Summer Art School in Florence, Italy

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Accademia Riaci, Florence:
Located in the heart of Florence, Accademia Riaci provides summer art courses, design courses and culinary arts programs to students from around the world. One of the leading art and design academies in Italy, we offer intensive summer programs in fashion, painting, drawing, graphic design, interior design, and jewelry making among many others. Suitable for beginners and experienced professionals, our summer art, craft and design programs are taught in English, Italian or Spanish. You can choose to study for 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks or 12 weeks. You can combine different courses. Private lessons are also available.

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Why study art in Florence this summer?

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 Quality Art Education: 
You will receive tailored, hands-on instruction and extensive career development. Students studying the arts expand their knowledge and expertise through a combination of research, technical training and creative projects.

Exposure to libraries, museums and private collections enhance this work. Training for effective presentation skills is also provided in order to develop each learning artist as a whole.

 Earn Credit:
University students and pre-university students who attend for 2 weeks or more may have the opportunity to earn college credit. You can earn credit by studying various subjects related to your study field, such as Art History, Interior Design, Graphic Design, or Fashion Design.

 Expert Instruction: 
Students completing our summer art program will work directly with distinguished Florentine artists in studio. The academy's faculty are top artists in their field, united by the mission of inspiring next generation artists with unique tradition and artistic knowledge. 

Students are encouraged to develop their creativity and refine their techniques, and expand their originality to lead the future.

 Individual Attention: 
The student-teacher ratio (approximately 6 students per professor) is kept small to maintain the school's policy that values each students' originality and learning styles. This limited number of students in the class is effective in achieving speedy accurate learning.

 Convenient Accommodation: 
Accademia Riaci has several "Student Flats" (shared apartments) reserved for the academy's students in safe residential areas. They are located within walking distance or within a 10 - 15 min. bus ride away from the school campus.

Alternatively, we can arrange other types of accommodation for you: homestay with host family, single room, private flat, hotel etc.

Intensive Summer Art, Craft & Design Courses:

Image of Summer Art School in Florence, ItalyStudy for 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks or 12 weeks.

Taught in English or Italian, these courses are suitable for students of all levels of experience.

- Art Management
- Jewelry Making
- Jewelry Design
- Shoe Making
- Shoe Design
- Bag Making
- Bag Design
- Painting & Drawing
- Art History
- Interior Design
- Product Design
- Fashion Design
- Fashion Business
- Textile Design
- Graphic Design
- Ceramics
- Glass Art
- Restoration of Paintings
- Italian Home Cooking
- Italian Language
- Enjoy Italy Course
- English Language

You can combine different courses. Private lessons are also available.


Additional Study Options:
In addition to our summer courses, Accademia Riaci provides short-term spring courses in culinary arts or jewelry-making, year-round short courses (ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks), semester programs, 1-year courses, 2-year diploma program (taught in Italian only) and 1-year master courses.

Florence - the ideal location to study art:

Photos of Accademia Riaci, FlorenceTo study in Florence is to inhabit history, to step into a living text, it is to directly encounter some of the world’s greatest art and gain the critical tools to confront it fully; to take in a city of subtle moods from literary, historical and archaeological vantage point. It is a plunge into journey of extraordinary breadth and depth.

As a student of Accademia Riaci, you will have extensive opportunities to delve into the culture of Italy, to pursue your academic interests through the highly refined lens that is Florence.

You will receive personal attention from local Italian teachers and instructors in art of Florentine legacies.

You will have outer knowledge of living in Florence and inner understanding of beauty and intellect – that will take you well beyond Arno River.

Convenient Location in Florence:

Picture of Summer Art School in Florence, ItalyAccademia Riaci is located the center of the old city, conveniently situated between Duomo and Church of St. Lorenzo, only a three minute walk from the Firenze railroad station. One can hear the bells of St. Lorenzo and from the upper floors overlook the famous Duomo.

Florence is a city of endless possibilities! You can't possibly see all of the hundreds of historical monuments and museums that are located throughout Florence.

Morning might find you taking espresso with the locals at a sidewalk cafe, sitting on the walls along the Arno River, reading a book in the sun or watching the day's bread being made in a pasticceria.

Spend the afternoon hiking in Fiesole, watching the tourists crowd around the Gates of Paradise or shopping in Mercato San Lorenzo.

Student Testimonials:

•  "The teacher helped me cross some personal barriers I had that would not let me get further as an artist. I consider my painting and drawing instructor to be a great teacher.

Not only my skills improved but also my knowledge and understanding of color composition, mixing, texture, brush strokes, art in general. The Accademia Riaci’s staff was always very nice and willing to help in whatever they could."

Valeria, USA (Painting short course)

•  "The teacher helped me to learn, and the teaching technique was very effective. At Accademia Riaci, I have learned different skills and techniques that I never knew before.

I also enjoyed shopping in the beautiful city of Florence. Studying at Accademia Riaci was very nice, and enlightening as I got to meet people from different parts of the world."

Asafa, Nigeria (Shoe Making short course)

•  "The teachers are excellent, very knowledgable, and very devoted. I had a great stay and learned a lot. My skills definitely grew and I will apply them in the future. I spent my free time in culture events in and around Florence."
Svenne, Netherlands (Bag Making short course)

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Address: Via de' Conti 4, Florence, Italy
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2018-11-12 were from:

Florence, Italy;   Yerevan, Armenia;   Auckland, New Zealand;   Logas, Nigeria;   CLAREMONT, USA;   Armenia;   sheikhupura, Pakistan;   Hong kong, Hong Kong;   New Delhi, India;   USA;   and more.