Reporter: Christine Lesperance

Jul. 28, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 19-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Florence as seen from the top Palazzo Vecchio. Even in the wintertime, it's beautiful. The Arno river runs through the Tuscany region. It is the most important river, after Tiber, in Central It… [Read more]


Jul. 26, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 18-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Every Friday, students of Accademia Riaci go for an Art Visit with a guide. Above, students are taken to an orphanage from the 1500s. Inside, they saw works of art that was donated by the adults who o… [Read more]


Jul. 25, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 17-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

PELLEPIÙ trade show in Florence. Above, a representative of a sewing machine company is giving a quick lesson on how to use their latest machine which is programmable to sew patterns on fabric. … [Read more]


Jul. 15, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 16-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

In shoemaking class we are learning about soles: outer soles, inner soles, and mid soles. Above is a photo of a midsole which is supposed to lie between the inner and outer soles. They are used for … [Read more]


Jul. 14, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Via Tornabuoni, in Florence, is a very active street due to its various designer stores. Many tourists and locals flock here to view the latest collections and to shop, of course. Dior has one… [Read more]


Jul. 07, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 14-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

The Design Course professor taught students how to use both pencil and pen, together, in order to give their sketches a 3D effect. A pen can also be used in certain areas of a colored drawing, to gi… [Read more]


Jul. 05, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 13-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

A male's shoe designed by a student of Accademia Riaci. Students saw similar shoes worn at Pitti Uomo , a menswear trade-show, held twice per year, in Florence, showcasing men's fashion. … [Read more]


Jul. 04, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 12-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

The design students learned to color with markers (above is an example introduced to students.) Using color pencils, water color, or markers depends on the student's personal preference. Some use al… [Read more]


Jul. 01, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 11-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Enjoying a class visit to the Uffizi Museum. The Uffizi is one of the world's top art galleries housing some of the most important works of the Renaissance. At the Uffizi Museum, the design stu… [Read more]


Jun. 23, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 10-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Student created a shoe design using satin laces. In order to best envision how to position the laces on the shoe, a few sketches were made. Below are two examples. Professor Andrea using a last… [Read more]


Jun. 13, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 9-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

In the Footwear Design Course, using a Light Table helps to speed up the process in completing one's collection. When having to sketch multiple shoes of a similar design, we simply take a finished s… [Read more]


Jun. 07, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Bag Making/Design
Shoe Making 8-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Students in the design class spent 2 weeks learning how to draw proportions and angles properly. Above is my own sketch of an ankle boot that I learned how to draw with an easy 4-step guide. Th… [Read more]


Jun. 06, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 7-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

In the design class, we learned how to draw shoes from different angles. Pictures above are examples of an ankle boot in a 3/4 view, and a sandal from a top view. The pencil sketch, above, is m… [Read more]


Jun. 03, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 6-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Studying different ways accessories can adorn shoes. A designer can use flowers, jewels, feathers, buckles, zippers, and more. This designer chose feathers to accessorize this ankle boot. There… [Read more]


Jun. 02, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 5-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Working on our mood boards. Mood boards are a type of collage consisting of images and can be a great way for designers to find inspiration and convey their ideas. Students at the Archaeology M… [Read more]


May. 31, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 4-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Professor Andrea takes the time to carefully examine each student's work during the sketching process. If all looks good, she allows them to move forward to the coloring and shading phase. Stud… [Read more]


May. 30, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 3-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Learning how to properly color our designs. We had to learn first how to shade with color pencils. There are several ways to shade one's work. We were taught all ways but we chose the one that we li… [Read more]


May. 27, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 2-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

Our professor, Andrea Roth, demonstrating how a particular design would look like on a heel of a woman's shoe. If the students have a difficult time visualizing a feature, we make that feature out o… [Read more]


May. 26, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Christine Lesperance | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 1-Atelier One-Year Course 2016

The first week of class we discovered and discussed different styles of shoes. The Slingback shoe, the Mary Jane, and a couple of pumps were available for us to view up close. Learning proporti… [Read more]




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