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Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology’s didactic offerings

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At the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, school groups can take a fascinating journey through the history of Modena and its surrounding areas, from the Paleolithic to the threshold of the Middle Ages. The Museum offers courses that are held not only inside the museum but also beyond its traditional confines, on sites that have been accurately reconstructed like the Parco della Terramara di Montale (Terramara di Montale Park) and Novi Ark, or through virtual exploration of the city during Roman times, made possible by the cd rom Mutina, Rediscovering a Roman City.
The Museum proposes various activities for school groups, with the aim of combining research and teaching in the field of archaeology, using age-appropriate teaching tools and methods. The courses offer guided tours, direct contact with material, experimentation, games and workshops led by experts, and are always accompanied by teaching aids (notebooks, worksheets, multimedia material). Each course is presented to all interested teachers at the beginning of the school year.
Advance booking is required for all courses.
For information please contact Cristiana Zanasi at 059 2033117.

Booking
For schools in the Municipality of Modena:
- set a date by calling 059 203 3101 for courses at the Museum and 059 203 3126 for the course at Parco di Montale (Tuesday-Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 7 PM);
- sign up online at www.comune.modena.it/istruzione/itinerari

All other schools: please call 059 203 3101 for courses at the Museum and 059 203 3126 for the course at Parco di Montale (Tuesday-Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 7 PM);

DIDACTIC COURSES

  •    The amazing history of humankind: from the Paleolithic Age to the Bronze Age
  •    Parco della Terramara di Montale: 3500 years ago in the great Po River Plain
  •    The Etruscans and…the mystery of the talking urns
  •    Modena upside-down
  •    Modena underground
  •    Mutina for fun
  •    Stone stories (The stones tell tales)
  •    The great little story of an ancient Mutina monument: the sarcophagus of Piazza Matteotti (The stones
  •    tell tales)
  •    Looking elsewhere. Getting to know the Indios of Amazonia

from 300,000 years ago   
The amazing history of humankind: from the Paleolithic Age to the Bronze Age
From the first handiwork to the discovery of art, from the birth of agriculture to the construction of fortified villages, from the invention of pottery to metallurgy
Text for teachers (pdf)
Worksheet (pdf 1.3 MB)                          

Where: Civic Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Schools: primary school 3rd and 4th years, high school 1st year
Price: € 2, including worksheet (primary school)
Times: Tuesday-Saturday 9-10:30 AM; 10:30 AM – 12 PM

from 1650 B.C.   
Parco della Terramara di Montale: 3500 years ago in the great Po River Plain
The reconstruction of a Bronze Age village with fortifications, houses and productive structures from 3500 years ago, for an up-close, first-hand experience with the Terramare, one of the most important archaeological institutions of our territory and of European proto-history.
Option of pairing excursions to the Riserva delle Salse di Nirano (Fiorano Modenense) with educational workshops in class.

Where: Parco della Terramara di Montale
Schools: primary school 3rd, 4th and 5th years; middle school 1st year; high school 1st and 2nd years.
Price: € 6 (includes worksheets)
Times: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-12 PM; 2-5 PM (no afternoon classes from mid-November to the end of February).

from 700 B.C.
The Etruscans and…the mystery of the talking urns
What happened in Modena between the end of the Terramare and the beginning of Roman occupation of the territory? The witnesses to this extraordinary part of ancient history, reawakened after sleeping for centuries, tell us their story. An intriguing course that combines storytelling and games, where the children and the evocations of characters shrouded in mystery are the real protagonists.
Educational notebook (pdf 3.4 MB)
Worksheet (pdf 1.1 MB)

Where: Civic Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Schools: primary school 5th year
Price: € 3, including worksheets
Times: Tuesday-Saturday, 9-10:30 AM and 10:30 AM-12 PM.

from 183 B.C.
Modena upside-down
Modena has been turned even more upside down by the discoveries in the area of Novi Sad! An entire section of the Mutina periphery, located five metres underground, was brought to the surface. This new course couples the Roman era collections in the Museum with the reconstructions of the Novi Ark archaeological park: a perfectly preserved road, the necropolis and rustic buildings.
Notebook (pdf 8.8 MB)
Worksheet (pdf 731 KB)

Where: Civic Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Novi Ark
Schools: primary school 5th year; middle school 1st year
Price: € 5 including worksheets
Times: Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-12 PM.

