Schools

The Bottega dei ragazzi offers educational workshops on museums and architecture for kindergarten, primary and secondary schools.

The cost of each workshop module is €5 per student and admission is free for accompanying persons.

Workshops

Kindergarten

In the museum with your eyes closed
Listening, touching, smelling and tasting works of art.

Fairy tales in the museum
Let's invent a story with the works of art in the museum. 

Investigators at the Museum
From the details to the work of art.

Guess who's in the mirror?
The representation of the face in art as portrait and self-portrait.

Yellow, red, blue... and any colour you like!
Discovering colours, stories and emotions in the Innocenti works of art.

 The story of the Gigi worm
Three little friends tell the circle of life

Primary school

In the museum with your eyes closed
Hearing, touching, smelling and tasting works of art.

Fairy tales in the museum
Let's invent a story with the works of art in the museum.

Investigators at the Museum
From the details to the work of art.

Guess who's in the mirror?
The representation of the face in art as portrait and self-portrait.

Yellow, red, blue... and any colour you like!
Discovering colours, stories and emotions in the Innocenti works of art.

Noah's Ark
Stories of animals in the museum's works of art.

The putto in swaddling clothes
The life of the children who lived in the old hospital told through works of art and archive documents.

I found a new game!
Discovering the games of the past created with reused materials

The story of the worm Gigi
Three little friends tell the circle of life

Stories from the archive
We explore the historical archive to discover the stories of the children who lived at the Innocenti.

Filippo Brunelleschi and the invention of Renaissance architecture
Discovering the geometric secrets of the ancient Florentine hospital

 The game of arts and crafts
Discovering buildings, coats of arms and characters

 The Florence of Arnoflo, Dante and Giotto
Three little friends tell the circle of life

Amerigo, the Florentine who found America
We explore the Historical Archive of the Hospital to discover the stories of the children who lived at the Innocenti

Florentia, the Roman city on the banks of the Arno
Three little friends tell the circle of life

Secondary school

Fairy tales at the Museum
Let's invent a story with the works of art in the museum

Noah's Ark
Animal stories in museum artworks

The putto in swaddling clothes
The life of the children who lived in the old hospital told through works of art and archive documents 

I found a new game!
Discovering the games of the past created with reused materials

Stories from the archive
Let's explore the Hospital's Historical Archive to discover the stories of the children who lived at the Innocenti.

Filippo Brunelleschi and the invention of Renaissance architecture
Discovering the geometric secrets of the ancient Florentine hospital

The game of arts and crafts
Discovering buildings, coats of arms and characters

The Florence of Arnolfo, Dante and Giotto
Three little friends tell the circle of life

Amerigo, the Florentine who found America
We explore the Historical Archive of the Hospital to discover the stories of the children who lived at the Innocenti

Florentia, the Roman city on the banks of the Arno

Secondary school

The Putto in swaddling clothes
The life of the children who lived in the old hospital told through works of art and archive documents

Stories from the archive
Let's explore the Hospital's Historical Archive to discover the stories of the children who lived at the Innocenti.

Filippo Brunelleschi and the invention of Renaissance architecture
Discovering the geometric secrets of the ancient Florentine hospital

Amerigo, the Florentine who found America

Florentia, the Roman city on the banks of the Arno

Play and learn with art

In the museum with your eyes closed

Hearing, touching, smelling and tasting works of art

How can children understand that the perception of reality also passes through the ears, skin, nose and mouth if today we are all used to know the world only through sight?

In this activity children will be guided and stimulated through a sensory perception path to experience works of art with all five senses! A series of sensory stimuli will be offered to help them discover in a surprising way the characters, objects and animals depicted in the works on display at the Museum. The workshop will be carried out using different works of art, selected according to the age of the children.

Kindergarten teachers + classes 4 and 5 years old

Primary school teachers + classes

Fairy tales at the Museum

Let's invent a story with the works of art in the museum

“Fairy tales and fables at the Museum” proposes to use works of art, characters and settings as a starting point for the creation of a story invented by the class with the guidance of the museum operator.

