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DOGE’S PALACE

 

The Palace with a Tale to Tell
This interactive visit is designed for younger visitors, enabling them to discover the history and artistic wealth of the Palace. Divided into stages, it uses games, hidden clues, stories and legends to engage the participants, each of whom will have an activity book that they can take away with them and then use for follow-up work at home.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French , German, Spanish or Russian.

A Book in Stone

This workshop is all about exploring the stories, crafts, plants and animals that are depicted in the massive book made up of the Palace’s sculpted medieval capitals. Including a visit to the museum, this workshop combines games requiring the participants to use their deductive skills with various other teaching-through-play activities. The aim is to enable them to understand the full content of these vivid and highly expressive carvings, before moving onto the workshop proper where they try to reconstruct one of the more beautiful capitals and then create a plaster cast which everyone then gets to keep

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English

MUSEO CORRER

 

The Art Detective

Having passed through the magnificent rooms of the palace and the vast multifaceted collections on the first floor, the young visitors engage with the picture gallery in a more playful manner. Story-telling opens the way to the discovery of details and the solution of puzzles, all of which teach the children how to look at pictures and understand them.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish or Russian

Daedalus and Icarus: The story of a myth and its depiction

The pure lines of Antonio Canova’s sculpture are the perfect subject for a workshop of life drawing. The activities begin with a recounting of the famous legend of Daedalus and Icarus, which is so expressively captured in Canova’s marble sculpture. In the follow-on workshop the children practise drawing the work, experimenting with the use of white-crayon shading on black card.

Period: starting February 2016
Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English

CA’ REZZONICO – MUSEUM OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY VENICE

 

Look at me

Modules to be completed by the children themselves are a playful way to teach them how to look at art. As they progress through the rooms containing the collection’s most important works, they learn how to interpret and understand perspective, antique interiors, ancient myths and legends – or even just a play of glances.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish or Russian

The Mondo Novo: create your own diorama

Painting theatre scenery was an art in eighteenth century Venice, with its many vivid theatres, and famous Venetian painters began their career in this field. Among them, Marco Ricci, Michele Marieschi, Gaspare Diziani, and Canaletto himself, whose father, Bernardo Canal, worked in the theatre of Sant’Angelo. On the other hand, the Venetian eighteenth century Museum of Ca’ Rezzonico everywhere offers, in its opulent spaces, illusory visions, allegories, but also city views, landscapes, scenes of everyday life and individual characters. Having observed these, the participants move on to the workshop where they can make their own diorama- that is, a fascinating overlay of different stage scenery that can generate surprising three-dimensional effects.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French

CA’ PESARO- GALLERIA INTERNAZIONALE D’ARTE MODERNA

 

Strange Things and Magnificent Stories: Artists in their Own Words

A fascinating visit in which the figures who were important to the history of Ca’ Pesaro play a leading role: Contessa Felicita Pesaro, who was the driving-force behind the creation of the museum; various artists who were her friends and protégés; numerous others whose work would find a home here. This mix of stories and clues to puzzles which they themselves must solve means the participants discover new and potent links between the works on display.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English, French

MUSEUM OF PALAZZO PALAZZO MOCENIGO- STUDY CENTRE OF THE HISTORY OF FABRICS AND COSTUMES WITH ITINERARIES DEDICATED TO PERFUME

 

What goes into – and under – a garment

The fascinating and opulent garments of the eighteen century were often veritable sculptures, mobile decors for the individual. How were these complex affairs made? What special techniques were required to construct those wide skirts, those wasp waists, those embroidered jackets and frills? In other words, how did one go about getting dressed in the morning? What underwear did people use? And how on earth did one wash such fabrics? A trunk full of all that a gentleman or lady required will – together with a life-size mannequin – enable those participating in the visit to explore each phase of the complex process whereby the eighteenth-century aristocrat got dressed.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English

Hunt the Perfume

Having visited the part of the museum dedicated to the history of perfumes, to the raw materials and techniques used in their preparation, the children are involved in an activity that draws upon a number of senses. Using special teaching materials, they work in teams to explore the tactile and olfactory properties of natural raw materials – some in common use, some rather more rare. Gradually learning to identify these materials and their associations, they move step by step to the refined world of the fragrances whose complex combinations are at the origin of all perfumes. And as Venice itself had a long tradition of perfume-making, each of the children receives a sixteenth-century recipe that they can then try out at home.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English

GLASS MUSEUM

 

The Mirror War:  Inventions , hazards and Closely-Guarded Secrets of a Very Special Craft

A visit in the form of an investigation, with information modules involving the children in an exploration of the works that is structured upon the facts of the famous “mirror war” (the notorious attempt at “industrial espionage” whereby seventeenth-century France tried to get hold of the jealously-guarded secrets behind the manufacture of Murano’s much-sought-after mirrors). At the end of this museum adventure, the children will be supplied with information regarding the, still extant, traces left in Venice and France by those who played a leading role in this war. Furthermore, thanks to collaboration with the Consorzio Promovetro, it is possible to combine the exploration of the museum with a visit to one of the places where such mirrors or other marvels of Murano glassworks are still produced (from Monday to Friday only).

Period: from March 2016
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: Italian, English, French, German or Russian

LACE MUSEUM

 

Knots and Weaves: the amazing secrets of lacemaking

However complex, lace fabric is always based upon knots and weaves. But do we really know how to distinguish one from the other? Practical trial and experiment reveals just how common these knots and weaves are throughout our daily existence, and just how skilfully they can be used in arts and crafts. The families are also given an amusing itinerary that they can follow together in exploring the island of Burano.

Length: 2 hours
Language: Italian, English or Spanish

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

 

Exploring a Very Special Museum

A visit to a natural history museum is a fascinating experience that brings many different senses into play: in each room, touch, sight and hearing all contribute to our understanding. And each section of the museum is a complete unit, making the place a series of museums within the museum. The first “journey” one undertakes is to the origins of life on earth, exploring fossils and the world of dinosaurs. Then one looks at how natural history collections themselves have evolved, from the days of ancient explorers to those of modern scientific researchers. And finally there is a fascinating section that looks at the enormous variety in the strategies upon which the maintenance of life depends – from movement to nutrition.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Language: Italian or English