The Florence Academy of Art - Spring Workshops in Academic Figure Painting and Portrait Painting
I have recently returned from the Spring Workshops in Academic Figure Painting and Portrait Painting at the Florence Academy of Art. This is a course that I would recommend to anybody; whether a relatively new beginner to painting or a fully-fledged professional painter, your experience and what you want to get out of this course is individually tailored. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to say thank you to the instructors Jura Bedic and Vitaliy Shtanko.
The course enrols twelve students (these places fill quickly so I suggest joining the Florence Academy of Art mailing list to book early on announcement). Painting lasts six hours a day, for the one- or two-week course depending on your preference.
Each morning there is a three hour figure painting class followed by a three hour portrait painting class in the afternoon. These sessions are in a north-facing light studio environment. Between classes there is a long enough lunch break for you to enjoy the wonderful sights of Florence. The course provides real insight into a number of techniques. This includes basic techniques like mixing colours, preparing mediums and how to produce a wide variety of colour effects whilst using a limited palette. As your painting progresses you will learn more advanced techniques such as how to approach accuracy, rhythm, light effect and the illusion of form and space. All these techniques are important to classical painting.
To quote a friend of mine, Denise Melvin, “It just goes to show how learning sound techniques from good teachers can save months or even years of time”.
A truly enjoyable course that gives you the chance to learn effective classical painting techniques with like-minded people in a Florentine setting, what more would an artist want?
Once again thank you Jura and Vitaliy!
Written by Samuel Evetts, Founder of Phoenix Art Gallery