Fine Arts, Art History and Italian language courses in Florence

Drawing and Painting techniques

Art from 1 week to 9 months

The complete course in Art is divided into 9 units (from unit A to unit I) and lasts 9 months. Students are however welcome to attend specific parts of the course (minimum 1 week). Courses normally start on any Monday.

  • Intensive Art courses (20 hours per week) take place from 11.30am to 1pm and  from 1.30pm to 5pmMonday through Thursday.
  • General Art courses (14 hours per week) take place from 1.30pm to 5pm, Monday through Thursday.

On Friday open Art studio from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

The teacher will evaluate the students’ skills at the beginning of each unit and help them to establish their objectives. Each unit lasts 4 weeks, for a total amount of 56 hours, inclusive of 8 hours of living models.

All of our teachers are highly qualified and experts in the various disciplines and techniques such as classical drawing, oil painting, watercolour and fresco.

The first units introduce basic drawing and painting techniques while the following units aim at developing and improving students artistic skills. At the end of these nine units students will have acquired the basic knowledge required towards the making of their personal portfolios and will concentrate on the study of one specific technique.

The lessons are integrated with conversations on art history and guided visits to the most important monuments in Florence. In order to ensure the highest quality of tuition, the number of students will not exceed 10 per group.

At the end of these nine units students will have acquired the basic knowledge required towards the making of their personal portfolios and concentrate on the study of one specific technique.

Two or three Art exhibitions a year will be organized for the students attending Art course.

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Prices 14 hours per week

14 hours per week

1 week, 14 hours €180
2 weeks, 28 hours €340
3 weeks, 42 hours €520
1 unit, 4 weeks, 56 hours €620
2 units, 8 weeks, 112 hours €1160
3 units, 12 weeks, 168 hours €1710
6 units, 24 weeks, 336 hours €3310
9 units, 36 weeks, 504 hours €4970
Enrolment fee €45

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Prices 20 hours per week

20 hours per week

1 week, 20 hours €255
2 weeks, 40 hours €490
3 weeks, 60 hours €665
1 unit, 4 weeks, 80 hours €885
2 units, 8 weeks, 160 hours €1630
3 units, 12 weeks, 240 hours €2440
6 units, 24 weeks, 480 hours €4725
9 units, 36 weeks, 720 hours €7090
Enrolment fee €45

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Course price includes

  • basic Art material: papersheets, pencils and rubbers;
  • a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

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The programme

Unit A

Basic Drawing Techniques I

An introduction to the basic drawing techniques (line, design, light and shadow or “chiaroscuro” as the Italians say) through which students will learn how to place and reproduce an object on paper, according to its natural shape and proportions. Students will practice mainly with graphite and charcoal. No specific artistic skills or background are required.

Unit B

Basic Drawing Techniques II This unit includes the acquisition of notions of anatomy and the methodology traditionally used to draw bodies and faces. Students will learn the shading and blending technique, they will be taught on how measure the dimensions of a subject while blocking in the drawing and on how  to render the texture of a drawing, by also using the hatching and stippling technique. Students will be able to practice with the following media: sanguine, pen-and-ink, pastel crayon, Conté, silverpoint.

Unit C

Drawing from life I In-depth study of the skills acquired in the first two units, especially the chiaroscuro technique, including the basics of shading and perspective. Students will also approach the the study of the “écorché* technique, through which they will learn to draw a figure or a part of a body that shows the muscles without skin. This technique was practiced for the first time in Florence during the Renaissance period by those masters who wanted to depict a nude. Classes will take place also in the squares and in the museums of Florence.

Unit D

Drawing from life II This unit deals with visual understanding by direct observation of the human body and it concentrates on the methodology used to draw bodies and faces. On every session students will draw from either female or male models posing in the nude. Quick poses will aim at teaching the sketch technique while longer poses will intend to develop the study of anatomy and of shades as well as the student’s observation abilities.

Unit E

Basic Painting Techniques I This unit focuses on the rudiments of the colour theory and the practice of various techniques, such as acrylic, tempera and pastel painting and the light-colour effects on a body or on drapery.

Unit F

Basic Painting Techniques II In-depth study of the skills acquired in unit E, especially the tempera technique, Students will also learn how to emphasise or fade the brightness of the colours of different objects and the effects of light on metal, glass, etc.

Unit G

Advanced Painting Techniques I An approach to some traditional painting techniques, i.e. oil and watercolour, including an introduction to their history and applications. Study of the “écorché” technique with various painting media.

Unit H

Advanced Painting Techniques II An introduction to different fresco techniques. Students will practice painting on plaster or approach to bas-relief.

Unit I

Towards the making of a Personal Portfolio An in-depth study of one or more techniques which every student can choose to focus on. Students will search for a personal style.

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