The school teaches an annual programme divided into two seasonal Modules: one in the autumn dedicated to Solidsand one in the spring dedicated to Trees. Each Module is subdivided into four sessions of four days, from Tuesday to Friday, in which participants are guided along a path of learning and experimentation, applying the working methods developed by Leonardi and aiming to provide instruments that nourish coherent personal development.
Lessons will be taught in Italian and English to enable international participation. During the lesson periods opportunities for exchange and discussion are provided with designers, craftsmen, and artists. Each session is enhanced with a study visit to places relevant to the theme under discussion. Participants can also take part in public initiatives organized by the school including complementary courses, workshops, conferences, and master classes.
The teachers include architects, artists, and craftsmen selected by Archivio Leonardi and Amigdala for their methodological relevance to Cesare Leonardi's work. The course is co-ordinated by the architects Andrea Cavani and Giulio Orsini, founders and curators of Archivio Leonardi, and by Federica Rocchi, Director of Amigdala - Periferico Festival.
OvestLab is a former crafts workshop located in the Villaggio Artigiano Modena Ovest, a trade district designed in 1953 by Mario Pucci and a symbolic place in the history of the economic and social development of the city. This was the first prototype artisan village in Italy, a suburb that gave form to a model of development capable of combining life and work, manual skills and business, production chain and community spirit.
At Ovestlab the students of the School have a shared work space available where they can learn, design, and build. Conceived as a crafts workshop, the space provides the basic equipment and materials to create models and prototypes, along with workstations where they can study and draw.