La Cucina (The Kitchen)
La Cultura (the culture)
During each session of our children’s cultural program, we have a local cook teach the students how to prepare regional specialties. Food is in every way one of the “arts” the children are exploring, and indeed beyond being an art to prepare, food’s presence in art is a reflection of its cultural value, laden with symbolism, a fun theme for children to consider whether from the perspective of art history (what did the Ancient Romans eat and how is it reflected in art) to sourcing inspiration for their very own paintings, picking an olive branch or assembling fresh fruit with a vase for a still life. This year, in fact, we have themed an entire week around food as art, with “Art in the Kitchen” at cookbook author and instructor Pamela Sheldon Johns at her farm in Tuscany. We can’t wait to see what the kids create this time!
About the Author
Shannon Kenny is Editor-in-Chief of Italiakids.com, an online resource for families traveling in Italy, Director of the children’s cultural program Arte al Sole, with 6 locations in Italy, and Founding Partner of Elaia Travel, a specialty travel concierge with expertise in family travel to Europe.
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