This learning scenario took place in a small school in Ruski Krstur in Serbia. Sixth-grade students of primary school (age 12) took part in a small project and discovered the vast possibilities offered by Europeana Collections. It was at the end of the school year when we had the possibility to explore new topics, including the role of women in history.
Women activities in places and times
Artworks, no matter which form they take, are always a great indicator of what is a society like at a given time. Based on this statement, the lesson introduces the topic of women in history by presenting students with printed images of women from different periods, carrying different activities. Pupils must choose one of the images from the Europeana collections and the Europeana’s Women in History colouring book and colour it.
During the colouring process, we discuss what those pictures represent. We connect the picture with the activities from the past. Students make a short analysis. Then, they discuss if the activities carried out by women from the picture are similar to activities that people carry out today, in places where students live.
Role of women: a coloured guided tour through History
This learning scenario is also an opportunity for students to further explore the role of women through times. The pictures previously coloured by the pupils give a representation of women’s positions during times and places. Hands-on activities and artistic expression help students exploring this important issue during centuries. Since students are at a young age (12 years) the discussion is adjusted to their level.
Students liked the activity and explored different pictures. They made comments about pictures they found interesting. It was interesting topic to explore both for the teacher and students.
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CC BY 4.0 – The featured image used to illustrate this article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution. It can be found in the Wellcome collection. The original image has been resized and labelled to illustrate this article.