Fine Arts, Art History and Italian language courses in Florence

Portrait and Self-portrait Workshop

An intensive study of the physiognomy

Portrait and Self-portrait Workshop

Fundamentals and improvements

This workshop is meant not only for capable students who wish to improve their style and their creativeness, but also for those people whose aim is to discover the fundamentals of the portrait and its secrets. That is why most of the time during classes every student will be tutored individually.

Through making rapid strokes either with pencil or with charcoal students will learn how to portray the essential features of a human face, and through more elaborate drawings they will focus on details, on the effect of light and shade (“the chiaroscuro”), as well as on the psychological value of facial expression.

Colour techniques will be then taught by using either pastels or oils or also acrylics. Students will acquire good skills and abilities for painting the shades of complexion, the position of hands and the glittering of the eyes, which most of the great artists used to consider the “soul’s mirror”.

This workshop is available every Monday all year round

Fundamentals and improvements

Part of the workshop can be dedicated to the self-portrait.

Students can also approach the pen and ink technique.

Life models and copies of classical portraits will be available throughout the workshop.

Classes are held both in Italian or English.

Price and details


1 week, 30 hours, 595 Euro
2 weeks, 60 hours, 1071 Euro (instead of 1190 Euro)
Enrolment fee: 45 Euro

Do you need accommodation during your stay in Florence? Contact us and we will help you to find a lodging that meets your needs.

Course price includes

  • the use of all the necessary materials and tools;
  • a certificate at the end of the course.

Recommended Art material.


All year round, any Monday

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  • I am so happy that I took the Portrait course at the Accademia, it was a nice experience where I remember many things that I was not using and also I learned new ones. Please, say thank you and my greetings to the teacher Maria.

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