Schools at the Museum 2013>2014

Activities at Palazzo Mocenigo

Active tours

VENICE AND FASHION

Historically, Venice was one of the most important production centres of fabrics: Rediscovering the city in this light is the objective of the first part of the programme and will use the lively emblems of the ancient arts and crafts guilds, positioning them on the map of Venice, to visualize the places that, with the curious names of alleyways, squares and buildings, still evoke the intense activities associated with the production, dying, and sale of fabrics. But how did they dress in the past? Did they change often? Did they use underwear? These questions will be answered in the second part of the workshop when attention moves to fashion, in particular that of the eighteenth century, and a vast selection of which is on display in the museum rooms with splendid men’s and women’s garments, including children’s clothes and a wide range of accessories that are testimony to the customs and everyday life of that period.

For: Upper Primary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: from November 4th 2013; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English

BACKSTAGE TEXTILES

A historical panorama of the evolution of fabric. An introduction will be given in the classroom on the techniques of creating a weave; then, divided in groups, the participants will have the unique opportunity to visit the Palazzo Mocenigo storerooms where the textile goods are preserved. An ideal “textile time line” will be illustrated here: From the Coptic artefacts from the first centuries after Christ, to the fabrics of the 1900s. After this, the class will meet in the museum rooms where they will have to search for and recognise the fabrics on display, comparing them with those in the storerooms and trying to date them according to their decorative motifs.

For: Higher Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: from November 4th 2013; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English

Worskhops

DYED AND PRINTED

Game – lesson to get to know the various stages of dying and to experiment creatively and actively with printing on fabric. Each participant needs to bring their own white, 100% cotton T-shirt which they will decorate themselves during the workshop.

For: Primary School and Lower Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: from November 4th 2013; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English

THE WORLD IN A FABRIC

A workshop in which the different kinds of fibres used for fabrics, whether natural, manmade or synthetic, can be seen and touched, getting to know where they come from and how they are transformed into our clothes, analyzing the stages that start with the raw material and end with the spun. This is followed by actual weaving with the concrete creation of a braid, first on paper and then on a small manual loom, with a live demonstration of weaving on a shaft loom at the end.

For: Primary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: from November 4th 2013; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English

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VISIT TO THE TESSITURA BEVILACQUA

All the activities at Palazzo Mocenigo can be integrated with a visit to the ancient Luigi Bevilacqua Weaving, a magical place where you can see the texture of velvet on antique manual looms of the18th-century.

For: Primary School and Secondary School
When: Tuesday at 12.15 am
Duration: 30 minutes

Languages: Italian, English