PLAY WITH THE SAINTS IN ORSANMICHELE CHURCH!

PLAY WITH THE SAINTS IN ORSANMICHELE CHURCH!

Kids Workshop

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Orsanmichele is a Lombard Church, it was founded in the middle of eighth century as a small Oratory dedicate to St. Michael the Archangel. Later it became a Benedictine Monastery, it was demolished around 1240 to build an open covered porch for grain. On a pillar of the open Loggia was painted a picture of the Virgin Mary and Child that made miracles to Florentine people, in fact, Her eyes had been seen moving, so She gave graces to the citizens. By that moment it was called “Madonna delle Grazie”. Large donations by the Republic of Florence were given to Orsanmichele Church, so it was enriched with statues. Orsanmichele Church become the seat of important guilds of the city: the Florentine Arts and Crafts, that preserved the workers doing the same job. At the end of the fourteenth century the arches of the open loggia were walled and was built a second floor used as a grain storehouse. Only at the beginning of the fifteenth century the building was consecrated as Orsanmichele Church. Then it became the religious site for all the Florentine guilds, who had the patronage of each niche of the façade, commissioning the most important artists. Today all the statues of the façade are replica, the original ones are on the second floor of the Orsanmichele museum except St. George by Donatello, which is preserved at National Museum of Bargello or St. Louis of Toulouse located at the Opera di Santa Croce Museum. Play with the Saints in Orsanmichele Church is an Educational in Florence, Kids will learn about the statues of Orsanmichele church and its Florentine guilds! Kids will be protagonists of an exciting path, full of surprises and unusual curiosity!

Educational Goals: The teaching proposal aims formative knowledge of major statues in Orsanmichele Church! Kids will approach through the game to the great Florentine Sculpture, learning sculptors name and Florentine guilds, their coats of arms (logo)! Kids will be a member of the most powerful Arts and Crafts.

Path: Play with the Saints in Orsanmichele Church Path opens in front of Orsanmichele Church (in Via dell’Arte della Lana) to get inside the religious building. Duration of Kids Workshop is about 2 hours, starts learning all the statues of the façade that are around the Church, the story of Orsanmichele church and the Patron Saints.

Content and Methodologies: During the workshop will be told episodes about life of major Florentine guilds, their coats of arms (logo), Artists and their statues. Kids will learn about Donatello, Ghiberti and more. Both teaching tools of animated reading and workshop for image education will be used. Kids will project their logo (coats of arms). Kids will have a Florence map, the Orsanmichele Church plant, where they will write the names of the sculptures.

Instructions for Play with the Saints in Orsanmichele Church Path: Duration is about 2 hours, it’s recommended therefore sneakers and a bottle of water. The Kids are required to bring a sketchbook (or a notebook) from home, colored pencils (or markers) and a canvas bag.

Final work for Play with the Saints in Orsanmichele Church: a logo (coats of arms), Kids will write a short story about their Guild with drawings.

Age: Primary School, Kids and Family groups.

Play with the Saints in Orsanmichele Church is an educational Guided Tour in Florence, that will tell the story of Orsanmichele Church, Kids will be protagonists of an exciting path, full of surprises and unusual curiosity!

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SPECIAL KIDS GUIDED TOUR in ORSANMICHELE Church

Max Fifteen kids reservation required

  • Meeting Point – in front of Orsanmichele Church – Via dell’Arte della Lana (15 minutes before to start the workshop).
  • Duration – 2 hours.
  • Day Tour – from Monday to Monday (on Monday special visit in Orsanmichele Museum – Top floor of Orsanmichele Church is opened with the original statues of the façade and wonderful view 10 – 17).
  • Time Tour – Morning 10 – 12; Afternoon 15 – 17 (15 minutes before in Via dell’Arte della Lana).
  • Pricing = Workshop 70 € (Max 15 kids); Family Group 20 € Each (Minimum 4 Families to start the workshop).
  • Free Entrance.

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Contact me for your private tour Francesca Rachel Valle

Florence Guide

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