Scheduled courses
Our Art School teaches textile skills at every level, from the basic to the highly specialised, with study programs concentrating on both ancient and contemporary textiles. Training comprises theoretical lessons – identification, technical analysis, basic concepts – and practical aspects such as design, weaving, restoration and embroidering. Our annual course calendar is constantly being updated; we also plan customised courses to meet the training needs of public and private entities.
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February 26, 2020

Bobbin lace. Recognition, Study and Cataloguing

The aim of the course is to offer tools to recognize, analyze and describe laces, through the observation of objects in various states of conservation, both ancient and contemporary. 
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March 09, 2020

Basic weaving on the shaft loom

A course for learning the basics of weaving and how to weave ‘samplers’ on pre-prepared 4-to-8 heddle looms, to manage tensioning, shrinkage and shuttles, to repair broken threads and defects in the weave, to create impeccable selvedges.
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March 19, 2020

Fabrics Patterns for Theatre

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March 30, 2020

Plain and weave-patterned cloth. Recognition, analysis and cataloguing

Course participants learn how to identify the constituent elements of woven textiles according to the methods proposed by the Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens. Observation of historical samples in varying states of conservation, modern reconstructions and contemporary wovens.
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April 01, 2020

Embroidery: the ‘punto Bargello’ technique

A basic course for learning the embroidery technique known as ‘punto Bargello’ or ‘flame stitch’. This eminently Florentine counted-thread technique, whose origins lie in the far-off 15th century, calls for upright flat stitches laid in an opportune mix of colour to create particular three-dimensional effects.
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May 04, 2020

Tapestry weaving - level 1

Notions of history, use and technique relating to tapestry-making.
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May 18, 2020

Carpet weaving - level 1

Notions of history, use and technique relating to carpet-making. Course I: Basic level
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May 18, 2020

Weaving on the shaft loom: threading and drafting

Theoretical/practical course to learn textile drafting; that is, how to read a diagram of the various components, threading, knotting and pedal set-up, and then weaving from the drawing on the loom.
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May 25, 2020

Needlepoint lace. Recognition, study and cataloguing

The course offers to the students tools to be able to recognize, analyze and describe laces, by observation of objects in various states of conservation, antique and contemporary.
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May 28, 2020

Embroidery. Recognition of embroidery stitches and tecniques

Recognition of one-dimensional stitches in a continuous direction (running stitches) and back stitches; two-dimensional stitches, combined stitches; stitches creating fabrics; stitches for embroidering with sequins, beads and other materials.
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June 08, 2020

Tapestry weaving - level 2

Advanced level: each student designs a small tapestry, draws the cartoon, and then handweaves his/her work.
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June 15, 2020

Shibori technique for wearable art

The course covers traditional Shibori techniques for tie-dye, stitch-dye, fold-dye, pole wrap-dye, etc. as well as three-dimensional effects, appropriate for creation of garments having great impact and artistic interest.
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June 22, 2020

Carpet weaving - level 2

Advanced level: each student designs a small carpet, draws the cartoon, and then handweaves his/her work.
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June 29, 2020

Introduction to Jacquard Weaving + Lodging

Basic course to introduce participants to the Jacquard design process, to loom technology and the specifics of the Lisio loom set-ups. The student will stay at Fondazione Lisio apartments, price for this course is cumulative of the accomodation costs.
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June 29, 2020

Introduction to Jacquard Weaving. Figured fabrics drawn with the weft

Basic course to introduce participants to the Jacquard design process, to loom technology and the specifics of the Lisio loom set-ups.
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July 13, 2020

Study of historical techniques and technologies

Intensive theoretical/practical seminar: the weave structures studied during the textile analysis courses are woven using a range of looms and visualization methods, to promote comprehension of the connection between weave annotation, analysis and loom technology.
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July 20, 2020

Contemporary textile design inspired by historical Jacquard techniques

Representative samples of historical Jacquard techniques such as lampas, tacqueté, samitum are observed and analyzed. The number and function of warp and wefts series are identified, weave superimposition theory introduced and the drafting of complex weave structures practiced.
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September 14, 2020

Historical tailoring for pegeant and performance

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September 14, 2020

Tapestry. Basic notions of conservation and restoration 1

Introduction to tapestry conservation and basic notions of restoration.
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September 28, 2020

Italian Folk Weaving

Introduction to the history of folk weaving in Italy.
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October 05, 2020

Figured fabrics. Recognition, analysis and cataloguing

Practical exercises on samples of ancient fabrics and 20th-century reproductions to learn a method of analysis of simple and complex weave structures using such analysis tools as the pick glass, digital microscope and macrophotography. Students are provided with samples and lecture notes.
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October 12, 2020

Carpet. Basic notion of conservation and restoration 1

Introduction to rug and carpet conservation: basic notions concerning cleaning and correct maintenance.
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October 19, 2020

Figured panels handwoven on a digital jacquard loom

Practical course during which figured panels are designed and subsequently hand-woven on a digital Jacquard loom.
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November 02, 2020

Tapestry. Basic notions of conservation and restoration 2

Application of integrative restoration techniques to a small fragment: replacement of broken warps and reweaving in colour and in selected areas.
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November 16, 2020

Carpet. Basic notions of conservation and restoration 2

Application of integrative restoration techniques to a small fragment: replacement of broken warps, reweaving of the wefts and knotting.
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November 18, 2020

Designing your dream bag

During the three days workshop, participants design and weave custom fabric for their personal creations on Lisio’s digital Jacquard loom. The workshop is open to weavers and designers.
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