Les petits passeurs de mémo'arts

Les petits passeurs de mémo' art

" Les petits passeurs de mémo'arts " is a project to guide secondary school students (11-15 years old), in their discovery of their country and its " Living Human Treasures " and how they are transmitted through arts and cultures.

Educational Approach

Eco-home, discovery of the hemp fibre
Eco-home, discovery of the hemp fibre
The educational approach offered consists of suggesting several steps of a project, for which every child will be wearing a diferent " costume ", depending on each step :
  • Journalist : picture, video, audio collections, television coverage in the field, about the " Living Human Treasures ", and investigations to identify the famous elements of the local intangible heritage.
  • Historian : documentary research : learning to find information in order to enlarge their investigations in the field.
  • Writers : writing work with teachers and librarians, to create board games and an exhibition.
  • Drawers : illustrating the research with explanatory boards, such as pages of comic books or sketches. The child will share his feelings through drawing and colours, that would brighten up the book and the exhibition.

Eco-home, explanation about how to make the lime-hemp blend
Eco-home, explanation about how to make the lime-hemp blend
  • Photographer : portraits, items, clips of life, popular parties, games, musicians... We will put an emphasis on aesthetically pleasing creation.
  • Painter : creation of a painting on a canvas.
  • Modern artist : the children will find other uses than the original ones for some " forgotten " items, to transform them into real modern pieces of art. The purpose is for the children to adapt the items as they want to and turn them into a modern and personal production.


Making of frescos
Making of frescos
  • Going in hand with the excluded young teenagers, particularly those in SEGPA (General Educational and Adapted Professional Sections), within an artistic and cultural project that would foster their socialization and develop helpful skills for their future.
  • To give children with a socially complex background, the opportunity to appropriate for themselves local history through the culture and the arts.
  • Encourage social mixing via making teenagers with difficulties from SEGPA, work together with other teenagers, from the general course.
  • Recreate an intergenerational dialogue and foster the transmission of know-hows and knowledge.

Mid-term evaluation

Working on frescos creation...
Working on frescos creation...
The teaching team and the students are extremely satisfied with the first year.

For this year, the students focus their work on one topic only : the crafts and the lime. But thanks to the diversified approach, the teenagers did not get bored, even if it was essential to repeat some important notions so that they were well understood by the students.
Eventually, the initially hoped for mixing with the general course of the secondary school couldn't work out because of administrative reasons, but the SEGPA group formed to work on this project is very motivated, united and efficient.

Working while the artist watches...
Working while the artist watches...
The topic permitted the educational team to work also in other fields.
  • History : some notions about history in order to tackle centuries of wall fresco making.
  • Technical education : some of the students wanted to work on the refurbishment of old buildings, which appeared to be very helpful for their personal and professional future.
This project represents a real pride for the SEGPA students and enhances them in comparison with the other teenagers from the general course, because they are the only ones to know some technique and to have some specific knowledge.

Working on a traditional meal in the kitchen, and in the dining room, the dessert
Working on a traditional meal in the kitchen, and in the dining room, the dessert
Some of the students revealed meticulous skills and a sense of aesthetics that gives a particularly satisfactory artistic appearance.
The main question the students have remains : " What's that for ? ". This is why we have to tackle the Intangible Cultural Heritage from the angle of the following questioning : " what would be the current use for it ? ".
According to Thierry BALANDREAU : " History makes sense for them since it begins with their present ".

The participants :  Naïma, Abouchia, Laureene, Ambre, Zeneli, Annie, Jérémy, Chloé, Anaïs, Jonathan, Ramzi, Steven, Linsay, Neslihan, Océane, Léa, Oumi, Damien

The dessert
The dessert
Project team :
Thierry BALENDREAU - director at SEGPA  Jules Ferry secondary school
- Hamid BAHLOUL – history and French teacher at SEGPA Jules Ferry secondary school
- Catherine ARACIL – cooking teacher at SEGPA Jules Ferry secondary school
- Hervé RIGAL – wood work teacher SEGPA Collège Jules Ferry + board games maker 
- Serge AMARGER – referent artist to the project
- Pierre-Julien CANONNE – Cultures & Traditions (teamwork) 
- Barbara JANETA - Cultures & Traditions (at European Voluntary Department)
External Consultants :
Isabelle PIAT – cultural agency specialized in popular education, 
- Mireille CARDON – fresco painter taking part in lime-made paintings, 
- Jean ROCHE – ethnologist taking part in lime-kilns, 
- « Calci-Chaux » business, Daniel PINEL – last limekiln craftsperson in France,
- « Environnement et Patrimoine » business – Charézat Forest House, in Echassières

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