Thursday, 3rd May, 2012

This day, at eight o´clock in the morning, we were ready at school for taking the bus to Gáldar. When we were there, we attended inside Antonio Padróns museum, and we see pieces of art made by this painter and they reflected the stages of life that we can distinguish different styles such as the realist, expressionionist…

They were made of natural products such as sand and dirt.

When we were finished, everybody painted a small painting that was meant to express our emotions and feelings.

After the visit, we went to the Painted Cave. There a guide was explaining to us about different sections in the Painted Cave and how our ancestors lived on our island.

The day ended with an exercise where we went to las Canteras beach and we enjoyed it with our Swedish and Spanish friends.

Written by Jose María and Simon

Aleksej  talk about his experience the same day

We left school at around 8o’clock, and head out to the charming village of Galdar, where
the painted cave and the Antonio Padron museum is. We arrived in Galdar at 8:30, and did
a quick walk to the museum. On the way there, we saw some dussin or so shops, were
people were selling fruits and souvenirs. Behind some of the shops we could see there
was a beautiful church, and i and my friend Simon decided to have a look at it. But
unfortunately we lost the others because they had apparently taken a turn right before the
church. When the teachers found us, they were mad at us, but apparently some students
saw us, but they didn’t tell the teachers that we were heading the wrong way, so in my
opinion, i did nothing wrong. I mean, can’t you even have a spiritual experience these
days. When we came to the museum, we were shown to Antonio Padrons garden. This
was the place were Antonio would get his inspiration. Among the first thing we learned was
that the number 7 was a magical number, and this was something that Antonio Padron
used quiet often. The water fell 49cm (7*7) in the garden fountain, and it also (the water)
fell in 4 different directions, north,south,east and west. In the garden there was also plants
from all over the world. For example there were trees from India and Cuba. After the
garden tour, we went to Antonio Padrons gallery. Antonio quiet often inspired in, and also
celebrated the aboriginal people of the canaries, among others the Guanches, and the first
painting we saw was a replica of the painted cave (i’ll explain about it later). In the replica,
we could see 12 small triangular shapes, which represented the 12 months, and 4 big
triangular shapes, which represented the 4 seasons. After that we saw pictures of how
Antonio would imagine the Guanches would live. We saw how the Guanches might have
been preparing the harvest, and grounding the wheat. Then we went to the second floor of
the gallery. Here we saw pictures of 19th century lives in the Canary Islands, painted in
different styles like impressionism. In Antonio’s pictures you could see the importance of
choice of color, as he often made similar pictures, but with different colors, and as a result,
the pictures had different meanings. Something that i thought was quite interesting, was
that Antonio made all his pictures with natural materials found on the island, like sand, and
differently colored soils. After the tour, we were supposed to make a piece of art our
selves. I didn’t now what to paint, and just did a few red lines. After mixing some colors,
and just painting something at random, Mercedes came and asked me if i was painting a
flower. I, happy to have made anything that looks like something, proudly said that it was a
flower, and a flower it became. When i was finished, i can honestly say that my picture was
the best. And with sarcastic disappointment of every one who saw it, i think my thoughts
have been conformed.

After a small break, we went to the painted cave. The cave itself was located in a museum,
and besides the cave, there was a whole exhibition about the aboriginals of the canaries,
that we would soon learn about.

We learned that there was a living an organized society here on the islands, before the
castilians had arrived. We saw a short film, in really poor 3d, to get an introduction. And
then started the tour. We learned that there was living an organized society here on the
islands, before the castilians had arrived. There were different tribes here on the Canaries,
like the Guanches , and they had been here for more then 2 millennium, before the
Castilians conquered the islands in the 15th century. Personally, i thought it was quite
impressive that the aboriginals had terraced the mountain (the museum,and the whole city
itself, was located on a mountain), completely without any metal tools. Then we headed to
the cave itself. As you might have had understood from my description of Antonio Padrons
replica of the cave, it worked as some kind of calendar. The pigment in the cave was in
quite a poor condition, after it was carelessly overexploited to tourism in the 19th century.
But after experts had put glass, made an perfect condition for preserving the pigment, ithad apparently even started coming back (the pigment). Then we saw replicas of how the
aboriginals houses might look like ( there was also some actual ruins of the houses, but
they were nearly completely leveled). The replicas were only made of materials that the
aboriginals might have used, and i especially like the touch with the stone framed 42 inch
tv. The whole museum was really interesting and i learned a lot from going there.

Jueves 3 mayo 2012

El jueves tres de mayo a las ocho de la mañana estábamos todos preparados en el instituto para coger la guagua con dirección a Gáldar. Una vez allí procedimos a entrar en el museo Antonio Padrón en donde vimos cuadros pintados por este artista que reflejaban sus etapas de la vida en la que se pueden diferenciar estilos diferente tales como el realista , expresionista …

Realizados con productos naturales como arena y tierra y pintados con colores cálidos la mayoría de sus obras

http://www.antoniopadron.com/portal/home.cmap

Al finalizar la visita , todos los participantes del proyecto aportamos nuestro granito de arena pintando un pequeño cuadro para reflejar nuestros sentimientos.

Seguidamente, entramos en la Cueva Pintada , que por medio de una guia que hablaba ingles nos fue explicando las diferentes secciones de esta y como vivían los aborígenes en nuestra isla, sus costumbres, maneras, formas de vivir, etc.

http://www.cuevapintada.org/portal/home.cueva

-Regreso al colegio

El día culminó, con una excursión extraoficial a la playa de las Canteras en la que disfrutamos con nuestros compañeros suecos.

Thursday, 3rdMay, 2012

This day, at eight o´clock in the morning, we were ready at school for taking the bus to Gáldar. When we were there, we attended inside Antonio Padróns museum, and we see pieces of art made by this painter and they reflected the stages of life that we can distinguish different styles such as the realist, expressionist…

They were made of natural products such as sand and dirt.

When we were finished, everybody painted a small painting that was meant to express our emotions and feelings.

After the visit, we went to the Painted Cave. There a guide was explaining to us about different sections in the Painted Cave and how our ancestors lived on our island.

-Return of the school.

The day ended with an exercise where we went to las Canteras beach and we enjoyed it with our swedish and spanish friends.

Carlos

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