Special session for children – Art handling: study and manipulation


  • Stimulate fine handling and creativity
  • Know the handling natural material
  • Know the shape
  • Approach to three-dimension manipulation.


The objective of the proposal is the achievement of the creativity autonomy in the fine handling. During the five meetings, children will be encouraged to handle materials of natural origins. The material used will be clay, salt dough. Starting from the classic production of the salt dough, will be handle the end product and create a work with the clay.

Meeting 1 – Dough

Children will be guided towards the transformation of three elements such us flour, water and salt in the ‘modeling salt dough’; material that probably is already well-known as end products. The aim of the meeting is to transformed and experiment dough. Free manipulation.

Meeting 2 – Shapes

During the workshop, children will handle the dough in a guide manner. With the help of recognizable and simple shapes, they can realize the material ductility and the various possibility in handling. Guided manipulation in the shapes creation.

Meeting 3 – Clay

During the workshop will be presented a new material: the clay. Will be provided experimental examples with the help of natural clay clods (it would be possible, to be agreed, to search clayey soils in the countryside). Free handling, study of the differences between clay and dough.

Meeting 4 – Pushing

Even if banal, pulling clay process has specific rules. Children will experience different ways to obtain a workable dough layer. Through the use of rolling pins and splints, children will rolling one or more layers to use as bases of work.

Meeting 5 – Dimension

Observation and study of three-dimensional shapes/forms and production of simple forms already know by children. Possible links with other subject areas: Art, Nature, Science, Nutrition.


Every meeting takes about 50-60 minutes according to the age of the students. All materials are included in the offer. The itinerary is organized and designated for children of I-II-III grades of nursery school.

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Special session for children: Colours of the Earth


  • Knows natural colours
  • Recognize colours
  • Acquire autonomy on pictorial gesture
  • Stimulate fine manual skill and creativity
  • Demolition of the technical stereotype related to classic standardized industrial colours


The aim of the itinerary, divided into five meetings, is to get the children closer to natural colours. Plants, vegetables, food and different types of grounds will be used to create genuine tools for painting, experienced directly by children at every meeting. The aim of the itinerary is to get the children closer to nature and science trough the artistic approach.

Meeting 1 – The Earth

Will be shown to the children various type of earth per colour and consistency During the meeting will be increased the visual and tactile knowledge (also with the use of magnifying lenses). The earth will be powder and, by the addition of water, will be turn into mineral colours.

Meeting 2 – Plants

Painting on paper will be displayed to children several plants that can be used to create different colours. Plants are observed and transformed into colours indifferent ways. Will be shown the plants previously transformed (via boiling and cooking). Painting on hard material (e.g. wood).

Meeting 3 – Vegetables/fruits

Will be showed to children different types of vegetables, used directly as coloring already made. With vegetables is possible to experiment not only coloring process, but also forms and molds. Painting on paper and carton.

Meeting 4 – Food

Will be showed to children how the variety of food can be used as if they were mineral colours. They will observe, touch and study the consistency and texture by the magnifying lens. Painting on paper and porous cardboard.

IMeeting 5 – Coal

Observation of coal pieces, knowledge of the material, study and manipulation of them. Connection between coal/wood with experimental example. Improving drawing techniques based on the use of charcoal. Possible links with other subject areas: Art, Nature, Science, Nutrition.


Every meeting takes about 50-60 minutes according to the age of the students. All materials are included in the offer. The itinerary is organized and designated for children of I-II-III grades of nursery school.

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Art and its techniques


Know the different artistic techniques, stimulate the creativity and fine manual skills, be able to recognize a work on a technical level, acquire familiarity with various media.

Theoretical part

A video-project will show the artistic techniques more or less known. Observing the famous works, students will be guided through a stylistic journey, focusing on works production technique.

Practical part

Will be explained and experienced one of the following technique:

  • Tempera on canvas (artists such as Botticelli-Leonardo Da Vinci)
  • Chisel and embossing (Egyptian low-relief / roman tablets)
  • Collage and Frottage (contemporary art: surrealist-futurists)
  • The Ready Made (Reference artists: M. Duchamp-Bruno Munari)

(It is possible to personalize the workshop with various techniques and artists, based on the teacher request)


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The origin of colours


Know the process of production of natural colours, both from pigments and plants.

Theoretical part

We will discover, through the observation, how material can be transformed into colours. Children, guided by the operator, will handle pigments and plants to transformed them into colours.

Practical part

Coloration of drawings with the natural colours just created by students.


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The aim of the laboratory is to know the landscape around us, to define the word landscape trough the different aspect of the various subjects: geography, history, art and literature.

Theoretical part

Through a brief sequence of images, we will define the elements that characterize the landscape: visible and invisible, natural or anthropic. We will examine how landscapes ae formed and how they change, as well as the different interpretation of the landscape itsel, how it is changed and the ways of representing it.

Practical part

Every student will realize a three-dimensional landscape model, whether real or of their imagination.


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