Desirée graduated Highschool in the Arts in Milan. In 1998 she earned her Degree as an Art Teacher in Scenography at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. She then completed a Mural Decoration course at the Palazzo Spinelli Institute of Art and Restoration in Florence, and from 1993 to 1999 worked as a jewellery designer. Since 2000 she has dedicated her time to mural decoration and the restoration of frescoes and wooden ceilings. More recently she has chosen to give priority to teaching, especially drawing, pictorial and fresco techniques.
PAINTING - DRAWING
Angela Baldi began her creative research around 1990, creating personal clothing, specifically designed for tailor-made wear. Since 1995 she has established her studio - workshop in the historic center of Florence, indispensable place of her roots and cultural traditions . Angela Baldi’s works of superior craftsmanship have been included by the City of Florence amongst the "Florentine excellence" of Art Fashion . Angela collaborates regularly with the major city institutions and the Università di Firenze. CV:
Born in Virginia (USA), Elizabeth obtained a degree in Renaissance Art from Syracuse University in Florence with a thesis on “Women’s art production in convents”. Her research into women artists in convents is ongoing. With a myriad of study and work experiences abroad she also obtained a tourist guide diploma for the city and province of Florence where she also works as a lecturer in numerous museums. Elizabeth has been collaborating with the Accademia Europea di Firenze since 2009, both as a teacher and coordinator of field trips. CV:
AUDIENCES OF ART
“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires students to do their best to discover what they already know” Paulo Coelho
Cristina Casini graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara (sculpture section); an artist and sculptor, she lives and works in Florence where she also teaches drawing, modelling and sketching courses at the Accademia Europea di Firenze. In her work, the ongoing search for renewal in art aims to highlight the relationship between the artwork and the context, revealing unexpected harmonies between creation and everyday life. CV:
STUDIO DRAWING - SKETCHING - SCULPTURE - MODELLING
In order to experience the animate and inanimate world through art, it is necessary to acquire conscious artistic knowledge.
Having obtained an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Medieval History at Università degli Studi di Bologna, Laura went on to conduct research as a Postdoctoral Fellow in prestigious universities throughout Europe, such as in Berlin, Paris, London, as well as across Italy. Her ongoing research activities include ‘Saints’ Iconography between Middle Ages and Early Modern Times’ and ‘Tracing the devotional topography of the Miraculous Image in Post-Tridentine Europe’. An accomplished author and contributor to books, school manuals, articles and peer-reviewed publications, Laura has extensive teaching experience in History of Art at numerous American universities in Florence. CV:
THE HISTORY OF ART
Karl studied architecture in Rio de Janeiro and textile design at the International Fashion Institute (Polimoda) in Florence. He has extensive experience in the creation and realization of garments, accessories and costumes, as well as in the field of photography. Since 1995 he has been teaching at Polimoda, at the Fabric Museum of Prato, and in numerous American programs. He has held numerous exhibitions of his works in both Brazil and Italy. CV:
TEXTILE DESIGN - THE HISTORY OF ANTIQUES - THE HISTORY OF FASHION
Observation is the key of inspiration and learning. If you are not observing, you are not seeing.
A professional photographer since 2003, Dario has worked with leading newspapers such as La Repubblica and L'Unità, as well as prestigious agencies including the Massimo Sestini Newspictures Agency. His photos appear regularly in the most important Italian and foreign magazines. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions including his own one-man show at the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Florence.
He has also been teaching photography since 2006.
Art changes people and people change the world
Architect and designer, Leonardo graduated in Florence in 1991. During the nineties he collaborated with architect Claudio Nardi in projects for private homes, public areas and boutiques. Since 1998 he has been working as a freelancer, designing furniture, products, and exhibition spaces, with focus on the corporate image and communication. CV:
I’m interested in all forms of expression of the project, from the design to the architecture, which are aimed at improving the quality of life.