From the sardine to the can
Would you like to know how fish are put into cans?
Fish canner Maria Rosa works in the canning factory and she’s going to need your help to prepare some very special cans.
This art activity is related to the canning industry and is carried out through a game which enables participants to discover the different stages from the arrival of the fish to the production of the can.
Pupils will have the opportunity to make their own can with its fish and create a “pregão”, a traditional seller’s call.
Before leaving the factory, the crates full of cans of sardines had to be labelled and stamped to know which city or country they were heading for. Come and discover how this work was done in our lithography studio.
The aim of “First impression” is to provide a simple and colourful introduction to the old industrial printing and stamping systems, using techniques such as stencils, finger painting and stamps.
Discovering the pre-historic age
Do you know how pre-historic peoples fed themselves, dressed and lived?
Pupils will watch the film “Alcalar 5000 anos de história” (Alcalar 5000 years of history) as the starting point for finding out about the day-to-day life of pre-historic communities. Practical activities such as milling, weaving and the making of ornaments will also be part of this journey back in time.
N.B.: It is recommended that this activity be held at Alcalar (9 km from Portimão) so that there is direct contact with the megalithic monuments and with the natural surroundings; however, this requires participants to provide their own transport.
Diving into history
From the bottom of the river Arade and the Atlantic Ocean, many objects have come to the surface with stories to tell. Do you want to know how they are brought up from under the water?
This activity is very practical and involves adapting to the water, in a swimming pool, where pupils aged 8 and over will be able to do activities relating to underwater archaeology and handle some of the most frequently used materials in a “diving baptism”.
N.B.: The safety of this activity is ensured by experienced staff of the museum and the Clube Portisub. Participants must be properly equipped for swimming (swimming trunks or costume, cap and towel).
Introduction to archaeology
There are lots of materials to be found underground, left there by other people who lived here before us, many years ago. Become an archaeologist and come and learn how these objects were discovered and brought to the surface.
The different stages of archaeological work are the focus of this activity, which involves tasks such as the discovery of objects buried in a sand pit, drawing them and putting them back together.
Ideas and shapes in movement
The world of animated shapes and figures is fantastic! Do you know how it all works and moves?
This is the first introduction to animated film, in which pupils explore some of the techniques used in cinema and try out the first machines that created the illusion of movement.
Squares with a history
Do you know how the Romans made the floors of their houses?
Here, the starting point is a Roman mosaic made of different coloured stones exhibited in the museum and the idea is to create a new mosaic using coloured squares and the collage technique.
There’s life in the Ria
In the Ria de Alvor, there are many animals and plants. Do you know how they live?
Participants will watch the film “Há vida na Ria” (There’s life in the Ria), made at the Portimão Museum, and play an educational game in order to find out about the natural heritage of the Ria de Alvor