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Since its creation in 2009, the GASK Learning Centre has mirrored and worked with the gallery’s programme, ideas, and exhibition spaces. Through its activities, the GASK Learning Centre tries to stimulate the public to see the visual arts as a natural part of their lives and to view museums and galleries as open places.
When planning the Learning Centre’s programme, we work closely with the curatorial department and the artists to put together guided tours, lectures and workshops.
In November 2012, the GASK Learning Centre introduced its “Art of Connecting” project, which tries to connect with the local community and to bring together and foster dialogue among people from various backgrounds, including different generations and people with medical, social or other disadvantages. In 2015, the project enters its third year with “Art of Connecting 015”. As in the past, the project has been funded from a grant from the City of Kutná Hora. More information can be found in the ART OF CONNECTING section.
The GASK Learning Centre also collaborates with the Department of Art Education at PalackýUniversity’s Faculty of Education in Olomouc. Since September 2012, it has focused, both in theory and in practice, on intergenerational programmes for adults and children in which both generations can surprise and enrich one another through fresh ways of viewing a particular subject. Our intergenerational programmes take place roughly once a month in relation to the currently ongoing exhibition.
Since October 2013, the GASK Learning Centre, in collaboration with Charles University’s Faculty of the Humanities, has offered an introductory course in Latin and Greek and in the language of the symbols used in ancient and Mediterranean art. We view this course as complementary to the courses offered by other educational institutions in the Central Bohemian region and throughout country. It is aimed at students of various ages and interests, and is thus a part of lifelong learning.
In July 2013, the GASK Learning Centre began working with Školka v Zahradě (School in the Garden), for whom we put together a customized monthly programme in line with the school’s educational plan. This collaborative effort operates on the basis of a memorandum.
All of the above programmes are envisioned as a fully-fledged form of education in an alternative environment that allows us to bring together students of various ages.
Permanent programmes and guided tours for schools and the public: information under “Accompanying Programmes”; reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 725-607390.
THE GASK LEARNING CENTRE OFFERS:
LEARNING PROGRAMES FOR SCHOOLS:
The GASK Learning Centre organizes learning programmes for preschools, primary schools and secondary schools.
The aim of our learning programmes, guided tours, lectures and workshops is to actively introduce participants to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries and to offer people an opportunity to engage in active leisure-time activities.
Our school programmes are designed in accordance with the Framework Educational Programme for the various levels of education. Each programme includes crosscutting subjects closely related to the exhibition.
Programmes for preschools and the first five grades of primary schools last 45–60 minutes. The workshop activities promote the pupils’ communications, social and personal skills. The diverse range of activities develops children’s fine motor skills and aesthetic sensibilities.
Programmes for primary schools (90 min.) involve discussion as well as dramatic and especially art activities that help to develop pupils’ artistic communication and sociocultural skills.
The more time-demanding programmes for secondary schools (120 min.) involve discussion with an emphasis on finding contexts. Activities include the use of worksheets that the students use as aids for further study. One of the programmes’ objectives is to develop cultural, artistic, social, and personal communications skills.
CURRENT PROGRAMMES OFFERED IN RELATION TO THE NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION “STATES OF MIND / BEYOND THE IMAGE” CAN BE FOUND IN THE SECTION ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMMES – SCHOOLS.
ART WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN:
GASK for Children offers regular art workshop where children learn about artistic techniques and get to know original works of Czech art from the GASK collections. Children interactively explore the content and form of the particular work of art and, as artists themselves, respond to current themes and issues. GASK for Children takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4pm. Descriptions of current workshops for each month can be found in the section ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMMES – FOR CHILDREN
INTERGENETATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR (GRAND)PARENTS AND CHILDREN:
INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAMMES invite adults and their offspring to participate in art activities where they can surprise and enrich one another through fresh ways of viewing a particular subject. The family programmes takes place roughly once a month in relation to the current exhibition.
PROGRAMES FOR STUDENTS AND ADULTS:
GUIDED TOURS of current temporary exhibitions and the permanent exhibition STATES OF MIND / BEYOND THE IMAGE.
ART WORKSHOPS WITH ARTISTS are another type of programme where visitors can meet not only artists, but also the actual creators of the exhibited works. A current overview of available workshops can be found in the section ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMMES – ART WORKSHOPS AND COURSES
THE GASK LEARNING CENTRE´S SPACE:
The GASK Learning Centre Studio is a place for art workshops and learning programmes involving art activities. The studio was designed by Jan Fabián.
Visual playrooms are an interactive space on the second floor of the Jesuit College’s north wing, where you can literally enter into works of art by internationally renowned artists. The visual playrooms, which were designed by Barbora Zachovalová, were built during the Jesuit College’s most recent stage of renovations.
The Children’s Corner is the work of Eva Koťátkováand is designed for children ages two to ten. Here, children can play inspirational games, work on small art projects, read or just relax.
EDUCATORS OF THE GASK LEARNING CENTRE:
Karin Militká – head of the GASK Learning Centre / email@example.com, 725-607390
Věra Pinnoy – director of the ART OF CONNECTING project / firstname.lastname@example.org, 725-607394
Ivona Bartošová – educator for the GASK for Children programme and teacher of summer children’s art workshops / email@example.com, 605-072290