge into genuine life experience.

Find out more about the From Nothingness to Dreams exhibition