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Italian Culture And Italian Language Go Hand In Hand

Integrating our beautiful culture with our language is what makes Collina Italiana a one-of-a-kind Italian learning experience 

Culture at Collina Italiana

When we first opened in 2007, we had a clear vision for Collina Italiana and how it would fit into the landscape of Italian schools around the U.S and the world. We wanted to deliver a unique learning experience by blending one of the most beautiful languages in the world with its heritage.

Building up a this unique kind of Italian school meant committing to our roots and culture to demonstrate for our students what Italy truly is, what it’s like to be Italian and everything our culture has to offer. Our goal is for our students to be in love with Italy, and the idea of Italy, as much as we are.

Our series will give you a taste of the rich culture of Italy: music, art, cuisine, and so much more.
In collaboration with native Italian experts, these events, in English and Italian, will showcase the traditional and popular aspects of Italian culture, as well as feature new perspectives with a modern twist.

Scopriamo la cultura italiana insieme!

NEW SESSION 2023

The History of Art Narrated through Timeless Masterpieces – IN-PERSON

Con Eveline Baseggio
 
IN-PERSON/AT THE MUSEUM:
Saturday 2-3pm EST
4, 1-hour lessons, in Italian
Levels: B2-C2
January 28th – February 18th
 

What defines a work of art as a timeless masterpiece? Is it the artist who made it, the craftmanship, the fact that it became an icon or a point of reference for generations to come? In this class, we will analyze some exemplary works of art and situate them within their original context, while also exploring the reasons why they still speak to us and we feel compelled to see them.

The IN-PERSON course will privilege works of art that are visible at The Met. This new course format will involve two, in-person lessons at our center as well as two, in-person lessons at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
*Course fees include Group Admission to The Met.*

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MEET THE AUTHOR: AQUA by Rossana Copler

Online – FREE EVENT
January 27th – 5pm
 

About the book: AQUA

This bilingual graded reader (in Italian with an English translation on the facing page) will help intermediate and advanced learners improve their understanding at a leisurely pace, uninterrupted by constant dictionary searches.

Aqua tells the story of Valentina, a young Italian woman who travels to Malaysia and is confronted by major issues of the heart in both worlds. Love and loyalty to her friend, Lisa, mean risking the odds to make life and death choices. At the same time, she must grapple with her own truth as she falls fatefully in love with her masculine counterpart, who embodies the Eastern spirituality that will ultimately challenge and fulfill her…….

Join us for a chat with the author and to ask all the questions you may have about the Bookclub starting in February woth the author herself!

RSVP HERE

Specialty Bookclub: Aqua with Rossana Copler

Saturdays, 11-12pm EST
6, 1-hour lessons
Online Course
Levels: B2-C2
February 4th – March 11th
 

Buongiorno lettori! Welcome to The Aqua Bookclub… During this course, students will navigate the story of Aqua alongside its author, analyzing the novel chapter by chapter. Students will have the opportunity to experience the adventure alongside the author’s own analysis in relation to their own reading. Each lesson will dive deeper into the lives and emotions of the characters, giving students a true understanding of the story and priceless insight into its inspiration and meaning.

This bilingual graded reader (in Italian with an English translation on the facing page) will help intermediate and advanced learners improve their understanding at a leisurely pace, uninterrupted by constant dictionary searches.

*Students can purchase Aqua separately, or together with their registration for the course.*

REGISTER HERE

The History of Art Narrated through Timeless Masterpieces – ONLINE

Con Eveline Baseggio
 
ONLINE:
Monday 6:30-7:30pm EST
4, 1-hour lessons, in Italian
Levels: B2-C2
February 6th – February 27th
 

What defines a work of art as a timeless masterpiece? Is it the artist who made it, the craftmanship, the fact that it became an icon or a point of reference for generations to come? In this class, we will analyze some exemplary works of art and situate them within their original context, while also exploring the reasons why they still speak to us and we feel compelled to see them.

REGISTER HERE

Italian Book Club: IL TRENO DEI BAMBINI

Con Diletta Torlasco

Mondays, 10-11:30am EST
8, 90-minute lessons, online, in Italian
Levels: B2-C2
February 13 – April 17

LIBRO – IL TRENO DEI BAMBINI di Viola Ardone

A volte dobbiamo rinunciare a tutto, persino all’amore di una madre, per scoprire il nostro destino. Nessun romanzo lo aveva mai raccontato con tanto ostinato candore.

