Education and Outreach
The Georg Kolbe Museum is a lively place of encounter. The diverse activities of the Education and Outreach department bring people of all ages together and allow visitors with a wide range of interests and needs to enter into direct dialogue with actors in the field of art and culture. Communicating art takes place on different levels. Guided by the idea of learning with and from each other, it always pursues the goal of the greatest possible participation. The regular offerings of the Education and Outreach department include guided tours of exhibitions – with interpretation in German sign language if required – touch tours as well as workshops for daycare groups, school classes, families, and people with psychiatric experience. In addition to an extensive program accompanying the respective exhibitions, the museum’s education team works with various cooperation partners on a variety of sustainable projects.
School Classes and Daycare Groups
For school classes and daycare groups of all ages, the Georg Kolbe Museum offers a series of changing, cross-exhibition workshops in cooperation with Jugend im Museum. In age-appropriate tours through the former studio house, children are introduced to artistic work as well as the raison d’être of a museum. Current exhibitions are explored using creative-playful approaches and artistic practices. Longer-term collaborations with schools and daycare centers can be individually conceived and implemented by arrangement. Currently, two bookable school class offerings are available: Wirbeln, springen, tanzen – Skulpturen erschaffen und animieren and Linien finden, Kanten kleben – Tape Art trifft auf Skulptur. Our education team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about project cooperation.
Children and Families
During the school holidays, the museum regularly hosts creative vacation weeks for children between the ages of 8 and 12, which can be booked through Jugend im Museum. In addition, recreational courses for different age groups devoted to various artistic techniques and exhibition-specific topics are always on the schedule. In the context of special family workshops, adults with children from the age of four are invited to get to know the museum and the current exhibition in the company of trained art educators and to become creative together, inspired by art, architecture and the history of the place. Current recreational activities for children and families can be found here. The next winter holiday workshop will take place from January 31 to February 3, 2022 and can be booked through Jugend im Museum.
All of the museum’s current exhibitions are complemented by a broad program of guided tours, exhibition talks, lectures and workshops. The GKM offers adult visitors the opportunity to explore the exhibition themes in a variety of ways and to immerse oneself in unknown worlds as only art can make possible Public guided tours in German take place every Wednesday and Sunday at 2 pm and can be attended without advance booking. Individual group tours are available on request in German, English and Italian and at the desired dates and times. Please send booking requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by phone. An overview of information on prices can be found here, and current special tours and exhibition-specific events for adults can be found here.
Ever since the museum was founded in 1950, the GKM has regularly offered touch tours for the blind and people with visual impairments. In recent years, this offer has been expanded into an inclusive, low-barrier program that emphasizes the aspect of learning together. In addition to inclusive touch tours, the museum’s outreach team periodically offers tours with interpretation in German sign language as well as creative workshops for people with psychiatric experience. Since 2018, the development of the area of inclusive outreach work has been progressing steadily, with the aim of transforming the museum into an increasingly accessible place where visitors with a wide range of needs feel welcome, through long-term projects and initiatives. If current dates for inclusive offers are available you can find them here.
In cooperation with Jugend im Museum, the GKM’s outreach team has developed a three-hour educational workshop that provides insight into practices of art education in the context of museums as a place of learning and experience for children from elementary school to upper secondary school. The offer promotes an active exchange of experiences between schools and museums. Teachers, educators and trainees are invited to get to know, try out and discuss methods of art education with experts from the museum’s team and to examine their usability in the classroom or in all-day settings. The focus of the encounter with the original artworks in the museum is on intuitive approaches, associative thinking, performative work, and playful experimentation with language. Please contact our education team for more details.