MAK School Program

The MAK School Program is aimed at children and young adults aged between 6 and 18. We cater to the individual needs of the youngest as well as to the prior knowledge and fields of interest of the older participants.

Guided Tours

Our offer for schools covers dialogue-oriented guided tours with the MAK art education team on the following core themes in the MAK Permanent Collection, in the MAK DESIGN LAB, as well as in our temporary exhibitions. Over a period of 60 or 90 minutes, the participants gain an intensive insight into the topic at hand. It is also possible to combine various subject areas. Each tour can also be combined with one of our workshops.
The aim of our art education program is to arouse and foster interest: We try to adapt our program to suit the participants’ needs and wishes. Dialogue is key: questions are welcome and knowledge should be imparted in a fun way.

TOUR
A tour through the museum provides an insight into every area of the collection. After a short introduction to the history of the building, we look around the MAK Permanent Collection, explain the presentation concept, and discuss individual exhibits. A journey through the centuries and an insight into the history of the museum make the tour a good basis for later exploring the museum alone.
 
VIENNA 1900
The MAK Permanent Collection VIENNA 1900. Design / Arts and Crafts 1890–1938 presents the history of art nouveau in three rooms—its emergence, heyday, and progression. Focusing on Viennese Modernism and its protagonists, we carefully examine the Wiener Werkstätte and its rival, Adolf Loos. Together, we consider the question of why the Wiener Werkstätte no longer exists and in what direction arts and crafts developed in the period after World War I: a culture-historical journey through time with contemporary relevance.
 
MAK DESIGN LAB

The MAK DESIGN LAB explores questions like “What is design to me?” and “Where is digitalization taking us?” With the aid of thematic areas, it is possible to connect design and everyday life: How strongly are we—and our environments—shaped by design? Everyday topics like Production, Cooking, Eating and Drinking, Sitting, Transporting, and Communicating enable a swift entry into the subject of “Design” and create a point of access to more complex questions.
 
ASIA and CARPETS
The Permanent Collection areas ASIA. China – Japan – Korea and Carpets are characterized by spectacular exhibition designs and new presentation concepts. The MAK has been working with a wide range of artists and architects on the concept for the rooms of its Permanent Collection since 1993. After a short introduction, we go into the features of the two rooms ASIA and Carpets as well as discussing the exhibition strategies. On the exhibit level, we shine a light on the history of each collection and bring home the strong non-European influence on the Western world. Both technical and artistic-philosophical concepts form the basis of our discussion.
 
BAROQUE TO BIEDERMEIER— and beyond
The focus of our attention is the way wood and porcelain are processed in the applied arts. We outline the history of porcelain before explaining the reasons why this “white gold” was so valuable. What is a veneer, what is marquetry, and what is intarsia? We have a look at the different ways that carpenters have processed wood in the course of history and what furniture belongs to what style. With the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing possibilities changed—for example the large-scale bending of wood from ca. 1850. If time allows, we will continue this exciting journey through the Permanent Collection Vienna 1900.
 
Temporary Exhibitions
We also offer educational programs on the ongoing temporary exhibitions. Please go to the MAK website or contact us for more information. We will gladly cater to your wishes and put together an individually designed program especially for you.
 
MAK Branch Geymüllerschlössel
Visit this stunning summer residence and its garden with your class in Vienna’s 18th district and immerse yourself in the Empire and Biedermeier period! Guided tours only. Advance booking required. Between May and November, Tue–Fri from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MAK MENU
We additionally offer guided tours and workshops on the following topics:
Food Culture—Everything about Eating
Posters of All Kinds
Animals in the MAK——on the Hunt for Wild Animals
Colors in the Museum and How They Can Change Shapes: on the Trail of Pigments
Material Comparison: Metal, Glass, Wood, Paper, and Textiles
Sitting—Everything about Seating: from the Stool to the Club Armchair
Fashion and Trends——Technology and Research
Ornament: Where Does It Start, Where Does It Stop?
Function and Design——Applied Art Then and Now
Museum Stories: What Is the MAK, What Do the Exhibits Tell Us?
Asia—a World of Its Own
Orient: Woven, Knotted——Fantastic

Admission
Free admission for children and young adults under 19
60 min. guided tour: € 75
90 min. guided tour: € 110
120 min. guided tour: € 150
 
Information and booking
MAK Educational Programs
Gabriele Fabiankowitsch (Head)
Florentina Prath, Thaddäus Stockert
T +43 1 711 36-298, education@MAK.at

Workshops

Workshops are an important feature of our art education program. Touching things is not usually permitted in the museum this purely visual or verbal approach to the exhibits requires a high level of concentration. To make up for that, pupils can realize their ideas and thoughts, as well as creatively following up on their questions and comments in our hands-on, material-oriented, and creative workshops. Workshops are only offered in the context of a guided tour. Guided tours and workshops can be combined freely, however coherency in terms of content is recommended.
The workshops take place in the MAK Columned Main Hall, a jewel of historicism that is bathed in light, or in the MAK FORUM.