Modena underground
The underground of Modena always holds surprises: a section of the periphery of Mutina with a perfectly preserved road, a necropolis and typical structures of Roman suburbs has come to light in the Novi Sad area and is now part of the Novi Ark Archaeological Park.

Where: Civic Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Novi Ark
Schools: high school 1st year
When: from mid-October to June
Price: € 4 (with notebook for the teacher)
Times: Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-12 PM.

Mutina for fun
An engaging competition in which teams follow a path with stops along the way through the monuments and buildings of Mutina, illustrated on a 12 metre long model: whoever wears the toga or the centurion’s armour best, or does the best job at trying out mosaic and fresco art, at pretending to be an actor in a play or at finding the “intruders” in the city, wins.

Where: Civic Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Schools: primary school 5th year
Price: € 3 (includes gadgets and prizes for the winners)
Times: Tuesday afternoon, 2:15 – 4:15.

Stone stories (The stones tell tales)
With the help of inscriptions carved on the funerary monuments in the Roman Lapidary of the Palazzo dei Musei and a series of mysterious clues, children meet characters from the Roman city, discovering who lived in the domus or frequented the thermal baths and who worked in Mutina or had a career in the army. Among the monuments studied by the kids, the extraordinary altar of Vetilia, recently discovered along Via Emilia, plays a particularly important role.

Where: Roman Lapidary of the Civic Museums. Educational workshop
Schools: primary school 5th year
Price: € 3 (includes worksheets)
Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9-10:30 AM; 10:30 AM-12 PM.

The great little story of an ancient Mutina monument: the sarcophagus of Piazza Matteotti
The scale model of the sarcophagus, its contents and the archaeological stratigraphy that enclosed it make it possible to retrace the history of one of the most important funerary monuments of ancient Mutina, from its construction to its recovery.

Where: Roman Lapidary of the Civic Museums. Educational workshop
Schools: primary school 5th year, middle school 1st year, high school 1st year
Price: € 3 (includes worksheets)
Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9-10:30 AM; 10:30 AM-12 PM

And also...    

Looking elsewhere. Getting to know the Indios of Amazonia
Becoming acquainted with the Indios of Amazonia and reflecting on the changes brought on by the impact of European colonization is a means for understanding and interpreting “differences” in an ever more multi-cultural and multi-ethnic world

Where: Civic Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Schools: primary school 4th and 5th years, middle school
Price: € 3 including worksheets
Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9:15 – 11:30 AM.

 

The Museum of Art offers numerous didactic activities oriented primarily towards school children, which include support material (instructional notebooks and multimedia products) for teachers and students. In addition, the Museum organizes extracurricular educational activities for children and families. Although the former are set up in a way that is necessarily more structured and based in ministerial programs, all courses are defined by two main features: a theoretical aspect (observation, problematization and historicization of a work, object or collection within the museum); and a hands-on activity, experimenting with artistic techniques in the educational workshop.
Advance booking required for all courses.
For further information on course options, contact: Luana Ponzoni - luana.ponzoni@comune.modena.it
Telephone 059 2033115, fax 059 2033110.

COURSE OFFERINGS

  •   In search of the mysterious object
  •    Gold, incense and myrrh
  •    Colours are creatures of light
  •    Professionals of art: the sculptor
  •    Professionals of art: the painter
  •    Marbleized papers of the Museum
  •    Magic on paper: paste papers
  •    Sound and musical instruments
  •    Con/tact. Please touch
  •    Presepium (nativity scene). Let’s make a cast
  •    Stories, stories and more stories…
  •    Guido Mazzoni and Antonio Begarelli, Renaissance sculptors
  •    Drawing with the camera lucida
  •    Professionals of art: the leather decorator

In search of the mysterious object
The aim of this course is to teach children how to observe and recognize a work of art, while portraying the Museum in a fun, light-hearted way.
The young explorers follow clues in search of the mysterious object hidden among the collections: from religious and secular paintings to musical instruments, from decorative papers to leathers, from textiles to scientific instruments, from ceramics and glass to the weapons collection, and all the way to the prestigious 16th century Campori painting gallery and the Sernicoli collection.

