We hold special workshops and workshop series in connection with special dates and events.
Edina Csillag (+36) 30/694-3858
Gabriella György (+36) 20/488-1851
Initiated by the City of Szentendre, developed and coordinated by teachers of Kindergartens of the City of Szentendre and the Ferenczy Museum, this program welcomes the elder municipal and religious kindergarten classes. Taking into consideration the average head-count of kindergarten groups, we have engaged 330 children annually in our fine arts workshop series.
In the framework of this three-year program, we plan to educate some 1000 six-year-olds on multiple occasions each year.
Szentendre parents, kindergarten teachers and religious kindergartens have funded the program, raising a total of HUF 5,320,000 . The planned term is three academic years.
The aim of the program: to engage kindergarten children in a comprehensive elementary training for painting and sculpture, tailored to this age-group.
The workshop series consists of 4 meetings:
- An interactive training for children with storytelling and searching for objects at the exhibition about the Ferenczy Family.
- Following this, painter Krisztina Lehoczky holds a painting workshop in kindergartens with materials and tools provided by the Museum.
- At the Margit Kovács Ceramics Museum, we organize another interactive training for schoolchildren interwoven with tales and folk songs, where we learn about pottery and sculptural genres.
- Led by ceramist Eszter Borsódy, the kids create reliefs at the Margit Kovács Museum. We desiccate and fire the ceramics and bring them back to the kindergartens, where the kids paint them with watercolors.
The program was launched in the 2014-15 academic year. In this year, we could only complete the painting workshop. On two occasions we met nearly 330 children.
In the 2015-16 academic year, we succeeded in implementing the full painting and sculptural program.
In June 2016, we were able to purchase the kiln needed to fire ceramics, and thus we could hold an exhibition in December 2016, where we presented the works of the last two years, and kindergarten teachers, parents and children could admire the most beautiful creations as selected by the artists.
The modern and contemporary fine arts of Szentendre living within and around us – for elementary school pupilsThe Kubinyi Program, funded by EMMI (Ministry of Human Capacities), provides a museum visit and a complex museum education program free of charge for every first and second grader of Szentendre.
As a continuation of our Bánáti Sverák Program for kindergartners, the young pupils can become acquainted with the painting of Bela Czóbel, and through this, the collection of the Ferenczy Museum Center. A creative workbook and a practical workshop focused on Czóbel’s painting technique are part of the program.
The creative ability-improving workbook comprises a visual knowledge transfer, as well as a playful and spectacular way to learn about his biography, his oeuvre and Modernism, through literature, science and mathematics.
The workbook is downloadable in Hungarian here..
The Earth Day exhibition was initiated by local Szentendre painter Imre Szakács in 2015, as a selection of Szentendre children’s compositions. The initial year’s topic was “bird”, then “water” in 2016, and “tree” in 2017. The exhibition with changing venues is the result of a joint tender of the museum and Szentendre Municipal Government. The works of the kindergarten and schoolchildren are judged by a professional jury,. and the public can also vote on their favorite works during the exhibition.There was a Guinness Record attempt in 2016 for the Earth Day exhibition. Despite the inclement weather, the attempt was successful, and it became a real Szentendre community event. 107 floats made out of organic materials were released into the water. Watch the video here.We are eagerly waiting to discover which city along the Danube will break our record. ☺
The Ferenczy Museum Center also participates in the Night of Museums event. Every year we offer several children’s programs that are suitable for all age groups, from the youngest to adolescents.Last year’s programThe 2016 children’s programs of the Night of the Museums started in the Art Mill. There were many events related to the exhibition and to the building, alongside asphalt drawing, ability games and coloring books.The living world of the Mill: a guided tour for art-loving naturalists and nature-loving artists. Although the little swallows already left their nests in June, the red cat still sunbathed (just as every year) in the courtyard behind the stage. Does she have a favorite work of art? Or a favorite exhibition? How long has she been visiting the ArtMill? Despite the fact that we could not get the cat to talk, we received an immense quantity of knowledge about the living world of this half-open, half-closed building from environmental expert Krisztina Hernádi.We linked three exhibitions, three venues and three different longitudes with the help of a creative worksheet. We handed out exercises during the exhibitions: Chiharu Shiota: Rain of Memories, Czóbel Reconsidered, and Wasted Time,for those interested in taking a museum expedition. Participating children and adults played artistic bowling, collected motifs and participated in community story-writing. They left the trip with handmade jewelry made of red yarn. Students completing their community service in our museum hosted the visitors.You can read the tale written by the visitors here.
FMC joins this national initiative with rich programs every year. Visitors can participate in museum education workshops, family days and community creation. Our Let’s create together! Let’s enmesh Szentendre’s Main Square! event on 16 October 2016 was the most successful one. We arranged a space on the square in front of the Szentendre Gallery, where visitors could make spatial drawings made of yarn, as inspired by Chiharu Shiota’s Rain of Memories spatial installation: we enmeshed the trees, benches, and buildings together – everyone, from the age of 3 to 93 – some 1000 pedestrians, local residents and tourists in our outdoor activity. The task was simple: every participant had to pass on the ball of yarn to someone they didn’t know. With a length of some 3 kilometers in 133 red balls of yarn, a countless number of people created a web of links similar to the Shiota installation. This web constructed through our community creation connected random spatial elements, people and moments in time – just like an associational web, an interface, or a neural network in the human body. This action inducing multifaceted art and scientific associations brought together people who didn’t know each other and triggered random events.
