Five themes have been developed to help the teachers during their cultural and European trip in Antwerp and Brussels:
- Rubens, painter, humanist and diplomat
How to take on a career as a prolific artist, a diplomat for the courts of great European sovereigns while running a business and socializing with intellectuals of one’s time ? Antwerp during the Golden Age makes it possible.
- Antwerp, Port-city
What is a harbour ? Facilities, a cosmopolitan spirit ? Antwerp is a city open to many flows and influences, a common stop and a place of exchange, a city sensitive to the different waves of migrations and the world’s vibrations since the Middle Ages. Antwerp fits the very definition of a harbour city.
- Antwerp and the world of images and forms
How do works of art interact with the place where it has been created ? Is the artistic production the mirror of a society ? Why has the resourceful Antwerp become one of the artistic capital of Europe throughout the centuries ?
- Antwerp, “victorious city of merchants”
Where do the merchants fit in the city’s changes and the artistic fields that blossomed in Antwerp throughout the centuries ? Merchant, goods, commodification ; many changes, far beyond the commercial area, were born from these material realities, from the search of profit.
- The shared values and history of Europe
Why are culture and Europe so intertwined ? What does it mean to “be European” ? As we dive into the world of European institutions, we can live the daily developments of this great project for a united Europe and discover again our shared history. The exploration of a sense of European identity, combined with that of culture, gives the trip its full coherence.
These themes consist of different modules that are consistently connected and that can be used as ready-to-use projects by the teachers, following their educational goals. However, these themes and modules can also be customised and adapted. With such modules, teachers get the chance to combine and create very original courses. One of Rubens Project’s great qualities is its flexible programme. During the trip, our experienced guides will take the educational goals and ambitions of the teachers into account.
For each module, pedagogical resources are provided. They include work to be done in advance: documents supplemented by written, video and audio supports, available on the Intranet of the website. All content is also tagged with a specific subject (history, geography, etc.), and offer tools for help during the visits, lesson plans for the workshops, evaluation documents and proposed activities to continue after the program.
“Nous aspirons à une Europe où la diversité des cultures, les arts, le patrimoine culturel et naturel sont essentiels au développement d’une véritable ouverture d’esprit et des droits fondamentaux.”Conseil de l’Europe
Art and culture are at the heart of the Rubens Project – Art History as well as the visual arts and art education. They are also approached as the witnesses of our society and of the past and the present.
Thus, the European dimension is always present: the city of Antwerp illustrating European history and identity, and Brussels within broader European spectrum.