“High and serious art cannot exist without science. And science in its highest expression becomes an art.”
Students go through the educational process and grow by performing tasks which increase in complexity with each new exercise. The main emphasis at the Florence Classical Arts Academy is the training of the students’ eye and the development of their artistic taste. The educational process is based on the analytical approach to painting. Professors set a certain task for the student and then check how they are completed. In this way, the student gains skills in working with the painting step by step from basic to complex. Working on the painting analytically includes the ability to “open” the canvas, which means to look for the overall color palette and aim to match it to real-life colors and perceive those as large color spots. Detailed analysis of the color relationships comes second to it. The painting should appear complete at each given stage of its development. This method has been applied by the Russian Academic school for many centuries.
Leonardo da Vinci wrote: “The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies every thing placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence.”
For this very reason at the Florence Classical Arts Academy students are taught how to analyze their model instead of simply reproducing what they see. Different subjects like Drawing, Perspective, Anatomy, Chromatics, and Composition, give beginner artists essential knowledge. This enables them to identify their own mistakes in the process of painting and to correct them. This method teaches a student to become an independent thinker and a creative visionary.