Students involved in the international educational programme have begun to prepare for a meeting in Cracow

The exhibition project ‘Years of Disarray 1908–1928 | Avant-gardes in the Central Europe’ is nearing to its end at the Olomouc Museum of Art and at the beginning of March 2019 it will be presented in the International Cultural Centre in Cracow. The travelling exhibition is also followed by the international educational programme of the ArtCoMe project. Preparations for the meeting of students in Cracow which will take place in April are in full swing.

Four teams of high school students from Olomouc, Cracow, Bratislava and Pécs work together during this school year under the auspices of the project ‘Art & Contemporary Me: Artwork as a medium building European identity’. They are discovering socio-historical and artistic stories of the time period 1908–1928. ‘At the moment students are actively preparing themselves for a meeting in Cracow, which is going to be held at the beginning of April. Each team has the same task that is to elaborate the life and work of the selected artist in the upcoming weeks,’ said lecturer Terezie Čermáková, author of the concept of the educational programme. In scope of the programme, students gain not only a direct experience with a professional research, but also learn how to creatively process information and discover ways to present the results of their work to the general public. ‘This time students will create a Facebook Fan Pages of chosen artists. Hence the main task is to find a suitable way and an interesting form of passing the learned information,’ said Čermáková. ‘Our intention was to show students how they can use the platforms that they are surrounded every day meaningfully and actively,’ said project coordinator Jana Macháčková.

What have students already experienced within the international programme? The education programme was officially launched in September 2018 in Kroměříž where the meeting of lecturers and teachers took place, followed up with the individual work of the students. Each team elaborated a socio-historical topic fitting into the time frame of the ‘Years of Disarray 1908–1928’ exhibition. And at the same time the topic had a national or regional character. Students have created Wikipedia articles on chosen topics and during creative workshops of the November meeting in Olomouc they further developed them in the form of animated clips, reportages, newspaper articles and posters.’ It was very interesting to watch that students were addressed by very diverse topics. Contributions to the history of the Hungarian porcelain factory Zsolnay or the modernization of Bratislava have been created. Polish students mapped the transformation of Warsaw cinemas in the interwar period and the Czech team focused on the story of the Siberian war orphans who found protectors in Czechoslovak legionaries on the Russian front,’ added Čermáková.

Student animated clips and reportages can be viewed here