84th Florence International
Crafts Fair

From 16th  to 20th December,
10 am – 10 pm

16th December, 3 pm – 10 pm

Children's workshop

Workshop apprentices at MIDA

A series of educational workshops for children aged 6-11

On the occasion of the 87th edition of MIDA – the Florence International Crafts Fair – Fondazione CR Firenze and OMA Association, in co-operation with master artisans and institutions who distinguish themselves for the quality of their educational offer in terms of artistic crafts, will present a programme of workshops focusing on the practice of manual skills as a way to encourage imaginative thinking, innovative learning, and to develop the abilities, expressivity, and talent of each participant.


Workshops are free and aimed at children and young people aged 6-11, for a maximum of 24 participants per group.
Workshops take place on each day of the exhibition at the following times:
10:00-12:30 / 15:30 – 17:30
Inside the Palazzina Lorenese, on the ground floor (on the side of Polveriera).
Reservation is required.

Reservation is required.


TUESDAY, 25TH APRIL, 10:30-12:30 La magia dell’oro. Pratiche di doratura a missione (The magic of gold. Practising size gilding)
A workshop curated by the educational service of the Horne Museum

A journey through the masterpieces of the Horne Museum, to discover “size gilding”, a sophisticated and extremely ancient art technique. Participants will try themselves through all the manual processing stages – preparing wood by smoothing it with abrasive paper and colouring it with tempera, creating a customized decorative motif to embellish their creation by patiently applying extremely light and almost impalpable gold leaf.

TUESDAY, 25TH APRIL, 15:30-17:30
Il carretto siciliano. Pittura, immaginazione e tradizione (Sicilian carts. Painting, imagination, and tradition)
A workshop curated by Bottega Michele Ducato

Born as a means of transport and for farm work, through time Sicilian carts have become a real collectable work of art. Their typical sumptuous decorations, that carters once used as a sort of marketing, are re-proposed by Master Ducato di Bagheria during a workshop with a high creative content, where freehand drawing, tracing, stencil, paintbrushes, and creativity are the absolute protagonists. It is forbidden not to get dirty!

WEDNESDAY, 26TH APRIL, 15:30-17:30
La cartella dell’artigiano. Stampa, legatoria e cartotecnica (The artisan’s folder. Printing, bookbinding, and stationery)
A workshop curated by Associazione Atelier degli Artigianelli

Dedicated to all those who love paper, books, writing, and preserving things. Starting from simple bookbinding and stationery techniques, children will be guided to create their own artifacts – a wonderful folder-bag 100% made of paper. Precious, innovative, eco-friendly, and handmade, this folder hides an even more precious small handbound diary, decorated with the ancient traditional Papier-Peint technique, and with a handmade paper cover.

THURSDAY, 27TH APRIL, 15:30-17:30 Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. Creative inlay workshop
A workshop curated by the educational service of the Horne Museum

This workshop offers an experimental path to discover wood inlay – a traditional technique used in Florence handicrafts, to create a precious customized box together. A workshop to discover how to make a decoration combining wood varieties and various colourings. Participants will create the design and will then try their hand with a meticulous geometric inlay made with subtle natural wooden veneer of various essences and colours.

FRIDAY, 28TH APRIL, 15:30-17:30
Creo il mio gioiello. Sbalzo metallico a rilievo (Creating my own Jewellery Piece. Metal embossing)
A workshop curated by the educational service of the Horne Museum

Let’s discover the ancient technique of embossed metal to create a contemporary piece of jewellery. From designing on gloss paper to relief, participants will cut out their designed pendant from copper, embossing it by using burins of various shapes in order to emphasise the figures in relief, and embellishing its surface through traditional goldsmith techniques. Once it has been mounted by working with ribbons and threads, the pendant becomes a real sculpture-jewel to be worn.

SATURDAY, 29TH APRIL, 10:30-12:30 and 15:30-17:30
Ci vuole un fiore. Profumi da un bouquet di carta (It takes a flower. Scents from a paper bouquet)
A workshop by Cartamante

Everyday objects tell their secrets to those who know how to look at and listen to them… Observation is the real departure point for would-be paper florists who can follow all the stages of cutting, modelling, colouring and assembling, aimed at the creation of a botanical garden made of paper. Durable and eco-friendly, with large-scale and completely handmade flowers. Let creativity and imagination bloom, and let the enchantment begin!

SUNDAY, 30TH APRIL, 10:30-12:30
The joy of weaving! Working on the loom
Curated by Museo del Tessuto di Prato (Textile Museum in Prato)

What is a fabric? How do you create it? A practical workshop aiming to create a fabric sample using simple manual looms and many coloured threads. Observing and discovering the materials and shapes of a fabric is the basis of any educational experience. Through a multisensory approach (from sight and touch), children and young people will discover the world of textiles, learning to recognize them both as daily use objects and as artifacts which can be compared to works of art.

SUNDAY, 30TH APRIL, 15:30-17:30
Feltro a due mani. Lane colorate da trasformare (Felt with two hands. Transforming coloured wool)
A workshop curated by Museo del Tessuto di Prato (Textile Museum in Prato)

The pleasure of exploring and transforming materials with our own two hands is part of the life of every child. Coloured carded wool, water, and soap are the ideal ingredients to stimulate manual skills and to strengthen knowledge of reality. This workshop includes playful action and ends with the creation of an abstract work by using the felt manufacturing technique, a very ancient non-woven fabric that is sustainable and that can lead to thousand creative uses.

MONDAY, 1ST MAY, 10:30-12:30
#Ceramicamica. Workshop di manipolazione dell’argilla (A workshop to manipulate clay)
A workshop curated by Bottega Scuola Studio Ceramico Giusti

Working clay in its different colours to learn the basic techniques of its decoration: plate, mark, trace, texture, bas-relief. Are you sure you are correctly moving your hands? What about fingers? By manipulating clay, you can discover an extremely ancient material that allows you to fully express yourself. Manipulating clay is a concrete creative experience, and a free manipulation is an immersive experience to all extents. The same clay suggests how to work it. You might forget words, but you cannot forget a direct experience!

MONDAY, 1ST MAY, 15:30-17:30
Argilla da modellare. In-vasi di desideri (Modelling clay and potting wishes)
A workshop curated by Bottega Scuola Studio Ceramico Giusti

A workshop to experiment an extremely ancient manufacturing technique – the “coiling” technique, used to create an all-round two-handled small clay vase. Once all the surfaces have been perfectly smoothed and decorated with embossed geometric patterns, a little “wish card” is inserted inside the small container that is then closed with a cap – simply impenetrable!
Manipulating clay is truly a unique and rewarding creative and sensorial adventure. The only problem is that…it can become addictive!

Where to see it

Fortezza da basso, Florence

Spazio Bimbi

Giochi e attività per bambini

Al piano attico del padiglione Spadolini uno spazio interamente dedicato ai bambini con attività gratuite e a pagamento, dove grandi e piccini potranno giocare con personale esperto e sotto il controllo dei propri genitori.

Attività gratuite:
– spazio gioco allestito con tende teepee villaggio indiano
– Photobooth a rotazione
– area disegno
– giochi a rotazione tra quelli liberi nelle isole gioco del villaggio indiano e quelli di gruppo che saranno proposti durante la giornata

Altre attività giornaliere a pagamento:
– laboratori vari a rotazione (uno la mattina ed uno il pomeriggio)
– truccabimbi, truccanonni, truccamostri, truccatutti, tatuaggi e decori (ogni giorno)

Where to see it

Fortezza da basso, Florence

How to move inside the Fortezza da Basso

Find your way around easily thanks to a map of the pavilions available for MIDA 2023 at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence.