The Institute Galilei is a school of Italian language and culture in Florence. The institute offers drawing and painting courses in one-to-one and small groups (with 3-4 students). These courses are held by experienced artists directly in their studio. Instruction usually starts by preparing a drawing which is then transferred to canvas to be completed in oil, acrylic or watercolour. The artist guides the student towards a preferred technique and medium. Some courses involve students copying drawings by the Old Masters such as Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo. Others mix up the curriculum by learning sculpture or the use of mixed media like gold leaf. Courses run Monday, Wednesday and Friday (9-1pm), up to a total of 12 hours a week.
Tuition Fee: One to One (2 weeks): €1150, (3 weeks) €1550. Small Groups (2 weeks): €590, (3 weeks) €790.
Lorenzo de Medici Art School
The Lorenzo de Medici Art School (LdM) has campuses in Florence, Rome and Tuscany and offers over 400 art related courses. The Florence school consists of 12 buildings which date back to the 13th century. It originated as the medieval church of San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini which was founded in 1206 and served the famous Knights of the Templar. The school offers summer programs, exchange semesters as well as degree programs, Master of Arts and certificate programs. Degree programs include: Fine Arts/Art history (BA); Fine Arts:/Studio Art (BFA); Fashion Design (BPS); Interior Design (BPS); Conservation Studies (BS); Digital Media (BS); Studio Art (BS); and Museum Studies (MA). Creative art courses on offer include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fine art mosaics, printmaking, art restoration, photography, film, video and mixed media. Other courses include pastel techniques, portraiture in oils, watercolour, gouache, Florence sketchbook, tempera, and mixed media.
Tuition Fee: An average one month course costs $1, 750, a semester about $7, 950 and a full year $15, 550.
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Studio Art Centers International
Studio Art Centers International (SACI) is an American non-profit university program offering courses for undergraduate and graduate students in Florence who are seeking accredited studio art, design and liberal arts tuition. Founded in 1975 by artist Jules Maidoff, SACI offers a wide range of courses from art history, studio art, crafts, design, art culture and conservation. Students have the opportunity to attend lectures by international and emerging artists, as well as classes on cooking Italian food. Courses are useful to students considering a career as art historians, conservators as well as in fine arts. Students can choose to spend a semester (fall/winter), a full academic year, or a shorter summer/spring semester. There are also non-credit summer courses of 2 or 4 weeks duration offered in the month of July. An example of courses on offer include painting, drawing, sculpture, lithography, mural conservation, fresco painting, etching, batik and book art.
Tuition Fee: 2 Week non-credit courses (inc. accommodation/sharing) are $2, 310 and 4 weeks: $4, 560.
Contact Information (Florence)
Address: SACI Florence, Palazzo dei Cartelloni,
Via SantAntonino, 11, 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055-289948
Contact Information (New York)
Address: SACI New York,
50 Broad Street, Suite 1617, New York, NY