Features: educational game
Schools: primary
Price: free
Booking: Museum (059 203 3101)

Gold, incense and myrrh
After having observed paper nativity scenes from the early 19th to the early 20th century and admired drawings by the artist Giuseppe Graziosi (Savignano sul Panaro 1879 – Florence 1942) depicting the Nativity and the Worship of the Magi, each child will build a folding scene into which they will insert still figures and figures in motion that they have chosen, cut out and coloured. Finally each child will take home the nativity scene that they have created.

Features: workshop activity
Schools: primary school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Colours are creatures of light
In the workshop kids will use prisms, flashlights, paint palettes, colourful objects and numerous experiments with light and its composition to learn about the physical characteristics and the structure of colour. Afterwards they will have the opportunity to observe first-hand in important paintings in the Museum what they learned in the workshop.

Features: museum tour and workshop activity
Schools: primary school 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th years and middle school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Professionals of art: the Sculptor
Through a puppet show, a very important sculpture in terracotta by Antonio Begarelli, famous 16th century sculptor from Modena, and a workshop activity, the children will experience life in the studio of a sculptor from that period: they will learn how the clay was worked, which tools were used, how the works were fired, and about the relationship between the master, his assistants and the customers.

Features: museum tour and workshop activity. Puppet show (only for pre-schoolers)
Schools: pre-school (4-5 years) and primary school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 2033121)

Professionals of art: the Painter
Tempera grassa on panel. Through a puppet show, the painting San Geminiano salva un fanciullo caduto dalla Ghirlandina by Pellegrino Munari (Modena 1460 circa - 1523) and a workshop activity, the children will experience life in a painting studio from that period: they will discover how paints were prepared, which materials and tools were used, the process of preparing the panel, and the techniques used to create the work.

Features: museum tour and workshop activity. Puppet show (only for pre-schoolers)
Schools: pre-school (5 years) and primary school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Marbleized paper of the Museum
Marbleized paper. Italy, 18th century Starting in the 17th century when they began to flourish, decorative papers (whether printed or made with other techniques) were widely used, especially in bookbinding or as “lining paper” to upholster furniture, trunks and boxes. Following an initial tour of the collection, during which the kids will become acquainted with various kinds of paper and the techniques used to make them, they will go into the workshop, where they will experiment with the technique of marbleizing.

Features: museum tour and workshop activity
Schools: primary school (3rd, 4th and 5th years) and middle school.
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Magic on paper: paste papers
Exhibit hall of terracotta, leathers, decorative papers, weights and measures Decorative papers are traditionally connected to the world of games: they were used to cover card cases, boxes, raffle cards… Following an initial tour, during which the children will become acquainted with various kinds of decorative papers that are part of the Museum collection, as well as the techniques used to make them, they will go into the workshop to experiment with the technique of paste paper.

Features: museum tour and workshop activity
Schools: pre-school (4 and 5 years) and primary (1st and 2nd years)
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Sound and musical instruments
The musical instrument collection preserved in the Museum includes strings, woodwinds, and keyboards largely dating back to the period between the 18th and 19th centuries. This course allows participants to learn the history behind the collection and a select group of instruments that will be thoroughly examined, from every angle: history, shape, sound… Thanks to a DVD produced by the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "Orazio Vecchi", the kids will become well-acquainted with the different sounds of the instruments, and through an organized workshop activity, they will discover the structural features and the sound of two important instruments in the collection: Nicola Utili’s guitar (Castelbolognese, 1913) and Felice Olivieri’s double soundboard violin (Turin, 1884). Two replicas of each instrument were produced: one designed for experimenting with its sound and one made for assembling the various parts in order to understand its construction and mechanics.

