Florence Academy MA & Fall 2022 Workshops

Florence Academy of Art

MA - Writing for the Visual Arts - Water Gilding - Master Copy - Figure Painting & Portraiture

Florence Academy of Art

Master of Arts in Studio Art

July 4 - August 12, 2022

Designed for the K-12 art teacher interested in learning a classical methodology in order to incorporate skill-based exercises into the classroom, as well as  anyone interested in furthering their own creative development. The Florence Academy's Master of Arts in Studio Art is a reduced-residency MA accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 30 credits of full-time study, entirely studio-based, completed over 3 summer sessions. Remote & in-person options.


Florence Academy of Art

Writing for the Visual Arts

September 26 - December 9, 2022
Taught remotely from the Florence campus
November 28 - December 9, 2022
Two-week In-person option in Florence

Write with mastery about figurative art, or simply further your knowledge of art history and the history of literature about art. Writing for the Visual Arts surveys figurative art throughout the ages, analyzing select works by their medium, composition, subject matter and context. By learning the techniques that literature has historically used to write about art, you will develop your own writing skills. An in-person option allows students to experience the Florence Academy from within, while touring the main museums and churches of Florence.

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Water Gilding with Alan Shuptine

September 12 - 16, 2022

The art of water gilding with gold leaf is an ancient technique, perfected over hundreds of years. FAA has invited master craftsman, Alan Shuptrine, to teach this time-honoured craft. Students will learn the historical background of water gilding and create their own water gilded frame.

Preparing the wood, applying rabbit skin glue and dry-ground gesso, burnishing bole, applying gold leaf using the water method, burnishing and patination are all parts of this hands-on course. Finally, students will learn the centuries-old art of sgraffito to enhance their frames. At the end of their week, students will take home their own gilded and finished cassetta style frame.


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Academic Figure Painting & Portrait Painting with Vitaliy Shtanko

September 6 - 9, 2022 / September 12 - 16, 2022

In the FAA's atmospheric, north light studios, students will learn the essential qualities of classical painting: accuracy, rhythm, light effect and the illusion of form and space. The day begins with a 3-hour Figure Painting class designed to strengthen your visual relationship with three-dimensional form. The limited palette, with its phenomenally broad range of color effects, allows you to focus on color harmony and unity of light.

In the afternoon, students return for Portrait Painting. Both classes are designed to increase the level of accuracy, and fine tune the approach to painting from life in any student’s work, whether experienced or beginner.


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Copying the Classical Portrait, Figure or Dutch Landscape with Igor Naskalov

September 5 - 16, 2022

Copying an old master painting can unveil the secrets of the techniques and methods that created the great works of the past. Under the guidance of expert Igor Naskalov, students work from high quality digital reproductions to reproduce classical portraits, figures and landscapes. The course begins with a technical demonstration of imprimatura, mixing colors, organizing the palette, and preparing mediums, readying you to discover the specialized techniques for copying master works. 



Florence Fall 2022
New Water Gilding with Master Craftsman, Alan Shuptrine
Copying the Classical Portrait or Dutch Landscape: Theory and Practice
Academic Figure Painting & Portrait Painting
New Writing for the Visual Arts
6-week Intensive Course: Drawing, Painting, Art History – Part I
6-week Intensive Course: Drawing, Painting, Art History – Part II

Sweden 2021-2022
Daily, Evening and Weekend Classes
Part-time study
New Eight-Week Intensive Course in Drawing, Painting & Art History


The FAA Collective

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The Florence Academy of Art Collective is a source for artistic and educational videos, filmed inside the school or artist's studio, that feature FAA Founder, Daniel Graves, and Florence Academy Faculty and Alumni, Art History Lectures from the Florence campus.
Go behind the scenes of the Florence Academy community, and delve into the philosophies and practices of its professional artists. 



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