È il 1946 quando Amerigo lascia il suo rione di Napoli e sale su un treno. Assieme a migliaia di altri bambini meridionali attraverserà l’intera penisola e trascorrerà alcuni mesi in una famiglia del Nord; un’iniziativa del Partito comunista per strappare i piccoli alla miseria dopo l’ultimo conflitto. Con lo stupore dei suoi sette anni e il piglio furbo di un bambino dei vicoli, Amerigo ci mostra un’Italia che si rialza dalla guerra come se la vedessimo per la prima volta. E ci affida la storia commovente di una separazione. Quel dolore originario cui non ci si può sottrarre, perché non c’è altro modo per crescere.

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La musica della lingua italiana: Learn Italian through Music

Con Rossana Copler
 
Wednesday, 2-3:30pm EST
6,90-minute lessons, 
Online, in Italian & English
Levels: B1-B2
January 11 – February 15
 
Music is one of the greatest tools for learning Italian and this course aims to show you how! Discover how sound and lyrics can work in unison to open the world of such a musical language. While enjoying the music on its own, it will also act as a fun and helpful instrument taking you on a journey to places real and emotional.
 

Hearing and translating the repetitive refrains will assist in learning and retaining new words and expressions. This class will offer 6 lessons tailored specifically to the needs of intermediate/advanced students and music lovers. Let’s learn together as we allow Italian melodies to lift our hearts and minds through lyrical travels!

REGISTER HERE

OLD SESSIONS

FRAMED!: Crazy Creative?!

Con Eveline e Frida

In-Person Event
English and Italian
Sunday, January 22nd
3-4pm

Many modern artists and creative people have often caught the attention of the public eye not only because of their ingenious approach to art, but also for their unconventional and over-the-top lifestyle, to a point where creativity and eccentricity have become deeply intertwined. But when did it all start? When did creative artisans become celebrities, and how did public scrutiny affect the growth of the figure of the modern artist? In order to guide you through our discoveries, in this brand new episode the viewer sits between two parallel timelines, one displaying the lives of the great masters of the past, witnessing the birth of the cursed artist, and the other, much more present, offering an insight into the life of one of the greatest masters of modern fashion, Yves Saint Laurent, whose complex life seemed to connect all the dots established by great creative minds who came before him. Past and present merge in our newest episode vividly as ever! We will explore the life and work of Yves by comparing his portrayal to the biographies of some artistic geniuses from the past, such as Michelangelo and Caravaggio, who shared his groundbreaking creativity and deep instability. We will learn how the idea of the unconventional genius – well represented by Yves – originated many centuries before, at the onset of the Renaissance, when the idea of the artist as an individual first developed.

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L’arte delle corti rinascimentali

Con Eveline Baseggio
 

Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm EST
5, 1-hour lessons, online, in Italian
Levels: B2-C2
November 14 – December 19 (No class Dec 12)

Splendor, magnificence, and erudition are the key words that help us define the artistic fervor in sixteenth century Italian courts. The Este in Ferrara, the Gonzaga in Mantua, the Montefeltro in Urbino, the Medici in Florence, and the Pope in Rome continued to build on their political influence through family alliances and cultural promotion. Thus, they became the promoters of that sophisticated artistic language known as High Renaissance. In competition with one another, these ambitious patrons sought to employ the finest artists available contributing to the creation of some of the most remarkable works of art ever existed. 

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FRAMED! with Eveline & Frida

Everybody Loves Lisa!

Sunday, May 15th, 5-6pm EST
In Italian – In-Person & Online (recording for attendees)

Join us for Episode of FRAMED! with Eveline and Frida: Everybody Loves Lisa! Both in-person and online, learn about the mysterious and most famous Lisa. Though so many studies have tried to determine the date of this portrait and its inner meaning, the identity of the sitter and patron, and the reason for the painter’s attachment to it, the true reasons behind each one of these questions are still elusive. While collecting and reviewing some of the latest evidence, this talk aims at elucidating what made this painting so fascinating to generations of artists, scholars, and viewers. Bigger questions about artistic creativity and sources of inspiration will be addressed in the attempt to offer a different reading of this unsurpassed masterpiece

The Other Renaissance: Venice 1400-1500

Thursdays, 6-7:30 EST
Online course taught in Italian.
Levels: B2-C1 
April 14 – May 19 (No class on April 21)

The Other Renaissance: Venice 1400-1500

Venetian Renaissance art has a unique character that sets it apart from that art produced in other Renaissance centers. A city with no ancient foundations, built entirely on water by Christian refugees, and located at the crossroad between the west and the east, Venice created a distinctive artistic language which was influenced by its multicultural experiences, unusual history, and fascination with colors. By examining the works of some of the greatest protagonists of the 1400 and 1500 – such as Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian – this course will explore how Venice absorbed the new Renaissance ideals introduced in Florence and adapted them to their particular context and needs, thus contributing to create another face of the Italian Renaissance.