18th September - 18th December, Thessaloniki
The educational program “Biennale goes to… school!” is addressed to secondary education students. It was designed by specialists from three fields (art historians, museologists and museum educators), taking under consideration both the knowledge level and interests of students, and the familiarity they have acquired with the arts through the school curriculum (which includes essay writing and modern Greek as obligatory courses, and offers, among others, as optional the following courses: design, aesthetics, art education and theatre education).
The major goals of the program “Biennale goes to… school!” are, on the one hand, to present the institution of the Biennale and the added importance connected with the fact that it is being hosted in a city of Northern Greece, and, on the other hand, to inform and stimulate students to learn more about museums, art exhibitions and the presence of art not only in the aforementioned spaces, but primarily in the everyday lives and experiences of the children through various avenues and in a multiplicity of forms.
Another major aim of the museum’s initiative is to offer students the opportunity to express themselves, pose questions, raise issues and talk about their experiences related to their contact with art and museums visits.
The program takes place in the school environment (classes, auditoriums and halls). Its duration is the same with the 45-minute classes of Greek schools. The program is run by two museum educators and for its application a p/c and a projector is provided by the museum. It includes the projection of digital slides (with the use of PowerPoint), encouraging students to pose various questions pertaining to the role of the arts and museums (beginning from previous eras and ending with the present). Gradually, the students and museum pedagogues will be involved in a dialogue on these issues, which aims both to inform them on the latest developments in artistic creation - with an emphasis on contemporary art - and to allow students to talk about their experiences and raise issues about the function or even necessity of art in shaping a meaningful and quality way of life.
Evi Papavergou & Katerina Paraskeva
t. +30 2310 589 222