Art interactively for schools

One of the education department’s priorities is to work closely together with schools from throughout the Czech Republic and occasionally from abroad. We organize interactive tours of exhibitions, followed by art activities, for all types of schools (preschool, primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, after-school art courses) and for other groups of children and youth. During these activities, participants create their own works of art inspired by the exhibition, artist, or a specific piece, either directly at the exhibition or at one of the gallery’s main educational facilities (education center, eco-studio, reading room).

We promote contemporary trends in education such as the use of alternative and progressive teaching methods. The gallery’s educational approach emphasizes interdisciplinarity (the combination of art education with other fields such as literature, writing and text, photography, film, theater and new media, and ecology and the environment), interactivity (presenting art in an accessible, comprehensible, vibrant, and playful form, through communication, discussion, and play, with an emphasis on personal interpretation, individual points of view, and interactive communication with the work of art), and intermediality (the use of multiple media, including the fusion of classical and new media).

The main objective of GHMP’s educational activities is to intensively and effectively inspire young people to visit galleries, to communicate with artworks directly, and to have a positive relationship to art. Attending an educational activity at the gallery can enrich and diversify one’s art education, and students and teachers can find new ideas and inspiration.

We also engage in online education. These events are customized to the specific possibilities of the school group (in terms of subject matter, content, time, and level of difficulty). Everything is properly adjusted to the particular groups’ special needs.

Students of secondary schools and universities with a focus on the humanities, art, or education can apply for internships or professional training at GHMP. Every year, numerous schools take advantage of this opportunity, including renowned secondary schools of art, universities, and the Academy of Fine Arts or the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design. We occasionally offer international internships as well. One of the gallery’s past projects is In a Web of Dialogues, a presentation of student works inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions. Shown at Old Town Hall, the exhibition focused in particular on works made by students during school group visits to GHMP.

GHMP’s education department operates an online database of worksheets, photographs, illustrations, and videos that are freely available for download. These are perfectly suited for teachers, who can use them during distance learning, and also for families who have to be at home with their children. But they can also be used freely as inspiration for all other target groups and age categories. The assignments and instructions can be modified and altered as needed (in terms of subject matter, content, time, and level of difficulty) and can be adapted to fit various age groups. The workshops can be done at home, using regularly available materials and equipment. They offer a wide range of subjects and areas of interest: photography, public sculpture, animated film, sculpture and text (František Bílek), architecture (the city), conceptual art, and more. The activities are inspired by the gallery’s buildings or on works from the its collections and exhibitions. These educational materials are being constantly expanded to include other areas of interest.

GHMP’s online educational materials also include two methodical handbooks from an international education project that can serve as a source of ideas and inspiration for art-related games and assignments.

Photo gallery from educational programs