Our Everyday Still Lives – My Favourite Things Far and Near in Isolation (LS-HU-522)

Pharmaceutical vessels: still life with a man and a dag, Giovan Domenico Valentino, Wellcome Collection, CC BY 4.0

Introduction

This learning scenario was created by Katalin Káldi, a teacher of History of Arts from Hungary, and its aim is to bring the elder students closer to their everyday moments through the still life art genre.

Collection F. Claes, St. Michael’s Room in house ‘De Gulden Spoor’, late 19th-early 20th century , anonymous, Ghent University Library CC BY-SA
Collection F. Claes, St. Michael’s Room in house ‘De Gulden Spoor’, late 19th-early 20th century , anonymous, Ghent University Library  CC BY-SA

Aim

The learning scenario helps students to see their environment in another way, focusing on their little favourite things. The extreme situation of Covid-19 which exploded during the project time has, unexpectedly, made it even more interesting and intimate. It also made it clear that the project works well in the virtual environment. The learning scenario is mainly based on the creativity and sensibility of the students but it also increases their knowledge in the History of Arts.

Activities

In the first part of the project, the teacher plays an important role as he or she has to introduce the genre of still life and talk about its special place in the History of Arts. At this stage, it is also important that the teacher helps his/her students to tune in the creative process. In the second part, the students have to find some inspiration to express themselves through their favourite images found on the Europeana portal. This phase also gives them the opportunity to familiarize with the virtual collection and freely explore a rich selection of the European cultural heritage. The last steps of the scenario encourage the students to become artists and to take photos of their very personal and favourite things. In this final part, collaborative work is a priority.

Conclusion

This learning scenario provides a very good opportunity for the shyer students to express themselves through visuality and to help them to connect with the others. In addition, this scenario can be realized in 4 or 5 lessons and it’s easily adaptable to other subjects.

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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