Activities for lower secondary schools

To tie in with the exhibition on Natalia Goncharova. A Woman of the Avant-garde with Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso (28 September 2019 – 12 January 2020) the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi’s Education Department has devised two kinds of activity for lower secondary school classes.

The two activities are designed to stimulate a reflection on Natalia Goncharova’s work, on her multifaceted approach to art, on her relationship with early 20th century experimental art, and on her experience as a woman artist in patriarchal Russian society. Both activities alternate moments narrating Natalia Goncharova’s life and art with moments of open debate with the class plus moments of creative work.

GUIDED TOUR

During the tour a Palazzo Strozzi educator accompanies the class to explore the exhibition, dwelling on a selection of works to provide a necessary overview of the artist’s career. The selection of works is designed to allow the class to visit the exhibition as whole, to offer the right level of exploration and discussion, and to ensure that students have a chance to appreciate first-hand experience of art through direct observation, listening and conversing. The tour includes moments of interaction with a special focus on Natalia Goncharova’s relationship with the catastrophe of war.

The activity lasts an hour and a half and costs € 52 (for groups of max. 25 students), in addition to the price of admission (€ 4 per student, free of charge for accompanying teachers).

TOUR WITH WORKSHOP / Champions of Style

Classes can also supplement their conversational tour of the exhibition with a spell in the workshop. In the workshop students are involved in an activity based on the creation of a group composition spawned by their observation of Natalia Goncharova’s work and by her ability to translate her work into media other than painting, for example prints or the theatre.

The aim of the activity is to trigger a reflection on the process and relational aspects of art by using a working kit developed in conjunction with illustrator and designed Manuel Baglieri.

The activity lasts two hours and costs € 72 (for groups of max. 25 students), in addition to the price of admission (€ 4 per student, free of charge for accompanying teachers). The first part lasts roughly 1 hour 10 minutes and takes place inside the exhibition. The second part lasts roughly 45 minutes and takes place in the workshop.