The Workshops in Punta Arenas for the Active Teachers Program Magallanes 2019 Have Successfully Concluded

From the 24th to the 28th of April, selected teachers from the Araucanía and Magallanes regions, together with Fundación Mar Adentro and the Río Seco Natural History Museum (MNHRS in spanish) experimented and reflected, as well as shared their projects on interdisciplinarity, art and nature.

Significant learning experiences and eagerness to continue to work for art and nature education are what characterized the workshops of this year’s Active Teachers program in Magallanes.

The educators truly valued the exchange of ideas and experiences between teachers and professionals from other disciplines. They emphasized how valuable the work was with the MHNRS team, who shared methodologies and techniques for outdoor observation and experimentation with students.

The activities carried out included among other things: a visit to the emblematic sites of Punta Arenas; a tour of the collection of skeletons of marine species and cabinets of curiosities in the Río Seco Natural History Museum; field trips and a talk with  documentary filmmaker Tiziana Panizza, who shared the creative process involved in making her short film La Isla de los Pájaros Sombra (The Island of The Shadow Birds) and how she relates her work to the educational sphere.

The MHNRS team conducted a workshop that took place from the San Isidro Lighthouse to Bahía Águila, where they demonstrated how the landscape can become a teaching and learning space. They also shared methodologies and tools for the recognition of natural and cultural spaces. In this on-site activity, the teachers learned to recognize ecotones, construct herbariums and recognize the forest as an ecosystem in which all its elements are intertwined. They also learned how to identify subtidal and intertidal marine species.

The teachers spent the last day of the program working collectively through body exercises and mapping. Thus, they were able to exchange their thoughts and experiences and jointly create a guide of the essential elements behind a meaningful learning process.

A case study on art and territory on the work of María Jesús Olivos, member of FMA, was then presented. Subsequently, each team of teachers presented their interdisciplinary proposal (art-science-nature). Feedback groups were then held for each participant. This enabled the teachers to broaden the possibilities for the development of their proposals.

To end the workshop, the MHNRS team taught different techniques for recording and analyzing collected elements of nature, such as the use of molds (alginate and plaster) and the frottage drawing technique.

The day concluded with a sound installation in the Museum, where two of the program’s participants,teachers from Traiguén, Araucanía region–Marcelo Carvajal (music teacher) and Camila Vasquez (history teacher)–shared a sound creation that they had created throughout the Active Teachers Program that brings together recordings of the different activities of the program in conjunction with  voices of the native Selk’nam people of this region.