The TOOLKIT – Art Against Violence

The TOOLKIT – Art against violence has been created for students and teachers alike. Its goal is to conquer the issue of violence, autonomously.

Among the collections of the Museums of Strasbourg, 36 works have been chosen. These artworks span across various media, and they have been hand-picked in order to discuss six specific issues, each summed up by a single word: Brutality, Weapons, Oppression, Pain, Ruin and Fear. These activities will encourage the students to sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their creativity and sensitivity.

The toolkit offers two educational features: the museum labels and the close-ups.

It can be downloaded (double-sided and on a A4 format) in French or English! Click below.

Art TOOLKIT PDF (ENGLISH)

Le KIT PDF (FRANCAIS)

 

Des Maux, De Musees, Des Mots in Strasbourg 2017-2018

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« Des maux, des musées, des mots »

Strasbourg  2017 – 2018

For the fourth year, the Educational Service of the Museums of Strasbourg and the Hans Arp Secondary School (Strasbourg, Elsau neighborhood) participated in the “Curating a Culture of Respect” program.

During the first semester, the 8th grade students went to the Tomi Ungerer Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Strasbourg (MAMCS), to think about the issue “Art and Conflict” and discover new works.

Back in class, the pupils expressed through drawing their feelings about the works exhibited in the museums and described their experiences. The students also collaborated on more complex works, using different mediums and techniques such as painting, collage or photography. These works challenge the viewer and talk about violence, its effects, and ways to overcome it. For example, a photo-novel tells the story of three young girls whose friendship is challenged by the arrival of a new boy.

 

 

The students also wrote letters to their American counterparts. They introduced themselves, talked about their passions and told them about their visits.

During the second semester, a new phase of the project began. Another class decorated a mobile booth – a cabin on wheels called “la cabin à paroles”– literally the “talk booth”. They created an “Eslau Voice” logo inspired by the forms of the artist Hans Arp and painted words echoing their visits in the museums. The “Elsau Voice” logo was also printed on t-shirts!

 

The project took the form of an ethnographic inquiry. The students met the residents of the Elsau neighborhood in order to collect their impressions and memories. Two postgraduate students, one in ethnology, the other in journalism, helped them to develop a questionnaire and to complete these interviews successfully. The mobile booth was used to signal a place of exchange and accommodate the inhabitants. The ethnographic inquiry was also turned into an artistic performance. The cabin was an allusion to the work of artist James Lee Byars and his “smiles cabin”, exhibited in the MAMCS in 2004.

The first interview session took place on Monday, May 28 with nearly 10 students, alongside with their teachers, members of the Educational Service and the two postgraduate students. Although intimidated at first, the pupils managed to talk with the inhabitants of the neighborhood who willingly answered the questions.

 

 

On June 6th, another part of the class went to meet the residents. Once again, interviewees responded to the questions heartily, and the students were able to learn more about the history and evolution of their neighborhood. All of these exchanges were recorded by Luc Leroy and Alexandre Alves, sound engineers of the web radio ODC, to make an audio report.

 

 

To end the 2017-2018 edition of the “Curating a Culture of Respect” program, the students and their teachers went to the MAMCS to listen to the audio report and see their works, exhibited on this special occasion in the museum. The teachers and the students were very proud of the result.

 

 

Then the pupils continued their interviews by asking visitors and museum employees questions about the Elsau district, the museum itself, its architecture and the works on display.

 

They also took a guided tour of one of the exhibitions at the museum called ExpériMAMCS, which explains, in a playful yet pertinent way, the life of works of art in a museum.

 

 

 

 

What a Coincidence! Mt. Greylock 7th Graders made t-shirts too!

Mt. Greylock’s 7th graders visited the Clark yesterday for their first session of the Curating a Culture of Respect project. Part of their day was spent making t-shirts, and we were so happy to discover that the teachers from the Hans Arp School were wearing the ones they made too! Although we are thousands of miles apart we are united by the same ideas: Can art change the world? Can art change YOUR world?

Yes it can!

Thank you to our French friends for the GREAT IDEA!

 

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BART and Mt. Greylock RS make visits to the Clark!

In October 2015, BART Charter School’s 8th grade class visited the Clark to look at art in relation to thinking about human nature. Since then, another school around Williamstown—Mt. Greylock Regional School—joined the “Curating a Culture of Respect” project and the entire 7th grade visited on January 12. The Clark education department worked with Mt. Greylock’s teachers to develop a full-day event for them. A lot of the programming for this visit was based on the experiences we have shared with BART.

Mt. Greylock Students in the galleries

Mt. Greylock Students in the galleries

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The Clark hosted about 110 students at the museum to discuss ideas around compassion, aggression, and violence prevention. Between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, students had an hour experience in the galleries. They then spent the other hour meeting in conversations about “The Power of Art.” Four speakers were stationed in separate corners of a large multipurpose space in the museum, and each station discussed a different theme—Art & Ownership, Art & Community Enhancement, Art & Influence, and Art—Now & Then.

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After lunch, all 110 students went into the galleries to complete reflections related to art and what it tells us about human behavior. Thank you to all teachers, chaperones, and especially the students for an enriching, exhilarating day. What a way to kick off 2016!

All photos taken by Tucker Bair.