Erasmus+ KA1

Transfer of expertise on handicraft teaching

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year for life-changing activities.
Specifically Key Action 1 is all about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.

Erasmus+ KA1 enables, inter alia, teachers and school staff to spend time in one of the Erasmus+ Programme countries for:
• Professional development courses and training events;
• Job shadowing and observations;
• Teaching assignments at partner schools/organisations.

Vakka-Opisto Heading for Europe 2018-2020” is the Finnish Vakka-Opisto School’s adult education staff mobility project. This project aim at improving the professional skills of teaching staff, thus increasing the quality of teaching in institution. The mobility carried out in Italy focus on developping the teaching in the sectors of handicrafts (textile mostly) and language teaching. During this project, the teachers learn new things, get up-to-date information and new experience, as well as new ideas for their own work as teachers of languages or handicrafts.

Florence was chosen by Vakka-Opisto School as the destination for the project because it offers many opportunities to learn and places to visit for handicraft and language teachers.
The language teacher learned about language teaching offered by Centro Machiavelli, whereas the courses on handicraft were carried out in cooperation with Spazio NOTA, whose aim is to promote the development of arts and handicrafts and to provide training in these fields.

Transfer of expertise on handicraft teaching
Florence, 18th – 26th October 2019
Agenda of the week

Saturday 19th
• Guided study visit to the historical center of Florence
• Visit to Palazzo Davanzati Museum, including the 17th century embroidery and lace collection

Sunday 20th
• Visit of Gucci Garden Museum, including the beautiful collection of original pieces
• Visit to Palazzo Pitti Museum and its Costume Gallery

Monday 21th
• Pattern making and draping – practical lesson at Spazio NOTA. Teacher Sabrina Fichi
• Study visit to Atelier degli Artigianelli to discover the ancient techniques connected with artistic paper processing
• Visit to some Florentine artisan workshops in the Oltrarno area

Tuesday 22th
• Embroidery – practical lesson at Art 21. Teacher Valeria Lasalvia
• Study visit to Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio, including the collection of silk handlooms, antique fabrics and technical drawings
• Study visit to wigs and masks Filistrucchi workshop, opened in 1720 and Campolmi Filati historical yarn store

Wednesday 23th
• Seminar at Uffizi Museum about its Educational Department, didactic approach and offer to students and teachers of every order and degree of teaching

Thursday 24th
• Guided visit to Museo del Tessuto di Prato, the largest cultural centre in Italy dedicated to the promotion of historical and contemporary textile production and art
• Study visit to Teatro della Pergola, erected in 1656, its backstage and costume workshop

Friday 25th
• Knitting – practical lesson at Spazio NOTA. Teacher Eva Di Franco
• Study visit at Scuola del Cuoio, inside the Monastery of Santa Croce since 1950, and witness the artisans create the leather goods


18 – 26 october 2019

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