SHOEMAKING

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  • One-Year Course / Semester Course
  • Master Course
  • Art Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course
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One-Year Course ・ Semester Course

Course Schedule
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. January 13, 2020 - July 24, 2020
      II. April 27, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      (Summer break: July 25 - Sept. 6)
      III. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
      (Christmas break: Dec. 19, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021)
      IV. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021

      SEMESTER program
        I. January 13, 2020 - April 24, 2020
        II. April 27, 2020 - July 24, 2020
        III. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
        IV. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
        V. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
        VI. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Language
With English interpreter

Overview

This program offers students a rare chance to learn authentic, top-level shoemaking techniques, directly from Italian leather artisans with the highest skills and rich experience. In our course, students can learn all the steps of the shoemaking process (making the last, cutting pattern, choosing materials, sewing, etc.) which can be worn for a long time. In addition to various types of shoes, students can study shoes for specific necessities, such as shoes pursuing “simplicity and comfort”, “durability”, “functional shoes for feet with medical problems”, “elegance for parties”, etc. and acquire skills enough to start up their career as a shoemaker.

Styles & techniques.

- Décolleté (1 shoe, not a pair) from model making to the finishing.
- Inside-out model (reversed): model making and sewing.
- Chanel style sandal, both right and left foot shoes on request.
- Oxford shoe (Italian: "Francesina" style).
- Derby shoe.
- Moccasin.
- “Blake” construction.
- “Goodyear welt” construction.
- “Norwegian” construction.

 

Master Course

Course Schedule
One-Year program
    I. January 13, 2020 - July 24, 2020
    II. April 27, 2020 - December 18, 2020
    (Summer break: July 25 - Sept. 6)
    III. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
    (Christmas break: Dec. 19, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021)
    IV. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021

    Semester program
      I. January 13, 2020 - April 24, 2020
      II. April 27, 2020 - July 24, 2020
      III. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      IV. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
      V. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      VI. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Language
With English interpreter

Overview

Our Shoemaking Master Course is tailored for students with proven experience in handmade shoe production. Accademia Riaci offers unique opportunities for students, thanks to its close relationship with the leather industry. By visiting local shoe factories/laboratories, students will have the chance to learn first-hand how the shoe process is realized through concept work-production-sales. During the second semester of the program, students will work on a corporate study, working on projects together with local companies under the supervision of their teacher, to learn the actual production process in Italy, which is known for producing shoes of the highest quality in the world. The goal of our master is to develop highly qualified professionals through the creation of a career-oriented portfolio which is essential for achieving a breakthrough career.

 

Art Short Course

Course Schedule
    1 - 2 - 3 weeks:
    every Monday
    4 - 6 - 8 weeks:
    2019: Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 18
    2020: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1
    Jun 29, Sep 7, Sep 28, Nov 2, Nov 30
    12 weeks:
    2020: Jan 13, May 4, Jun 1, Sep 7
Language
With English interpreter

Overview

Students will learn basic techniques of shoemaking through intensive lessons, making shoes for their own size. It includes all the steps of shoemaking, from measuring the size, cutting patterns, cutting leather, composing, sewing, and finishing. According to the length of the course and experience, students can produce various types of shoes.

Please note that the minimum course duration is 6 weeks, which is the time required to complete a handmade shoe.
Shoemaking classes are NOT available during the month of August.

 

2020 Summer Intensive Course

Course Schedule
    2020 Schedule (the school will be closed for a summer break from August 8 to August 16)

    2 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – May 16 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – May 30 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    July 12 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    August 23 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    September 6 (Sun) – September 19 (Sat)
    September 20 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)

    4 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – May 30 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    July 12 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    September 6 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)

    6 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – September 19 (Sat)★

    8 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    July 26 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)★

    12 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★

    only the following subjects: Painting & Drawing, Jewelry Making, Art History, Italian Home Cooking, Gelato Course, Italian language, English language.
Language
With English interpreter

The "Summer Intensive Course" has the same contents of the "Art Short Course", but with a double number of lessons.

Overview

Students will learn basic techniques of shoemaking through intensive lessons, making shoes for their own size. It includes all the steps of shoe making, from measuring the size, cutting patterns, cutting leather, composing, sewing, and finishing. According to the length of the course and experience, students can produce various types of shoes.

Please note that the minimum course duration is 4 weeks (intensive), which is the time required to complete a handmade shoe.
Shoemaking classes are NOT available during the month of August.

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Leather Crafting in Italy

Italy is the core of leather crafting art in the world, hosting numerous prestigious brands recognized globally. The reason why Italian shoes enchant so many people all over the world is their highly sophisticated designs realized by the endless pursuit of the quality of Italian artisans who put a value on creating beautiful, comfortable with a feather touch, and inspiring shoes.
Florence above all Italian cities has been the center of the Italian leather industry, nurturing generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, with an uncompromising insistence on quality and top-level techniques. Such a shoemaking industry now seeks to incorporate traditional and modern techniques, moving forward together with new market tendencies. In such fast-moving and globalizing environment, cultivating a new generation of shoemaking artisans who preserve the precious tradition of shoe industry is an utmost theme in Italy.

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Instructor

Prof. IMPERATRICE

Studio instructors are from Italian families, who has been making leather goods for generations. The studio is located in the area where aristocratic buildings are lined up. The instructor will show students every step of leather crafts in an easy and comprehensive manner.

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