Artigiano per un giorno

“Artisan for a Day”, a project sponsored by Autostrade per l’Italia at Explora, il Museo dei Bambini di Roma: a series of workshops spanning over four weekends dedicated to younger children for an event that will allow to discover manual skills and old trades. Knowledge, art and past experiences will be submitted by artisans and experts in a fun way combining creativity, tradition and manual skills.

During these days, children, together with their parents, will get closer to artisans and find out the secrets of their trades and crafts by watching their gestures, touching their materials, and learning their instruments, that make years–long traditions really unique.

Workshops for children aged 3 to 5 years and 6 to 11 years will take place during the visit to the museum and on dedicated weekends.

Come to Explora and have a nice journey with “Autostrade per l’Italia” into trades and traditions!

Thanks to Autostrade per l’Italia

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Age: 3-5 and 6-11 years
When: October 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm.
Duration: 40 minutes.
Ticket includes access to workshop.
Booking is required for admission to museum only, and should be made online on the website
Workshops can be booked (tickets are limited) within the first 30 minutes after visit starts at the information desk.

October 1st-2nd
First weekend dedicated to the trade of the “woodworker”, with Leo Pallotta. A workshop to experiment and create a toy: a spinning top (3-5 years) and a toy car (6-11 years) to customise with lot of pieces available. Wood working offers, in fact, many possibilities to give way to inspiration and creativity.

Leo Matteo P.Pallotta was born in London in 1972. He specialises in design and exhibit installation, and designs and builds educational museum exhibits. He works wood, metal, and resins and is able to shape materials into objects for everyday use, which are also suitable for young children.


October 8th-9th
Dedicated to the trade of the “picture framer”: two days to learn the techniques for using and reusing various materials, the ability to accurately assemble handmade products with the help of the tools of the trade. Francesca Crisafulli and Carlo Nannetti are the artists, better known collectively as “Mook”, who are able to reinvent wood and other materials and make innovative frames, unique pieces to take home.

Mook is a joint project by Carlo Nannetti and Francesca Crisafulli. 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 building workshops on art and recycling for children. Mook creates and produces objects using recycled materials, unique pieces that are obtained from picking up and assembling “dumped off from time” material.

Reality and imagination, present and past merge and overlap.


October 15th-16th
The “dressmakers” workshop will drive the children’s creativity using intriguing ideas to cut and sew garments, take measurements and make clothes for the youngest. “Buttons and Cottons” featuring Lorena Di Serio, Ilaria De Santis and with the collaboration of Lucilla Tubaro, passionate dressmakers for a living, will guide children through the main steps and tools of the trade: a tape measure to take measurements, needle and thread to sew a button, because repairing is as important as making a new dress.

A great passion for fabric, buttons, ribbons, recycling, vintage clothing and CREATIVITY in general! Buttons and Cottons is a long sought-after and well thought-of project. The two “crafters” have been best friends for 25 years. Their places look much more like haberdasheries or bazaars than real houses.

Bottoni e cotoni 

October 22nd-23rd
is the fourth weekend dedicated to the “lute maker”, a trade that combines art, music, handcrafted technique, design, building and restoration of stringed instruments. Marco Ranchella, a young lute maker, will take children to discover this fascinating “art”, full of history and passion; manual crafting is still the one and only way to build a lute. erhu will be the instrument that children will be building, trying their hand at precision tests, among history and music.

He was born in 1989 in Frascati, in the heart of Castelli Romani. His father is a winegrower and his mother a painter on porcelain and ceramic. When he was 8 years old, he started studying violin. Life in the countryside and the wood logs available worked as an inspiration for him and he soon started carving and cutting wood. At 12 years old, he built his first electric violin. He works in his family business and at the Musicarte lab in via Germanico in Rome as a lute maker.