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ITALIAN FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES

COURSES FOR ITALIAN LANGUAGE TEACHERS

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATIONS

Art courses in Italy

   Classes are fun and students are encouraged to work with a sense of vibrant immediacy. Whether you are doing sculture, drawing or painting, the tutor will infuse you with inspiration to get your creative side really working!
   The courses are arranged in half day sessions allowingmosaic courses in Italy time for you to relax, work on or explore the area in the afternoon. Courses are kept small so you can advance at a rate which will astonish you! Many of our students are complete beginners, so don't feel daunted as our aim is to instruct and help you enjoy the magical world of art in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere.

MOSAIC COURSES IN ITALY
   Practical course of mosaic workshop, for those who want to learn the basic notions (theory and practice) of the ancient Roman-Byzantine technique.
TECHNIQUES
- create a mosaic from start to finish
- learn cutting techniques
- explore various mosaic styles
- understand installation procedure (adhesive & grout)
    Mosaic Pictures in Glass will also feature, this technique enabling you to transpose any picture you wish into a mosaic design to be framed and hung on the wall. Finishing and framing techniques will also be shown.

THE MOSAIC OF OTRANTO
   Discover the exceptional mosaic floor (one of the most fabulous gems of mediaeval art in Europe) in the cathedral in Otranto: during the course students will admire its magnificent 11th-century mosaic floor representing the “Tree of Life.” Marked by rich, vibrant colors and extraordinarily expressive biblical figures, the mosaic mosaic courses in Apuliacontains a collection of characters and motifs as that intensely Christian world could ever have conceived: featuring Alexander the Great, King Arthur, elephants, trees of life, mermaids, and the Queen of Sheba, among others, with inscriptions in Greek, Latin and Arabic. This stunning masterpiece is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Our students' impressions: "I guess the highlight of our visit was the sight of the exquisite mosaic floor in the cathedral in Otranto. It must be one of the world's finest hidden treasures. We visited the cathedral on the last day of our course, and it was a thrill to find how much of the Italian commentary we could follow."
(Jenny Fleetwood, English journalist)

Starting dates: every 2 weeks;
Duration and intensity: 10 hours in one or two weeks. Students can choose more hours;
What to bring: Bring your drawings, maquettes, ideas or sketches, sketch book, hard and soft pencils. Hat, goggles, dust mask, cotton gloves.
Materials: Basic tools are provided, but please bring your own if you have them and if convenient.
Dates and Prices

PAINTING AND DRAWING COURSES IN ITALY
painting courses in Italy   The course explores Landscape & Seascape painting and drawing of the magnificent Apulian countryside and coastline. Catering for all abilities, with small tuition groups working at each individuals own pace under the guidance of the teacher Lisa. You are free to work in whatever media you choose, Watercolour, Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Pen and Wash or Pencil. The course is suitable for every-one, from absolute beginners to experienced artists. Age, skill, experience and style are no barriers - all you need is a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm to succeed. We just want you to enjoy your art in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere.
The emphasis is on painting outdoors in a fast, free style, and in encouraging students to develop their own style. Each day begins with a technical demonstration before going out into the field to put theory into practice. Lisa runs unique painting and drawing courses, not only showing you how to use graphite, pastels and paints to capture the vibrancy and spontaneity of local scenes.
She is a professional artist who studied Fine Art at Lecce School of Art.

Starting dates: every 2 weeks;
Duration and intensity: 10 hours in one or two weeks. Students can choose more hours;
What to bring: Bring your drawings, maquettes, ideas or sketches, sketch book, hard and soft pencils. Hat, goggles, dust mask, cotton gloves.
Materials: Basic tools are provided, but please bring your own if you have them and if convenient.
Dates and Prices

SCULPTURE COURSES
sculpture courses in Apulia    Includes techniques of direct carving in stone and drawing, consideration of form, nature of materials, use and care of tools and safety codes.
   Soft stone called Pietra Leccese is used. It is suitable for beginners and Intermediate levels. Students will be provided with stone carving tools and the Leccese stone can be taken home at the end of the workshop.
The stone of Lecce
   In Lecce, craft is still popular: during the centuries, it became popular thanks to some raw materials, like the Leccese stone, used with great skill for the decorations of Baroque buildings. Today, the stone is still popular, engraved with the modern taste and design, by skilled craftsmen.
   Craft is still a flourishing activity, as we can see from the number of engravers, ceramists and papier-mâché craftsmen.

Starting dates: every 2 weeks;
Duration and intensity: 10 hours in one or two weeks. Students can choose more hours;
What to bring: Bring your drawings, maquettes, ideas or sketches, sketch book, hard and soft pencils. Hat, goggles, dust mask, cotton gloves.
Materials: Basic tools are provided, but please bring your own if you have them and if convenient.
Dates and Prices

CERAMIC COURSES AND DECORATION COURSES
ceramic courses and decoration courses   There will be a general introduction to clay and methods of reproduction that can be used in sculpting figures, together with ways of handling and applying clay.
   The course offers basic techniques for the creation of ceramics.The ceramic students will have all the necessary equipment to perform decoration, and they will be working under the supervision of the teacher. This will ensure the quality of the works and will help focus the student's capabilities. The works are included in the price, and will be given to the students upon completion of the course.
DECORATION COURSES:ceramic courses and decoration courses decoration on enamelled base (plate size 25 cm or tile 20x20 cm) with reproduction of a typical Apulian decoration. Brush techniques, Borders and "filetti", Enamel applications techniques, Color Applications, Enamel technologies. You will also receive a guided visit to the Colì factory of ceramics in Cutrofiano, one of the most important Apulian city of ceramics and part of narrow circle of twenty-eight cities of ceramics officially recognized in Italy.

TERRACOTTA AND CERAMICS IN APULIA
   This area is one of Italy's most renowned ceramic manufacturing areas. Just holding a florally decorated "trozzella" (Messapian vase) is enough to make you understand how much clay has been sedimented in the hearts and hands of this area. Terracotta takes on hundreds of forms on the pottery wheel; the ones to collect are those which magically imprison the wind within a whistle. Terracotta is also used to produce vases, tableware and other objects, characters of the crib.

Starting dates: every 2 weeks;
Duration and intensity: 10 hours in one or two weeks. Students can choose more hours;
What to bring: Bring your drawings, maquettes, ideas or sketches, sketch book, hard and soft pencils. Hat, goggles, dust mask, cotton gloves.
Materials: Basic tools are provided, but please bring your own if you have them and if convenient.
Dates and Prices

ADVANCED AND CULTURE COURSES COURSES FOR ITALIAN LANGUAGE TEACHERS
Italian culture course (B1/B2/C1/C2 level) courses for teachers of Italian
advanced Italian language course (B2/C1/C2 level) Programme Erasmus Plus for foreign teachers
SPECIAL COURSES corsi in classe di didattica dell'italiano a stranieri
Italian for law corsi on-line di didattica dell'italiano a stranieri
business Italian corsi di preparazione DITALS
(Certificazione di didattica dell'italiano a stranieri)
Italian course of medicine and science corsi di preparazione CEDILS
(Certificazione di didattica dell'italiano a stranieri)
history of Italian art corsi di preparazione DILS-PG
(Certificazione di didattica dell'italiano a stranieri)
Italian literature course  
course about the Italian cinema ITALIAN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATIONS
Italian for the over 50 preparation course for C.I.L.S. examination
Italian language course for theologians preparation course for C.E.L.I. examination
wines course Cils and Celi on-line preparation courses
cooking course  

 

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