6-Week Intensive: Drawing, Painting, Art History

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6-Week Intensive: Drawing, Painting, Art History

08 January, 2018 to 16 February, 2018

USD 5200

Florence Academy of Art
7 Via Fratelli Bandiera, Firenze, Toscana 50137

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Instruction by individual critique. Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced levels welcome.

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As in Part I of the intensive course, students work from easels under natural north light, just like the old master painters of the past. Florence Academy faculty will guide them on new assignments done on toned paper with charcoal and white chalk. This allows students to work in a more painterly manner whilst developing their accuracy in drawing, values, structure and sense of light.


Working from life is a unique and fulfilling experience, one that is fundamental to the training at the Florence Academy and central to a long-standing tradition. Working from a live model, students enrolled in Part II will be introduced to the process of making a painting as in the manner used by painters in the 19th century.  Emphasis will be placed on setting up composition, transfer drawing, color studies, stretching canvas and producing the final painting.  Students will learn to resolve drawing and value relationships within the early stages, allowing time to explore paint application and edge control.


Part II’s museum visits have been selected to build upon past visits to the main museums in Florence, and compliment the advanced course assignments. Highlights will include: the newly renovated Museo dell’Opera dell’Duomo and visit to the Baptistry; the Church of San Marco with paintings by Fra Angelico and the frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli at the Medici Riccardi Palace; Masaccio’s Brancacci Chapel and the Church of Santa Maria Novella Church; the Palatine Gallery at the Pitti Palace and the Museo Annigoni at the Museo Bardini.

During their free time, students will be encouraged to sketch the main monuments and piazzas, or drawing in museums like the Specola (Zoology section of Florence’s Natural History Museum), the Bargello Sculpture Museum, or the Museo del Duomo.

ART SUPPLIES Students will receive a list of materials to purchase. On the first day of class, they will be accompanied to a local art supply store where they will enjoy a discounted price on hand-made charcoal from France, paper from Italy, and the sketchbook to record their impressions of their time in Florence.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND SUPPORT Throughout the students’ time in Florence, The Florence Academy administrative staff will be available to answer questions and provide full services and support. Students will be accommodated in double bedrooms in furnished apartments with other students on the program. These are within walking distance from the school building or short bus ride, and ten minutes from the historic centre of Florence.

COST PER PERSON U.S. $ 5,200.00.

What’s included?

• Accommodations in a double bedroom in a furnished apartment with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Supplement for single bedroom accommodations, U.S. $ 900.00. For students arranging their own housing, cost per person, U.S. $ 4,250.00.

• Instruction, guided visits, activities and entrance fees as stated in your itinerary

• Student Services Support of Florence Academy office staff

What’s not included?

Transportation to/from Florence, Travel insurance, Visas, Airport transfers, Meals, Drinks, Optional excursions, Items of a personal nature including spending money, tips and gratuities.