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 in pencil or 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 pastel or oil or also acrylic. 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”.

Part of the workshop is dedicated to the self-portrait.

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

Classes are held both in Italian or English.

Price and details


RI, 1 week, 30 hours €595
RI, 2 weeks, 60 hours, €1071 (10% discount on course fee)
Enrolment fee €45

Course price includes

  • the use of all the necessary materials and tools with the exception of canvases and oil colors;
  • 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.