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In the gardens of Beloeil : discovering a Belgian formal garden
Saturday 29 November 2008
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PROJECT

To discover the characteristics of a formal garden through the estate of Beloeil.

OBJECTIVES

- To perceive space and the relation between the palace and its surroundings.
- To develop precision.
- To appeal to imagination.

SKILLS.

- Being able to make a list of the components of a formal garden.
- Finding one’s bearing and situating oneself in space.
- Manipulating and assembling geometrical shapes to create the plan of a classical garden.

MATERIALS

- Slides.
- Plans of gardens.
- Worksheets.
- Iconographic documentation.
- Coloured papers, gouache, paintbrushes, pencils…

BIBLIOGRAPHY

- Gromort (Georges), L’art des jardins, Paris, 1983.
- Groote (Christine de), Le Guide des Jardins de Belgique, Bruxelles, 1997.
- Pechere (René), Parcs et jardins de Belgique, Bruxelles, 1987.
- Ligne (Prince Charles-Joseph de), Coup d’Oeil at Beloeil and a Great Number of European Gardens, Berkeley, 1991.

REFERENCES

The gardens of Beloeil, Belgium

PROCEDURES

Visit the park with the help of a plan : find one’s way within the estate spot the main characteristics of a formal garden : shape of the flower beds, ponds, type of vegetation, symmetry…

Thanks to shapes cut out from coloured papers, Create the plan of a formal garden, following the example of Beloeil and the patterns of the iconographic documents. Manipulate the components before fixing them.

FOLLOW UP WORK

From the projection of slides, and the plan of a garden, trying to retrace the different steps in the lay out of the garden.

ASSESSMENT

It will check the pupil’s ability to :

- Recognize the characteristics of the classical formal garden.
- Create, with various components, various plan of gardens.


Colombe Janssens, student in history of the Arts, Catholic University of Louvain , Louvain -la-Neuve Belgium

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