Storytelling is thus combined with creativity, which is the ability to combine existing elements in new combinations to achieve a goal. In this activity the works will be the means by which the children can express their imagination, using in an innovative way part of the historical and artistic heritage preserved at the Ospedale degli Innocenti.

Kindergarten teachers + classes 4 and 5 years old

Primary school teachers + classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

Investigators at the Museum

From details to the work of art

Starting from the natural predisposition of children to conceive reality as a set of details, the workshop is a game of discovery of the stories told by works of art, through the observation of some details, initially considered as autonomous images.

During the workshop the concept of iconography will be introduced through the identification of objects and the narration of stories that will allow children to recognise the main characters in the painting. The workshop can be carried out with different works from the museum. When booking, the teacher can choose the most suitable one according to the type of class.

Kindergarten teachers + classes 4 and 5 years old

Primary school teachers + classes

Guess who's in the mirror?

The representation of the face in art through portraits and self-portraits

The path will start from the story of some ancient and famous legends that tell of man’s desire to portray and represent himself. The children will discover the elements that make up the face and will then observe the characteristics of their own and others’ faces. Portraits and self-portraits can also be imaginatively designed to express joy, sadness, anger and astonishment in a fun and entirely personal way, as artists did in the past.

 The many portraits and self-portraits in the vast historical and artistic heritage of the Istituto degli Innocenti offer us the opportunity for a guided reading of some works of art related to the representation of personal identity.

Kindergarten teachers + classes 4 and 5 years old

Primary school teachers + classes

Yellow, red, blue... and any colour you like!

Discovering colours, stories and emotions in the museum's works of art

From handprints in prehistoric caves to contemporary art images, people have used colours to tell stories and communicate their feelings. In this workshop children learn about the history of colours and discover their meanings in different eras and cultures.

The vision of the paintings on display at the Museo degli Innocenti will be an opportunity to understand the history depicted starting from the meanings expressed through colours.

Afterwards the children will be able to experiment with the feelings and ideas they associate with different colour tones, choosing which colours to give to their own image of the world.

Kindergarten teachers + classes 4 and 5 years old

Primary school teachers + classes

Noah's Ark

Animal stories in the works of art of the museum

A long time ago man lived in the countryside or in the city in close contact with animals, which helped him in his work, were his only means of transport and also served to feed him with meat, milk, cheese and eggs.

 

In addition to sheep, cows and chickens, Florence in the 1400s also had many exotic animals brought to the city by wealthy families to demonstrate their power. There were monkeys kept on a leash like puppies, and ferocious beasts like lions kept in a large menagerie, a pit near the Palazzo della Signoria which, on special occasions, was opened to bring the beasts into the piazza.

The works of art are an inexhaustible source of fascinating stories that allow us to discover the deep ties that united man and the animal world in the past, with tales that border on the fantasy of legends.

Primary school teachers + classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

Stories of Children

The Putto in swaddling clothes

The life of the children who lived in the old hospital told through works of art and archive documents

On the night of 5 February 1445, a newborn baby girl called Agata Smeralda was left in the stone pile under the Loggiato degli Innocenti.

This was the beginning of the history of the ancient hospital, the first place in the world designed to welcome children in need. Since then, the institution has continued to care for children. The history of the old hospital and its guests is told through works of art, identifying marks, documents and digital photographs along a route that will guide young visitors to discover the daily life of the many children who lived here.

Primary school teachers + classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

Upper secondary school teachers + classes 

I found a new game!

Discovering games of the past created with reused materials

Did you know that children in the past invented games with creativity and everyday materials?

An important historian of games has described this continuity of behaviour as “a merry round in which millennia of history joyfully meet and almost cancel each other out” (Marco Fittà, Giochi e giocattoli nell’antichità, Leonardo Arte, Milan, 1997, p.10). The games of yesteryear reflect the simplicity of children, stimulating their imagination, sense of adventure and creative capacity through the use of reused materials. The main objectives of the workshop are to introduce the concept of reusing materials through individual and group play, offering valuable opportunities to learn to respect the rules, developing cooperation and stimulating the imagination. This workshop will allow today’s children and young people to discover that their peers from classical Greek and Roman antiquity to the present day used whatever they found to create their own games.