Features: museum tour and workshop activity
Schools: primary school and middle school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Con/tact
During this course participants become acquainted with the Museum’s very important Gandini textile collection. Through direct contact with the textiles, the kids are offered a tactile experience that allows them to gain an understanding of the complex historical and social reality behind fabric, particularly velvet. Velvet is a familiar part of our day-to-day life, but even so it is difficult for us to imagine the variety of patterns and colours in 18th century velvet garments or the clothing of the 16th century, the period in which a clear distinction was first drawn between fabric for garments and fabric for décor (curtains, canopies, upholstery). Today velvet clothes are made from cotton, but velvet was originally a fabric made with exquisite spun silk, at times enhanced with gold and silver leaf.

Features: museum tour and workshop activity
Schools: primary school and middle school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Presepium (Nativity scene)
During this course, participants will observe the mould of the archway of the Abbazia di Nonantola (Abbey of Nonantola) and hear about the stories depicted on it. They will also learn what a mould is and how it is made, and become acquainted with clay and techniques for using it. Finally, they will get the opportunity to put what they’ve learned into practice in the workshop, by making a clay tile depicting the Presepium of the Archway.

Features: museum tour and workshop activity
Schools: primary school 3rd, 4th, and 5th years; middle school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Stories, stories and more stories…
The aim of this course is to teach children how to interpret a work of art by sharing with them the captivating stories of the gods and heroes depicted in the paintings of the Sernicoli Collection. Through a fun and interactive story about a slightly crazy custodian, participants will discover the characters depicted in the paintings…thus will be revealed the secrets of the skilful hunter Atalantis and the hero Meleager, the sea goddess Galatea, Diana goddess of the hunt and the forest and her fury for the hunter Actaeon, Armida who tries to kill Rinaldo…and many, many more. But that’s not all. Placed beneath the paintings are baskets containing some of the things depicted in them: arrows, quivers, veils, hats, platters…using these objects the children will participate in various games involving role-play, recognition and dress-up.

Features: animated tour and games
Schools: pre-school (4-5 years), primary school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Getting to know the city. Guido Mazzoni and Antonio Begarelli Renaissance sculptors
This course helps participants to grasp the cultural and philosophical context that defines and enlivens the Renaissance: the centrality of the human being, an interest in nature in all of its manifestations and the strong experimental nature of making art. Furthermore, it allows them to identify the artistic traits of Mazzoni and Begarelli, two great artists from Modena that fully embody the height of the Renaissance. The course, which is adapted according to scholastic level, includes a guided tour of the artists’ work found in the city and a demonstration or experiment in the workshop of the moulding technique used by the two artists.

Features: tour and workshop
Schools: pre-school (5 years), primary school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Drawing with the camera lucida
The 19th century produced one of Modena’s most important scientists, Giovanni Battista Amici (Modena 1786 - Florence 1863), who was also a maker of world-class optical instruments and a skilful observer of nature.
The course is divided into various activities: the children will watch a brief video that helps to place the renown scientist from Modena in context, see an important microscope built by him and look through a microscope to observe dust from butterfly wings and fresh water unicellular algae (which because of their small size and the delicacy of their structure, would long serve as subjects for testing the resolution of microscope lenses). Finally, through an activity in the workshop, they will experiment with the camera lucida and use this fascinating instrument – fine-tuned and widely used by Amici – to make a drawing.

Features: tour and workshop
Schools: primary school 4th and 5th years; middle school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)

Professionals of art: the leathercrafter
The Civic Museum’s decorated leather collection is composed of 105 samples, for the most part 16th and 17th century pieces. It includes various types of leather craft: wall coverings, upholstery, a variety of cases and finally bindings.
Through a guided tour and a workshop activity, the kids will discover the historical and cultural context in which the art of leathercraft and leather decoration was born, the different techniques for making the objects and the various types of decorative motifs that adorn them. Finally they will design and make an object out of leather and experiment with punches and stamps to create their own decorative motif to embellish and personalize it.

Features: tour and workshop activity
Schools: primary school 4th and 5th years; middle school
Price: € 3 per child
Booking: workshop (059 203 3121)