Art Activities in Florence
in an artisan studio in FLORENCE, ITALY
Our studio Bottega a San
Bartolo in Florence offers students the unique
opportunity to take part in 'hands on' gilding and Florentine
Furniture decoration courses that are held in a working artisan
atelier. Students will enjoy learning an antique craft within
the context of a lively cultural exchange. See
our work spaces
Art Studio for your Group
Here are some 'hands on' proposals for your group that can help with
understanding and appreciating the Art of Florence.
These one-day workshops start with a visual presentation in our
studio space. We are able to accomodate groups of up to 30 people in
our large art studio which was constructed as a small theatre in the
1800s. After the initial presentation, we work with your group to
produce small works of art, related to the theme you have chosen.
Everbody gets involved, to experience for themselves how Florence's
art works came to be.
1) Precious Works of Art (How a Masterpiece
Presentation: Some unique facts about Florence, the city with the
highest concentration of works of art in the world. How did Florence
become a centre for art and architecture, how were the art works
created? Why do people visit Florence, and what things (sometimes
irreverent) past visitors have said about Florence and her art
Workshop: We get out the art materials and get to work. We show you
how a famous alter panel like the Cimabue crucifix is made, for
example. Each work of art has a unique history, and sometimes a work
like the Cimabue crucfix has a dramatic story of how it was saved
from disaster and lovingly restored during the flood of 1966. We
cover all the steps involved in gilding and decorating a work of art
like the many alter panels found in Florence's museums and churches.
Project*: Students gild a small pendant-size wooden panel*, decorate
it with punch work, and painted designs.
Telling in Art (Making a Fresco):
Presentation: A look at some of the many stories told through the
fresco cycles in and around Florence. Famous artists like Giotto,
Masaccio and Andrea del Sarto have told stories from the bible, but
not only. There are 'day in the life' stories, war and politics on
the walls. Comparisons are made to contempory forms of public
Workshop:An introduction to the materials, instruments and pigments
needed to paint, colour and incise fresco plasters. Students
experiment on large panels in the studio using the techniques of
renaissance 'buon fresco'
Project*:The group can work on one or two large panels as a group
effort. In this case we photograph the projects and students leave
with a photographic souvenir. Alternatively we can make small
Renaissance People (Making Portraits):
Presentation: The Renaisance brought a shift to a more
human-centered universe and the interest in portraying personalities
shines through in many well known renaissance masterpieces.
Surprising self portraits appear in works of art by famous artists,
and we can make direct eye contact with them over the centuries.
Leonardo Da Vinci wrote in great detail about portraiture and
capturing the essence of the sitter.
Workshop: We recreate some of Leonardo's ideal lighting conditions
and experiment with digital photography. We also create renaissance
frames for our portraits.
Project*: Students make a colour print from a digital image , and
decorate a small ornamental frame.
*Projects may vary
Please note: sometimes the timing of the presentation may be moved
to accommodate drying times of the projects.
Course Objectives: The
objectives of this course are to explore the historical aspects of
Italian arts and crafts, and to teach an understanding of the high
quality materials and craftsmanship involved in the production of
Intended Audience: The course is
intended for students of art history, fine arts, interior design and
students of Italian language and culture.
Duration: We are flexible with the timetable for the courses. They can
be arranged for a few days during one week, or spread out as two or
three sessions a week over a few weeks, depending on your the needs
of your group.
Visits to the artisans: The
visits to working artisan
ateliers of the 'Oltrarno' district serve as a learning experience
in familiarizing participants with Florentine aesthetics ,
techniques and materials. We examine craftwork such as marble inlay,
bronze and silver beating, wood working and restoration. The
level of craftsmanship in the Florentine workshops is among the
highest in the world.
Please note: These services are
designed exclusively for universities, schools and educational
organizations and not for individuals. Independent travelers please see the following pages:
Courses or Artisan
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We can make arrangements for accommodations, classroom space, and transportation for your group.
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