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An already consolidated educational experience. Unique in its field, it puts together theoretical construction and creative production. During the first part, two months of meetings took place with specialists working in schools. Four days of workshops with internationally acclaimed artists and a final exhibition complete the cycle.







Istituto Comprensivo T. Valenti 

   I circolo of Santa Caterina 



Primary School of Borgo Trevi

   Primary School of di S. Caterina

Class IA - II with Fabrizio Segaricci;

   Class IA with  Virginia Di Lazzaro


Class IV with  Marco Strappato; 

   Class IB with  Ilaria Loquenzi

Class V with  Oscar Accorsi;

   Class IC with  Sabrina Muzi


   Class ID with  Piotr Hasnzelewicz


   Class IIID with  Rita Chessa


   Class V A with  Gaetano Russo 



   Class V B with  Alessandro Gabini


   Class V C with  Marco Antonecchia


   Primary School of Borroni

Istituto artistico Bernardino di Betto

   Classes I e II with  conceptinprogress

Class IIC with  Giorgio Lupattelli

   Primary School of Scafali


   Class I e II with  Lisa Wade


   Class I e II with  Alessandro Ratti



Secondary school Campello sul Clitunno

   I Circolo of Foligno

Classes IA-IB with Michele Aquila

   Primary School of  Piermarini



   Class V with  Maria Chiara



   Class V with  Virginia Ryan


   Primary School of  Piermarini

Secondary school Marconi of Terni

   Class A B C D with Enzo
   Calibč and Daniela Di Maro

Class IIB with  Andrea Abbatangelo; 


Class IIF with  Adalberto Abbate

   Istituto Comprensivo N. Alunno of Belfiore 


   Primary School of San Giovanni Profiamma


   Classes I-II with Anja Puntari


   Classes III - IV with  Dario


   Class V with  Luca Pucci


   Primary School of  Belfiore


   Classes III A - III B with
Maddalena Fragnito De Giorgio


   Primary School of  Colfiorito


   Classes III-IV with  Carlo








  Classes IA - II with Fabrizio Segaricci; Teachers: Cristina Grandoni  -   Cristina Garofani 


  workshop: I Ri-ciclattoli


Dealing with two very important current themes such as interculturality and ecology, children were able to look beyond the appearances and to invent a new story and a new destination for objects which otherwise would have been thrown away. With waste materials and driven by their imagination they rediscovered the importance of game by making their own toys experimenting in this way what for Third World children is daily routine.(Chiara Segantini)


  Class IV with Marco Strappato;   Teachers: Cristina Grandoni 


  Workshop: Cut'n Mix

Through the collage technique and the infinite possibilities it offers, children created surreal compositions where every principle of reality was undermined as an homage paid to the free possibility of expression and composition. They re-defined their physiognomy with others’ traits and with “impertinent” additional features. They created scenes of not ordinary daily routine in a joyful exploration and re-invention of themselves which sometimes dealt with wishes and unsuspected inclinations. The workshop was sober in its means but ironically irreverent in its outcomes. Children understood that art means capacity of re-create world notwithstanding the starting points.(Mara Predicatori)


  Class V with Oscar Accorsi


  Workshop: Senza Rete


Here the children demonstrated how even an object which is usually meant to be thrown away can be part of an art work. They took industrial waste and transformed it in complete freedom without any rigid starting project. Lots of original design objects were derived from this operation, some of them were functional (i.e. object-holders and colanders) while others were purely aesthetic exercises. For the assemblage of all the elements was not used glue but the various parts were simply joint together.(Valentina Valecchi)






  Class IIB with Andrea Abbatangelo;  teacher Maria Blasini


   Workshop: The  Hol(L)Y-Wood                                                                                    


Here there were three different groups who had to analyze the relations between man/man and man/nature. Each group worked autonomously. The first one manipulated and transformed common objects and pieces of furniture; the second one realized paintings/slogans on sheets; the third one filed the photo/video documentation of the whole workshop. All the groups had a job in common: taking care of some plants and trying of bringing to light the contrast between civilization and nature through the metaphorical potentialities of art and the clues which art can spread in the conscience of the viewers. Hollywood (the town of star system) and Holy-wood (sacred wood).(Mara Predicatori)


