This trip met some of the objectives of the Year 4 curriculum of this term, as the children have been studying the work of Miró in their Art lessons. According to the teachers, the activity was intended to help children appreciate the art of this prolific artist, to see real life examples of his paintings and sculptures, and also to know what it is like to visit a museum and art gallery.
First, they had a 90-minute tour of the museum, which led them through the stages of Miró’s different periods and life. The guide gave the children tasks and examples to make the visit still more fun and interesting, and then engaged them in sketching sculptures in the Sculpture Park next door. To round off the day, children and teachers had a picnic in the sun in the outstanding Greek Amphitheatre in Montjuïc.
This day trip is a very successful educational activity which the teachers have been organizing for 4 years now. “The children love it!”, Mr Antcliffe, Year 4 Emerald teacher, said. “Some of them were really excited to see real life examples of Miró’s work. They especially loved his massive tapestry which was the same height as the BSB Picasso building, and especially liked his abstract sculptures on the roof which were so bright and colourful.”
“I absolutely loved it because the guide was enthusiastic and engaging!”, Ms Davies, Year 4 Yellow teacher, also added.
“I learnt so much on this trip! The children were really engaged and eager to learn more about the symbols and background to Miró and his work”, Ms O’Connor, Year 4 Amber teacher, emphasized.
The Fundació Joan Miró organises an extensive programme of events and activities, including tours, workshops, courses, concerts, shows and educational materials, designed to facilitate students understanding of the contents of the work of Miró and contemporary art.