The link to the school community is one of the core parts of the Museo Reina Sofía’s education activities, which is why it offers a varied programme of visits and workshops for pupils aged between 5 and 18 and also works closely with teaching collectives.
Activities for school pupils are based on contemporary art’s potential to stimulate learning processes, which involve perception, emotion, thought and social interaction. Therefore, the Museo stands out for its continuous exploration of new possibilities and resources for students to perceive, feel, find meaning in and share art. The development of different methodologies to access art is, moreover, prompted by the development of the characteristics and needs of the students, who differ greatly in the different stages of schooling.
Play, which has become a starting point for the perception of art in Infant Education (4-5 year-olds), leads on to activities in Primary Education comprised of image, sound, body and movement activities that generate a far-reaching artistic experience. In Secondary Education, on the other hand, art is viewed as a platform from which to stimulate reflection and debate between students, which is why themes and artists linked to the analysis of contemporary society are chosen and students are encouraged to work as a group and with initiative and interpretative independence.
In addition to the workshops offered at all levels of education, teachers can choose to request guided tours given by senior cultural volunteers. This programme not only brings pupils closer to the Museo’s Collection, it also adds value as it fosters the intergenerational contact between school pupils and senior citizens.