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Apprentice

GET STARTED AS A SHOEMAKER

This is an introductory program for beginners, designed for students who wish to begin their professional path as a shoemaker. Classes meet Monday through Friday with both morning and afternoon sessions. In addition, students will be working outside of class time on their projects. Homework includes individual and group works.

This program is a hands-on, practical, old-masters approach to learning the artisan craft of shoemaking. Instructors are all professionals in the field who will impart both their theoretical and practical abilities as well as their real world experience as a shoemaker. The 2020 Training Program will be directed and supervised by Mrs. Masako Bando. Mrs Bando apprenticed for 14 years with Maestro Stefano Bemer and has been directing the training program since 2013.

what you need to know

Pre-enrollment necessary with a deposit of 2500€ (refunded if the application is not accepted) at the moment of the enrollment. If accepted, the deposit is lost if students decides to not attend.

Fees include: all class works, lessons, use of laboratories, taxes and insurance. Not included: accommodation and meals, airfare, airport transfer and meals, particular equipping requested, wooden last and material for personal projects.

Apprentice level fee: 8000 €. If booked together with the second level (Artigiano), the price is 13400 €.

Dates: January 20th until March 27th

Lesson plan and hours
70
Artisan Techniques
20
Leather Cutting Techniques
20
Bespoke Shoemaking
20
Upper Stitching
70
Last Analysis and Last Making
40
Language Class
In addition there is also the Workshop Practicum where students will spend 160 hours. *Indication of hours per class (per subject) is merely indicative.

Structure and Method
This is an introductory program for beginners (10 weeks/300 hours - divided between specific modules and supervised project completion in the workshop). Students should be motivated and focused on working in the field of hand-made shoemaking and be prepared to dedicate study and work time over and above the classroom times indicated in the course modules. Students must reach a sufficient level in terms of their knowledge and quality of technique in order to progress to the next level of the program. The Apprentice program level is composed of six phases of curriculum. Lessons will be held in the afternoon (2.00 pm to 5 pm) by a Master, while mornings (10.00 am to 1.00 pm) will be committed to practice (working practicum).
During this program students will attend the following modules:
Structure and Method
This is an introductory program for beginners (10 weeks/300 hours - divided between specific modules and supervised project completion in the workshop). Students should be motivated and focused on working in the field of hand-made shoemaking and be prepared to dedicate study and work time over and above the classroom times indicated in the course modules. Students must reach a sufficient level in terms of their knowledge and quality of technique in order to progress to the next level of the program. The Apprentice program level is composed of six phases of curriculum. Lessons will be held in the afternoon (2.00 pm to 5 pm) by a Master, while mornings (10.00 am to 1.00 pm) will be committed to practice (working practicum).
During this program students will attend the following modules:
Artisan Techniques
Starting with the knowledge of shoemaking tools and the correct handling and use of shoe forms and tools, students will learn how to stretch the shoe model onto the form, the manipulation and contention of the shoe model, attaching, nailing the materials completely assembled without machinery and stitching the sole in full respect of the health of the foot.
Last Analysis And Last Making
Students will learn the process of Bespoke shoemaking from the initial measurements to finishing touches according to Stefano Bemer’s experience and traditional craft techniques.
Leather cutting tecniques
Starting from the wooden last, participants analyze the shape, last, contour and proportions of the foot, as well as the influence that posture and movement have on shoemaking. Students will then practice cutting and developing lasts.
Upper Stitching
Having prepared and cut each shoe piece, they are then thinned or reinforced and prepared for assemblage and sewing. The methods of correct flat machine sewing are also studied.
Working Practicum
Students will work in a professional workshop (free workshop) practicing and perfecting the use of tools and techniques learned during the individual modules. Much of the “workshop” time is devoted to the completion of assignments and projects.
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