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Painting & Drawing Courses in Florence, Italy

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The Florence Art Studio:
Study drawing and/or painting in Florence - the birthplace of the Renaissance! Conveniently situated in the heart of the city, The Florence Art Studio provides short & intensive art programs taught in English to international students from around the world. We teach adult students of all levels - from complete beginner to advanced. Our customized art courses (of 1, 2, 3, 4 weeks or longer) aim to teach the fundamentals of drawing and painting. We also offer short workshops throughout the year including Drawing, Watercolor painting, Still Life, Fresco and Oil Painting, private lessons, weekend classes, holiday & vacation programs, and preparation courses for entrance exams to Fine Arts schools.

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About Us:

Photo of Painting & Drawing Courses in Florence, ItalyThe Florence Art Studio is a private working studio offering a program of academic training which is unique in that it is divided into discrete and sequentially progressive intensive modules that can last anywhere from one week to a month or longer.

Affiliation with Accredited Institution:
We seek students wishing to learn for self-improvement only. We do not offer academic credit, but we are affiliated with the British Institute of Florence, an accredited institution by the Tuscan government.

Our Mission:
The mission of The Florence Art Studio is to evolve the academic training of artists in the humanist tradition for the continuous renewal of representational art based on aesthetic refinement and beauty.

Why Choose The Florence Art School?

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-  Beginner Students Welcome
We believe that the ability to draw and paint is attainable by anyone who is willing to pursue it. Therefore, the only prerequisite for attending our school is the desire to learn.

-  Focus On Student Development
Through intensive individual training and one on one instruction, our customized courses provide a very high level of teaching. You work within a structured environment under the guidance of an expert instructor, who will personally monitor your progress and development.

-  Learn At Your Own Pace
You progress through each module at your own pace. In learning drawing skills, you copy drawings, draw antique casts, and live models until you have developed sufficient skill to progress to the painting program.

Intensive Drawing & Painting Programs - Taught in English:

Photos of The Florence Art StudioOur students learn how to learn, be patient, disciplined, and objectively self-critical to transform every small obstacle or challenge into a rewarding lesson.

- Main Art Program divided into six separate modules, each serving as the foundation for the next
- Can also choose to take any module as a stand-alone course

Course Options include:
- Intensive Drawing and Painting Program (all modules)
- 1-4 Week Drawing & Painting Course option
- Customized course in Drawing and/or Painting
- Open Drawing Sessions with Live Model
- Drawing and painting courses for fashion & design institutes
- Tailor-made Private Lessons (2 or 3 hour workshops, including on weekends and for those on holiday / vacation in Florence.

Modules / Areas of Study:
• Cast Drawing
• Bargue Drawing
• Freehand Cast Drawing
• Portrait & Figure Drawing
• Portrait & Figure Painting
• Still Life Painting

Short-term Art Workshops - Summer Courses & Year-round include: Watercolor painting, Still Life, Oil Painting, Fresco painting, private lessons, weekend classes, holiday & vacation programs, and preparation courses for entrance exams to Fine Arts schools.

Student Testimonials:

Picture of Painting & Drawing Courses in Florence, Italy"I enjoyed learning how each artist accomplished their work while learning the history as well. I highly recommend this type of art education to anyone interested in becoming an artist or if you already are and want to hone your skills.”
- Kelly, Art Student, New Mexico, USA

"I believe it changed everything I did for the better: a renewed focus on design, accuracy of perspective, shadows/shapes, and most importantly, self-criticism. I believe my time with Gary was efficient, well timed and perfect for my continued work as an architect and artist."
- Keith, Architect, Georgia, USA

"A most enjoyable and rewarding experience; highly recommended to anyone, at any level wishing to learn, progress and achieve their own artistic goals.”
- Glyn, Advertising Executive, London

Location and Facilities:

Images of The Florence Art StudioThe Florence Art Studio is situated on Via Ghebillina, only a few steps from the principal historic and artistic places of interest in the center of the city.

For example, our school is close to the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Duomo, Badia, Bargello, Piazza Signoria, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the house of Michelangelo, among many others.

Our art school incorporates 3 studios, each of which is an ideal working environment with high ceilings and illuminated by large windows.

One studio space is dedicated to the live model and the other two are for studio practice. We also offer a small library and gallery, a dedicated service/work area, and a kitchen area.

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Address: Via Ghibellina, 121 50122, Florence, Italy
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