Kids Hour: How To Be a Renaissance Genius (Ages 10-12) with Sally Tucker - Context Travel

Kids Hour: How To Be a Renaissance Genius (Ages 10-12) with Sally Tucker

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Ever wonder where Renaissance greats like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael learned their skills? This interactive webinar helps kids explore these three great artists’ early years in Florence and lets them try their hands at a few of the signature techniques they used to make a name for themselves in one of history’s most competitive art markets.   

Renaissance artists weren’t simply born with the talent to create works of art that make our jaws drop today. They started to hone their craft at a young age by becoming an apprentice to a master artist who would teach them the basics of design, painting, and sculpture. While most of us don’t have several years to commit to learning the ropes of Renaissance art, we can take a quick look at the techniques these artists used to make their work come to life. 

This workshop teaches kids about the lives of three of the most famous Renaissance men: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael focusing on their early years as young artists in Florence. By participating in simple activities that use basic art supplies and household items, kids will discover how these great artists mastered the skills to create work that leaves us spellbound today, and come away with a greater appreciation of the time and effort that earned each of them the title of “genius”.

Led by an expert on Italian Renaissance art, Sally Tucker, this interactive seminar will teach kids in a fun and interactive way about this special moment in art history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the craft behind Renaissance art.    

Materials Needed

  • Pencils and coloring pencils
  • Paper

Context’s Kids Hour conversations are 45-60 minute live, interactive sessions specially designed for kids. We include learning activities on all our Kids Hour conversations.

Your child should come prepared with any materials indicated in the conversation description.

Kids Hour Zoom etiquette:
  • Zoom display name should reflect the name of the child
  • The expert may mute all participants while she is speaking. Please use the raise hand feature to ask a question.

    My child is older/younger than the suggested age grouping. May they join? The age range we have indicated is a suggestion based on the content of the conversation and teaching approach. Ultimately the decision to book a younger or older child is at your discretion. We generally design our Kids Hour conversations for the following age groupings: 7-9 and 10-12.

    Am I required to accompany my child? Your child is welcome and encouraged to attend the conversation independently. We just ask that you assist with start-up in case your child has difficulty entering the Zoom room, changing their display name, and finding the mute and/or raise hand feature.

    What if my child has a question during the conversation? The expert may choose to mute all participants while she is speaking. On our adult conversations, participants use Zoom’s chat function to ask questions. On our Kids Hour conversations, we use the raise hand feature.

    Does my child need to come with any materials? We will indicate in the description of the conversation if there are materials that need to be pre-prepared.

    Is your fee per learner or per family? Our fee is per learner.

    Are Kids Hour conversations group or private? Our Kids Hour conversations are group sessions. Each is open to up to 20 learners. If you would like to schedule a private conversation for your child only, please contact us at

    How do I change the Zoom participant display name to reflect my child’s? To change your name after entering a Zoom meeting, click on the “Participants” button at the top of the Zoom window. Next, hover your mouse over your name in the“Participants” list on the right side of the Zoom window. Click on “Rename”. Enter the name you'd like to appear in the Zoom meeting and click “OK”.

    Sally Tucker lives and works in Florence, Italy as a guide and lecturer for several American study abroad programs. She is fascinated by Italian art, history, and culture and holds an M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art from Syracuse University. While all areas of Italian art history interest her, she is especially fascinated by sixteenth-century sculpture and its ties to the literature of the period.

    This conversation is suitable for children aged 10-12.

    90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.