Fine Arts, Art History and Italian language courses in Florence

Art in the museums of Florence

Draw and paint some of the masterpieces of the Italian art inside the museums

Art in the museums of Florence

Art into the Art

This is a unique seminar that will allow you to spend several hours in the company of the most renowned works of art on display in the major museums of Florence. You will have the extraordinary opportunity of admiring paintings and sculptures by the old masters, you may be inspired by them, you will be able to peruse the details and peculiarities of each work, and, while trying to copy a masterpiece, you will grasp its beauty and its most inner senses.

The course will take place both in the museums and churches of Florence (Orsanmichele, Bargello museum, Specola Museum, Medici Chapels) as well as outdoors in the historical gardens (Bardini gardens), where you will be able to study how sculptures mingle with nature.

This workshop is recommended for those who wish to tackle the works of the Renaissance masters, as well cope with more unusual topics related to this artistic period. It is also ideal for those artists who want to enrich their wealth of experience. But also Art novices can attend the lessons since the group size is rather small and the teacher is able to tutor each student individually.

Each student can approach to the techniques he/she wants to learn or develop, for example pencil, charcoal drawing, watercolour, oil painting.

At the end of the course the students will have visited some of the most important museums, they will have admired the most celebrated paintings and sculptures of Florence and they will have got acquainted with the hidden treasures of the city. And last but not least, each participant will take home memories either drawn in his/her sketchbook or painted in his/her canvas.

The program

Lesson 1

The Orsanmichele church and the Loggia de' Lanzi

Monday, 10am – 5pm (with lunch break, approx. one hour). Drawing statues and architectural details in the beautiful gothic church of Orsanmichele and in the famous Loggia de’ Lanzi near the Uffizi Gallery

Lesson 2

The Bargello Museum

Tuesday, 10am – 5pm (with lunch break, approx. one hour). Students will draw statues and sculptures by some of the most famous Renaissance masters, such as Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Cellini. Students can also choose to draw the architecture details of the 13th century courtyard inside the museum.  In the afternoon Drawing/painting the monuments and the palaces along the river Arno.

Lesson 3

The Bardini gardens

Wednesday, 10am – 5pm (with lunch break, approx. one hour). Drawing/painting the plants, the flowers and the trees of this historical garden. Students can also choose to draw/paint views of the Bardini Palace as well as sights of the city.

Lesson 4

The Medici Chapels and Piazza degli Innocenti

Thursday, 10am – 5pm (with lunch break, appr. one hour). Drawing Michelangelo’s masterpieces. In the afternoon painting sculptures and architectural details in the Piazza degli Innocenti where you will admire Brunelleschi’s porticos.

Lesson 5

The Museum of Natural History

Friday, 10am-1pm. Drawing animals and anatomical waxworks. The museum hosts the largest collection of anatomical waxworks in the world and over 3.500.000 stuffed animals, of which only 5.000 are in view to the public.

Please Note

The above programme and the schedule is an illustrative example. Since some museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery, accept Art sessions in their rooms only in some settled periods, the exaustive programme will be sent to applicants about two weeks before their course starts.

Please note: most of the museums allow only drawing sessions in their spaces.

Price and details


MUS, 1 week, 30 hours, €695
Enrolment fee €45

Course price includes

  • the use of all the necessary materials and tools;
  • entrance tickets to museums.

A certificate at the end of the course.



November 28th – December 2nd 2022

Expiring date for enrollment: 3 weeks before the starting date or until all the places have been filled.


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  • We spent a week with Maestro E. and @accademiadelgiglio drawing in the museums of Florence. We drew in 7 museums, viewed an amazing array of classical art work, stood in front of works we studied in Art History and thoroughly appreciated all we learned from E.: (more…)
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