Herzlia Weizmann Primary: Mounting an Integrated Arts and Culture Exhibition

Culture Week at Herzlia Weizmann Primary School provided us with an opportunity to curate an Arts and Culture event that would engage both pupils and parents, showcasing the talents of our young artists, musicians and actors. From the very beginning, we envisioned a unique “gallery visit” type experience, with pupils and parents experiencing the cultural elements together, rather than just watching a traditional live show.

Visual art naturally lent itself to this kind of exhibition, but we faced a challenge when it came to our music and drama. How could we effectively present our childrens’ work without a conventional stage performance? Moreover, we aimed to seamlessly weave our art, music and drama presentations into the existing curriculum for each grade. To tackle these challenges, we decided to harness the power of technology.

Integrated Arts and Culture Exhibition at Herzlia Weizmann Primary

In the weeks leading up to the exhibition, our drama and music departments diligently recorded songs and poems that aligned with specific curriculum elements represented in the visual art displays. Each of these performance pieces was assigned a QR code, which we then printed in a large format. These QR codes were thoughtfully labelled with the names and grades of the pupils featured in each video.

Our plan was to create a gallery walk within our school hall, showcasing the visual art from each grade on boards and plinths. In close proximity to each art display, we strategically placed the corresponding QR codes for the related performance pieces. This arrangement allowed parents and children to explore the art and effortlessly scan the QR codes on their personal devices, using headphones to enjoy the performances together.

This innovative approach proved to be a resounding success. We not only seamlessly integrated Arts and Culture with our curriculum, but also demonstrated the effective use of technology in this creative space. The children and their parents had the opportunity to enjoy these performances together, fostering a sense of togetherness and shared pride.

In an exciting twist, prior to the exhibition’s official opening for parents, the pupils were given exclusive access to view the displays. This opportunity empowered them to take ownership of the experience and we witnessed the confidence and pride with which they guided their parents around the hall later in the day.

The exhibition remained open for an extended period, allowing family groups to visit at their convenience. Throughout this time, there was never a moment when the hall was devoid of families enjoying the gallery-like atmosphere. Our ability to concurrently showcase art, music and drama in a relaxed environment contributed significantly to a richer and more meaningful experience for both parents and pupils alike.