As always, at the end of the year our art teacher sends us some pictures of our students at work.
Francesca and her team work in an atelier 5 minutes walk from the school, and they are becoming quite popular among our students. As a matter of fact, every year the number of customers who choose the course of Italian language + art is slightly increasing.
Students vary from amateurs, sempi-professionals, and passionate people who want to relax in a friendly atmosphere doing someting creative.
The feedback we receive from the students is good, they really like to be in Florence, among the Renaissance masterpiece, and have a try at doing art themselves.
Our art history teacher and local guide Caterina – is working even when in holidays. She sent us a quite mysterious message from the Archivio di Stato (State Archive) telling that she is working on a new activity.
This new activity will involve the original letters of Caterina de’ Medici… Just have a look at one of these letter… 2016 at Scuola Toscana promises to be a very interesting year !
The “Witnesses” by the contemporary artist Mimmo Paladino have arrived in Florence. They are exposed in front of San Lorenzo church, in an impressive row. They are witnesses, and look at us very seriously, almost with severity.
They seem to come from another era, and this is probably their fascination. The “Witnesses” are realised in tufo, and they integrate seamlessly with the marvelous, rough facade of San Lorenzo.
Another occasion to admire the ancient and the modern, in our beautiful city.
Every year hundreds of foreign students come to us to study the Italian language and to visit our country, and we welcome them with joy .
Every year many other foreigners come to our country, not because
they want to, but because they are fleeing hunger, wars, totalitarian regimes. They have lost everything, they put their lives at risk. Their only fault, to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We must welcome them with even greater commitment.
Noone can remain indifferent to their desperation.
Also this year we at Scuola Toscana support UNHCR, the UN agency for refugees. This year Scuola Toscana joins the initiative “un impresa speciale / a special enterprise” , in which small and medium-sized enterprises helps UNHCR to buy assets essential to the survival of refugees: tents, stoves, blankets.
You can find our logo here , along with that of other colleagues
who have decided to cooperate with UNHCR ; we are proud of this
initiative and invite everyone this Christmas to support UNHCR .
Something for beginners, funny and useful as well ! From the blog “notes of the outsider” !
A school like ours does not exists suspended in a vacuum , but
lives in a time, in a place, and is part of the society. We cannot ignore what's happening around.
Our teachers are good teachers, not only for the work they do in
the classroom, but also because they are able to build bridges thatconnect the school with the rest of society.
Friday our teacher Lorenzo Bastida delivered a "Lectura Dantis" at the "Murate Cafe" to support the work of the Lila (Lega per la
Lotta all'AIDS), the Italian organisation to fight the HIV.
It was a quiet, nice evening. Students, teachers (and directors) ofthe school participated.
A good way to learn the language, a good way to understand the
culture, and to share values and emotions.
We are proud of our teachers, and students, at Scuola Toscana.
Until January 16th, you can still visit “Bellezza Divina – fra Van Gogh, Chagall e Fontana”, at Palazzo Strozzi with over one hundred works by famous Italian and international artists, sets out to explore the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The exhibition will be hosting work by Vincent van Gogh, Jean-François Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Stanley Spencer, Georges Rouault and Henri Matisse, and Italian contemporary artists as Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Vedova.
Palazzo Strozzi is anyway a beautiful palace in a beautiful square, therefore do not miss this occasion…
For some weeks we got huge works in progress on a side of the Central Railway Station of Firenze Santa Maria Novella – now the works are over, and this is the area renewed, as it appears…
35 new parking slot for cars, 80 for moped and motorcycles, and many more for bycycles. Not so much, but the whole area is now cleaner and a bit better organised.