Lead by Marta Berrocal

This course is for teachers of young and elementary-aged children who participated in our Expressart. Portable Museum project, as well as those who will do so, or who are simply interested in the idea. Contemporary Art is not a part of the professor’s curriculum when learning to teach at these levels, which can, in some cases, cause problems. When working with children, a lack of knowledge can lead to doubt, misunderstandings, problems, and vagueness, not to mention insecurity.

According to the Expressart project, Contemporary Art is a magnificent tool for generating all kinds of learning in school, and includes all areas of studies. That is why we think that participating professors should have the opportunity to learn a bit about the genre so that they can feel confident and sure of themselves, so that they can work on different projects with children in the classroom.

This class includes expositive sessions, lessons dedicated to observation and directly working in the Museum’s galleries, dialogue, and reflection, all of which promote the free exchange of ideas and proposals between participants through commentary and the doubts and questions that come up. There will also be a few sessions dedicated to experimentation and creation using the materials and ideas of Contemporary Art.

The course’s specific objectives are:

a) Give participants the information they need to construct a global vision of 20th century Art and its history, emphasizing key ideas that help us to “understand it.”

b) Take an open, flexible, and non-prejudicial look at the different kinds of contemporary art. Facilitate contact with the Works of Art.
c) Give participants the necessary didactic strategies so that they can use Contemporary Art to generate learning in other areas.
d) Optimize teamwork and the exchange of ideas between the assistant professor and participants through dialogue and group reflection.
e) Create a fun and enriching atmosphere.

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October 31, November 7, 14, 21, and 28, and December 5 and 12, 6-9 pm, as well as three hours of homework.

The course contents are structured in different blocks that will not be studied lineally or independently of one another. In fact, on many occasions, we will work on related concepts that span more than one block.

Block 1: Historical aspects of Contemporary Art
An art historical timeline that looks at the most representative artists and artistic movements from the 20th century.
Analysis of the principal changes that separate Contemporary Art from “traditional Art”:
- Conceptual changes
- Changes in artists’ development and work habits
- Changes in medium
- Changes in materials and technology
Analysis of the key concepts and ideas inherent to Contemporary Art:
- Questioning the concept of conventional Art
- Rethinking the concept of authorship
- Use of new communicative mechanisms
- Use of new materials
- Social and Political involvement
- Redefining the role of Museum, Artist and Audience
- Connection with popular culture (haute and bas couture)
- Etc.
We will study the work of some artists available in the MACBA Collection more closely.

Block 2: Strategies in understanding Contemporary Art
Emotional perspective.
Technical perspective.
Conceptual perspective

Block 3: Contemporary Art and curriculum

Block 4: Methodological strategies
Methods of planning teaching/learning activities.
Proposal design

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