HAVING FUN WHILE LEARNING ABOUT SACRED ART!
The goal of the MASF Educational Service is to mediate and coordinate programmes and activities designed to divulge the Museum’s collection to the public.

We carry out various projects, activities and visits with schools in the Region and other institutions of social solidarity, free of charge, seeking to involve the public with the collection in an environment of exploration and shared experiences.
A TIMELESS JOURNEY WITH DECADES OF HISTORY...
In 1994, the MASF Educational Service was the first Educational Service to be founded in a museum of the Madeira Archipelago. Its constitution proved to be of particular importance in the panorama of heritage and artistic education in the archipelago, as its initial operating model served in the following years, as the inspiration for the opening of educational services in other cultural institutions throughout the archipelago, in particular, the museums of the regional public network.

Initially, the technical team of the MASF Educational Service was under the guidance of Ana Duarte of the Setúbal Museum. Made up of two teachers, one from the subject area of History and the other from Visual Arts, between 1994 and 2005, the team mainly concentrated on carrying out educational and cultural activities structured around the following points: artistic training; heritage education; the use of games.

Since 2007, the head of the educational service, Martinho Mendes, has gradually added other strategies and educational perspectives. In 2013, in his master thesis entitled “Dialogues between Ancient Art and Contemporary Art at the Sacred Art Museum of Funchal”, Martinho Mendes defended the “Educational Model in Open Circuit”, a model based on the constructivist perspective, which says that knowledge results from the subject’s social interaction with the world, in a dialectical relationship mediated by various historical-cultural tools such as art, for example.

A TIMELESS JOURNEY WITH DECADES OF HISTORY...
In 1994, the MASF Educational Service was the first Educational Service to be founded in a museum of the Madeira Archipelago. Its constitution proved to be of particular importance in the panorama of heritage and artistic education in the archipelago, as its initial operating model served in the following years, as the inspiration for the opening of educational services in other cultural institutions throughout the archipelago, in particular, the museums of the regional public network.

Initially, the technical team of the MASF Educational Service was under the guidance of Ana Duarte of the Setúbal Museum. Made up of two teachers, one from the subject area of History and the other from Visual Arts, between 1994 and 2005, the team mainly concentrated on carrying out educational and cultural activities structured around the following points: artistic training; heritage education; the use of games.

Since 2007, the head of the educational service, Martinho Mendes, has gradually added other strategies and educational perspectives. In 2013, in his master thesis entitled “Dialogues between Ancient Art and Contemporary Art at the Sacred Art Museum of Funchal”, Martinho Mendes defended the “Educational Model in Open Circuit”, a model based on the constructivist perspective, which says that knowledge results from the subject’s social interaction with the world, in a dialectical relationship mediated by various historical-cultural tools such as art, for example.
GUIDED TOURS INFO*
The Educational Service of the museum organizes guided visits and activities for school groups and the public coming from institutions and cultural associations, care homes, Casas do Povo, etc.

*This service is currently only available in Portuguese.

There are, however, downloadable activities for children and young people**, available in English, which can be printed and brought to your visit. Have fun exploring the museum!
ACTIVITIES
MORE RECENT ACTIVITIES
PAST ACTIVITIES

2019 - EASTER AT THE MUSEUM - WORKSHOP
2019 - EASTER AT THE MUSEUM - WORKSHOP
2019 - EASTER AT THE MUSEUM - WORKSHOP
In 2019 the Educational Service held a multi-day workshop (4 mornings) on the theme "Easter at the Museum", which included the making of a 3D object, a paper jar, inspired by the liturgical objects in the collection of gold smithery.

Various activities on the theme of Easter have been organised by the Educational Service over the years.

2018 - CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSEUM - WORKSHOP VISIT
2018 - CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSEUM - WORKSHOP VISIT
2018 - CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSEUM - WORKSHOP VISIT
Under the coordination of the Educational Service, a Workshop Visit was held in 2018, entitled "Christmas at the Museum". In the first part the children could hear Christmas stories from the works on display in the Museum and at the end they built a fun "nativity box", inspired by the paintings of the Flemish collection of the Museum.

