Hundreds of students and graduates have signed up for the Michelangelo Foundation’s inaugural Summer School Programme, which is sending young artists and designers to study traditional craftsmanship in Europe.
Nearly 200 applications have been received for one of 50 places up for grabs to travel to Lisbon, London, Belle-île, or Aubusson to participate in one of seven short courses in disciplines such as gilding, glassblowing, and basketry.
Funded by the foundation, art and design students have the opportunity to develop skills and learn a new craft during the classes in France, Portugal, or the UK.
Each of the seven craftsmanship courses will immerse them in a world of traditional disciplines, passing on artisanal techniques to tech-savvy and digitally-minded students.
The courses include spending a week over July and August learning how to make traditional baskets at the Museu de Arte Popular in Lisbon.
At City & Guilds of London Art School, there are five-day courses in elementary stone carving, gilding and verre églomisé, or etching.
France’s Belle-île and Aubusson each have one course: tapestry and artistic interpretation at the latter, glassblowing at the former.
The Michelangelo Foundation is a not-for-profit institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, that works to strength connections to the world of design.