We are strongly connected to the quotidian happenings of Szentendre, and we aim for a strong cooperation with the Municipal Government, to enrich the experiential palette with youth programs.Barcsay Day
We hold sessions in cooperation with the leadership and teachers of the Barcsay Jenő Elementary School every year around the artist’s birthday, at the end of January – in part in the school, and in part at the exhibitions, where we host the students.
We realize the ideas jointly conceived and financed in the frame of an informal creative process with the students. The artworks do not necessarily relate to Jenő Barcsay’s work – just as the molding of a head from clay, or the making of a mosaic based on the anatomical drawings of the master can totally differ from it. Over the years, we have modeled fruit and vegetable buildings, graphic works, printed T-shirts, and made musical instruments from everyday objects.
Living Heritage is a 5-round quiz series of local knowledge and local history. Its basic aim is to get Szentendre high school students acquainted with the overall history of Szentendre – in particular with the rich fine arts heritage, due to which Szentendre is considered the “City of Painters.”
The second, fine-arts round of the quiz series is compiled every year by the FMC museum educators.
We bring artists, genres, artistic concepts, venues and objects to the students’ awareness, who then visit the museums and also get acquainted with what Szentendre art means. he topic of the 2017 competition was the portrait – in both a narrower and a wider sense. The participants could draw a specific portrait, or even the portrait of the city or of a period. The students could become acquainted not only with the Old Masters, but also with today’s living artists. As a proof of the openness of Szentendre art and culture contemporary European works were also part of the selection.
We realize many projects annually in which we move large groups of people between our exhibitions. Teams divided into smaller groups walk around our exhibitions as if on a revolving stage. A city walk and naturally a meal is included in the time available, and thanks to our flexibility we can also improvise with unexpected events. During our museum visits combined with a city walk, we connect local history, ethnography, history and literature with modern and contemporary fine arts.
At the 2016 International Youth Festival, which was primarily a sports event, sport and fine arts met in the form of the “globe,” which appears both in and through the dynamic experience of reception and empathy.We were experimenting with optical illusions at Otto Vincze’s River-Pool work at Kacsakő (Duck-stone café); composing rap with the help of István efZámbó’s motifs in the Ferenczy Museum; we focused on the psychological effect of the works at theWasted Time exhibition in the ArtMill; we experienced the fine balance conditions at the Almost Objects exhibition in the Vajda Museum with the help of physical exercises; we got entangled in red thread at the Chiharu Shiota exhibition.
Ferenczy Museum Center initiated an independent discourse in 2016 on the museum education of contemporary art, entitledContemporization 1.0 [Kortársítás]. The conference with national coverage gave an overview on the current state of art mediation in museum institutions, commercial galleries, the civil sphere and higher education.
The lectures/presentations of the conference:
Participatory Methodology in Museum Education at the Sustainable Identities Exhibition (56th Venice Biennale, Hungarian Pavilion)
Kinga GERMAN, university adjunct professor, MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design)
Tuned for Bartók: Workshops for the #Bartók Exhibition at the Ludwig Museum
LÁSZLÓ HEMRIK Head of the Department of Museum Education, Ludwig Museum Budapest
Sound the Sculptures! Museum Education Workshop for the SOUND/SCULPTURE/SOUND Exhibition
ESZTER TÓTH museum educator, Deák 17 Children’s and Youth Art Gallery
Fine Workshop for Everyone: Event Organizing for Adults, Teenagers and Children
LITZA JUHÁSZ museum educator, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
ÁGNES SZABICS artist, museum educator, Budapest Gallery
The Peculiarities of Extra-Institutional Contemporary Art Mediation
JULIANNA JOÓ museum educator, art historian, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
Are you in your right mind?
LÁSZLÓ K. UJVÁROSSY university professor, Partium Christian University, Faculty of Visual Arts, Oradea (RO)
Space and Presence
GABRIELLA GYÖRGY drawing, visual culture and Hungarian teacher, media pedagogue, FMC
Let’s leave our comfort zone!
ILDIKÓ SCHOPP social pedagogue, art educator, Kunsthalle Budapest
Museum Education in the Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica
JASMINA JOVANČIĆ VIDAKOVIĆ, curator-educator, Contemporary Art Gallery Subotica, (SR)
Approaches to Contemporary Art – On the Power of the Iconic Turn
ERIKA FÁM PHD film and media researcher, scientific officer, Magma Contemporary Art Exhibition Space, (Sfântu Gheorghe) (RO)
Advanced Art Mediation (to the First Degree)
CSABA OROSZ art pedagogue, founder of VINYL, associate professor at the Faculty of Visual Culture, Nyíregyháza University
Studio Study Group
GÁBOR KLIMA artist, drawing, visual culture and media teacher, Eötvös József High School for Fine and Industrial Arts; FKSE (Studio of Young Artists Association), Budapest
The Museum Pedagogical Treatment of Gabriella Hajnal’s “Saint Francis” Tapestry
ANDRÁS VERECKEI museum educator, Christian Museum, Esztergom
ISTVÁN ÉLIÁS Head of Museum Education Department, art and museum educator, Herman Ottó Museum – Miskolc Gallery
Situational Exercises for Two Themes:
Imre Bukta: Forest Detail (Szilvia Pálinkás, FMC, Rita Dabi-Farkas, Ludwig Museum Budapest); Attila Szűcs: Woman in the Marsh (Gábor Klima, FKSE, Katalin Szeivolt)In 2017, the Contemporization 2.0 conference will not only focus on national methodology, but will also provide a transborder insight. There will be more speakers from provincial museums, and professionals from the Visegrad Countries will also be invited.