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Educational Programmes

 

    The educational programmes are addressed to school children whose schools include the thematic unit about the Acropolis in their curriculum. The visit is organised each time around a specific subject and is determined by the age and knowledge of the children. The Department collaborates with schools on the basis of the interest of the teachers themselves. The schools’ application order for a programme is strictly followed.

    Over the years many programmes have been developed and carried out. Special projects have been designed about the Acropolis and its monuments such as the ancient «Peripatos», the path around the Acropolis, the topography of the Sacred Rock through the texts of Plutarch and Pausanias as well as through the cult of the goddess Athena, the Parthenon Frieze, the construction of ancient temples and the restoration of the ancient monuments. These programmes were originally designed for school pupils as open day programmes. Today they are carried out as seminars for teachers. At the same time tactical programmes for pupils are organised on a daily basis.

 

 

Procedure for Participating in the Educational Programme

 

 

    To participate in the educational programmes, the day and time of your visit must be arranged by telephone (210-9000903). Up to 50 pupils can take part in each educational programme. The educator accompanying the pupils is responsible for their supervision during their visit. For groups including more than 25 pupils, it is imperative that a second educator also accompany them.

More information available at the Acropolis Museum webpage.



 


Acropolis Openday Educational Programmes

 

Acropolis and Restoration - April 2016


The educational programme "Acropolis & Restoration" was organized at the Acropolis by the Acropolis Restoration Service on Thursday 14/4/2016 and Friday 15/4/2016. The programme was addressed to 300 students of the 1st Grade of Lyceum from 14 schools of Attica. It aimed to introduce them to the restoration work carried out on the Acropolis monuments. The students participated in a series of workshops at the archaeological site and especially inside the monuments. 

 

Acropolis and Restoration - March 2014


The educational programme "Acropolis and Restoration" was organized in cooperation with the 1st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, between 27-28/3/2014. The program aimed to introduce students to the restoration work taking place at the Acropolis in a series of workshops on site. The participation was impressive as a total of 18 secondary education schools, 360 students and 38 teachers  visited the site in those two days.

 

 

A Day on the Acropolis Working for the Conservation and Restoration of the Monuments - March 2012


The educational programme "A day in the Acropolis: Restoring its monuments" was organized in cooperation with the 1st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, between 29-30/3/2012. The program aimed to introduce students to the restoration work taking place at the Acropolis in a series of workshops on site. The participation was impressive as a total of 40 secondary education schools visited the site in those two days. 

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A Day at the Centre for the Acropolis Studies


    The Centre for the Acropolis Studies is one of the oldest and most important specimens of classicism in Greece. Students have the opportunity to see in detail, through 25 workshops, many aspects of classical art such as the process of creating a marble sculpture, the creation of the work in clay, its transformation to plaster and its reproduction in marble, the process of producing a bronze sculpture with the lost wax method, as well as the creation of wooden, terracotta, gold and ivory statues. The pupils learn how moulds are made, and they try to make their own casts. In the courtyard of the Centre they observe the procedure of an excavation and the different stages followed by the archaeologists so that a piece of earth and its contents can contribute to our knowledge about the human past.

   
A Day Building an Ancient Greek Temple


Temples are the most important buildings of ancient Geek achitecture. During the programme pupils build, little-by-little, "their own" ancient Greek temple. Through 8 workshops, they become ancient Athenian citizens, architects, sculptors and craftsmen and they participate in both the decision-making and the building process. They select the god to be worshipped in the temple, they create the cult statue and the temple's sculptural adornment. They design the plan of the temple and make a model of it. They choose the order and produce a prototype capital; they draw the door as well as the door-frame of the temple.

The programme can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "A Greek Temple".

   
A Day Celebrating the Panathenaia through the Parthenon Frieze


    The Panathenaia was the greatest festival of ancient Athens. Splendid athletic contests were held together with competitions in rhapsody and music. A great procession, illustrated on the Parthenon Frieze, wound its way up the Acropolis on the 28th of the ancient month Hekatombaion, around the 15th of August.

In the programme, the pupils take part with their imagination in the festival of the ancient Panathenaia, in the artistic and athletic contests and in the great procession to the Acropolis. They participate in eight workshops, through which they have the opportunity to make scaled casts of Frieze blocks and paint them, to study the composition of the Parthenon Frieze, to carve marble, to observe the various types of ancient Greek dress, to recognize the musical instruments carried by the participants in the procession and to distinguish the different Panathenaic contests.

The programme can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit The "Parthenon Frieze".

pdf gif 18x16 A Day with the Parthenon Frieze

   
A Day on the Acropolis with the Texts of Plutarch and Pausanias


Pupils walk around the Acropolis with Plutarch and Pausanias as their guides. To begin with, they read pieces from the ancient text of Plutarch about the life of Perikles; they learn about the specialties of his artisan-contemporaries who worked on the Acropolis and about the materials they used for making the statues and the buildings. Then they walk around the archaeological site and, on the basis of Pausanias' text, they try to locate what they cannot see using Pausanias' description, or, vice versa, what they now see but he did not. The programme is completed with a series of activities described in the relevant booklet.

The programme can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "Let's Go to the Acropolis".

pdf gif 18x16 A Day on the Acropolis with the Texts of Plutarch and Pausanias

   
A Day on the Acropolis in Search of the Goddess Athena


The pupils walk around the archaeological site and learn the topography of the monuments on the Sacred Rock through a search for the statues of the goddess Athena, who was worshipped on the Acropolis in many different forms. They learn about some of the statues, the various materials of which they were made, their size and their connection with the buildings and the place. They also describe the characteristics of the goddess, her symbols, and tales from the myths and her worship in ancient Athens. They visit the Acropolis Museum where they look for statues of the goddess Athena on the basis of what they have learned. Then they place self-adhering pictures of the various statues of the goddess on a perspective drawing of the Acropolis Rock.