FLAT BUT NOT FEATURELESS
Designing like a Pro
We design on paper like the Wiener Werkstätte, whether with a ruler or freehand: everything can and should be tried out. Using a reference object, pupils create their own design, make their own suggestions for improvements, or invent something themselves.
Duration: 60 min.
Recommended age group: 6–9 (Volksschule), 10–14 (Unterstufe)
 
Paper: on a Grand Scale
During this workshop, we stick a large sheet of paper to the floor. Everyone works together on it to create something: whether with oil pastels or other colors, whether spontaneous or planned—what’s important is working together and creating a group piece. Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s design drawing for the mosaic frieze in the Stoclet House in Brussels, the joint work could result in a mural or, motivated by the laid tables in the MAK DESIGN LAB, a jointly laid table, a tablecloth … Imagination knows no limits!
Duration: 60 min.
Recommended age group: 6–9 (Volksschule), 10–14 (Unterstufe)
 
Your Poster
Equipped with a sheet of paper, pens, scissors, glue, and some templates to cut up, pupils can design their very own poster. Who is it aimed at? What’s important? What should go on it? How much text is necessary? Our art educators actively support pupils in their approach. Parts of the MAK’s extensive poster collection are on show in the Permanent Collection Vienna 1900 and in the MAK DESIGN LAB. Every year, the MAK presents an exhibition of the 100 BEST POSTERS. Germany  Austria Switzerland, which displays the posters proclaimed the best that year by an expert panel.
Duration: 60 or 90 min.
Recommended age group: 10–14 (Unterstufe), 15+ (Oberstufe)
 
THINKING IN 3D
Bend, Don’t Break
Based on bent wood (Thonet) and steel tubing (Marcel Breuer), pupils work with wire—but also with paper—using it to create small pieces of furniture, jewelry, or an object of their own choosing. It would be fitting to combine this workshop with a guided tour on the topic of Sitting.
Duration: 60 min.
Recommended age group: 6–9 (Volksschule), 10–14 (Unterstufe)
 
Everything out of Cardboard
Cardboard is an extremely versatile material that is frequently used by designers and architects in their design processes. Thinking in 3D is particularly necessary here: from a bedside table to a car, almost anything can be realized. MAK art educators supervise a brainstorming process to help pupils arrive at ideas.
Duration: 60 or 90 min.
Recommended age group: 6–9 (Volksschule), 10–14 (Unterstufe), 15+ (Oberstufe)
 
Tactile, Practical, Good
Plasticine is fascinating—and not just for little ones. Older pupils, too, are enthralled by the tactile work with this material and its versatile creative possibilities—making their own sushi dish, for example. We recommend combining this workshop with a guided tour on the topic of Food Culture—Everything about Eating.
Duration: 60 min.
Recommended age group: 6–9 (Volksschule), 10–14 (Unterstufe)
 
All My Paper Dresses
Pupils design clothes or accessories and then turn them into real clothes that they can wear—made solely out of paper and sticky tape. Pupils work in small groups, culminating in a fashion show that they themselves design. A guided tour on the topic of Fashion and Trends—Technology and Research as well as the HELMUT LANG ARCHIVE can provide inspiration for this workshop.
Duration: 60–90 min.
Recommended age group: 10–14 (Unterstufe), 15+ (Oberstufe)
 
HIGGLEDY-PIGGLEDY
Drawing, Painting, Crafting
Everything is possible in this workshop! Various materials are provided, which pupils can use to let off some creative steam— either spontaneously or in line with a specified topic.
Duration: 60–120 min.
Recommended age group: 6–9 (Volksschule)

Admission
Free admission for children and young adults under 19
Workshop in English (60 min.): € 75 per MAK art educator
 
Information and booking
MAK Educational Program
Gabriele Fabiankowitsch (Head)
Florentina Prath, Thaddäus Stockert
T +43 1 71136-298,

Do It Yourself

The MAK School Program DO IT YOURSELF! offers you and your pupils various opportunities to visit the MAK with or without an art educator. We also provide regular introduction courses for teachers.

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Educational Projects

In addition to our regular educational program on the permanent collection displays and current exhibitions, there are ongoing personal and media projects in the field of art education. We focus on encouraging young people to participate as well as on projects involving digital educational approaches

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