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QUERINI STAMPALIA BETWEEN HISTORY, WATER AND FOOD: EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES Through educational workshops Fondazione Querini Stampalia and the participating children will develop the theme of Water and Food, both as a resource vital for life, and in their form as channels along which, for centuries, men, goods, culture and knowledge have travelled and met.  
Diverse workshops, divided for age and topic.

Children 3 – 6 years
I open the door and see...
Visiting the spaces designed by Carlo Scarpa, particular attention will be given to the different elements of the space: elements living together- plants in the garden, water in the canals, doors “hidden” by walls, the floor lighting…
In this way the group leader will stimulate the curiosity of the children in order to give them greater understanding of exactly these elements.
The following workshop will be Under Venice’s Lagoon.  After a reading of Stepan Zavrel’s picture book, the workshop will be directed to producing, using natural materials chosen specifically for their importance in terms of developing sense-perception, a collective work inspired by the lagoon, its algae, its channels, and the microorganisms which make it so special and unique.

What shall I eat today?
The visit starts with the children’s tastes and their habits and preferences with regards to food and helps discover the variety of foods which are presented in the scenes of Venetian life by artist Gabriel Bella.
Following this is the workshop Food, what colours! After an animated reading, the workshop will realise a colourful group work of music, using foods, just as the painters of the past did.  The children will create an opera-menu, assembling their favourite foods.
6-10 year olds
Water isn’t just for drinking!
The visit to the Scarpa area will show how the architect knew how to defend the ground floor from acqua alta (high water) in an original way.
The workshop Drops and splashes of colour, after an inviting reading on water will lead the children to invent an individual work which will fantastically narrate a story about water and the lagoon and which will focus on the realisation of an original acquatic garden drawing from ideas taken from the Scarpa area.
Our beautifully laid table
The visit to the museum will focus on Alvise Querini’s porcelain table service, showing the students the variety of plates which were once used: today instead it is all replaced by plastic, a non-ecological material and also much less elegant and individual.
The Speaking works workshop sees short readings on food to inspire the students to write a story as a group where plates, drinks, cutlery, porcelain and glasses, become the protagonists of fantastical tales.

11-13 year olds
If Venice didn’t have acqua alta?
In the visit to the architectural spaces the group leader will point out the aspects of diversity and of unity in the works by Scarpa, Botta and Pastor on the ground floor.  The architects have restored the sixteenth century palace in a way both resepectful to its history, that of Venice and also attentive to the contemporary needs of the guests of the Fondazione.
The workshop Natural Writing invites the students to write a tale which has as its protagonists the plants and essences which live thanks to the water and which were chosen by Scarpa for the palace garden.
Did painters paint food?
The visit to the museum allows the students to discover, by means of the history of food and everday life as depicted in the paintings of Longhi and Bella, the luck which we have today in the huge variety of foods. Nutrition is read both as a primary need of man and as a comodity to share and manage correctly considering less fortunate countries.

The workshop I’ll tell you about the painting, is divided into two parts, a first which will be formed of a reading, to give the students some quick tips and techniques for reading and the possibility of choosing poetry or tales which will help to explain more fully some of the works present in the collection.  Following this the second part of the lab will encourage the students to allow the works to speak returning to the exhibition or by video recording. 

The cost of the activity is 80€ per class.  Booking is essential.
The same workshops can be realised for families, by prior arrangement, with prices according to request type.
For information call. 041/2711411; email didattica@querinistampalia.org
  • Fondazione Querini Stampalia, S. Maria Formosa, Castello 5252
    Venezia (VE)


The Fondazione Querini Stampalia hosts a Library open until midnight and on holidays, and a Museum where furniture and works of art from the 14th to the 20th centuries convey the atmosphere of a patrician residence.
On the ground floor of the sixteenth-century building there are the area restored in 1963 by Carlo Scarpa and the recent work of Mario Botta which make visible the profound renewal of the Foundation.
A unique set that offers functional spaces for cultural and special events.

S. Maria Formosa, Castello 5252
30122 - Venezia (VE)
+390412711411 www.querinistampalia.org
Palazzo Querini Stampalia, a few steps from Piazza San Marco, is considered one of the most interesting architectures in Venice.
Its history is linked to the Querini family, and particularly to his last descendant, Count Giovanni, who in 1868 bequeathed to the city of Venice the entire family assets: real estate and personal properties, books and art collections, all for public use.
In his will, he determines, for this purpose, the creation of an institution capable to promote "the cult of fine studies and useful disciplines" and open as much as possible, but especially when the other cultural institutions are closed.
In 1869, after his death, the palace became the seat of the Foundation, where a library, a museum and an area for temporary exhibitions are set up.
The Library has general topics and makes available to the public more than 350,000 volumes, of which 32,000 are directly accessible in the reading rooms, which are open until late at night and even on holidays. The oldest part of its collections consists of manuscripts, incunabula and 16th-century editions, ancient atlases and maps, which together with the family archives provide valuable historical documents to the scholars.

On the second floor the House-Museum, with the 18th century and neoclassical furniture, porcelain, biscuits, sculptures, globes and paintings from the 14th to the 20th centuries, conveys the atmosphere of a patrician residence with its mirrors and Murano glass chandeliers and fabrics woven on antique patterns. A journey through the history of Venetian art from the Renaissance of Giovanni Bellini to the Settecento of Giambattista Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi, Gabriel Bella.

The architectures of Carlo Scarpa, Valeriano Pastor and Mario Botta are the most visible signs of the contemporary approach to the 16th-century palace, where the comparison between different languages and the contamination between the different art forms are routinely sought in the events proposed to the public.
Carlo Scarpa achieves from 1959 to 1963 the well known restoration of the ground floor, which is based on a measured combination of modern and antique features and on a great skill in using materials typical to the Venetian tradition. Scarpa designed the bridge and the entrance, with the barriers of defense against the high tide, the noble staircase to the first floor, the portego and the garden.
From1982 to 1997 Valeriano Pastor designed works of consolidation and general reorganization of the building, but also specific interventions. The attention to the details of a door, or of a covered walkway, is the assimilation of Carlo Scarpa's example, revisited and returned in an original way. The pivot of this reorganization is the vertical connection housed in the space of a 19th-century staircase no longer in use. Pastor's achitectural insert gives the necessary unity to the articulated system of the Foundation.
The Italian-Swiss architect Mario Botta designed the new service area around a beautiful indoor court on which the Cafeteria and the Bookshop windows overlook. The Court also leads to the Auditorium, that completes this unique, complex and flexible place where ancient rooms next to modern spaces provide a stimulating setting for individual study and cultural initiatives.




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