The Florence Art Studio is a private working studio offering a program of academic training which is unique in that it is divided into discrete and sequentially progressive intensive modules that can last anywhere from one week to a month or longer.
This intensive program provides students with a disciplined study of the fundamentals of drawing and painting from life. Students work within a structured environment under the guidance of an instructor who personally monitors their progress and development.
The student learns how to learn, be patient, disciplined, and objectively self-critical to transform every small obstacle or challenge into a rewarding lesson. As students engage in the program their skills develop, and talent emerges along with personal content and expression.
As each study is the foundation for the next and the inherent principles taught overlap, students can therefore take each part of the program with confidence that their progress from one will continue into the next. In this way, the student’s development is clear and progressive. The program is not a short cut; there are simply no short cuts.
Work progresses at the student’s own pace. In the drawing program, the student copies drawings, draws antique casts, and live models until sufficient skill is developed. Then the cycle for the painting program begins.
The aim of the program is to offer training to any person regardless of their age or previous training, and it is specifically geared towards adults for whom art is a passion but is not currently their profession.
The Florence Art Studio fulfills a unique need for serious adult art training. This approach is flexible and allows for the students to establish their own pace of program progression.
The program is intensively taught in an encouraging environment, with a great deal of personal attention to get the most out of the student’s available time and energy. Significant progress can be achieved within a short period of time if there is willingness and determination. In order to comfortably provide the necessary resources to facilitate training the Florence Art Studio accepts a limited number of students.
The standard day program consists of instruction in the studio five days a week, Monday through Friday for three hours a day (9am to 12pm), with the remainder of time working in the studio, and suggested activities outside the studio. The studio is accessible everyday between 8:30am and 8pm.
As a service to continuing students, during the interval away from Florence assignments are made and work is monitored by critiques from your instructor via the Internet. You can return to Florence at your convenience and continue to the next level.
The only prerequisite for beginning is the desire to learn. The ability to draw and paint is attainable by anyone who is willing to pursue it. Students should be aware that as the teaching method is sight-size, all work is done standing and therefore the student must be able to stand for a minimum period of thirty minutes between short breaks. Additionally a vision check is highly recommended.
SEQUENTIALLY PROGRESSIVE MODULES
You start the application process by filling out the form and enclosing a few examples of your work. After review by the studio director, suggestions will be made on a specific program utilizing the instruction modules based upon your current ability and what might be accomplished in your intended time frame to achieve your goals. This is mutually discussed and agreed to before you arrive in the studio.
Outside the Studio
The FAS allows for a diverse structured learning system outside the Studio to provide an enriching and complete experience in Florence. Students may purchase a special museum card to the Uffizi and Pitti museums allowing spontaneous access to study the evolution of painting both aesthetically and technically from the Renaissance. The vast resources of Florence can be used to explore not only the historical aspects but the philosophical and humanistic values that underlie figurative art. Walking tours during the coffee breaks also give perspective to the city’s human scale and history which is able to be “read in layers” as a living urban-archaeological laboratory.