Artisan for a day

Artisan for a day is coming back to Explora, an initiative by Autostrade per l’Italia for children and their parents to discover the importance of manual skills and get to know old trades.

On weekends of November 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, November 30th and December 1st children, aged from 6 to 12 years, led by expert artisans will take on old trades and tinker their way to new creations. The workshops will teach them how to use tools and materials, help them to discover the tricks of the old trades and learn traditional techniques while watching artisans making their handcrafted pieces.

Each weekend is dedicated to a different trade:

November 16th-17th  The first weekend will be dedicated to letterpress printing using movable type, inks, proof presses and historical printing presses at the Betterpress Lab school of art by Francesca Colonia and Giulia Nicolai.

Betterpress Lab is an independent workshop based in Rome, printing with traditional movable type and producing fine art letterpress and decoration products. Francesca (a degree in Decoration at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Rome) and Giulia (a degree in Classical Philology at the Sapienza University of Rome) have joined their skills and passions to develop a project focusing on the language of words and images, based on reviving tools and knowledge of traditional manual typesetting.



November 23rd-24th – The second weekend will be dedicated to the trade of “woodworker”. Children will create wooden frames using traditional woodworking tools and techniques together with the Mook artists by Francesca Crisafulli and Carlo Nannetti.

Mook is a joint project by Carlo Nannetti and Francesca Crisafulli. They both live and work in Rome where they took their degrees, and are teachers at the European Institute of Design. Their artistic activities range from sculpture to graphic arts, from illustration to design, including workshop building for children on art and recycling. Mook creates and produces objects using recycled materials, unique pieces from picking up and assembling “dumped off time” material.



November 30th-December 1st – The third weekend will be dedicated to “The artisan of time”. The artisans of time from the Bottega Polvere di Tempo by Adrian Rodriguez Cozzani will create a real hourglass using recycled objects and sand.

Polvere di Tempo was born out of a passion for craftsmanship and the construction of ancient timekeeping devices. The workshop is focused on portable sundials and hourglasses, an unusual yet greatly fascinating subject. Now the workshop produces compasses, globes, maps and the likes.



Come to Explora and have a nice journey with “Autostrade per l’Italia” into trades and traditions, using technique and creativity.

Thanks to Autostrade per l’Italia


Age Group: 6-12 years
When: November 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, November 30th and December 1st at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm.
How to attend: Tickets include access to workshops which are to be booked in the Museum. Booking is required for admission to the museum only, and should be made online on the website.
Duration: 40 minutes.

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