The Florence Classical Arts Academy is a private Institution which offers highly customized and personalised training in small groups of students. The standard group size never exceeds 15 people.  The students receive a large number of training hours in the "one-on-one format" with the tutor. The teaching approach is very individual and always corresponds to the personal growth of the student and the dynamic of their skill development. 


FCAA is a welcoming place, where students find a friendly environment and have the opportunity to take part in the various type of courses, whether for a short period or for years. Regardless of age and level, each student will be met by professors ready to asses level and needs. The class activity provides a general program with attention to the student's unique needs.

You will not simply learn how to reproduce what you see, be that an object or a model or a landscape. But you will learn how to understand what you see and reinvent it by applying your own feelings and sensibility. At our academy students become artists who know how to draw and paint with a clear vision.  

In Florence you find yourself in direct contact with some of the greatest world famous examples of Art History. This city is a truly inspiring place for anyone who aims to make art their career.  

You will be entering a dynamic student environment, which will allow you to reveal your unique characteristics and to discover your  individual artistic style. 



Still not sure?  Check out what our students have to say!



Why did you choose the Florence art school (FCAA)?


As an artist, I wanted professional training and finding the right time and place to do this was fundamental. I chose FCAA and what the academy provides is what kept me going through the years. Tell us about one of your best experiences whilst studying here.

The highlight has been this year for me; I could really introduce myself into the painting. The freedom and creativity that FCAA has encouraged is special, I would do three more years if I could. Teachers who pour themselves out and with such a knowledge they want to share with us students is also a valued experience.                                                               



What do you suggest to those who are considering choosing the academy?


There is heavy emphasis on construction and anatomy which is amazing because it gives you the ability to capture more of the essence of a person than you can through a photograph. This is a true meaning of an artist, why take a photo if you can capture the essence of somebody and this is something that is taught and demonstrated at the academy. It’s very comfortable to live here, with the immersive environment. With the teachers they’re not just that they have become friends too.

Any concerns you had before coming here?

I was worried about not being able to speak Russian, I was pleasantly surprised by the translators who are incredibly talented and nothing was lost in translation.




Before I came to this school I had so many ideas in my head and I didn’t know how to put them to paper. My head was full of pictures but I did not have the skills and I was looking for a school that could teach me how I could express what was inside. The more I’m practicing, I am being led and guided by the teachers here, I gain confidence and security in what I’m doing. And I am finally reaching the point where I can express what I have in my head. I can put my ideas on paper and do my own composition. Here you see my drawing and I never did these sizes before and to fill this much space with exciting information that capture people’s eyes, I wasn’t able to this before. It’s true it take patience, self discipline and hard work, now I can see the fruit of the last 5 years.




I came to Florence 8 years ago because it is a city that teaches traditional arts and crafts from the renaissance to present day. I was very inspired to come here. I attended another academy for three years which taught me a lot about copying. I became very proficient at this but I never understood what I was doing. So I went to a lecture at the Russian school, I loved it because they taught what goes underneath the drawing. The anatomy of the body, the structure of the body and suddenly it all made sense to me. I love the student friendly atmosphere, not just the students but the administration the teachers, they create this positivity where you feel loved and encouraged to do your individual work, you’re not just a copy. You can’t just become an artist by copying something well.




I came to Florence last winter and this is the second academy I came to. I knew I wanted to study art more and I applied not really knowing about the FCAA. The teachers here not only want you to see what you are looking at physically but what goes into it emotionally and straight to the source of the beauty. On my first days I was drawing and feeling really good, a teacher came behind me and asked in Russian “ты делаешь?” Which demanded me to question myself, what am I doing? I had no clue I was just drawing. And from that point on I began to think differently about what I was doing before I started anything. I had to think. I have to look at what’s in front of me not just physically and what inspires me, what’s the source of the beauty. Each day when I come in I feel like I have two


challenges; to understand what it is that I have and what to do with it.


Our student's development is the highest priority for us. And while we support a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, we aim for excellence. We put an emphasis on serious work and push students to progress further with both encouragement and guidance in line with our teaching goals:

  • To enable students to become professional artists, competent experts who can master the basics and the most advanced techniques of painting, drawing and composition.

  • To contribute to students’ lives in the process of laying the foundations for a successful future, to encourage each one of them and help to reach a competent professional level.

  • To understand students technical weaknesses and strengths, in order to help improve.

  • To help students to find their right medium and techniques to express themselves with a unique individual style. Students should learn to articulate and develop their own personal vision in the art.

  • To encourage students to exhibit their work, to produce a portfolio of professional standard. The Academy organises student exhibitions for these purposes.