“Located in Saint Petersburg, the State Hermitage Museum was founded in 1764 by Catherine II, who wanted to symbolize the greatness of Russia with a prestigious collection. After the October 1917 revolution, the imperial collections became the property of the state. The Hermitage comprises five buildings: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage, the New Hermitage and the theater. "
Source: La Presse
The next activities will allow students to get to know the Hermitage Museum, its five buildings and famous works of art on display there for the benefit of tourists from all over the world.
At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Learn about the five buildings of the Hermitage Museum;
- Learn about the city of St. Petersburg;
- Locate the city of St. Petersburg on a world map;
- Visit the Hermitage museum on Google Art project;
- Compare Italian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch and French works.
ACTIVITY 1: Let's locate St-Petersburg
Begin the activity by doing a collective reading of this cuff then, on Google maps, locate the city of St. Petersburg in Russia.
Continue this activity by asking students to name what they know about this country. Then present this documentary on the city of St. Petersburg in the form of a travel diary.
Here are some questions that could be asked of the students following the viewing while having as a visual support this plug description of the city of St. Petersburg:
- In which country is this city located?
- What is the capital of Russia?
- What is the climate in this city?
- How many inhabitants live in this city?
- What are the main tourist attractions?
- What are the neighboring countries?
- In what year was this city inaugurated?
ACTIVITY 2: Discovering the Hermitage Museum
Suggest that the students learn about the five main buildings that make up the Hermitage Museum and find the type of exhibition that is presented there. An important source of information is Wikipedia but you could also challenge students to find this information on their own by browsing the web independently.
Hand out a copy of the following log sheet so that they can write down some information about each of the five buildings of the famous Hermitage Museum.
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Download the file in PDF format (.pdf)
ACTIVITY 3: Famous works
Start this activity by presenting the site Google Art Project, in the section dedicated to the Hermitage Museum, you can admire 22 paintings by the greatest painters in history which are exhibited at the Hermitage Museum.
Have the students make a collage of famous paintings that display the walls of the Hermitage Museum. While consulting Wikipedia, you will realize that it is possible to find Italian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch and French paintings there.
Suggest that the students find a work on display at the Hermitage Museum for each of the categories listed above and find characteristics that are common or that distinguish each of the styles. The site of Flickr can be a good source of information.
You could suggest that students use software such as Power point in order to achieve their collage. It will be easy for them to insert two images with similar or different characteristics on the same page and to write a descriptive sentence to express their words. Also inform them that they will have to cite the source of the images that will be used.
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