  Class IIF with Adalberto Abbate


  Workshop: Povera Patria;  teachers: Maria Blasini; 


Each child choose his duty in society and with the aid of old dresses, broken objects, plastic waste and so on, realized a photo portrait which reminded the famous ones in the pictorial history. Each of them transformed into a little contemporary hero with the mission to protect our “poor native land”. Participants could reflect on the environmental and social problems which concern Italy, concentrating on the importance of everybody’s public spirit. After that the class drafted an hypothetical law for the protection and the improvement of our ill country future.(Valentina Valecchi)






  Class IIC with Giorgio Lupattelli






The violence in modern world is the theme of this tragicomic parody of the well-known movie “A Clockwork Orange”. The subject is topical because of the very violent images which are always proposed to us so as to provoke our addiction, or so as to lead some people to the crazy idea of emulation as if the world would only be a big movie. The class conceived and realized all the stages of this short film learning one of the most fascinating expressive language for today’s children.(Giorgio Lupattelli)






  Classes IA - IB with Michele Aquila/ teacher: Regina Fantauzzi


  Workshop: Quello meglio e quello peggio


Through a series of interviews the children compared their own life as teenagers to the memories of mature people living in their same territory. Memories of old events, curiosities, description of landscapes etc. emerged. The aim was to suggest a comparison between different life-styles due to the age, to make comparisons and have a dialogue between young and old generations. The important thing was to let children note how the characteristics of the place we are living in and our habits change in time faster than we can usually  imagine.(Valentina Valecchi)






  Class IA with Virginia di Lazzaro; teachers: Giovanna Marani, Giuseppina Pillotti


  workshop: Autoecologia-Sinecologia 


The project aimed at the comprehension of the different typology of relations existing among living beings (competition, symbiosis, predation and so on) just trying to live them in the first person. The activities saw pictorial and photographic works simulating the presence of “colour predators”, or situation where there was a lack of resources (painting tools) or recreating relations of parasitism etc. For the children it was a very important experience in order to learn how complex the dynamics of social relations are. (Valentina Valecchi)


  Class IB with Ilaria Loquenzi; teachers: Maria Mancini, Maria Cristina Nati


  Workshop: Come le rondini 


A nest is a symbol of protection par excellence and here it was taken as a medium for talking about interculturality. The artist drew a parallel between man and animal world in order to let children understand the importance of a serene and peaceful cohabitation among people from different cultures. These small nests where made during the workshop and in there are the photos of children belonging to other races. They are singing all together “Mamma mia dammi cento lire” and all this become the emblem of a strong feeling for brotherhood and welcoming.(Chiara Segantini)


  Class IC with Sabrina Muzi; teachers: Fiordiponti, Santini


  Workshop:Il bosco dei desideri


By going back to ancient ritual practices where the tree has got an extraordinary symbolic importance, children recreated a sort of imaginary sacred wood. This installation is strongly evocative and is carried out weaving twigs by means of simple adhesive tape in order to make small totems as homage to one’s own wishes. In fact every single composition has been decorated with small cards where every child has written his/her own hopes and dreams. This work has got at the same time both an ancient and a contemporary taste which consolidates the deep bond between man and nature.(Chiara Segantini)


  Class ID with Piotr Hanzelewicz; teachers: Rosa Comes, Maila Morelli


  Workshop: Attraversando la linea


Thanks to the various activities suggested by the artist, children experienced the many ways a simple element such as a line lends itself to many declinations. They started from the mythological Ariadne’s thread and reached the present with playing the tug of war. The search for the infinite possibilities and meanings led everyone to draw the lines of his/her own hand – line as singling out of identity – and in the end led students to draw the outline of the landscape they see every day from the school windows, the language formed by lines only which characterizes the scenery we are living in.(Valentina Valecchi)


  Class IID with Rita Chessa


  Workshop: Verba Volant, imagines manent   - teacher: Armandina Antinori

The challenge suggested by the artist wanted to lead the children to self-awareness as they are “history in motion”. Each child thought his/her own little life history over and then has been put in front of a photo portrait which had been taken some years ago. The memories of every one had then been written out and projected on their face, becoming figure and vision. This resulted to be an important reflection on their being both now and yesterday, on the memory seen as an important treasure and on the flowing life. (Valentina Valecchi)


