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October 12, 2017

Qatar Museums offers specially designed school tours and workshops for Deutsche Bank’s Exhibition

The education programme will give local audiences insights into the history of German contemporary art, as well as wider topics including the subject of corporate collecting.

In line with Qatar Museums’ (QM) commitment to develop a generation of creative, compassionate and engaged individuals, QM has announced a programme of specially designed guided tours and workshops for its two most recently launched landmark exhibitions.

The guided tours and workshops coincide with two exhibitions that just opened as part of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture initiative. Driven by German Design, developed in close partnership with the Volkswagen Group, traces the evolution of German design over more than six decades. Simultaneously, Deutsche Bank, which has built up one of the world’s most important corporate collections of contemporary art, is presenting German Encounters – Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection at the Fire Station’s Garage Gallery. Both exhibitions are running until January 2018 and are supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The educational programme for both exhibitions is created and conducted in close cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region.

Dr. Jelena Trkulja, Director of Education at Qatar Museums, said: “These two exhibitions are buttressed by a rich educational programme that is focused on school children. We invite teachers across Qatar to visit our website, which lists all available school tours and workshops. Teachers of various subjects will find something pertinent to their curriculum, which can be adjusted to the age group they are teaching. With each exhibition, we offer new content and learning materials that can be used in the classrooms, enriching the learning experience and broadening the students’ horizons.“

Maya Röder, project manager at the Goethe-Institut for Qatar Germany 2017, said:
“Workshops as an art education and art appreciation program are supporting the exhibitions and will motivate the young to discover their own skills in the arts and design.

During the visits, QM educators will greet students and teachers and take them on a tour of each exhibition, explaining their various aspects in a manner geared to each age group. The tours are an interactive opportunity designed to create lasting memories in students across the country.

Following the hour long comprehensive tour of each exhibition, students and teachers will be offered to choose from a selection of workshops specifically designed to complement the shows. Teachers will be invited to pick one of the workshops that is most in line with their study focus and curriculum.

The workshops complementing Deutsche Bank’s exhibition are as follows:

German Encounters: Contemporary Masterpieces from the Deutsche Bank Collection
Fire Station-Garage Gallery: October 3, 2017 - January 20, 2018

1. Shimmering Shapes? Color, Form, and Sound in Art
For Early Primary, 5-7 Year Olds

The workshop will take attendees on a voyage of discovery through a world of colours and shapes. Attendees will encounter Josef Albers’ squares, the colorful chaos in Imi Knoebel’s “dragon drawings,” and the coloured stripes on Gerhard Richter’s German flag.

2. More Light! The Significance of Light in Art
For Primary: 8-14 Year Olds

In this workshop, students will interact with the works of artists who love to experiment with light, including Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker. During a walk through the exhibition, students will observe and discuss, note down their experiences in their research journal, and subsequently make their own artistic light experiment.

3. The Big Draw: The Line in the Deutsche Bank Collection
For Secondary: 15-18 Year Olds

In this workshop, students use and discover different drawing styles and understand how it is a form that is used to spontaneously react to an idea. During the exhibition tour, students will be encouraged to make speedy drawings, graffiti, and copies inspired by Baselitz, Immendorff and Brandburg.

4. Make Your Own Post Card
For Early Primary, Primary and Preparatory: 5-14 Year Olds

During the exhibition tour, students will be encouraged to create a post card inspired by one of the works on show. They will creatively think about their ideas, while being shown numerous sample post cards. They can choose to use geometric magazine pages or pop-up cards, or postcard puzzles.

5. Move Ahead
For Primary: 8-11 Year Olds

In this workshop, students will take part in a mixed media assignment: transferring an old photography to an artwork. They will be asked beforehand to bring a printed photo in A4 size, showing images such as old buildings, rotary, old streets.


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