By means of a guided visit to the Joan Fuster Museum and the holding of educational workshops specifically designed for each school stage, the Classroom reinforces participants’ knowledge of the life and work of Joan Fuster. Other cultural and academic activities are regularly programmed in collaboration with other institutions.
The Valencian landscape in Joan Fuster’s work: L’Albufera de València
This educational workshop shows an overview of the presence of the Valencian landscape in the literary work of Joan Fuster, with special attention to the book L’Albufera de València. Students will work on the main historical, geographical, cultural and environmental aspects that Fuster dealt with in this essay, in addition to performing – through the artistic techniques of engraving, transferring, stamping and binding – a simulation of a bibliophile’s book, similar to the first edition of L’Albufera de València, published in 1970 by Les Edicions de la Rosa Vera, with engravings by the plastic artist Jaume Pla.
The Golden Age of Valencia seen by Joan Fuster
This educational workshop is an approach to the most significant writers in the Golden Age of Valencia –Ausiàs March, Joanot Martorell, JaumeRoig, Isabel de Villenaand Joan Roís de Corella– through the main studies about them by Joan Fuster. In addition to underlining Fuster’s vision of life and the workshop about the writers, students complete the workshop by making a composition of images and texts by the above-mentioned writers, similar to a facsimile page, using the techniques of transfer and printing on a material support to imitate the books printed at the time.
Evolution in forms of communication: from letters to WhatsApp
Schoolchildren are made aware of the act of communication as the exchange of information among people and making it specific in writing. In this regard they realize just how important Joan Fuster’s letters were in his life and work, and also in the consolidation of the Catalan literary circuit in the second half of the 20th century. They also learn and carry out a comparative study of the evolution of communication from traditional writing (letters, postcards and telegrams) to the latest digital and technological formats (e-mail, Instagram and WhatsApp). Finally, they write a postcard that they have to send to someone, following certain established steps.
The Fuster Bestiary
Based on the Bestiari. Quaderns de zoologia, the book by Joan Fuster that was first published in 2005, after his death; children combine diverse artistic and literary aspects of his work. Firstly, the creation of a fantasy animal consisting of two halves of two real animals; and secondly, writing an aphorism related to the animal created, based on examples from the Bestiary. Schoolchildren thereby create a page in the digital bestiary which the Classroom will put together over the academic year and publish on its website and on the Joan Fuster Space social networks.
Images and thoughts by Joan Fuster
The children will thus become aware of Joan Fuster’s interest in art as shown in the pieces exhibited in the Museum, paying special attention to the caricatures and portraits diverse artists did of him. At the same time, they analyse Fuster’s aphorisms in relation to reading, and in the end they put together the front page of a newspaper combining caricatures of Joan Fuster by Andreu Alfaro and the aphorisms they have worked on.
Joan Fuster and typewriters
Children discover how a typewriter works; they were the main technological tool writers had before the appearance of computers. They will also experience the sensation of typewriting, see original documents typed by Joan Fuster and build a model of a typewriter on a smaller scale.
Abans que el sol no creme…
Children approach the figure of Joan Fuster through one of the few texts he wrote for children, Abans que el sol no creme… This is a narrative and explanatory story about the cultivation, sale and consumption of rice, a fundamental part of the diet in Sueca and in other cities and villages in Valencia too.