KULPS! For schools in Espoo

What is the purpose of art? Why is art needed? Participation, identity and storytelling are the themes of EMMA’s educational programme. The KULPs! programme explores why art is needed and how it teaches us empathy and emotional intelligence.

The KULPS! ‘Art for me’ educational programme is based on the Finnish national curriculum. EMMA’s guided tours make art relatable to youngsters by connecting its themes with their everyday lives and making the museum a more welcoming place to visit.

Lead-in and follow-up exercises for grades 1-10

The themes are identical for all students, but the exercises and content of tours vary for different learning levels. The package comprises lead-in exercises, a tour of the museum and follow-up exercises.

Grades 1–3

We take an in-depth look at the meaning of art. How is art created? What purpose does it serve? Why is art made, and why is it needed? Can art be a tool of change? Grades 1-3 learn to practice emotional intelligence, identify their feelings, and share their responses. What is creativity and why is it needed?

Lead-in exercise

Discuss the meaning of art in class before your museum visit. What is art? What kind of things do we call ‘art’? Who makes it, how does it look, and what can it say? What kinds of art do you like, and is there any art you don’t like? Use the image of Illuminated Moments I by Anne-Karin Furunes as a springboard for your discussion. Continue the dialogue at EMMA.

Follow-up exercises

Reflect on your tour of the museum. Which work made the most lasting impression on you? What was its technique? What did it communicate, and what did you think about it? Draw your own version from memory or write a brief description. Choose a theme of personal significance to you and think about how you might use art to share your thoughts with others. Would it be a painting, sculpture or performance? Draw a sketch of your idea.

Grades 4–6

Reflect on art as a form of self-expression and think about its meaning, both to individuals and wider audiences.

Lead-in exercise

Discuss the meaning of art in class before your visit. What is art? What kind of things do we call ‘art’? Who makes it, how does it look, and what can it communicate? What kinds of art do you like, and is there any art you don’t like? Can art be a tool of change? Continue the discussion during your museum visit.

Use Jasu69 by Sami Lukkarinen as a springboard for your discussion. We will take a closer look at this work during your visit to the museum.

Follow-up exercise

Reflect on your tour of the museum. Which work made the most lasting impression on you? What was its technique? What did it communicate, and what did you think about it?

Choose a theme of personal significance to you and think about how you might use art to share your thoughts with others. Can you influence other people’s opinions through art? Would you choose a painting, sculpture or performance? Draw a sketch of your idea.

Grades 7–10

Discuss art as a form of communication. Reflect on the diversity of art and its significance both to individuals and the wider community.

Lead-in exercise

Discuss the meaning of art in class before your visit. What is art? What kind of things do we call ‘art’? Can a gesture or action be art? What if the work looks nothing like a ‘real’ work of art? Can you think of examples? What do you think the artist wanted to say with this work?

Reflect on the video Eyeliner by Hanna Saarikoski. Is physical and spatial presence necessary when we experience art? What kinds of art do you like, and is there any art you don’t like? Can art be a tool of change? How is art connected with empathy and responsibility? Continue the discussion during your museum visit.

Follow-up exercise

Reflect on your visit to the museum. Which work made the greatest impression on you? What was its technique? What did it communicate to you, and how did you respond?

Choose a theme of personal significance and think about how you might use art to share your thoughts with others. Can you influence other people’s opinions through art? Would you choose a painting, sculpture or performance? Draw a sketch of your idea.