This is a literary and artistic workshop for kids with calligrapher and graphic designer, Betty Soldi, for a Sunday afternoon in Florence on March 1st, 2015. It will be an introduction to the art of calligraphy while learning to use ink pens and ink pots for writing creatively.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning‘s poetry will be our inspiration for the afternoon with her home, Casa Guidi, just up the road from where we will be on Via Maggio. We think that calligraphy and poetry are a perfect combination for delving into the hand written words and world of one of the most famous Romantic period poets. It is also a fun way to familiarize young participants with the fascinating historical moment of Florence’s 19th century.
Besides dabbling in poetry and ink pots, there will be tasty refreshments to satisfy any hunger cravings for our busy writers and any parents who join in.
I heard last night a little child go singing
‘Neath Casa Guidi windows, by the church,
O bella libertà, O bella!–stringing
The same words still on notes he went in search
So high for, you concluded the upspringing
Of such a nimble bird to sky from perch
Must leave the whole bush in a tremble green,
And that the heart of Italy must beat,
While such a voice had leave to rise serene
‘Twixt church and palace of a Florence street:
A little child, too, who not long had been
By mother’s finger steadied on his feet,
And still O bella liberta he sang.
From “Casa Guidi Windows,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806- 1861)