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Villa Carlotta offers to groups of different ages and provenance several opportunities for interpreting its historic-artistic and botanic heritage: museum rooms, art masterpieces, plant collections, and a unique cultural landscape.

Villa Carlotta has developed a program of lectures, guided trails and workshops focused on different subjects. Art and Science melt together to provide different views and meanings, revealing thus the complex identity of this important institution. 

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BOTANICAL WALK
Time: 2 hours - Price: 10 €


A guided tour with a botanical topic, to observe the characteristics of trees, shrubs and herbaceous species, i.e. the protagonists of the life of a botanical garden. An opportunity to reflect on the precious relationship between man and nature, observing how the able hands of expert gardeners and landscape designers have skillfully melded the needs of plants coming from all over the world with the characteristics of the garden, to create an open-air museum.




SIGHT, HEARING, TOUCH AND SMELL: THE SENSES ENABLING US TO DISCOVER THE WORLD
Time: half day for primary school / 1 hour for nursery school and kindergarten - Price: 10 for primary school / 5 for nursery school and kindergarten €


What better location than a garden for discovering the potential of the primary learning tools at our disposal for finding out about the world we live in? To enhance the use of our senses and to learn how to encode the information we receive from the world, we take a plunge into the park through several fun sensorial experiences.




UP FOR HERBALISM AT VILLA CARLOTTA
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


After a short guided tour of the botanical garden to observe some ornamental species that are also important for us from a medical and pharmacological viewpoint, we will make a simple herbal formulation using natural, non-toxic materials and simple methods.




HOW DO PLANTS WORK?
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Plant physiology for kids: simple workshops for getting them to approach scientific experimentation by analyzing phenomena which are described in books but hard to understand. From photosynthesis to sap transport, from gas exchanges to sugar production. To top it all, a tour of the garden!




CELL, TISSUE, ORGAN
Time: 2 hours - Price: 10 €


Discovering the smallest living unit through observations of plant cells and tissues, prepared on slides by the students themselves. The use of a microscope with a camera for image detection on a PC will enable the slides to be viewed by all of the students. In addition, a tour of the garden to investigate where the tissues constitute the organs.




BIO-CAMOUFLAGE: WHEN NATURE INSPIRES HUMAN INTELLIGENCE
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


What is the relationship between Arctium lappa grass and Velcro? What is the connection between a lime tree fruit and a helicopter? Throughout history, man has sharpened his wits to find solutions to problems by drawing inspiration from nature. This workshop will be an opportunity to develop an ability for critical thinking and to stimulate problem-solving skills. 




WALKING THROUGH MILLENNIA
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


How did the extraordinary and wonderful plant diversity we appreciate today come to life? A journey through millennia to investigate plant evolution, from unicellular algae to Angiosperms. Magnifying glasses and notebooks will be our tools: together we will discover the features of the most important taxonomic groups.




A MICROWORLD IN A DROP OF WATER
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


A surprising journey inside a drop of water to discover the secrets of a teeming world: the world of aquatic microorganisms. We will observe and identify microscopic algae and animals using a microscope with a camera. 




HOME SWEET HOME: HABITATS IN THE PARK
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


A habitat is the home of a plant or an animal. For one day, we will study the habitats of the park by assessing physico-chemical parameters and analyzing biotic components (insects, crustaceans, arachnids, …). Like naturalists, we will run a number of workshops aimed at discovering the ecology of the different park environments.




A BOTANICAL GARDEN WITH SIX LEGS
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Insects are present in each habitat of our planet and allow us to monitor the environmental quality since they are good bio-indicators. They are also important elements of many trophic chains. To discover their amazing world, we will share the experience of sampling and census methods, we will study their habitats and their extraordinary adaptations. The field data collected could be processed at school or could represent the starting point for further studies.




A FLOWER IS ALL YOU NEED!
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Attractive colors, nectar, pleasing perfumes: Why? Let’s investigate the structure of flowers, these masterpieces of nature, and the reasons for the shapes and colors we find so attractive, not to mention the greedy insects looking for nourishment. Then, we will set out to discover the park, by searching for fruits, i.e. flowers that have accomplished their task of giving life to new plants. 




