Musée Camille Claudel: making sculpture accessible to all

This space devoted to sculpture and its techniques has long relied on sensory experiences to teach visitors to look at and understand three-dimensional art.

The Musée Camille Claudel called on Tactile Studio to apply the last touches to its educational and accessibility provision.

A new educational tool to explain moulding techniques

Tactile Studio designed and produced a mobile resource cabinet as well as the educational content which details different moulding methods.

Step by step, facilitators can explain to visitors the stages of the process, using tactile reproductions of sculptures displayed in the museum.

Different materials are offered. One of the drawers is dedicated to production in marble, another to clay and a third to bronze. Visitors can explore samples of the materials and a pantograph (a measuring tool used by sculptors).

Visitors have the opportunity to understand the different stages of stone carving through touch - © Abril Jimena Marin Barruecos
Visitors have the opportunity to understand the different stages of stone carving through touch - © Abril Jimena Marin Barruecos
Visitors can discover at their fingertips the different types of molds used in the elaboration of a sculpture - © Abril Jimena Marin Barruecos
Visitors can discover at their fingertips the different types of molds used in the elaboration of a sculpture - © Abril Jimena Marin Barruecos

For each type of material, the educational scenario starts with a reproduction of a face sculpted by Camille Claudel and explores different ways to make a copy.

At each stage, the tools needed are presented by the facilitators.

Through touch, visitors can feel the materials and handle replicas of the sculptures on display.

A tactile orientation map to understand and immerse oneself in the space

Visitors can now discover the museum space at their fingertips.

The map details the organisation of the three floors, showing exhibition spaces, mediation spaces and the various services provided to visitors, with keys in Braille for even greater accessibility.

Tactile orientation plan presenting the organization of the Camille Claudel Museum - © Abril Jimena Marin Barruecos
Tactile orientation plan presenting the organization of the Camille Claudel Museum - © Abril Jimena Marin Barruecos
The tactile orientation plan in our workshop in Pantin before leaving for the museum - © Tactile Studio
The tactile orientation plan in our workshop in Pantin before leaving for the museum - © Tactile Studio

The cabinet which displays the map, in wood and metal, is perfectly integrated into the overall design.

Now the Musée Camille Claudel is opening up to even more inclusive and experiential experiences.

Client: Musée Camille Claudel
Partners: WAM / Hecho

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