Education

EDUCATION

Museum van Bommel van Dam receives many school classes from all layers of education (primary, secondary, and special needs) every year. Educational staff Rob Benders and Suzanne Berkers will also create special programmes for each class during the transitional period: a fascinating tour, a museum class, or an active workshop. Anything is possible! If you want to bring your students in contact with contemporary art in an engaging and approachable way, you’ve come to the right place. View our current offers for schools below.

CURRENT OFFERS FOR SCHOOLS

Primary education: Van Bommel in the classroom

EDUCATION Museum van Bommel van Dam receives many school classes from all layers of education (primary, secondary, and special needs) every year. Educational staff Rob Benders and Suzanne Berkers will also create special programmes for each class during the transitional period: a fascinating tour, a museum class, or an active workshop. Anything is possible! If you want to bring your students in contact with contemporary art in an engaging and approachable way, you’ve come to the right place. View our current offers for schools below.

CURRENT OFFERS FOR SCHOOLS

Primary education: Van Bommel in the classroom Museum van Bommel van Dam’s newest project, where art is brought to the classroom, is called Van Bommel in the classroom. Suzanne Berkers presents a painting to the children and lets them view and experience art in their own way. Art collections are usually kept safe in depots. This is a shame, because things which are that beautiful are meant to be seen. Especially when it’s the ‘real deal’! Real art speaks to a person, much more than pictures on our mobile phones. You can actually see the material, the brush strokes, the colours, and the image itself much better. The combined effect of these elements creates the experience.

Primary education: Brainstorming with Captain Axel
The Museum brings creativity and durability to the classroom. Durability and creativity go hand in hand. In order to create a more durable society, we need to start looking differently at matters like food or energy production. Creative ways of working can help make new connections and present different solutions. This is what Museum van Bommel van Dam likes to stimulate. For students aged 10-12, the museum, together with designers, has developed two surprising working methods. Together with designer Jannie Schmitz and ‘Kunst uit het Vuistje’ (an educational project- and advisory bureau), the museum has developed Axolodus the world savers; a game that makes students think in a creative way about durable solutions within the following themes: energy, food, water, and living. They will brainstorm in small groups using different techniques. Then they’ll work out one idea, visualise it, and present it to the rest of their class. The game follows a storyline about Captain Axel, a curious little creature from a different planet who travels through space, and who is surprised about the way we treat our Earth. This needs to change, and he really needs the students to help him with this. The groups will work on different themes each at large tables. The group that manages to present the best and most original idea wins the game.
Learning goals During the brainstorming, the focus lies primarily on associative and out-of-the-box thinking. There is no such thing as a ‘crazy’ idea. After all, anything could be possible in the future. Learning goals that will be covered are: - Problem solving - Working together - Creative thinking - Brainstorming
Practical info Location: a large room, like a classroom. Create four groups by pushing tables against each other. Duration: about 90 minutes (per round, including explanation) Ages: 10 years and up Players: 8-32 players Supervision: the teacher is the gamemaster and can find a manual in the game box Costs: free. The game can be borrowed from Museum van Bommel van Dam.

More information; want to borrow a game? Send an email to info@vanbommelvandam.nl, or call Saskia van de Wiel at (0031) 077-3513457.

Primary education: learning while playing with the Moveable Playground
Together with designer collective ‘Groen Grijs Geel’ (Green Grey Yellow), Museum van Bommel van Dam has developed the Moveable Playground: a number of playground installations that will placed on a school’s playground for a day. The mobile playground objects let children discover in a playful way how, for instance, solar panels work or how much energy it actually costs to charge a mobile phone.

Moveable Playground Day?
The Moveable Playground is set up on the playground early in the morning so children can use it before class, during their break, and after school. A bad-weather plan has also been thought up. At the end of the day, everything is cleared up again. The installations can be supplemented with guest lessons or a workshop in which the children can make their own solar-powered toy car. Both are hosted by the designer collective.

There are 3 packages:
Package 1: playground installations The playground installations are set up on the school’s playground. An introduction about the Moveable Playground is given by means of a classroom video. Target group: ages 6 and up Costs: €400 (£338/$440) per day, plus travel expenses per kilometre.

Package 2: playground installations + guest lectures
The playground installations on the school’s playing ground are supplemented with guest lectures (with a maximum of 4 lectures) of 45-60 minutes. The lectures, with a durability theme, are about energy, and children learn about the basic principles through different small experiments. These will be referenced to when they are playing outside. Target group: ages 11-12, or, in an adapted form, 9-10 Costs: €500 (£423/$550) per day, plus travel expenses per kilometre

Package 3: playground installations + guest lectures + workshops
The guest lectures are scaled up with a workshop, making small solar-powered cars. Because the introduction and the workshop take up 90-120 minutes, two workshops per day a re possible. Target group: ages 11-12, or, in an adapted form, 9-10 Costs: €500 (£423/$550) per day, €7.50 (£6.35/$8.26) material costs per student, plus travel expenses per kilometre Would you like to sign up your school for one of these games/programmes, or would like more information about the possibilities? Send an email, addressed to Shanou Janssen, to info@vanbommelvandam.nl


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