“BOBO & LILI School’s Summer Special Events” in Shanghai Museum of Glass
This year, Shanghai Museum of Glass planed “BOBO & LILI School’s Summer Special Events” for children. According to children of different age’s cognitive development level, the museum used “fairy tale” and “daily weaving” as the themes. Guided by the familiar things of the children, that made them to use multi-sensory to experience, observed and created their own works of art in the museum. At the same time, the diversified activities and the multi-sensory experience make children to establish different forms of connections with the works and stimulate the desire to learn actively under the premise without touching the works, reducing the strangeness and fear of art, and thus internalize the art into part of the life experience.
On the basis of Jean Piaget’s view, a child psychologist, “The real purpose of education is not to increase children’s knowledge, but to set up an environment full of wisdom and stimulation, so that children can explore and actively learn knowledge.” According to this idea, the summer special event was organized by the museum’s education commissioner to carry out four activities (four different content courses in one phase) in the museum. Not only in the form of interesting aspects to explore, but also used the partial photos of the work to find the works through actual observation in the exhibition. The teacher guides the concept of the work and the aesthetics of the craft, so that the children can understand the process of artistic creation and the meaning of the creation. The events also specially invited the picture book’s illustrator to guide the children to create their own story books.
Childhood is a crucial period for cultivating children’s important skills in learning, socializing, and cognition. During this period, imperceptibly influence the habit of visiting museums and slowing down to observe of art are also better guiding them to perceive development and resonate with art. The difference between museums and schools, and interest classes is that museums use “themes” instead of “disciplines” as a way of classifying and learning. So that children can experience and learn art more naturally. Other than this, the museum also gives children the opportunity to be close with the art. They use different ways to combine the multi-sensory experience to lead the child to further understand the art, and then integrate it into life experience through their actual creation.
Tisseron, a French scholar, thinks that “For the audience of children, the establishment of cognition of things depends not only on visual stimulation, but also through the participation of the body, the use of various senses, and direct contact with objects, to internalize objects into part of their own experience.” Therefore, we also hope that through the “BOBO & LILI School’s Summer Special Events”, children of different ages can mobilize their five senses at the Shanghai Museum of Glass and slow down to appreciate the art..