The Gift Of Knowledge – 2 Stand-Out Creative Workshops For Kids In Tuscany

January 29th, 2013by admin


Creative Workshops For KidsFamilies from all over the world descend upon villas set among the rolling hills of Tuscany each year, looking to experience the region’s history and culture and to bask in its infamous balmy weather.

Children of the technological era, accustomed to constant high level stimulation, can quickly tire of the breath-taking scenery that abounds in Italy and, like children everywhere, they hanker to be mentally and physically active, engaged and stimulated.

Villas in Tuscany are perfectly located amidst a plethora of art galleries, art schools and classes, providing numerous opportunities for children to learn about Italy’s history and arts and also for their own self-expression through the visual arts.

Arte Al Sole

The Arte al Sole workshops are an ideal, structured way for children to learn art history and fine arts principles through field trips and nature walks, science, sketching, painting and collage, architecture, sculpture and cookery. Your children will not only enjoy a mind broadening appreciation of history and Italian culture, but are also active through doing and creating. An enriching experience such as this will inform and infuse your child for their lifetime – what a gift!

Arte al Sole is a highly professional arts program suited to children between the ages of six and twelve. Also available is a teen leadership program ideal for children 13-17 years. The students are led by tertiary-trained art historians, professional artists and educators who share a passionate commitment to arts education and global cultural exchange. The caring team guides the students through fun explorations of the abundance of beauty and wonder that abounds throughout the region. Arte al Sole’s passionate artistic director and founder, American Shannon Venable, believes that, “It’s never too early to begin learning about the visual arts and culture”.

Holidaying families in villas in Tuscany are ideally placed, with the optimal location and time to avail their children of this unique and educational art immersion experience. The Arte al Sole day camps are particularly designed to accommodate international children on holiday in the region. Fortunate students will reap much historical knowledge and understanding from this robust, creative and engaging learning experience.

Arte al Sole offers programs that are available in various locations in Italy, including Tuscany: Lucca and Florence, the Tuscan coast, the western Chianti region and Umbria. The classes are very reasonably priced at between 225 and 385 euros for a week-long program running between 9:30 – 3:00pm, Mondays to Thursday and classes ending at 1pm on the Friday.

Hands-On Fun

During June 24-28 there is a week-long program focussing on the connections between Etruscan and Roman culture titled ‘Ancient Impressions: Patterns as Expressions of Greatness in Etruscan and Roman Culture’. In a week filled with field trips and ‘hands-on fun’ students will create floor patterns using mosaics, design their own columns and arches, explore etching and hammering jewellery and plan a banquet, as just a few of the components of the full curriculum.

Castles And Country Roads

On offer July 1-5 is the ‘Castles and Country Roads’ program where children adventure through time and space. The students are guided from olive groves to creeks and woods. They will visit a glassblowing factory, learn about the local art and architecture, prepare the local speciality, the Perugina-Nestle chocolate, and learn of the legends of the area. All these exciting experiences are then used to inform and inspire the children’s art practices.

Generally well located, within the vicinity of many of Italy’s renowned cultural experiences villas in Tuscany are never far from the sights, shopping and local cuisines. The local expert team at Arte al Sol is also available to consult and advise parents on the local attractions that they can enjoy while their children are experiencing all the region has to offer with their new artisan friends.




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