In 2014, Gawens took an art internship in Florence, Italy. She lived there for three months and was an intern at Florence Art School Bianca Cappello (florenceartschool.it). Gawens was a teacher’s assistant for local Italian artist, Marco Biagini. He taught private lessons to children including mosaics, drawing, painting, pastels and watercolor. The ages ranged from 6 to 13 years old. The art school also provided studio space for adult artists and even provided Gawens studio space in exchange for her time as his intern.