A Tour around the Azulejo Tile (LS-PT-540)


This Learning scenario focuses on a handicraft very present in Portugal, belonging to the cultural heritage of our country for many centuries – the tile. Students are invited to explore the theme and develop their work based on the imaginary resulting from this art form. This activity was designed for students aged 10-11, some with moderate mental disabilities/impairments. The project covers several curricular areas, such as history, painting, practical skills, geometrical and mathematical concepts, communication and online technology.

Learning and work process

At the beginning of the activity, the students talk about cultural heritage and watch a presentation on the tiles.

With the help of the teacher, they explore the Europeana section on tiles, choosing one, which they should copy, using charcoal pencils and painting techniques.

Students work

With the tile panels in mind, the teacher introduces the theme of the patterns, showing a presentation on the subject. Students create their own modules and pattern.

Creating our own patterns

They finish the activity by solving some jigsaws and making an exhibition of their work products.

Creating an exhibition of our work

Learning outcomes

The learning outcome expected is to increase both the knowledge and the awareness of the history of Azulejos in Portugal. We hope to observe in the pupils a growing interest in cultural heritage and the history of our country. They are also expected to acquire knowledge on notions of geometry such as rotations, symmetries and repetitions of a module, spatial organization and orientation. This lesson also aims to develop creativity and artistic skills as well as technological skills in search of resources on the European platform.

Final thoughts

Students were motivated during the activity to learn the work techniques. They enjoyed the exhibition of their work products and writing on the exhibition book, leaving their comments about the drawings and the activity. They have improved their teamwork and collaboration skills while preparing the exhibition.

The students have learnt how to use Europeana to find information concerning the subject of the lesson.

Finally, students exhibiting moderate mental disabilities/impairment were able to complete all tasks, according to their skills, and were proud of the final result of their work.

Final work

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CC BY 3.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Aveiro City Museum.

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