CREATIVE BOTANIST
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Constructing a herbarium in order to familiarize with the plants in our gardens. Making it creative, colorful and useful will be a tough challenge. From the exploration and collection of plants to the composition of a unique herbarium which may be hung up or carried with us at all times, but always carefully maintained. 




PLANT NUMBERS
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Based on set rules, mathematics is part of music, art, architecture, as well as almost all natural elements. Symmetry, proportion and harmony: we will study these and other concepts by observing the distribution of petals on a flower, of leaves on a stem and of veins on a leaf by using such bizarre tools as angular mirrors, thread counters, and compasses to discover the secrets of the natural laws and to learn maths in a way that is fun. 




DISCOVER VILLA CARLOTTA: LET’S EXPLORE THE GARDENS!
Time: 2 hours


An expert botanist will accompany you along a step by step itinerary inside the extensive gardens of Villa Carlotta, encouraging you to reflect on the characteristics of its protagonists, that is to say, the trees, bushes and plants of all forms and colours, and on the important relationship between man and nature. You will see how the expert intervention of skilled gardeners and landscape designers has artfully combined the requirements of plants coming from the most diversified areas of the world with the features of the garden, to give shape to an authentic open-air museum.  

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




TREES OR MONUMENTS?
Time: 2 hours


Come to discover the magnificient and silent presences that delight the walk of visitors with their silhouettes, different tone of green leaves (and not only green!), foliages with assorted forms, branches’ bearing and barks of incredible textures and colours. This journey in the botanical garden will allow us to discover secrets and curiosity.  

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




ONE GARDEN, THOUSAND PLANTS, MANY APPLICATIONS
Time: 2 hours


An itinerary to discover the counteless applications of plants. During a workshop of herbal medicine, it will be possible to create simple preparations (toothpaste or body cream) that highlight the deep relationship between humans and plant kingdom. 

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




LANDSCAPING AND ARCHITECTURE IN THE GARDEN
Time: 2 hours


How to design a garden? Through the survey of the architectural values and the most significant botanical elements at Villa Carlotta, we will collect clues for understanding how to design a garden or a building. During the workshop, different knowledge will be connected: natural philosophy, art history, physics, architecture, geography and biology. 

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




RAINBOW IN THE GARDEN
Time: 2 hours


Countless colours of flowers, different shades of green and garish berries: what is the meaning of colours in vegetable kingdom? After the visit of the garden, we will explore the numerous tones of colours by pigment extraction from plants for creating delicate watercolours. 

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




BIO-CAMOUFLAGE: when nature inspires human intelligence
Time: 2 hours


What is the relationship between Arctium lappa grass and Velcro? What is the connection between a lime tree fruit and a helicopter? Throughout history, man has sharpened his wits to find solutions to problems by drawing inspiration from nature. This workshop will be an opportunity to develop an ability for critical thinking and to stimulate problem-solving skills. 

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




DISCOVER VILLA CARLOTTA: LET’S EXPLORE THE MUSEUM!
Time: 2 hours


One dwelling and three owners. A private home which, in the course of two centuries, has been turned into a veritable museum. Strategy, advertising and acumen: these are the elements which have made Villa Carlotta one of the most sought-after tourist spots ever since the 1800s.  With an expert art historian, you will get the chance to learn the history of its owners, while observing the physical signs of their presence: the richly adorned rooms, the precious artworks, the lavish 19th century furniture, the Venetian terrazzo floors… who commissioned them? And why? An experience that takes you through the collections of the Villa to discover the secrets and interesting facts behind them.

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




FRANCESCO HAYEZ AND HIS COLOUR PALETTE
Time: 2 hours


The collections of Villa Carlotta contain a significant nucleus of works by Francesco Hayez. This extraordinary itinerary takes a close look at his artistic and pictorial activity, starting from the findings of some chemical analyses recently carried out on the painting of the Last Kiss of Romeo and Juliette, which have provided some interesting information on the palette composition used by the artist. You will experience an alternative way to explore the complexity of an artwork, its various levels of interpretation and the different professional figures at work in a museum.