Activities on the theme of Christmas have been one of the focuses of the Educational Service over the years, given the rich representation of the theme in the Museum’s collection.

The coordination of Artistic Residencies is part of the Educational Service programme.
In 2018 MASF hosted the artistic residency of Rodrigo Costa.

2017 - SWEET THINGS
In the context of the Exhibition’s Educational Programme for the 500th anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of Funchal, we received a visit from the 4th-year students of the EB1/PE School of Santana.

The activity “Sweet things” sought to explore the relationship between art orders for Madeira and the sugar trade through the discovery of “sweet images” in the collections of paintings, sculptures and goldsmithing on display (representation of fruits and sweet foods).

Students were challenged to reflect on the possible symbolic meanings implicit, for example, in the representation of fruits such as apples, pomegranates, grapes, figs or dates. The senses were sharpened by calling on the palate to taste the different flavours and “degrees of sweetness” of those fruits, which were experienced by the students.

2017 - FROM SUGAR TO STEVIA: CONNECTIONS BETWEEN TIMES AND IMAGES
2017 - FROM SUGAR TO STEVIA: CONNECTIONS BETWEEN TIMES AND IMAGES
2017 - FROM SUGAR TO STEVIA: CONNECTIONS BETWEEN TIMES AND IMAGES
The starting point of the study visit was the reflection and dialogue based on the relationship of four images associated with Madeira, from sugar packets, among them the one that announced the exhibition "The Islands of White Gold", at the National Museum of Ancient Art, with an image of a Flemish triptych (Triptych of Santiago and São Filipe) belonging to the MASF Collection, which was exhibited in Lisbon. With this activity we tried to answer a few questions:
- What is visual communication?
- Can a sugar packet send a message?
- What messages were transmitted in the sacred art of the 15th and 16th centuries?
- How many events related to Madeira Island have appeared over the years in the sugar packets of the various brands?
- What is a collection and what importance can it have?
- Can sugar packets give rise to a collection?
- What is “white gold”?
- What packaging was used to transport sugar in the 15th and 16th centuries? - Is there just one kind of sugar?
- What is sucrose, fructose, lactose?
- Is sugar still "white gold" in our days?
- What healthier alternatives to sugar are there today?
- What importance did the discoveries have in the exchange of products between the continents? - Where does saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) originate from? What about stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)?

During the visit the students showed great enthusiasm, both for the experiences that evoked several senses (one of the most remarkable experiences was to have tasted a fresh leaf of Stevia rebaudiana), and for the discoveries and associations between the past and the current time in which we all live.
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CHILDREN ACTIVITIES
Here are some activities for children and young people to accompany the visit. Print it out and bring it with you, and have fun exploring the museum!
MASFLEXIBLE
MASFLEXIBLE
MASFlexile presents itself as a project where interdisciplinarity is affirmed, implying the work of specific contents and transversal competences, in order to value student-centered learning, involving them in the process, promoting their active and critical role in the construction of knowledge.

The Funchal Museum of Sacred Art (MASF) proposes the creation of the MASFFlexible Project following the implementation of the Curricular Autonomy and Flexibility Project (PFAC) for basic and secondary education, under Decree-Law No. 55/2018 of 6 July, within the scope of the priorities defined in the Program of the XXI Constitutional Government and taking into account the Profile of Students Completing Compulsory Schooling.

The Curricular Autonomy and Flexibility Project (PAFC) this museum intends to develop is anchored in the educational policy of the current constitutional government and aims to ensure the promotion of better learning through a curricular management contextualized within a framework of greater autonomy of schools.

