Ten Schools – Ten Artists, 2018 – “Nikola Mašić, a Noble Realist”
At the Modern Gallery, on 17th December, an MG museum and educational project „Ten Schools – Ten Artists“ was held. The project, conceived in 2005 by a senior curator of the Modern Gallery Ivana Rončević Elezović, with the desire to bring closer to secondary school students the historical and artistic museum materials and through pedagogical methods interest them in a specific historical and artistic period, style and artists and to encourage them to think visually, creatively and critically. For the fourteenth consecutive year, it gathered students and professors from nine schools from nine cities that presented topics relating to the exhibition of the founder of the Croatian modern landscape painting and the first Croatian animalistic painter Nikola Mašić in the Modern Gallery. Along with the presentations held by three students from each school, a part of the programme also included workshops related to Mašić’s opus, designed by students.
This year, nine secondary schools participated in the project … Gymnasium Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik, mentor: prof. Ivanka Lilić), IV. Gymnasium Marko Marulić (Split, mentor: prof. Josip Bosnić), Gymnasium Vladimir Nazor (Zadar, mentor: prof. Ivanka Radulić), I. Rijeka’s Croatian Gymnasium (Rijeka, mentor: prof. Dajana Rosatti), V. Gymnasium (Zagreb, mentor: prof. Vesna Mišljenović), XVI. Gymnasium (Zagreb, mentor: prof. Maja Marković), Second Gymnasium (Varaždin, mentor: prof. Terezija Mlinarić), I. Gymnasium (Osijek, mentor: prof. Nataša Tram) and Secondary School Valpovo (Valpovo, mentor: prof. Marija Jelkić).
The students’ presentations on a given topic included the prior preparation (with the mentoring of professors and museum pedagogue) in the form of the artistic and research work, creative approach to the subject, the design and a half-hour presentations of the researched materials via PowerPoint presentations and creative and interactive workshops for their peers, colleagues and professors. The topics were as follows: Biography of Nikola Mašić (XVI. Gymnasium, Zagreb), Animalism (V. Gymnasium, Zagreb), Genre scene (Gymnasium Vladimir Nazor, Zadar), Portrait theme (IV. Gymnasium Marko Marulić, Split), Mašić as an art critic (Second Gymansium, Varaždin) Italian journeys (I. Rijeka’s Croatian Gymnasium, Rijeka), Posavina Wanderings (I. Gymnasium, Osijek), Mašić’s Herbarium (Secondary School, Valpovo) and Nikola Mašić – a painter of the atmosphere (Gymnasium Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik).
This year’s museum and educational project was designed and conducted by the museum pedagogue of the Modern Gallery Iris Poljan.