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




ARTISTS’ TECHNIQUES AND SECRETS
Time: 2 hours


Stucco decorations, plaster casts, mosaics and Venetian terrazzo, marble statues, oil paintings, frescoes, marquetry tables and tapestries. For centuries, Villa Carlotta has safeguarded all sorts of artefacts. But how is a tapestry actually made? And what about a piece of marquetry? This experience will help us to learn and familiarize with the techniques used by artists to create the masterpieces we can see all around us. The visit will be followed by a workshop during which we shall get to prepare tempera colours using natural pigments and fixatives, just as the great masters used to do before the advent of industrial paints.  

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




CREATIVITY AND COMPOSITION: WHAT LIES BEHIND A MASTERPIECE
Time: 2 hours


How is a work of art created? We shall find out, armed with pencil and paper, by observing the compositional elements and studying the colours of the artworks on display in Villa Carlotta. A successful painting is the sum of numerous elements we often take for granted: light and shade, colour combinations, proportions, highlights and symmetry. This activity sets out to explore what lies beneath the surface of the canvas, because what we see is not only fruit of creative genius but also of a precise set of compositional rules.

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




THE MASTERPIECES OF VILLA CARLOTTA
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


What is a museum? How is the Villa Carlotta museum laid out? Which artworks does it house? How did these artworks get here in the first place? What did the artists wish to communicate through their masterpieces? How did they create them? A journey through the museum collections to discover their secrets and enjoy a full immersion in beauty. This will not be any ordinary guided tour! 




CREATIVITY AND COMPOSITION: HOW CAN WE STUDY AN ARTWORK?
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Do you really think that the figures of a painting are casually drawn in? How can we make a statue stand firmly on the ground? What are the leading lines of an artwork? What are they used for? To answer these and other questions, we will offer you the opportunity of an amazing tour to discover the artists’ secrets. 




A MYTH TO END ALL MYTHS
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Villa Carlotta jealously guards many ancient myths and stories, hidden among its artworks. This is one way to transform a museum visit into a remarkable opportunity to explore this literature genre, starting from the collections and objects on display. And for once, we will learn by doing… so, leave your books at school! 




A DIP IN THE BLUE
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


An immersion in the artistic experience of Francesco Hayez and his painting technique, by taking a closer look at a specific color to analyze its different hues. Starting from these shades of blue, we will go on to investigate the Hayez masterpieces in the museum rooms. We will focus on the symbolic use of color and the scientific surveys providing us with new information about the artworks of this great artist. 




A.I.T. - ARTWORK INVESTIGATIVE TEAM
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


An activity in the form of a survey enabling the kids to investigate the materials and all of the steps preceding the realization of an oil painting. Invited to adopt a scientific approach, the students will become museum detectives, collecting evidence and formulating hypotheses in their efforts to discover all the secrets behind Francesco Hayez’s artworks. An unusual method is adopted to teach the importance of chemical and scientific analysis in the management of our cultural heritage.




AAA. PROFESSIONALS WANTED
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


To explore the complexity of an artwork, its different interpretive levels and the various skills involved: this research project carried out at Villa Carlotta is focused on the work of Francesco Hayez. Using  tools associated with the various skills of the research team members (chemists/physicians, historians and restorers), we will try to record as much information as possible about the paintings being analyzed, in order to discover the different interpretive levels of a masterpiece.




ART UNDER YOUR FEET: VENETIAN TERRAZZO & MOSAIC
Time: one day - Price: 15 €


The floors of Villa Carlotta are a beautiful example of Venetian Terrazzo, a particular type of marble mosaic.  You all walk over it without actually seeing it! Together, we will discover this special technique and try to make a simple version of our own.




EXPERIMENTING WITH COLOR
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


We will trace the history of color by preparing tempera with eggs and oil colors as in ancient times: we will start from an artwork kept in the museum and we will use our imagination to create a “masterpiece” of our own.  




MAKING A FRESCO
Time: one day - Price: 15 €


To test a particular artistic technique in a place where art has been preserved for more than two centuries: following in the footsteps of Giotto, we will learn about the ground layer called “arriccio”, what the “spolvero” technique is and where the pigments we use actually come from. The students may take their artworks home with them.




PORTABLE MUSEUM
Time: one day - Price: 15 €


Plaster decorations, oil paintings, mosaics and Venetian terrazzo ... Together we will experience some artistic techniques and use them to make our own mini-collection to take home with us. We will discover what it means to collect artworks and what a great gift the collectors of the past have passed down to us: we will trace the history of the Villa Carlotta museum through the techniques used to create the artworks for which it is so famous. 




