Commedia dell'Arte

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop Adds Dates

Calling all actors and mask makers!!! We have the perfect way to spend 2 weeks this summer. Combine your love for traveling and exploring with your desire to improve your acting skills through learning about Commedia dell’Arte. This year the course will feature two days of learning about and creating your own Commedia dell’Arte mask.

The course will run Monday-Friday July 16-27th with weekends free to explore beautiful Tuscany. Optional trips will be available.

The cost is 1995 euros which includes the 40-hour workshop and double accommodation in an apartment in the center of Florence.


Commedia and Mask workshop

A summer that will NOT disappoint!

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop

Italian Design Course this Summer

Spend July learning more about about Italian architecture and design. New visits planned to various important places around Florence. Three weeks of learning, fun and living Italian life.

Italian design in Italy Italian design Workshop in ItalyJune 3-21, 2017. 20 hours a week. Apartment and visits included. 2900 Euros. Sign up now!

2016 Dates

Here at Go Inspired, we are always working to make sure our fabulous programs grow each year. So far, we have our 2016 dates for our workshops that take place in Florence, Italy. If you haven’t had a chance to spend some time in Italy, what better place to be in the summer than Florence! Beauty everywhere you turn. Spaghetti, gelato, pizza and wine. Breathe in the art and culture that Florence has to offer with one of our 4 workshops. We guarantee an experience that will be remembered forever.

Commedia dell’Arte: June 27-July 22, 2015. The workshop will run for 4 weeks but for those who can only participate for a shorter amount of time can join the group the first 2 weeks.

Italian Design Workshop: June 27-July 15, 2016. The Design workshop will be 3 weeks and will include one full day in Milan. A chance to get to know architecturally both famous Italian cities.

Mask Making Workshop: July 4-15, 2016. This is an amazing hands-on workshop that will show you how to make your own masks from start to finish. Go home with a beautiful mask designed and made by you!

Historical Dance Workshop: July 11-15, 2016. Join this 1-week workshop and go back in time to the age of the Renaissance. A fun way to spend a week in Florence.


Summer 2015 Commedia dell’Arte workshop in Florence, Italy

Six participants from different countries descended upon Florence, Italy and spent the summer learning about Commedia dell’Arte from 2 talented Italian actors. The workshop, in its 5th year, brought a lot of laughs, new friendships and of course, learning about Commedia, its characters, physical work and dance. Not to mention the amazing time spending the summer in Florence, Italy, visiting museums, trips to hot springs, exploring beautiful Cinque Terre and of course, eating the famous Italian cuisine. The next Commedia dell’Arte workshop will take place in summer 2016. Start making your plans for an incredible summer.

Commedia Workshop

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Sunset Group picture

Italian Design Workshop

Final Week of Italian Design Workshop

Week Three!!!

Field Trips

As the final week comes to a close with a celebration dinner on the hillsides of Firenze we look back at a great final week.

The week began with studio time and the group beginning the final steps in their model  building, acquiring supplies, final sketches, and for some realizing that they wanted to go another direction!!! So studio time became very valuable and quiet this week as headphones were donned and imaginations took flight.

The studio time was interrupted with two amazing field trips. One to Marino Marini Museo to see a Gio Ponti decorative ceramics exhibition as well as a modern art exhibit. We were guided through the exhibition and given rare insight to the great architect Gio Ponti as many of the letters he wrote were translated for us. What an amazing treat to gain an understanding like this.
Italian Design Workshop in Italy

The second trip was to EDRA headquarters in Pontedera. We enjoyed a nice train trip out of the city and were treated to a special guided tour of their design showroom and then a behind the scenes Museo as well! The group was allowed to climb, jump, and play on almost everything! Nicolla the founder’s grandson led the way and demonstrated how well their pieces are constructed. Lots of laughter and oohs and aahs as we saw what their creations are capable of withstanding all with being beautiful works of art!

The trip to Pontedera afforded the group an afternoon stop off in Pisa on the way home to catch some sights and enjoy another aspect of Tuscany.

As the week drew to an end the work went into overdrive and the presentations and projects were amazing! Four different perspectives, four different looks, four different styles of presentations – it was a great way to end the week. Fabio Leoncini came back to see how Ferragamo was interpreted and was very pleased at the projects!

