Exploring an architectural Icon
In teams of experts, children from Ziebigk Elementary School investigated and considered a tour for school pupils according to self-selected questions. The children's suggestions were the basis for a re-conception of a hand-on tour for children, whereby they solve assignments independently at several stages in the Bauhaus Building. Test runs with different age groups at the school provided information about any need for changes to the tour's fine planning. Now, the children explore, in teams competing with one another, various points in the famous Bauhaus Building. Activity sheets with action-oriented research assignments invite them to try things out, deliberate, and solve puzzles. Since January 2019 the tour has been part of the regular outreach programme of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Margitta Gartmann / Teacher responsible for the project
March 2017 and May 2018
Silke Wallstein / Bauhaus Agent
Since January 2019 schools can book the tours "Bauhaus researchers", "Bauhaus experts" and "Bauhaus detectives" at the visitor service.
The methods employed were participatory, deriving from theatre, music, and dance education. They include spatial challenges and movement games, artistic forms of play and expression, observation games, fixed images, research, dramatic writing, reflection, and discussion.
The accompanying teachers gained ideas for preparatory and follow-up work in connection with a visit to the Bauhaus. There are plans to develop accompanying teaching materials, with which the Bauhaus can be studied as a topic in the context of various school subjects. (SW 2018)