Primary school teachers + classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

The story of the worm Gigi

Three little friends tell the circle of life

How can we make children understand that everything in nature is circular, starting with the lives of all living things? An eighteenth-century scientist named Antoine Laurent de Lavoisier declared that in nature Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed.

From this statement, through the telling of a story starting with the observation of some works of art, children will be guided to recognise that all living beings are part of the great circle of life through the four elements of nature: water, fire, air and earth and that the food waste we call rubbish produces new life.

Kindergarten teachers + classes 4 and 5 years old

Primary school teachers + classes

Stories from the archive

Let's explore the Hospital's Historical Archive to discover the stories of the children who lived at the Innocenti

The archive is the place where documents, objects and testimonies are kept and ordered. The Innocenti Archives are the home of the memory and stories of the many children who have lived at the Hospital since 1445, told through documents, letters and objects. The reading and storytelling from the evocative pages of the archive registers of “nannies and children” and the “signs of recognition” will allow children and young people to become archivists and research some of the stories of the identities and rights of children who lived a long time ago.

Primary school teachers + classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

Upper secondary school teachers + classes

Discovering Florence

Filippo Brunelleschi and the invention of Renaissance architecture

Discovering the geometric secrets of the ancient Florentine Hospital

In 1419 the Arte della Seta commissioned Filippo Brunelleschi to design the Ospedale degli Innocenti, the first building conceived exclusively to accommodate abandoned children using a new way of doing architecture. The activity proposes engaging ways of bringing children closer to this wonderful building and its relationship with Piazza Santissima Annunziata. The children will be stimulated to observe the geometric characteristics of the portico and the courtyards and to discover the history of the building’s construction, following learning paths adapted to the school level of each class.

Primary school teachers + third, fourth and fifth grade classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

Upper secondary school teachers + classes

The game of arts and crafts

Discovering buildings, coats of arms and characters

The Guilds of Arts and Crafts played a fundamental role in the construction and development of the city of Florence between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The availability of large economic resources and the desire to promote their role through public utility work led the Guilds to commission buildings and works of art that still today constitute a heritage of inestimable value. This activity proposes an itinerary to discover the extraordinary history of the arts and crafts, the symbols and saints that distinguished them and made Florence one of the richest and most flourishing cities in Europe.

Primary school teachers + third, fourth and fifth year classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

The Florence of Arnoflo, Dante and Giotto

Three little friends tell the circle of life

This itinerary tells the story of Florence between the 13th and 14th centuries, a period when the city was teeming with craftsmen, merchants and businessmen who, united in guilds, made the city rich and prosperous. Florence had such a distinctive architectural, economic and political structure that it can now be described as the ‘New York’ of the late Middle Ages. In those years, while Arnolfo was designing the public buildings and walls of the city of the lily, Dante was inventing a new way of describing it and Giotto was revolutionizing the way it was represented in painting.

Primary school teachers + third, fourth and fifth grade classesa

Secondary school teachers + classes

Amerigo, the Florentine who found America

Let's explore the Historical Archive of the Hospital to discover the stories of the children who lived at the Innocenti

Cultural and economic interests combined with a love of discovery and adventure led Renaissance men to broaden their geographical knowledge. At the beginning of the new century Amerigo Vespucci followed in the footsteps of Columbus by exploring coasts further south and found that he had discovered a hitherto unknown land. In his honour the new continent was given the name America.

The tour offers a fascinating journey through Amerigo’s life in the cultural and political environment of Florence at the time, in the city’s places, in the themes and stories linked to his family and his explorations. By retracing these events, the children will explore the city of the past and of today, a destination for travellers and migrants from all over the world.

Primary school teachers + third, fourth and fifth grade classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

Upper secondary school teachers + classes

Florentia, the Roman city on the banks of the Arno

The activity proposes an itinerary through the streets and squares of Florence to get to know the history of the city, starting from its origins and discovering what is hidden underneath and among buildings known throughout the world. Visiting the National Archaeological Museum and walking through the streets of the city centre in search of the few but significant remains of Florentia, the children will also explore the city of today, understanding how buildings and streets contain traces of the interventions that have taken place over the centuries.

Primary school teachers + third, fourth and fifth year classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

Secondary school teachers + classes

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