Schools at the Museum 2013>2014

Activities at Ca’ Rezzonico

Active tours

FROM TIEPOLO TO CANALETTO

Abounding in original period furniture and furnishings, the amazing, lavish rooms in the Palazzo with their elegant decorations, exquisitely made tapestries and official portraits all describe a Venice that is still affluent and powerful, carefree and pleasure-seeking. However, a more careful look at the works by the most important protagonists of the last great season of Venetian painting, for example Tiepolo, Canaletto, Longhi and the Guardis will reveal another side to Venice: a city that is beginning its lengthy, slippery path towards modern times.

For: Primary School and Lower Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: every day except Tuesdays, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English, French, Russian

THE GOWN DOESN’T MAKE THE FRIAR

The itinerary offers a detailed look at Venetian life in the eighteenth century and at its transformed cultural, political and social climate; the instruments used are not only the iconographic study of the rooms and furnishings in the museum but also the paintings – a true iconological source of the fashion of the last century of the Venetian Republic.

For: Primary School and Lower Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: every day except Tuesdays, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English, French, Russian

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Workshops

NARRATING WITH IMAGES. PIETRO LONGHI’S VENICE

As a whole, the twenty-eight canvases depicting everyday life by Pietro Longhi offer a highly accurate visual chronicle of eighteenth century Venice. After a brief visit to the museum, we shall pause in the Longhi rooms to look more closely at a series of paintings from an aesthetic and formal perspective. In particular, analysis will concentrate on several figures, objects and settings that will be described in detail, with reference to the historical and social function they played in Venetian life in the eighteenth century. With these elements as the starting point, the participants will take part in a creative, enjoyable activity in which they will create short illustrated tales, using sheets of paper, pencils and coloured pastels. “Stories in images”, of which the painter was a master, is therefore an ideal introduction to illustration and the relationship between narration and pictures.

For: Primary School and Lower Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
When: every day except Tuesdays, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English, French

THE FRESCO

The educational programme starts by looking at the materials and instruments that are needed to create a fresco: from the preparation of the mortar to the demonstration of the various ways to transfer the drawing to the plaster. The first stage is the creation of a group fresco followed by a personal one. Finally, in the museum they will look at Giandomenico Tiepolo’s frescoes with an ‘expert’ eye.

For: Upper Primary School and Lower Secondary School
Duration: 3 hours
Quando: Monday, Friday, at 9 am
Languages: Italian, French

THE PORTRAIT

The itinerary in the museum starts with an analysis of half figure portraits; the objective is to identify the constitutive elements of a human face, observing the importance of their proportions in the portrayal and introducing the matter of materials and drawing techniques, such as pastels that are no longer often used, but were very common in the eighteenth century. Attention will then be paid to the psychological aspects of the portrait to aid recognition of the different emotional states of the figures captured by the artist. Interpretation of full-figure portraits will pay particular attention of the function played by clothing and gestures when identifying a character. The practical activities will play on the children’s natural egocentric conception and ask them to reproduce their own image after observing themselves in a mirror. Using the technique of pastel drawings, each child will be encouraged to define their own physiognomical features and to portray their own emotive state when creating their own self-portrait.

For: Upper Primary School and Lower Secondary School
Duration: 3 hours
Quando: Monday, Friday, at 9 am
Languages: Italian, French