THE CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP
The Children’s Workshop has operated since September 1995 in a specially designed space in the heart of the Museum. The Workshop’s regularly scheduled creative programs are geared primarily towards the children of the region, who participate free of charge in structured series of sessions. The aim of these lessons is to provide local children with the opportunity to get to know the Museum’s collections, to have contact with art, to experiment with materials and techniques, to express themselves, and to experience the joy of creating. The guided tour program for school groups also offers short courses on artistic expression tailored to the children’s specific ages and needs. The Workshop space also mounts exhibitions of art by the children who have participated in the Museum program or of art by children from other parts of Greece or from abroad.
THE “CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS”
The institution of “Creative Encounters” began in September 1995, when four well-known artists were invited to spend a week in Metsovo. During that time, they became familiar with the culture and sights of the region, found inspiration and created new works, exhibited their art in the Museum, participated in open discussions with the public, and led art workshops with the local children.
The success of this trial endeavor led to the establishment of a biannually recurring institution. Each “Encounter” would involve different artists, different workshops, talks, discussions, and events with the children, but the aim would always entail the public’s creative encounter with art and the lively exchange between the artist, his/her work, and the public.
To date, the following artists have participated in “Creative Encounters”: Manolis Zacharioudakis, Opy Zouni, Christos Karas, Niki Kanagini, Michalis Katzourakis, Michalis Manousakis, Maria Maroudi, Kostas Paniaras, Titika Salla, Pavlos Samios, Sotiris Sorongas, Takis Stefanou, and Manolis Charos. The children’s workshops they led included courses on painting, printmaking, how to handle materials, photography with digital manipulation, and theatrical production with set design, costume making, videotaping of performance, etc.
Ξεναγήσεις / Επισκέψεις Σχολείων
Οργανωμένες ξεναγήσεις για τα σχολεία αλλά και το κοινό πραγματοποιούνται κάθε Παρασκευή και Σάββατο στη μία το μεσημέρι. Πρόκειται για μια «διαδρομή» στη μόνιμη έκθεση της Πινακοθήκης, η οποία αποτελείται από 250 περίπου έργα ζωγραφικής, γλυπτικής και χαρακτικής των σημαντικών Ελλήνων καλλιτεχνών του 19ου και 20ου αιώνα (Γύζη, Λύτρα, Βολανάκη, Ιακωβίδη, Μαλέα, Μόραλη κ.ά.) μέσα από τα οποία αποτυπώνεται η πορεία και οι κυριότερες τάσεις της νεοελληνικής τέχνης.
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The Museum places strong emphasis on the educational programs that accompany the permanent and temporary exhibitions, which complement its operation and fulfill its mission.
There are educational pamphlets, CDs and games, videos and creative activities that help familiarize visitors with the works in the collection. These aids are also available to the teacher for use in the classroom to prepare for a visit or to augment the material. The Museum provides a special Instruction Packet for Educators, which it will mail, free of charge, to interested parties anywhere in Greece. The Packet contains ideas for learning activities with the children, samples of the Museum’s educational publications, as well as directions on how to use the “postal lending library” for Museum publications.
The educational programs that accompany the Children’s Workshop also organize talks by visiting teachers, host well-known artists in Metsovo, and facilitate learning exchanges with children from other regions of Greece.
To fulfill its mission to foster contact and the exchange of ideas among local teachers, the Museum organizes regular meetings to discuss and share information, as well as seminars on art and aesthetic cultivation.
In 1998, the Museum established an annual educational excursion to Athens for the students of the Metsovo 2nd General and Technical High School, which is made possible with the cooperation of the Baron Mihail Tossizza Foundation. The program includes three intensive days of guided tours through the museums, archeological sites, exhibitions and other cultural venues of Athens. Participation is free, thus providing some 40 youths a year with the unique opportunity to visit their country’s capital and its cultural attractions.