 Class IV A with Gaetano Russo; teacher: Marco Mattioli


 Workshop: La pelle delle cose

This workshop has been a journey towards the re-discover and the expansion of sensorial abilities. The children of the class IV A explored the world through touch, smell and sight, and inferred special and unusual sensations and information. Memories and new interpretation of things emerged and the sensorial experience became an emotive experience. Holding the “skin of things” through different techniques (drawing, frottage, plaster cast, shadow play…) they created suggestive works which tells the emotions felt in this magic journey.(Chiara Segantini)


  Class IV B with Alessandro Gabini   -  teacher: Laura Bergutti


  Workshop: Libro Nero

How much are we aware of our attitude towards the environment? How much do we know about what is more damaging for it and what we could do in order to improve us and the environment? Starting from these questions children analyzed and banned all that is harmful for the environment and realized a gigantic “Black Book” white on black and black on white. A book which, if it could be available as a paperback, everyone should always take with him/her in order not to forget that defending nature means defending ourselves.(Chiara Segantini)


  Class IVC with Marco Antonecchia/ teacher: Marcella Capuccini


  Workshop: Spyvermeer

Like little spies the children in this class went and caught  anomalous situations, strange scenes of non ordinary life, little infractions and funny things, with small telecameras hidden in the buttonhole of their school apron. They realized a video which invite us to pry into like voyeurs looking through a key hole: small windows where we can see someone doing a cartwheel in the school corridor, a stolen kiss in the park, a prank. All that in order to talk about the dos and don’ts , what is “normal” and what is extra-ordinary. In other words it is a starting point for talking a little about the “ecology of behaviour” as well.(Mara Predicatori)




  Classes A B C D with Enzo Calibč; teachers: Sabina Antonelli, Giuseppina Cartoni, Nadia Pietrantoni, Caterina Giunta e Sonia          Boscari


  Laboratorio: Oink Oink


Children were invited to transpose graphically the sounds emitted by some animals. Then, thanks to the confrontation of the drawings with real images, they were able to make a conscious choice selecting the drawings which, notwithstanding some anomalies, best represented the real characteristics of the animals they “had listened to”. In the end a wall covered with funny animals, seen through the children’s ears, made a visual counter-melody to the boom of the animals’ sounds and cries spread in the exhibition space.(Chiara Segantini)


  Classes V with Maria Chiara Calvani/ teachers: Maria Luisa Proietti, Olimpia Circelli, Patrizia Tavernelli, A. Giusepponi


  workshop: Souvenir di un viaggio mai fatto

It is impossible to summarize in few lines the conceptual and emotive density of a workshop which, among play, exploration and self-reflection, took the children to verify how their own lived experiences, emotions and memories, can transform their way of understand reality. The material result is a table game where cards and what’s at stake are children’s memories and wishes. Another result is a video where the stories told by the children overlap the sequences taken from an art film (which the artist introduced as “memory fostering”). The emotive result and the meaning of this journey are… a secret closed in the children’s memory.(Mara Predicatori)


  Classes V with Virginia Ryan/ teachers:  Maria Luisa Proietti, Olimpia Circelli, Patrizia Tavernelli, A. Giuseppo


  workshop: Memory Maypole Treasure Chest for the Future


The children of the class V, referring to an ancestral spring ritual, raised a tall memory tree formed by flags. Underneath they put their very precious drawings and objects which spoke about their present and their important things. At the end of the exhibition all the material has been closed in coloured boxes. One day, in this same school, these boxes will be opened with the tomorrow’s children. Today’s “children” will be there as a go-between for an exchange of emotion between the yesterday’s and the tomorrow’s children.(Chiara Segantini)




  Classes IA - IB with Conceptinprogress


  workshop: Io mondo

Conceptinprogress suggested a challenge to the children: they had to observe carefully the space, to listen to every sound, to give all what is undefined a shape through the use of body and lines. The course wanted to help them in the discovery of art as a magical transformation of a thing into another: a sound can produce a shape, the movement of an object in the space can become a drawing. Every thing or every living being has a dialogue with the rest of the world and leaves a visual or audio trace of her/his/its existence. On its turn this existence can be transformed in something else endlessly like in a hall of mirrors.(Valentina Valecchi)