The programme can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "Let's Go to the Acropolis".

pdf gif 18x16 A Day on the Acropolis in Search of the Goddess Athena

   
Let's Go to the Acropolis Peripatos


    The subject of the programme is the ancient Acropolis Peripatos, the road that in antiquity ran around the Acropolis. The aim of the programme is to familiarize the pupils with the topography and the many unique monuments that were built on the Acropolis slopes.
The programme is presented through two booklets. One is addressed to the educator and describes each monument. The other, for the pupil, is a guide to the ancient Peripatos in the form of a tale. The hero of the tale is Menon, a little boy who lives in Athens at the end of the 4th century B.C. He follows the course of the Peripatos around the Acropolis seeking the sanctuary of the god Asklepios.

The programme can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "Let's Go to the Acropolis".

pdf gif 18x16 Let's Go to the Acropolis Peripatos: Booklet for the Educator
pdf gif 18x16 Let's Go to the Acropolis Peripatos: Booklet for the Pupil

 

A Day with the Parthenon Frieze


    The pupils learn about and study the Frieze, that unique sculptural entity of the classical period illustrating the Panathenaic procession. They observe the copies of the entire Frieze exhibited in the Centre for the Acropolis Studies and an educational model of the Parthenon at a scale of 1:20, with a photographic reconstruction of the entire Frieze in place on the model of the monument.

A workshop completes the programme in which the children compose the Panathenaic procession. With the help of the booklet and a little boy as guide, they identify the participants in the procession, the gods, the officials, the youths and old men, and the sacrificial animals.

The programme can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "The Parthenon Frieze".

pdf gif 18x16 A Day with the Parthenon Frieze

   
A Day in Search of the Olympian Gods at the Parthenon Frieze


After a general introduction to the Acropolis and its monuments, the sculptural decoration of the Parthenon is discussed in detail with particular reference to the Frieze. Using the relevant booklet, the pupils try to find the identity and the symbols of the gods. In the workshop that follows, the pupils take part in a theatrical game in which they represent the deities just as they saw them on the Parthenon Frieze.

The programme can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "The Parthenon Frieze".

pdf gif 18x16 The Olympian Gods at the Parthenon Frieze

   
Let's Go to the Acropolis


    With the help of the models exhibited in the Centre for the Acropolis Studies, the pupils have the opportunity to learn about the topography of the Sacred Rock and each monument with its myths, its architecture and its sculpture. The purpose of the programme is also to enable the pupils to study the history of the monuments and the attitude of people toward them through the ages. The programme ends with a tour for the pupil giving information about the history of the Sacred Rock and the development of the area diachronically, from Neolithic times to the present, with special emphasis on the Classical period. The educator's booklet has the same thematic units, but more photographs and a more detailed text.

The programme can be combined with the use of the Museum Kit "Let's Go to the Acropolis".

pdf gif 18x16 Let's Go to the Acropolis: Booklet for the Educator
pdf gif 18x16 Let's Go to the Acropolis: Booklet for the Pupil

 

Educational Programmes 2016-2017

 

The Parthenon Sculpture


The goal of this educational program, which takes place in the Parthenon Gallery, is to encourage students to explore and interpret its temple and sculptures. With the aid of the Acropolis’ models and casts, pupils are able to better understand the topography and history of the Sacred Rock and recreate, with their imagination, this important sanctuary where Athenians praised their goddess protector. Pupils can familiarize themselves with the Parthenon’s architecture – the largest temple of the Acropolis – and explore the themes of the sculpture that adorned the temple.

In addition, understanding of the sculptures is encouraged by a game that recomposes the west frieze, where they can examine the sculpture’s details with the help of specially designed casts. Finally, pupils can participate in a special workshop focused on the Parthenon Sculpture. Schools can purchase the booklet “The Parthenon Sculpture” at a reduced price of 2 Euros per booklet. 

 

    The programme can be combined with the use of the museum kits “The Parthenon Frieze”  as well as with the online application of the Parthenon Frieze.

pdf gif 18x16 The Parthenon Sculpture

pdf gif 18x16 A day with the Parthenon Frieze

   

 

 

 

  Olympian Riddles: Searching for the Ancient Gods in the Acropolis Museum

 

 

    Starting with the depiction of the Olympian Gods on the Parthenon east frieze and pediment, pupils search for the ancient gods through the Acropolis Museum galleries. This educational program’s aim is to acquaint pupils with the symbols and special qualities of each god. Through this exploratory game and with Iris – the messenger of the gods – as a guide, pupils have the opportunity to journey through the Museum galleries and seek illustrations of the gods in various exhibits from the collection.

   This program is paired with a special workshop titled “Create your own Olympian God”, held at the Educational Center. 

 

   The programme can be combined with the use of the museum kit  “The Twelve Olympian Gods” as well as with the booklet:

 pdf gif 18x16 The Olympian Gods at the Parthenon Frieze      

 

 

 

The Acropolis Monuments

 

 

The houses of the gods – temples as archaeologists refer to them – fascinated people in the past and still do in the present. Ornately decorated doors, colourful capitals and impressive statues created an appropriate environment for the residence of a god. This program is designed to familiarize students with the particularly complex subject of ancient Greek architecture. Students will learn the orders and types of ancient temples and discuss the sculptural and painted decoration which completed their appearance. The program is accompanied by a painting and collage workshop, as well as a game where the players create a temple using stamps and magnets.

 

 The programme can be combined with the use of the museum kit " A Greek Temple".

 

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