During the 1 st year of the project, 5 year old pupils of our four infant schools have started to become familiar with art and Macchiaioli paintings.
According to some “experience fields” of the school syllabus, pupils have started to be more confident with their own activities and to discover differences, learning the first rules that social life needs.
Fattori's paintings have been a work cue to let their emotions and thoughts come out; the arts have oriented the natural inclination of children for creativity and imagination.
Actually children have analyzed the Fattori's selfportraits and some of its landscapes: they have copied or freely interpreted the paintings, observed with their friends and their teachers.
Some pupils have visited a museum where they saw farm tools and country scenes from Tuscan past, as they learnt from the Macchiaioli paintings.
Our primary school is composed of 28 classes, with a total of 500 pupils.
Each class has worked out and has chosen some activities planned, according to the ages of pupils, to the didactical syllabus, to the interest of the class.
At the beginning of the project, Italian teachers involved in the Comenius group, chose the artistic movement of Macchiaioli as the best painters able to represent Italian, and especially, Tuscan landscapes.
Pupils have worked on Macchiaioli paintings , in particular, on those of Fattori; they have copied or they have freely reproduced the most exciting works of art. Thanks to this project, pupils have discovered a “new” milieu: the museum.
Macchiaioli painters are served as recovering elements from our recent past: jobs, clothes, houses, farm tools….
The aim of the 2nd year Comenius project is reading paintings in order to discover elements about Italian history and about that one of our partners.
Do you remember the historical period on which we are interested?
Macchiaioli time: that means a period between 1800 / 1900.
During this second year, our students are working on:
These are themes that teachers easily included in the National curriculum.
We have captured historical elements from the paintings and we have studied them thanks to grandparents' interviews, books, websites, museums.
GRANDPARENTS AT SCHOOL
“Break time”(“L'ora della ricreazione”) by Giovanni Fattori
Youngest students (Infant school and 1 st class primary school) studied, especially, Fattori's and Goya's paintings looking for games played more years ago.
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CHILDREN FROM INFANT SCHOOL BUILT PEA-SHOOTERS
CHILDREN FROM INFANT SCHOOL BUILT A “BEATER” WITH A BUTTON
Some older pupils too applied themselves to games for a more careful comparison present/past.
QUATTRO CANTONI GAME – PRIMARY SCHOOL
SCULACCIONE GAME – PRIMARY SCHOOL
CHILDREN PLAY WITH A RIM – PRIMARY SCHOOL
BLINDMAN'S – BUFF AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL AS CHILDREN SAW IN GOYA'S PAINTING
Some pupils read poems or novels from Macchiaioli period.
FROM DE AMICIS 1846 – 1908
FROM COLLODI 1826 - 1890
Starting from European painters, some pupils learned how to do a biography
Some pupils discovered how people used to wear in XIX century.
Again children studied Fattori, Goya, Grigorescu, Benczur, Dimitrov, Grigorescu, Matejko paintings and they found out some significant fashion elements.
THAT'S ITALIAN STYLE
These are some particulars from different painters: foulards, large and short sleeves, plus-fours.
At the end of the school's year, some classes of primary school are performing a very important opera by Giuseppe Verdi ( Roncole 1813 – Milano 1901; this music dates back to the century that we are studying thanks to the European project.
This is the invitation card for the Nabucco . The show is the 4 th of Juin! (very soon you see the photos!)
Other classes worked on “Le Carneval des Animaux” by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Children listened to the “Macchiaioli” music and expressed their feelings through the colours.
A fantastic wood full of animals!
Primary school - A WONDERFUL MIX : PAINTERS AND THEIR PAINTINGS!
And these are Macchiaioli paintings coloured by the youngest children of primary school.
Art became a bookmark thanks to an idea of our Spanish friends!
Primary school - Art became a jigsaw puzzle!