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 those people whose aim is to discover the fundamentals of the portrait and its secrets, but also for those capable students who wish to improve their style and their creativeness. During classes every student will be tutored individually so that he/she may experience a program that actually meets with his/her artistic needs and interests. Normally participants will start sketching faces with pencils or with charcoal. They will then focus on the relevance of values and mass in achieving a likeness.

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, the so-called allure of Portraiture .

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 and tones 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, 655 Euro
2 weeks, 60 hours, 1180 Euro (instead of 1310 Euro, save 130 Euro)
Enrolment fee: 45 Euro

Course price includes

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

Recommended Art material.

Dates and schedule

Classes start every Monday all year round.

Schedule: 10am-1pm from Monday to Friday and 1.30pm-5pm from Monday to Thursday.

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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.