Junior High School

Pluto and Proserpine Grand Degré ©M.Savart
Observation, analysis, description, comparison, as well as the ability to develop a critical mind, such are the main objectives of the activities we offer for students.

The visits at the chateau

 

The Very Rich Hours of Duke of Berry - 1H30

The world's most precious manuscript belongs to the collections of the Château of Chantilly's Library. The visit will address the story of this book and the meaning and role of its miniatures.

For preservation reasons, students are presented with a facsimile.

Meeting area: the honor hall of the chateau

Addendum: this tour is for small or half-classes (15 students max)

 

 

Educational goals:

In Fifth grade

- History: Society and policy in the occidental Christian world

- Understanding daily life in the Middle Ages over the months

- French: text/image connection, analysis of an illumination

 

Humanism and Renaissance - 1H30

Referring to the important rediscovery of the Antiques spread by books and architecture, the concept of Renaissance will be defined. Based on major works, students will perceive Man's new place in the society of those times and the birth of Humanism.

Meeting area: The honor hall of the chateau
 

Educational goals:

In fifth grade

- Bring students to observe an artwork and to verbally formulate their impressions

- Situate said artwork in the period of Humanism and the Renaissance

- Gain consciousness of the concept of artistic heritage

 

The other side of the tableau - 1H30

How is a painting made? From one painting to another, the mediator will invite students to explore the other side of the decorum, and will share insights about the painters' secrets. Students will learn about pigment composition, and decipher traces left by tools. 

Meeting area: the honor hall of the chateau

 

Educational Goals:

All levels

- Bring students to observe an artwork and to verbally formulate their impressions

- Gain consciousness of the concept of artistic heritage

 

 

The power of image - 1H30

The mediator will find their way into the heart of the work (from its composition to the choice of materials in use) in order to give young people an awareness of the strength of a medium which proves to be overbearing, today, in our visual environment. 

Meeting area: the honor hall of the chateau

 

Educational goals:

Fifth and Sixth grades

- Sharpen capacities to analyse the art work 

- Question the art works in their relationships to the real and the imaginary, the true and the false 
- Question the art works in regards to their relationship with the news world.

 

Mythological reference - 1H30

Along the statuettes and the paintings, the lecturer will show the importance, the functions and the issues of references during Antiquity in the Château of Chantilly's collections.

Meeting area: the honor hall of the chateau

 

 

Educational goals:

Fifth, Sixth and Seventh grades

- Approach the founding myths

- Learn to find mythological references in an artwork

- Grasp the importance, the function and the issues of a reference in an artwork and approach its evolution over the course of history

 

The Princes' table - 1H30

At the heart of the Château of Chantilly, walking through the kitchens of Vatel, the office gallery and the ceremonial dining room, children can discover the evolution of our table manners and arts.

Meeting area: the honor hall of the chateau

Additional workshop: Today's menu

 

Educational goals:

Fifth and Sixth grades

- Life at the time of absolute monarchy

- Understand the culinary habits, the table manners and the ways cooking was done between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Compare with our current habits and notice evolutions.

- Observe artistic works that help situate oneself in history

 

 

 

The portraits - 1H30
From one portrait to another, students will discuss the evolution of the genre in painting, the place of Mankind at the center of the work, the notions of pose, the different settings that surround the figures, the stories of the characters and the functions of the portrait (private portrait, official portrait).  

Meeting area: the honor hall of the chateau

Additional workshop: modeling and tactile game

 

Educational goals:

Fifth and Sixth grades

- Understanding the notions of poses, framing, the sense of decorum

- French: learn to read and describe an image

- Acquire an appropriate technical vocabulary

 

 

Workshops

Our workshops are conducted in teaching rooms located at the rear of the Great Stables 

Today's menu - 1H30

In one of our teaching rooms, young people will discuss today's concepts of food groups and nutritional balance. They will then be given the opportunity to dissect a typical eighteenth century menu, before rearranging a balanced party menu suitable to our current standards. 

