At the Hellenic Museum we believe in lifelong learning. Our range of workshops are designed to engage, educate and inspire curiosity in students of all ages.
Our education programs promote critical and creative thinking and intercultural capability; and are aligned with the Victorian Curriculum K-12. Historically focused tours, workshops and Object Based Learning classes delve into the development of Greek culture and society. General tours discuss issues of history, identity, community, migration, multiculturalism and the changing nature of religion in the Greek and wider world.
ANCIENT CULTURES - GREECE & ROME
This workshop is an exploration of the intersection between ancient Greek and Roman cultures, two of the most influential and far-reaching civilisations in the Western world. By analysing classical mythology, literature, art and history, students gain insight into gender politics, authority and power, heroism, glory, man and the universe, human societies and the limitations of the western world.
This workshop includes Object-based learning and a ceramic analysis activity.
Object-based learning can offer something to all learners, whatever their learning style. Using objects can enhance student experiences and help achieve the following:
• Encourage group and class discussion
• Provide a direct link to the past
• Engage the senses, especially touch and sight
• Develop skills—observation, inquiry, evaluation, group work, speaking, listening and deduction.
In our object-based learning classes students have the opportunity to have a hands-on encounter with original and replica objects which has been shown to stimulate curiosity, deepen understanding, improve retention of knowledge, unlock the imagination and promote social learning. Classes are offered as a full 1-hour experience or as a 30-minute add-on to enhance a workshop or tour.
BLOOD, SWEAT & SPEARS
In this craft filled workshop, students will make their own Hoplite shield. Students will learn about Hoplite armour and the important role the Hoplites played in Ancient Greek city states like Sparta where free citizens served as hoplites their entire lives. Donning their armour, students will engage in a historical re-enactment of the Hoplite’s famous Phalanx military formation.
Looking actively and closely at artefacts of war students explore:
The development of ancient Greek warfare.
The nature of Homeric and aristocratic warfare as opposed to hoplite values.
Warfare as depicted in mythological contexts and historical events.
War and trade at sea.
By actively engaging with original and replica Greek vases (from Neolithic to Black and Red figure vases), students will be encouraged to decode and read the iconography of ancient gods, heroes, monsters and mortals. Students will also explore the production, aesthetics, form, function and important role of ceramics in the everyday lives of ancient Greeks. Through this inquiry we will unlock ancient Greek culture, values, innovation and economy.
Participants will be encouraged to use their senses, such as touch and sight, to interpret the artefacts and their socio-historical significance. The workshop will challenge students’ visual literacy skills, spur group discussion and critical historical inquiry.