Our second day in Firenze began with breakfast and a morning spent in the studio making sketchbooks. After a brief introduction to the history of paper, Curt demonstrated multiple binding techniques and then everyone was set loose to design and create their own personal travel journal.

We broke for lunch around 12:30 and agreed to meet at the Museo del’Opera del Duomo at 2:30. The students were asked to bring two pieces of paper and drawing pencils.

We gathered in the courtyard that, according to historical record, was the place where Michelangelo worked on the David (originally meant for the façade of the Cathedral.) Under normal circumstances, this area would hold Ghiberti’s panels for the Gates of Paradise, but we were informed that they are currently under restoration. Cynthia gave a brief overview of the museum and then everyone dispersed to view the collection. Their assignment: to find two pieces that interest them, write down as much information as they can find from the wall text, and then make two drawings from the works.

The evening was free to explore new restaurants and get better acquainted with our adopted home for the next three weeks.