Beginning in 2008, the Vatican Museums vastly expanded their educational services as part of a complex project aimed at modernizing the museums. As part of this project, the Office for Educational Activities developed a series of initiatives aimed at improving the access of different user groups to the immeasurable array of global artistic, historical, spiritual, and anthropological knowledge under the protection of the Holy See. The educational projects are designed to be informative about both the art and the conservation techniques employed by the museums. The program was specifically designed to enhance the relationships between the museum and civic institutions that take as their mission the education of the citizenry. The extraordinary richness and variety of the papal collections crosses human history without being limited by space, time, or culture. This allows for the development of projects beneficial to students of all levels of education. Alongside the more traditional educational methods is a lively visit that transforms the student from a passive listener into a direct participant. The students are called to compare and contrast works of art using tools developed during the visit and actively interact with the instructor’s teaching. We are hoping to update the graphic material currently being used during these visits to be more in line with current technology, utilizing tablets and related apps. This technological expansion would allow “digital natives,” children who have been raised with technology, to explore in a medium with which they are more familiar. This familiarity would hopefully allow these “natives” to absorb more detailed information about the works under study.
Since 2010, the formal learning of a guided tour has been enriched significantly by combining games and activities that delve into issues relating to the museum into the educational setting. Far from being a toy factory, the laboratory seeks to reflect the scientific specificity and high standards held by the Vatican Museums. The educational projects undertaken, therefore, seek to strike a balance between work and play, maintaining a level of fun while preparing the student for the incredibly specific museum industry. The program will be developed in close collaboration with the heads of the Scientific Departments and representatives of the “historical” Restoration Laboratories. During our workshop, the students will delve into the meaning of different artistic techniques, such as fresco, tempera, oil painting, mosaics, and weaving and the significance of the materials used, such as organic and inorganic pigments and binders. At the completion of the course, the students will be able to implement their knowledge of materials and techniques through specific scientific workshops and analyses, using tools such as the digital microscope. The spread of new multimedia teaching aids in Italian schools, referred to as ICT (Information and Communication Technology), is changing the learning landscape of schools. The traditional style that relies heavily on written texts has been replaced by a new cognitive process characterized by the multisensory acquisition of knowledge by young people. This is a main reason why the Educational Services of the Vatican Museums wishes to upgrade the educational tools currently at use in their school. They aim to provide the laboratory with a digital whiteboard, capable of revolutionizing the visualization, interaction, and communication between participants in different activities. Among the many applications provided by this technology is the visualization of specifically developed educational presentations, the ability to connect the board to other consumer electronics such as digital microscopes, and the addition of photographs and videos to group activities.
Dr. Maria Serlupi Crescenzi attended “La Sapienza” University in Rome where she graduated with honors, after defending her final thesis on the topic of graffiti and decorated facades in Rome in the 15th and 16th centuries. She also earned a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Florence. She has worked as the Head of the Office of Didactic Activities and Special Visits of the Vatican Museums since 1989. She is responsible for welcoming and guiding important visitors to the Vatican Museums, such as Heads of State and diplomatic delegations. She also oversees projects intended to open up the museums to schools, universities, and cultural associations and coordinates and promotes visits to the museums.
Software Development for Educational
ACTIVITIES € 7.000,00
60 TABLET € 18.000,00
The Construction of a Tablet ChargingStation
Celestron HDM Pro-Digital Microscope,with 5 megapixel sensor, magnification from 20x a 200x, with 1.2 m
L.I.M. Lavagna Interattiva Multimediale, schermo LED da 70’, pannello Touch Screen, computer integrato, software di gestione
€ 8.000,00 Approx