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Our work is inspired by the firm belief that museums are important and versatile “working tools” for schools; that one of the main tasks of such places is to transmit in a pleasant and unforced manner the values that one hopes the young will inherit and share.
This is why we adopt a range of approaches and methods, with careful and continuous assessment of the reaction of the children to what we propose. It is they who must be caught up in what they see, who must participate fully in the experience. This means that whilst the overall goal is inspired by sound and rigorous educational criteria, a particular emphasis is placed upon interaction and dialogue. This is the approach that inspires the vast range of activities we provide for all levels of those at school (from nursery to secondary school) and at university or college, both students and teachers.
These guided visits are, as the title suggests, interactive in design and intended to make the encounter with the museum a vivid experience. Finely-tailored to the needs of each class and age level, they enable students to grasp the essential features of the museum collection, giving a full impression of its wealth and range whilst also providing a personalised approach that focuses on specific themes. This means, of course, that the length and design of each visit can be modified to meet the particular needs of the teacher. With regard to primary schools and the first years of secondary school, the interactive visits always include activity books and/or other materials, so through play and narrative the children can include the experience of visiting the museum within their normal class work.
A wide range of proposals and disciplines: museums as hypertexts
The breadth and variety of our collections, together with the interdisciplinary preparation that characterises our approach, truly enable us to use our museums as hypertexts, and to propose itineraries linking up with different disciplines. In addition to various aspects of the natural sciences (which can be explored further thanks to our fine scientific museum), our educational programme in our art-historical museums examines areas such as technical education, geometry and mathematics, epics and mythology (thanks also to the collaboration with the museo Archeologico Nazionale), literature, foreign languages, introduction to books, literature and bibliographical research, together with storytelling and architecture, philosophy, the history of technology, and, of course, art and history, always presented in an active, critical and interconnected manner. The online booking platform makes it possible, if so desired, to select the proposals in relation to the disciplines required.
“If I just listen, I forget. It is through seeing that I remember and through doing that I understand.”
Designed primarily, but not exclusively, for younger schoolchildren, these workshops always envisage a preliminary part in which the participants gain direct experience of the museum, engaging their senses and emotions whilst making them familiar with the artistic or scientific wealth it contains. Thereafter come the practical activities, which either take place in specially equipped educational spaces or in the exhibition rooms themselves. Inspired by an active approach to teaching and learning, these workshops include manual activities and experimentation; enabling the children to gain more immediate experience of the particular scientific and artistic contents of the specific museum, such practical endeavour allows them to explore that which it would be pointless to approach at a purely theoretical level. The children also get to keep any objects and works produced during these workshops, a souvenir that makes the whole experience more meaningful for them.
Both the interactive visits and the workshops are designed to allow all children to participate, and they can also be modified in order to meet special needs of class members.
Inclusiveness and more
All the tours and workshop activities are already designed to be fully inclusive; however, they can also be remodelled to meet specific needs. This means the presence of those proficient in sign language is envisaged should there be any children with hearing difficulties; all the visit layouts are designed to remove architectural barriers for those with motor problems; the material can be specially adapted for those with poor eyesight; for those who are blind there are multi-sensorial visits available in three different museum, and it is possible to personally adapt materials for children with learning difficulties. Do not hesitate to contact us at education@fmcvenezia so that, together, we can make all that we offer fully inclusive.
Museums can also be a place where teaching based upon the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) methodology promoted by the European Union can be used to improve one’s knowledge of a foreign language
More in-depth material: higher-education courses Venice is an inexhaustible source of material for historical and artistic research, and the city’s museums play a key role here through the presentation of books, theme-based workshops, conferences, discussions and higher-education courses. On the one hand, there are continual on-going courses designed for students and professionals in a range of different disciplines; on the other, there are “study services” such as tutoring for degree and research theses, access to archives and collections and specialist training and apprenticeships
These are intended to enhance direct and coherent links between activities in the museum and classroom syllabuses; to meet needs for more in-depth coverage of specific themes; to make sure that the activities proposed are fully inclusive and respond to all particular needs or requirements.