Book restoration course
Our book restoration course is organized by our restorer and it is held in her workshop in Florence.
The atmosphere is really cheerful and you will definitely enjoy your stay at the workshop learning paper restoration with a professional restorer.
Courses are one to one and held in Italian. The programme can be adapted to your own needs. You can also request an interpretation service.
Our teacher has a long experience as a restorer and as a teacher.
|Starting dates 2023|
|January||9, 23||May||2, 15, 29||September||4, 18|
|February||6, 20||June||12, 26||October||2, 16, 30|
|March||6, 20||July||10, 24||November||13, 27|
|April||3, 17||August||7, 21||December||11|
|The school will be closed on the following national holidays: Epiphany (06/01), Easter Monday, Italy Liberation Day (25/04), Workers' Day (01/05), Republic Day (02/06), 24/06, Ferragosto (15/08), All Saints (01/11), Immaculate Conception (8/12), Christmas holidays and New Year.|
I did two courses in Florence and the whole process with studia in Italia was very smooth. Federica was very helpfull and available.
Being in Simonetta’s studio was a dream come true. I had some little previous experience but her expertise got things in another perspective. Her level of Quality is remarkable and we approached subjects related to Paper crafts that I didn’t even know existed. I am Looking foward to putting everything I Learned into test and I would definetly like to come Back as soon as possible. She is super sweet and made me feel very welcome.
Both courses were really good but I especially loved the restoration course with the one on one teaching/learning with an expert restorer. We used the two weeks to restore a book from 1888 and Simonetta, the teacher, was very generous in her guidance, the documentation she provided, and in showing me and letting me try different techniques along side her as we restored the book. I enjoyed the Italian language course also but found the semi intensive may have been better if I had done it as an intensive course but there really wasn’t the time. I have no regrets though as I enjoyed Cristina the teacher and the class but didnt find my Italian improved that much. Probably too much of an overload and not a huge amount of time for study after the lesson because the restoration course was very intensive.
The accommodation was just a few minutes away from the language school. The Santo Spirito area is charming and a great base for Florence. A bit noisy though with roadworks going on from early morning and quite a bit of noise at night but ear plugs did the trick (at night) but this is how the reality is it is in this area. I had some very interesting conversations with my hosts Giusi and Stefano and gained some insight into what it is like for the locals to live in Florence and within the broader context of Italian politics and culture, as musicians and writers. You could never grasp this from an experience in a hotel.
I am already thinking that Id like to do some further restoration either on frescoes or more on paper. But Im not even home yet!