After the long week of work the Design group refreshed and climbed the hillside via car and watched the Commedia group perform an incredible collection of monologues and performances in a lovely Tuscan courtyard overlooking Florence. As the performance concluded the sun was setting over the city and we were treated to a very local meal hidden away on a path that seemed undiscovered. Laughter, smiles and stories of their adventures were shared as they prepared to depart and leave their new found friends.
Italian Design Workshop third week 3

Ciao for now!
Until the next group of amazing creators arrive in Firenze!!

A special thanks to Anna Stein and Katia Santuccio for this amazing workshop and a fabulous 3 weeks!!!!

Italian Design Workshop in Italy Week 2

Week two started with a tour and tactile experience behind the scenes at one of fashions best artisans. We were able to see the many patterns and materials that go in to creating woven goods for the fashion industry, what a great way to inspire textile use in Interior Design!!! After a morning of looking at the samples he creates for clients we were able to tour his design work shop and his factory work shop and see how an idea from a design label becomes a reality in Andrea’s studio.

So interesting to see the artist process! 

Rain was not our friend for travel, but the group persevered and made it to the furniture icon showroom of Self Habitat where we were able to sit in some of the most renowned chairs in modern design history. Learning about Italian designers and the process from which they get their inspiration to how they create the end product and all the considerations was an eye opening experience for all.
The week was not all field trips as studio time is needed to get the final projects done! So a few days of creating and workin through their own artist process was accompanied by a visit and lecture from Fabio Leoncini, the architect for Ferragamo. Fabio showed his international works to the group and talked with them about the ideas and concepts of Ferragamo and what he has to produce for them. Fabio walked the group through the drawings that he did for the latest instillation at the Museo Ferragamo and explained the level of details, down to the exact shoe that he had to provide for his high end employer!
As week two wraps up the group is well on their way to creating amazing attempts at interpreting Equilibrium inspired by Museo Ferragamo.
Some even had a chance to go to the Ballet while in Florence!
Ballet and Design

Italian Design Workshop in Italy Week 1

What does a shoe designer to the stars, Ferrari, Indiana Jones and James Bond have in common? Week one of Summer 2014 in Florence with Go Inspired!!! Italian design Workshop in Italy

The first week has been jam packed with intensive studio time and trips around Florence and Italy. Expanding the ideas of the participants as they adventure through their first week living abroad is just the beginning of what Go Inspired offers.
So, beginning the week at Museo Ferragamo the participants are treated to a fully comprehensive docent tour of the museum and any and all questions are answered between the docent and Katia. Everyone left the museum with visions of their project incubating in their minds! This years exhibition is Equilibrium and so viewing the balance of life and design will play into their final projects. To see a different perspective on a designer museum, Museo Gucci was next in the list. Gaining knowledge from various designers and architects and what Florence has to offer kicks off this project of Equilibrium!
Ferrari, ah the gorgeous lines of pure Italian design, but it is the leather seats that connect us back to Go Inspired! An afternoon trip to S.P. A. Z. I. O. 360  and Palona Frau showroom is a sensory filling adventure, from marble, terra cotta, wood species, to the buttery soft leather chairs.  The guided visit walked us through the world of Italian design with an emphasis on the materials used to create great works.
 Italian design in Italy
Friday, the group each turned into their best Indiana Jones as we climbed aboard a Land Rover and made our way up to the mine sites of Carrara! The mountain paths are not for the faint at heart, but the prize was amazing!!! The vast sea of marble cut out from the mountain was awe inspiring, breathe taking, amazing! The view from the peak let you see out the the sea and understand why Carrara is perfect, with mining and distribution so compact. The guide was amazing to give us time for photography as well as to answer the endless questions this group of designers had! We descended down a road used in Quantum of Solace and became part of the history of movie making in Hollywood and Italy! After an amazing drive through the caves we arrived in to see where the great Italian sculptures picked their marble. A walk through the town of Carrara for Marble Weeks and this group was ready for a relaxing train home to Firenze! Ciao for now!
Trips for Italian Design Workshop
Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy

Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy

Spending time in Florence, Italy? Which sights should you see? What restaurants will suit your budget? So many questions! Don’t be afraid or overwhelmed. We have all your answers plus great tips for your trip in our Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy. Florence is an amazing city so whether you have 2 days or 2 months, each day will be special.

One of Go Inspired’s goals is that you get the most out of your experience in Florence. That  is why we created the ebook. Please take the time to read it and feel free to provide us with feedback! If there is a place you think should be added to the list, let us know.

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