“One must know how to draw before one becomes an artist. It is because the ability to draw is the basis for art. These skills should be developed from early years so that the artist as soon as he starts thinking and feeling, can express and convey his thoughts accurately and without any hindrance so that the pencil can run at the artist’s will and thought.”
The Drawing Department aims to fulfill this educational task. As drawing is the basis for visual artistic activity, the Florence Classical Arts Academy puts particular emphasis on the forming and developing of students’ knowledge and skills in the field of academic drawing. The fundamental principle for the drawing classes is the analytical approach to producing the artwork. Drawings should progress methodically, stage by stage. Those students who follow strictly and diligently the professors’ directions, developing their work stage by stage, will be able to advance their skills in academic drawing. Our professors guide the students through the steps in drawing gradually and methodically; moving from the initial stage which enables one to see proportions and perspective. And then focusing on more complex aspects, such as tone and detail. And finally, the student is able to convey one’s artistic vision.
The great Russian artist Iliya Repin once said: “Never-ceasing drawing from life is the highest and the surest school”.
That’s why the Florence Classical Arts Academy program is based on drawing from real life and not on mechanical copying. This method has been proven effective by generations of great artists starting from the Renaissance. Goethe wrote: “One shouldn’t forget that if you push your student without sufficient artistic knowledge and experience to learn from real life, you will lead him away from both real life and art”. At the Russian Academy of Art, students are taught how to draw by being immersed in the art of draftsmanship stage by stage. Our practice of individual attention to each student enables you to steadily progress in your theoretical knowledge and technical skills.