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Atelier Florence Academy of Art



293 Via Aretina, Firenze, Toscana, Italy

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The Florence Academy of Art has locations in Florence, Italy,  Mölndal, Sweden and Jersey City, NJ.

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The FAA Experience

Students who apply to The Florence Academy of Art seek the language of Rembrandt, Velasquez, Titian, and the tools to convey their ideas with confidence through the oil or clay mediums. A common visual aesthetic draws them to the classical world (and its renaissance in Florence) to build an artistic vocabulary where beauty and humanity are intrinsic to art. To accomplish this, our methodology combines intense observation with advanced craft skills. Our curriculum comes mostly from the 19th century French academies and the teachings of master painters like Gèrôme, Bonnat and Carlos Duran. It centers on drawing (particularly drawing from the human figure), as a means to gaining skill in painting or sculpture. We also address the creative and professional position of the artist in today's world. When you walk in the door of the Florence Academy, you are assigned a north light studio space and settle into a rhythm of working that will remain constant throughout your three years of study. You spend half the day working from the figure, and half of the day in your studio, on specific exercises. As each requisite skill is acquired, a new more difficult task is assigned. By working only from life you learn to view the subject before you with accuracy, to understand the complexities of each anatomical detail, in order to draw, paint or sculpt it skillfully. Eventually, you will explore gesture, psychology, and composition, while strengthening your individual voice. You will begin to ask the questions you will face as an emerging artist: what do I want to paint? Why? What emotion do I want to convey and how? What areas of technical competence must I strengthen so as to not be held back in the articulation of my vision? Answers often come from the Uffizi, the Met, or other great museums. By exposing you to the masterpieces of humanist culture, we intend to help you develop more than technique, but the skill to transpose what is meaningful to you into your art.

The Florence Academy of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as an undergraduate Certificate program.

Full time program in Drawing, Painting & Sculpture

To view student artwork produced over 20 years, click here.

Study Abroad

With three locations in the US and Europe, we encourage our students to take the opportunity to study in Florence, Sweden or New York. As a student you may travel between branches to spend a trimester or year studying abroad without experiencing any difference whatsoever in methodology, curriculum or teaching style. This international opportunity can be significant to your development, and enriching both artistically and personally. At the same time, thanks to our university status, you will earn U.S. college credit for your coursework done at all three campuses.


Full-time students receive 36 hours per week of instruction, receiving one critique in the morning and one critique in the afternoon from principal faculty and assistant instructors. Instructors at the FAA are trained in the philosophy, methodology and language of instruction of The Florence Academy of Art.

For more about Founder and Director, Daniel Graves, click here.

For more about the Faculty at FAA Florence, click here.

The images displayed on this page are from students and graduates of The Florence Academy of Art. A number of these artists are now permanent faculty. To view hundreds of images of artwork by our students and graduates, please visit the Student Gallery, Alumni Gallery and Alumni Exhibitions on our website.


The Florence Academy of Art offers workshops throughout the academic year, including a Six-Week Intensive Workshop in Drawing, Painting and Art History. Taught by our regular faculty, the workshops provide substantial practical information for students to take home, and allow students to experience parts of our regular painting curriculum, as well as a variety of traditional mediums, charcoal, pencil, sanguine, silverpoint and oil paint. Subjects include: Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape, Figurative Sculpture and Ecorché Sculpture. Guided art history tours accompany most workshops.

For more information, click here.

Alumni Association

The Florence Academy of Art addresses the creative and professional position of the artist in contemporary society. It is proud of its talented alumni, and committed to bringing their work to the public:

  • A biennial Alumni Exhibition held in Florence is a showcase of work for over 80 graduates from its Painting and Sculpture Programs; patrons and galleries attend from all over the world.
  • A special section on its web site called the Alumni Gallery gives each alumnus his own page with images and contact information.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

The Florence Academy of Art is committed to helping talented students in financial need. Scholarship funding and work-study opportunities are available to second and third year students in order to help them complete the full three-year program.

The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden is approved for Student Loans and Grants. Swedish students may receive study assistance from the Swedish state through CSN B1 to fund their studies at the FAA in Sweden. Students from Norway, Denmark and Finland may use this recognition to apply for funding from their respective countries.

Application Form

To download the online application form, click here.

The Florence Academy of Art: The First 25 Years

This 300-page volume chronicles the school's fabled history, telling the full story of its founding and evolution and featuring artwork and historical images from the academy's leaders, faculty, and alumni. Written and edited by Allison Malafronte, with more than 500 full-color images and detailed information and interviews from their most important figures, The Florence Academy of Art: The First 25 Years is an important visual and written record of one school's international influence on several generations of draftsmen, painters, and sculptors. To purchase, please visit the FAA Store here.

The Florence Academy of Art is a registered 501(c) 3 U.S. nonprofit educational entity.

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Founded 1991
Course languages English
Accreditation NASAD
Part-Time Instructors 16
Full-Time Instructors 10
Students 180
Accommodation Yes

Full time: USD 17700 / year

Atelier Florence Academy of Art

293 Via Aretina

Firenze, Toscana, 50136, Italy

Figure Painting by Joshua McPherson

Life in Transit by Nicholas Endevoldsen

Figure by Ione Hunter Gordon

Torso in plaster by Sanne Von Tongeren

Sorrow's Farewell by Isolde Cortes

Study of Stephanie by Tanvi Pathare

Figure Drawing by Mitch Shea

3rd Year Advanced Painting Project by Joshua Granberg

Dusk by Joakim Ericsson

La Marionetta by Robert Bodem

Portrait of Naja by Charles Weed

Colors of Fall by Cornelia Hernes

The Gift (female) by Daniel Graves

Pas de deux by Lotta Blokker

Royalty by Eran Webber

Deluge by Jordan Sokol

The Gift (male) by Daniel Graves

Day Dreamer by Stephen Bauman

The Lingering by Alicia Ponzio

Study for Venezia by Ramiro Sanchez

Manna from Heaven by Lori Shorin

Venezia, mi Venezia by Ramiro Sanchez