  Classes I - II with  Lisa Wade; teachers: Lidia Bevilacqua, Diana Silvi, Fernanda Meoli


  Workshop: Ascoltami


How does nature around us see us? In order to answer this question the children tried to identify themselves with the natural world. They decorated some paper overalls with branches, leaves and colours and realized tree-shaped costumes to camouflage themselves with the environment. The camouflage created empathy with the landscape and allowed the children to “give voice” to nature by producing a video where the tree-children expressed their need to be listened to.(Chiara Segantini)

Classes I - II with Alessandro Ratti; teachers: Lidia Bevilacqua, Diana Silvi, Fernanda Meoli


Workshop: Cambiare il punto di vista


Changing the points of view is useful for relativizing, for re-reading reality in a different manner and maybe perceiving something which was unnoticed until then. To say it right this is the artist’s job. Then, with Alessandro Ratti, children learnt a method and a bent: they experienced the possibility to transform things by finding in them potential shapes. The children transformed branches, leaves, pine cones into monsters, strange beings and rag dolls. They explored nature, read a blade of grass trying to see in them the poetry of genesis and a not obvious beauty. What were the results? They were small natural and perishable sculptures, some notes and a video shot with their nose downwards.(Mara Predicatori)


  Classes III A - III B with Maddalena Fragnito De Giorgio; teachers: Daniela Agostinelli


  Workshop: Cose da Pazzi

In order to carry out this workshop children had to transform themselves into little inventors. Through the technique of collage they took to pieces and then recombined a series of usual objects creating new curious things which resulted to be very useful instruments for environmental preservation and a dictionary where their functions are explained. They also conceived five powerful super heroes ready to intervene in the case their inventions should not be sufficient.(Chiara Segantini)


PRIMARY SCHOOL OF S. GIOVANNI PROFIAMMA  (Istituto Comprensivo di Belfiore)


  Classes I - II with Anja Puntari; teacher: Silvestrini Lucia


 Workshop: Naturalmente

During the three-day-workshop children explored some places, collected materials and tested the expressive possibilities of natural things. Then they analyzed with every sense their characteristics: consistence, shape, odour, resemblance and so on. In the end the collected and studied elements became raw material for poetical and fleeting rosettes made with that natural stuff, still beauties fixed in a picture.(Mara Predicatori)


  Classes III . IV with Dario Agrimi ; teachers: Lucia Silvestrini, Maria Rosaria Milei, Sabrina Naty Maria Rita Mirti


  Workshop; Vedo ciň che rappresento o rappresento ciň che vedo

The workshop proposed to the children the simple and ancient idea of studying and accurately reproducing nature in order to observe it in its every detail until they had the impression to own it. Through this operation children not only had the occasion of improving their explorative ability and the representation techniques but they were also guided to see the natural reality with different eyes, observing small details and feeling empathy with it. The ultimate aim of the project was that of making children more aware of the interpretation of environment which surrounds them, and learning not to look at it absently but to scan it and then love it deeply (Valentina Valecchi)


  Classes IV - V with Luca Pucci; teachers: Lucia Silvestrini, Maria Rosaria Milei, Sabrina Naty Maria Rita Mirti


  Workshop: Corteggiamento

In this funny workshop the artist encouraged the children to think upon the art of courting which does not exist any more. The children went into the past recreating the atmosphere of the time this practice was still important and then they realized a real handbook. This is an important metaphor to let the children think upon the modifications which human relations undergo and to help them in finding their own original way to relate to others.(Chiara Segantini)


PRIMARY SCHOOL OF COLFIORITO (Istituto Comprensivo di Belfiore)


  Classes I - II with Carlo Dell’Acqua; teacher: Ines Marazzani


 Workshop: Arabesco

By using simple and poor recycled materials such as cardboards and newspapers, the workshop produced a fascinating installation resulted from the assemblage of single elements which each student created personally by constructing it on the model of a geometric form repeated circularly as in a great lace. The final sculpture is an interesting decorating object set against a background formed by newspapers opened and juxtaposed. On the whole the experience was a meditation upon the theme of decorative background intended as the scenography of our individual and collective life.(Valentina Valecchi)







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