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AFTV Cultural/PL event

THE LUME Melbourne - Monet & Friends

After a chilly start to the morning of Sunday 30 April, 40 of us (well really,39 plus 1 dog) gathered outside Door 17 at The Lume Melbourne to meet Monet and Friends and experience their adventure into French Impressionism featuring works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Cassatt, Sisley, Signac, Cézanne, Caillebotte, Lautrec… sights, sounds, tastes and aromas combining to offer a unique chance to enter into their world and to see art in a new light, where light was such an integral component of their works.

We entered crossing the bridge to admire the waterlilies at Giverny and then to the main space to see the walls come alive with projections of both old friends and some less familiar works. Many came as a prelude to organizing an excursion for their students* and others came to simply immerse themselves in this unique sensory experience- enjoy the art works, the musical accompaniments, to absorb the artists’ attitudes and beliefs and perhaps also to enjoy the French flavours on offer at the Café de Flore.

This exhibition ends on 4 June and we wait impatiently wondering what the next theme will be so we can once again marvel at the technology which has made this way of appreciating art one of our popular cultural events.

*Primary and secondary school educational packages are available on The Lume website and 2 of our committee members have created booklets for primary and secondary school excursions which they are willing to share with members. Please see below. Both sources contain some excellent suggestions for exploiting a group visit by students who will no doubt be delighted by these new perspectives on iconic artworks.

Un grand merci to all who made it and we hope for you it was for a truly memorable experience.

A ne pas manquer!

Gretchen Bennett

Convenor PL/Cultural Events

School resources 

If you are planning to take your students to see THE LUME Monet & Friends multisensory exhibition, we thank 2 of our wonderful AFTV committee members for sharing a resource they each created for their students to support their visit to the exhibition.

Click below for the activity booklet created by Kyla Vaz from Eltham College. The activities are aimed at VCE, but would be suitable for Year 10 and easily adapted for Year 9s.

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Click below to download the booklet which the French and Art staff from Kilvington Grammar developed as part of a collaborative piece of work created with the French and Art facilities at Lucie Dicken's school. This resource was used as part of their Year 5 and 6 French excursion to THE LUME. They are happy to share this resource with other schools who are planning to take their students to THE LUME Monet & Friends exhibition.

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Resources for teachers and students have been provided by THE LUME Melbourne.

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