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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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Intensive Drawing & Painting Programs - Taught in English
Photo of Painting & Drawing Courses in EuropeWe offer six discrete and sequentially progressive modules, each of which serves as the foundation for the next, allowing you to build on the skills and techniques learned already. Each module can be studied from one week to one month or longer. 

Study Options include:
• Intensive Drawing and Painting Program
• 1 Week Drawing and Painting Course
• 2 Week Drawing and Painting Course
• 3 Week Drawing and Painting Course
• 4 Week Drawing and Painting Course
• Customized length of 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.

Drawing Modules / Areas of Study:
You can choose to study each module from one week to one month or longer. You will work at your own pace, under the guidance of yourinstructor.

The standard day program consists of 15 hours per week of instruction in the Studio, five days a week (Monday-Friday), for three hours each day, 9am-12pm.

For the remainder of the time, you will have drawing sessions with live models (when you have reached the sufficient skill level), work in the studio, and enjoy activities outside the studio.

- Bargue Drawing
Image of Painting & Drawing Courses in EuropeThe Bargue Cours de Dessin course introduces you to a drawing method used to quickly develop basic drawing skills, the ability to see geometric and tonal relationships, and uncompromised accuracy.

Taught in an elegant and conveniently-located environment, this course is used to introduce drawing techniques and concepts. 

- Cast Drawing
Expanding on the techniques learned in the Bargue Drawing module, this course involves working under unchanging light conditions using the sight-size method.

'Observing sculpture' teaches you how to abstract the essentials of an object from life. It allows for the study of form, while indirectly influencing the mind to the concepts present in the original work of art.

- Freehand Cast Drawing
In this module, in order to balance the previous work in sight-size, you draw casts using proportional relationships freehand in charcoal or pencil, with modeling techniques appropriate to the drawing medium.

- Portrait and Figure Drawing
In this module, you develop proficiency in drawing the human form from life using the sight-size method. Considerations of establishing the pose, lighting the figure, and composition are discussed.

Further Painting Modules:
- Still Life Painting
- Portrait and Figure Painting

Short-term Art Workshops - Summer Courses & Year-round:

Photos of The Florence Art Studio• Paint like Da Vinci (Theoretical + Practice reproduction of Mona Lisa). Oil painting course duration: 15 hours over 5 days.

• Watercolor Workshop for beginners to advanced art students.

• Fresco - (One of the oldest painting techniques used for centuries to decorate churches & palaces). Minimum course duration: 1 week.

• Still Life (Oil Painting) lessons in English or Italian
• Paint like Da Vinci oil painting class: Theoretical + Practice reproduction of Mona Lisa.
• Fresco workshop (One of the oldest painting techniques used for centuries to decorate churches & palaces)
• Open Drawing Sessions with Live Model
• Paint & Wine - Draw & Wine (social evening)
• Tailor-made Private Lessons (2 or 3 hour workshops, including on weekends and for those on holiday / vacation in Florence.
• Drawing and painting courses for fashion & design institutes.
• English and Italian preparation courses for the entrance exams the Academies of Fine Arts courses in Painting, Decoration, Scenography, Graphics.

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Address: Via Ghibellina, 121 50122, Florence, Italy
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