A heritage that belongs to everyone was born at school
A testimony to the liveliness of this art, which is still taught, studied and produced in Ravenna today, are the schools which, publicly or privately provide seminars, courses in mosaic and fresco, studies in style (Ravenna, Renaissance, Medieval, Roman, Byzantine, Pompeian), practical sessions, personalised creations, guided tours of the city of Ravenna and its workshops, courses in tesserae cutting and carving techniques.
Starting with a shared cultural foundation consisting of the most extensive and organic ancient mosaic heritage in existence and which has thrice seen Ravenna become the capital city, young people have the opportunity to train and explore techniques and new materials in depth, while following their own inspiration within an artform immortalised by their Roman and Byzantine forebears.
At public school level, the Nervi-Severini State Art High School, located in the historic centre of Ravenna, has acquired the heritage of skills and creativity of the former Scuola di Mosaico Gino Severini of the Istituto d’Arte and offers, among the courses available for the second three years, a course in Figurative Arts, in which one of the specialities is Mosaic.
Since 2008, thanks to its partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna founded in 1827, with the support of the Municipality and Province, has also updated its educational programme by providing a focus on Mosaic as a contemporary visual language. It offers a three-year first level course in Decorative Arts and a specialist second level two-year course on Decoration and Restoration (www.accademiabellearti.ra.it/Didattica-e-corsi/Corsi) with particular attention to micromosaic or spun mosaic.
In addition, thanks to the extracurricular workshop activities offered by the sezione didattica LaRa of the museo Tamo, it is possible to introduce even the youngest students to mosaic art. Starting with kindergarten school children up to high school classes, mosaic art is taught here by means of a comprehensible language, the use of examples and references to their world. (firstname.lastname@example.org – www.ravennantica.it).
Naturally, the excellence of Ravenna also attracts tourists, artists and scholars from other cities and countries for whom the schools offer a wide range of programmes whereby, privately in groups or individually, the work of a mosaicist in a craftsman’s workshop and the various phases of execution can be experienced.