Meeting area: Workshop rooms at the Great Stables

Additional visit: At the Princes' table

 

Educational goals:

Fifth and Sixth grades

- Identify the different food groups 

- View the composition of a current balanced meal

- Understand eating habits from the eighteenth century to today


 

Tactile game and modelling workshop - 1H30

In a workshop setting, students will discover marble busts using their sense of touch. The mediator will introduce the sculptor's techniques and tools before initiating his group to clay, with the production of a small clay head.

Each guest will complete a small bust and leave with his or her piece. 

Meeting area: workshop rooms at the Great Stables 

Additional visit: The portraits

Addendum: each student should bring a shoe box as a container for their piece.

 

 

Educational goals:

Fifth and Sixth grades

- Grasp the concept of model, volume and pose 

- Understand the need for a tactile approach when facing a sculpture to understand the forms

- Develop creativity through modeling

 

 

Stained glass windows and comic books - 3H

Following the discovery of the Psyche Gallery's stained glass windows, students will create, in a workshop setting, a storyboard enriched with contemporary elements, under the supervision of Renaud Farace, illustrator and author of comic book, 

Each student will leave with his or her production.

Meeting area: honor hall of the chateau for the visit and workshop room of the Great stables

 

Educational goals:

- Develop means of expression

- Work on fixed sequential processes

- Analyze text/image connection

- Question the relationship between art and information, yesterday and today

 

 

The saddler's craft - 1H30

Under the guidance of a saddler, students will discover all the trades related to the horse world.

The speaker will give an introductory presentation of his craft. At the end of the workshop, students will leave with a small leather object that they will have made.

Meeting area: Great Stables Entrance

 

 

Educational goals:

Fifth and Sixth grades

- Discover the facets of the craft

- Grasp the equestrian community in its entirety and in a professional context 

- Enrich potential choices of professional orientations

 

 

Visits in the Park

 

The adventures of Pluto and Proserpine - 1H

The storyteller will narrate the adventures of Pluto, god of the underworld, and Proserpine, goddess of Spring, facing their two statues located in the Park. Plant symbolism will also be discussed.

Meeting area: the equestrian statue of the chateau's terrace

 

Educational goals:

Fifth grade

- Establish a parallel between the programs of History and French around the antique world and the study of mythological texts 

- Identify plants and their symbolic

 

The coordinator will initiate the students to the ingenious hydraulic networks from the French garden. He will discuss the work of the  Grand Condé's famous gardener, André le Nôtre, and the restoration work initiated by the Foundation of Chantilly (in 2008-2009).

Meeting area: the equestrian statue of the chateau's terrace 

 

 

 

Educational goals:

Second and Third year of Junior High School

- Understand the control of water


- Grasp the concepts of symmetry and perspective as fundamentals to the construction of a garden à la Française


- Evaluate the role of modern restoration pertaining to a historic heritage 


- Initiate to the art of gardens and landscapes

 

 

Visits of the Great Stables

 

Horse and Man - 1H30
At the heart of the Great Stables, students will discover the secrets of a horse's daily life: food, care and tending, anatomy, the importance of a horse's foot, the story of how horses came to appear so early on our planet. Evolution and domestication will also be discussed.

Meeting area: Great Stables entrance 

 

Educational goals:

First year of Junior High School

- Science and life of the planet: diversity, sustainability and unity among living creatures. 

- Grasp the evolution of the horse through the transformation of its anatomy

 

Illusions of grandeur, History of the Great Stables - 1H30

The students will be guided through the Great Stables to discover their colossal architecture, designed to accommodate horses, hunting hounds and all related staff. The restoration work initiated by the Foundation of Chantilly (2009-2010) will also be addressed.

Meeting area: Great Stables entrance

 

Educational goals:

Third year Junior High School

- Learn how to decipher and characterise the elements of architecture

- Understand the organization of such a building

 

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