ARCHITECTURE OF THE GARDEN AND ARCHITECTURE IN THE GARDEN
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


How do you design a garden? We will find out by sketching the most significant architectural and natural elements of the garden of Villa Carlotta using a notebook and pencil. This process will involve various subjects: from plant physiology to history, from physics to architecture, from geography to art and even biology.




DISCOVER VILLA CARLOTTA: LET’S EXPLORE THE MUSEUM AND GARDENS!
Time: 2 hours


This activity enables you to follow two itineraries illustrating both the artistic and botanical heritage of Villa Carlotta. An expert botanist will reveal some interesting facts regarding the hundreds of plant species growing in the gardens, while an art historian will introduce you to the secrets behind numerous artworks kept in the museum. The aim is to give you an overall view of all the interesting things this extraordinary place can offer visitors.  

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it




ART IN THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


We will follow a trail in our search for wonderful plants inside the beautiful centuries-old park where we will find some precious materials for creating our small artworks. After observing the works of some great protagonists of land art, we will go on to create some simple “masterpieces”, later to be photographed for future reference. 




FROM THE GROUND TO THE TABLE
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Among the olive trees of Villa Carlotta we may learn the history of edible plants, the way in which we nourish ourselves and how our planet is nourished: a journey of discovery through the world of agriculture, plants, animals and history, not forgetting kilometers, trophic chains and advertising!




COPYING IS AN ART
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


The art of botanical drawing requires an in-depth knowledge of plant details and an understanding of their structure, shape and texture. This type of drawing, however, constitutes a scientific tool. We will visit the park to observe and then proceed to draw its plants. 




THE TREASURE CHEST AT VILLA CARLOTTA
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


The park and the museum offer plenty of inspiration and ideas for exploring life science and artistic topics: as we walk around the park and museum, we can enjoy the hands-on teaching approach, we may back up the concepts addressed with bits and pieces collected in the park and we can actually make a number of simple objects to take home. Each student must come equipped with a shoebox.  




AN IMMERSION IN COLOR
Time: one day - Price: 15 €


A full day dedicated to the significance of color in art and nature: a guided tour in the park, another in the museum and a laboratory where pigments will be extracted from leaves, fruits and flowers. Three activities to link different subjects and to investigate new hands-on concepts and topics.




ENGLISH IN THE PARK/AT THE MUSEUM
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Who says you can only learn English in the classroom? “Learning outside the classroom” is our “motto”: this will be an opportunity to speak English in a different and very beautiful context, by taking part in new learning activities imported straight from the UK in the ambit of environmental education or by attending a workshop on art subjects.




MACROmicro: LOOKING AT THE WORLD THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES
Time: one day - Price: 15 €


What do leaves and flowers look like to an ant? Can you identify a tree by its branch structure? Two different points of view for investigating the world like junior scientists. Magnifying glasses and microscopes with a camera, papers and pencils: these are our tools. Learning to observe is another way to discover new things! 




FLAX: THE STORY OF A SEED, A YARN AND A FABRIC … WHICH IS PART OF OUR HISTORY!
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


Some general considerations on the various plants used by man with a focus on one in particular, which stands out for its ancient tradition and multiple uses. We will investigate four topics: the botany of flax, from seed to thread, from yarn to fabric, and the sustainability of its production and manufacturing processes.




LANDSCAPE
Time: half day - Price: 10 €


From the portrayal of nature in Art History to landscape art in contemporary installations: how do artists relate with the landscape? And how do we relate with it? We shall start out from some of the paintings displayed in the museum and the extraordinary views to be enjoyed from the garden; we will adopt the languages of science and art.




METASAGA

Metasaga is the name of a process or framework: it’s a fantastic tool as it encourages the people involved to explore local culture and understand their place in the wider world. Each metasaga belongs to the people involved in it, they have ownership. It is an experience developed through a trail with multiple stops (a saga) where participants will discover the garden’s secrets. These will become metaphors/opportunities to think of our working life and will be used as a stimulus for developing key skills such as team work and leadership. At the end of this experience the group will take part to a workshop: this will offer the opportunity of having a short moment during which people will share in an informal way their personal achievements from the metasaga.

Info: didattica@villacarlotta.it