We offer a total of 22 educational programmes for grades 1 to 5, divided into four packages with a focus on the following themes: developing emotional intelligence, promoting creativity across educational areas, exploring annual milestones and the legacy of the Baroque era. Each programme contains activities that comprehensively develop communications skills, aesthetic perception, creativity and empathy.
States of Mind5 programmes
The first package promotes school-age kids’ development of visual perception and emotional intelligence. A key motivation behind this package, which is based on GASK’s permanent exhibition, is the fact that emotional intelligence is a path to understanding interpersonal relationships in all areas of life.
Jazz at GASK
What is music? Does it express something? How does it affect us?
In his painting Jazz, artist Zdeněk Kirchner managed to depict subtle and energetic jazz music. This programme featuring music, movement and art activities introduces children to the close relationship between music and art and how they can influence one another.
How many different kinds of materials can be used to make art? What is friendship, and who is an angel for us?
Sculptor Věra Janoušková’s quietly standing sculpture An Angel for Vitík is an homage to a good friend of her’s. Janoušková gave trash from the junk yard new form and a chance at a second life. In this programme, students let themselves be inspired by her art to create their own angel using unusual materials.
An Angel for Vitík
Do we notice the people around us? Are we capable of recognising when they are happy or sad? What is charity? And what is the soul?
The artist Pavel Brázda explored the human soul and created colourful portraits of people. As we explore his painting Mrs. Charity, we will look for ordinary situations, identify big and small experiences, try to estimate interpersonal relationship and talk about colours.
Can we communicate without words? Without writing? Without telephones? What might we use to replace usual means of communication?
In her work, Adriena Šimotová depicts people and the human body using distinctive techniques. In this programme, students explore everyday gestures and moments while experimenting with how to communicate without words.
Who are the people that Josef Čapek captured in his paintings? Why did he paint them? Why do the figures look like they have been composed from geometric shapes?
In this programme, we will work with Čapek’s Organ Grinder to introduce students to the world of geometric shapes and people who have been less fortunate in life than others.
The Face of the Baroque2 programmes
The programmes in the second package were created with an emphasis on interdisciplinary ties between the educational areas ‘Art and Culture’, ‘Language and Communication’, ‘Mathematics and Its Application’ and ‘People and their World’. The main starting point is creativity, the development of which is a vital precondition for a full appreciation of the world we live in.
How do our activities affect events on the other side of the world? What influence do they have on people from different cultures? What can we learn from them?
Czech painter Otto Placht lives with a tribe in the Amazon jungle. In his work, he combines native and modern artistic traditions. We will work with his painting Grass to enter into the depths of the jungle while creating our own depiction of the rich diversity we stand to lose if we do not take proper care of our planet.
Educational area: People and Their World (The Diversity of Nature)
Rays of Light
Light and darkness always come at a specific time. How does light cut through the darkness? How can it be depicted?
Participants will attempt to spread light from a point source. Working with Luděk Filipský’s Painting and with their own artistic creations, they learn that light is not just an object of study in the field of physics, but that it can possess deep spiritual meaning.
Educational area: People and Their World (The Diversity of Nature)
A Year at the Gallery6 programmes
The third package consists of programmes that explores the seasons of the year, holidays, rituals and legends. Art explores the changing face of the year, and various artists’ unusual points of view can help us to find new relationships while enriching our own annual rhythm.
Who was St. Wenceslas and why is he the patron saint of our country? Why do we celebrate his holiday in late September? Participants will learn about the legend of St. Wenceslas and his depiction in art. For their artistic activity, they will let themselves be inspired by the art of Svatopluk Klimeš, who used an unusual medium to create his painting of St. Wenceslas – fire.
What is snow? Where does it come from and where does it go? What atmosphere does it create? And what does a snowflake actually look like? In this programme, kids will explore painting with ice and, inspired by Dalibor Smutný’s Snow and Snowflake, create their own work of snow art.
What is the story of Jesus’s birth? Who are the members of the Holy Family? Who is the Madonna? Working with Jan Koblasa’s Madonna, Rudolf Březa’s Czech Madonna and Giulio Romano’s Painting of the Holy Family, kids will discover various ways in which artists can depict Jesus and his family. They will then create their own nativity scene and play out their own Christmas story.
Spring Is Here!
What happens in nature in the spring? What does spring look like and what colours does it have? What activities and games does it invite us to engage in?
Since time immemorial, the clicking of marbles has been an integral part of spring. In this programme, kids will not only play with marbles but will also use them for painting. Inspired by Antonín Kroča’s Spring, they will capture the energy and joy of nature as it awakens in spring.
When we say love… What is love? What is the symbol of love? What forms of love can we experience? What would life be like without love? Michaela Maupicová’s Heart shows us that love is a mosaic consisting of many parts. By arranging and printing, kids will create a physical representation of their idea of this, the strongest theme in life.
What happened on Easter? And what came before? What are the stations of the cross and why did Jesus follow them? By working with Karel Černý’s Resurrection, kids will learn the story of Easter while finding out about Easter customs and the magic and miracles that supposedly happen around Easter time.
The fourth package introduces participants to the GASK building, meaning the monumental Jesuit College and its nearly 400-year history. The various programmes present the main elements and ideas of the Baroque era and introduce participants to the complicated history of this building and its first inhabitants.