As a cultural institution that also serves the educational community, the MASF finds itself obliged to accompany the emerging challenges in the current educational system. The promotion of quality education and academic success for all students during their 12 years of compulsory schooling implies ensuring that success translates into effective and meaningful learning, with consolidated knowledge mobilized in concrete situations, enhancing the development of high-level skills, which, in turn, contribute to producing citizens who successfully face the challenges posed by contemporary society.

Thus, in order to accompany the changes implemented in schools in response to the challenges arising from accelerated globalization and technological development, the MASF created the MASFFlexible, coordinated by Professor Liliana Melim, who currently heads the educational actions of the Museum’s Educational Services.

The creation and coordination of this project is the responsibility of Liliana Melim, teacher of the group 600 – Visual Arts, seconded to the MASF Educational Service. In close collaboration with her, the project also has the support of Martinho Mendes, teacher of the group 600 – Visual Arts, seconded and Coordinator of the Educational Service of MASF.

Since the project is in an initial experimental phase, the pedagogical team decided on directing the project to the 2nd and 3rd Cycles of Basic Education, which is not a final decision, as the goal is to eventually extend it to all levels of education. The initial choice of these two cycles is also due to the fact that they represent the majority of the visits and requests for the museum’s support throughout the school year.

The document Profile of Students Completing Compulsory Schooling (SP) is used as a reference for the organization of the entire educational system, contributing to the convergence and joint collaboration of decisions inherent to the various dimensions of curriculum development, making it a matrix for decisions to be adopted by managers and educational actors. The document is structured according to Principles, Vision, Values and Skill Areas.

The Essential Learning (EL) documents provide curriculum guidance based on the planning, realization and evaluation of teaching and learning, and aim to promote the development of the areas of skills listed in the Profile of Students Completing Compulsory Schooling. Constructed from existing curriculum documents, the ELs form the common reference base for learning for all students, that is, the common denominator for the curriculum, never exhausting the scope of what a student needs to learn. They, along with the Student Profile, constitute the benchmark for external evaluation.

Thus, the MASFFlexible is a project that affirms interdisciplinarity, entailing work in specific contents and transversal skills, in a logic of promoting a collaborative culture, involving young people in their learning in order to enhance student-centred learning, promoting their active and critical role in the construction of knowledge;

It is intended to provide a space that ensures compliance with the suggestions presented in the SP, through curricular flexibility. In line with this sequence, the Museum is committed to complying with what is laid out in these documents in order to coincide with the commitment of the schools.



GOALS:

As a first objective, the MASF aims to develop this project to meet the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes to be acquired by the student as defined in the EL of each discipline provided for in this context, which are specified in the objectives to be achieved in each activity. Nevertheless, it is essential to define the general objectives as follows:


• Consolidate, deepen and enrich the Essential Learning of the disciplines set forth in the project;
• Enhance the areas of skills defined in the Student Profile;
• Develop skills in research, evaluation, reflection, critical and autonomous mobilization of information with a view to problem solving;
• Promote the exercise of active citizenship, and social participation in contexts of sharing, collaboration, and confrontation of ideas;
• Implement student-centred methodologies providing meaningful learning situations;
• Enhance the management and interdisciplinary and coordinated teaching of the curriculum, namely through the development of projects that bring together learning from different disciplines;
• Develop the knowledge of and appreciation for the characteristic values of Portuguese identity, language, history and culture;
• Contribute to the understanding and acquisition of knowledge of local regional history through the objects of the MASF collections;
PUBLICATIONS
MJournals and catalogs published by MASF, and other publications about the collection, available for download.

The MASF JOURNAL is a digital annual publication showcasing the event “Museum Conferences”. This publication is made freely available on the Internet.

The purpose of this magazine is to make the topics presented and discussed by our lecturers more widely available, through a publishing platform meant to support the exchange and sharing of the ideas and knowledge generated in our conferences.

The structure chosen for the magazine incorporates a Call for Papers section, where candidates are invited to submit their work addressing the Conference themes. Papers can be submitted in Portuguese (the preferential language), English, French and Spanish.
PUBLICATIONS