84th Florence International
Crafts Fair

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

16th December, 3 pm – 10 pm

Workshop Apprentices at MIDA

A series of educational workshops for children aged 6-11

On the occasion of the 86th edition of MIDA – the Florence International Crafts Fair – Fondazione CR Firenze promotes “Apprendisti di Bottega” (Workshop Apprentices), a series of educational workshops curated by its operating entity – Associazione OMA – Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte – in co-operation with institutions that distinguish themselves for the quality of their educational offer in terms of artistic crafts. This programme of workshops will focus 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.



Five practical-interactive workshops supported by professional master artisans, and/or hosted by experienced operators.

Workshops are free and aimed at children and young people aged 6-11, for a maximum of 24 participants per group. Workshops will take place on April 23-24-25-30 and on May 1, 2022, from 15:30 to 17:30, on the ground floor of Palazzina Lorenese (on the Polveriera side). Reservation is required.

Reservation is required


SATURDAY, 23RD APRIL, 15:30-17:30 #Ceramicamica. Workshop di manipolazione dell’argilla (A workshop to manipulate clay):
Curated by Studio Ceramico Giusti

This activity aims to work clay in its different colours in order 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.

SUNDAY 24TH APRIL, 15:30-17:30 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. 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, to hearing and taste), 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.

MONDAY, 25TH APRIL, 15:30-17:30 Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. Creative inlay workshop
Curated by Museo Horne (Horne Museum)

Thanks to this workshop, you will be able to acquire knowledge and experience in the field of wood inlay – a traditional technique used in Florence handicrafts. Together, we will create a precious customized box. 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 an inlay made with subtle natural wooden veneer of various essences and colours.

SATURDAY 30TH APRIL, 15:30-17:30 In-Carta un seme. Carta a mano, stampa e cartotecnica (Handmade paper, printing, and paper industry)
Curated by Atelier degli Artigianelli

A colourful take-away box to be built and assembled with the help of bone sticks and little secrets from the paper industry. A customised and 100% green container, to be decorated using the ancient Papier-Peint technique, a small hand-bound notebook made with embossed paper and cherishing an even more precious content: basil seeds to plant and grow with love, following the calendar and the instructions provided on a precious handmade paper card, noting down the little plant’s evolutions.

SUNDAY, 1ST MAY, 15:30-17:30 La bottega di Re MIDA. Pratiche di laboratorio orafo (King MIDA’s Workshop. Goldsmithing Techniques)
Curated by LAO – Le arti Orafe

When a god allowed him to express any wish, King Mida asked to be able to turn anything he touched into gold. His wish was granted, but problems began straight away for the King… By observing, we will first and foremost challenge our ingenuity, discovering tools and implements required for a goldsmith. The young apprentices will then experiment two crucial techniques to work precious metals – wire shaping and hammering on a customized small medallion to wear or to offer as a gift!

Workshops are organised in co-operation with:


Fortezza da Basso, Florence