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Experiencing the dark room and dialog–based art viewing

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum Teachers’ Program

Event Report

No.015
Participating teachers listen to explanation in the dark room.

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2017.01.15

What is a teachers’ program?

The teachers’ programs, held every summer, are for teachers at elementary, junior, and high schools, and special education schools in Tokyo. Staff members and experts working at museums and exhibition halls prepare a variety of programs to provide ideas for regular class lessons, on how to teach, and for fieldtrips. Out of the six Tokyo municipality-run cultural facilities that participated in this program this year, we decided to report on the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, located in Ebisu.

Experiencing both art-making and exhibition-viewing

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum offers a number of school programs. Today, we will be taking part in the “dark room photo development experience program” and “art viewing experience program.”

In the dark room program, we learned a photo development technique called “photogram,” in which shadows and shapes of various objects are transferred directly onto photographic paper. Depending on the shape of the object and how much light permeates, unexpected images appear in the photograph.

In the art viewing program, we first played the “colors, shapes, and words game” as a warm-up exercise. The participants then went to the exhibition hall and viewed the artwork individually for one minute. After that, Atsuko Takeuchi, museum curator in charge of education programs, began facilitating a dialog with the participants. Through this dialog, we learn what others noticed in the artwork, and this begins to shift our views.

All teachers at any of the elementary, junior, or high schools or special education schools, regardless of whether they are public or private, are eligible to take part in these programs. We invited you to give it a try. (Please note that all programs for the 2017 school year have already ended.)

A clear acrylic box containing objects (acrylic and plastic items, marbles, lace, etc.), used as a motif for the photogram, is placed on a photographic paper and exposed to light.

Photogram images created using the above-mentioned motif.

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The “colors, shapes, and words” game. A participant is holding a piece that conjured the word “spicy” for her and is explaining why.

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In the exhibition hall. Atsuko Takeuchi, curator in charge of education programs (right), and participants.

Original text: Emi Sato
Photo: Shu Nakagawa

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Yebisu Garden Place
1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3280-0099
https://topmuseum.jp/e/contents/index.html

INFORMATION

Teachers’ Programs 2017 - Connecting Schools with Cultural Facilities

Teachers of elementary, junior, and senior high schools and special education schools can experience the educational programs offered at various facilities. In 2017, these teachers’ programs were offered at six facilities.
TargetTeachers at elementary, junior, and senior high schools and special education schools within Tokyo
CapacityAround 20 participants per program
CostFree
*Acceptance of applications have closed for this school year.
https://www.rekibun.or.jp/en/about/education/
[Inquiries]Planning and PR Division, General Affairs Office, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Tel03-5610-3503