At The Florence Academy of Art, skill in drawing is considered fundamental to perfection in painting, sculpture or other art form. This course is designed to strengthen the student’s visual relationship with three-dimensional form, allowing you to confront the human figure, and eventually to paint or sculpt with accuracy.
Students are introduced to the academic method of figure drawing, employed by the major Realist ateliers of 19th century Paris, best exemplified by Jean Léon Gérôme and the French Academic tradition. They are taught to use the sight-size method of measurement, which trains the eye to view the subject with accuracy in order to reproduce it successfully. Throughout the course, students apply this method of measurement to the human figure.
For the first week, students learn to draw from plaster casts of antique and Renaissance statues, focusing on outline, proportion, and shadow shape. From the second week through the end of the course, they work from the live model everyday for 3 hours per day on two long poses: one using charcoal on white paper, and the other on toned paper with charcoal and white chalk. Students receive daily individual critiques to help guide them toward a fully resolved and accurate drawing.
60 hours full instruction in English, all with the model, by individual critique.
Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced welcome
Maximum enrollment 14 students
Welcome Party in the gardens of the Budini Gattai Palace
Four guided museum visits to the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia, Bargello Sculpture Museum, and the Pitti Palace
Studio access 9:00am-9:00pm
Simone Olivia Moritz
Simone Olivia Moritz was born in Prien am Chiemssee, Germany in 1985. Her family always had a great interest in art, and her humanistic education has been of significant influence on her. She soon felt a strong desire to become a professional painter and has continuously pursued this goal. After finishing her diploma in Art and Latin she worked for two years as an assistant in a painter’s studio while doing freelance commissions. In 2006 she enrolled at The Florence Academy of Art to deepen her studies and achieve the tools needed to express herself as an artist.
She has been teaching at the Academy since 2009, and is currently Director of Drawing in Sculpture. Her work has been shown in several group and solo shows and is in private collections throughout Europe and the United States.
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See more of Simone’s work in the Alumni Gallery and at www.simonemoritz.com
Vitaliy Shtanko was born in 1979 in the Ukraine. He studied at Drogobych Art School from 1990-1994, then attended Lvov Academy where he studied classical drawing and painting until 1999. In 2000, Vitaliy moved to Florence with his family where he continued to study classical painting techniques with Daniel Graves at The Florence Academy of Art. After gradauting from the Painting Program in 2010, Vitaliy was offered a position of Principal Instructor in the drawing and painting programs.
Since 2001, Vitaliy has participated in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows in Italy and abroad. The main subject of his artwork is portraiture, however, he also enjoys still life and genre painting. “To better characterize my nature as an artist, I like to quote the great Ilya Repin: Keep abreast of the new century, constantly move forward and only use the greatest and finest creations of art as examples, and, by following them, participate in art with your own strenths, adding to the overall gret chorus your own voice, and to improve the latter, you should work selflessly, work and study!.”
See more of Vitaliy’s work in the Alumni Gallery
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Minimum enrollment requirement for all studio workshops is 5. Students will be notified if this number is not reached 60 days before the first day of class. At that time, they will be given the choice of either enrolling in another workshop, availability permitting, or having their payment refunded. Students may continue to apply to workshops even after the deadline and through the first day of the course.
The Florence Academy of Art reserves the right to substitute instructors of any course at the last minute or during the session. Once you apply and are accepted, you will receive an acceptance packet via email with information on housing, materials and payment of the non-refundable deposit due immediately to hold your place. The balance must be received on May 1. No refunds will be given for cancellation after payment of the balance.
The Florence Academy of Art endeavors to provide an educational environment conducive to encouraging the artistic talents of each student. This requires that all students respect the policies of the Academy, its instructors, and the other students in the program. By enrolling in the Academy, students agree to subscribe to these policies as contained in the Student Handbook available on this website.
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