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Why FCAA provides small teaching groups.

Updated: Mar 23

There have been numerous studies on the advantages of studying in smaller groups. Results suggest that there is an extensive range of benefits for students to acquire in these conditions. Acknowledging this, the Florence Classical Arts Academy prides itself in providing students with carefully formatted class sizes. Averaging ten students, which demonstrates the emphasis on forming an intimate learning environment. This format not only encourages closer engagement with the programme but also allows for a sense of community to establish between students and their tutors. This is an important factor in the Academies ethic, the positive influence of which is undeniably evident in both the quality of work and with overall student satisfaction.

The tutors at FCAA gain a deep understanding of students individual's strengths and weaknesses. This allows for a flexible learning experience where each of the student's requirements can be catered to accordingly to maximise their development into confident artists. The FCAA has found this to be a successful technique in guiding students to their full potential where both experienced students are continuously challenged whilst lower-level students receive the assistance they require.

An additional perk alongside the active engagement of tutors is the peer interaction that students can expect during their sessions. The Academy considers it to be yet another practical asset that our prospering artists can utilize. By providing individuals with the chance to interact and observe one another's progress, gives them the opportunity to witness the various ways in which the tutor's instruction can be interpreted. Students have found this to be an encouraging and influential factor in their education, frequently pushing them to explore their own methods more extensively until they discover their own style. This is why the FCAA believes it to be a crucial element in building a well-rounded, extensive skill set and knowledge base, ensuring our students are aware of the multiple angles in which they can approach a project.

If you are searching for a wholesome learning experience, within a programme where there is no requirement to compete between students for a tutor's individualised guidance, look no further than the Florence Classical Arts Academy. Your journey begins here.



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The Florence Classical Arts Academy is based in the Villa di Bargioni, a XIXth century Palazzo close to the center of Florence with a large atelier, courtyard and excellent facilities for public and commercial presentations and events.

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Property in Via Galliano


The main warehouse and the oldest body, the “Capannone” from the nineteenth-century was purchased by Bruno Bargioni in the year 1936 to set up his own hats factory, famous for producing hats straw. The industry was developed on the most fashionable hats following the French trend, considered by that time the only country for fashion. 

In the year 1937 was built the current house, connected to the warehouse but making a single body, to move with it all the family, that at that time counted with the two first daughters, Mary and Lora, together with the wife Eriberta, she also very active in the field of producing hats. 


Later on 1947, the small warehouse, the “Capannoncino” was built over the yard to give further vent to the production of hats that was having successes and needed more space. 


In the early seventies the Bargioni family, who was enlarged for the born of two more children of the first generation and the first four grandchildren, move from the residence of Via Galliano and made the first and one of the most important restorations: the whole property becomes the middle school of the neighborhood, all the boys and girls of the zone come to the large rooms for going to school. In the meantime, the “Capannone” becomes a bench of the most company for billboard advertising, very much in vogue by that time, in their work were included also some of the best billboards of Campari. On the other hand, the “Capannoncino” will see the birth of what it will become an important roasting of coffee in the Tuscany area. 

In the 80’s, the school moved, and the main building is transformed in licensing offices for "Caccia e Pesca” and it became an important meeting point for all hunting sports lovers.


In the early years of the new millennium, the Bargioni family made an important and deep restoration of all the property: the “Capannone” is equipped with new foundations and reinforcements for all the supporting pillars of the roof, ceiling beams are individually analyzed to confirm its robustness and the upholstery was totally replaced with wooden boards that is now completely visible; the "Capannoncino" was completely dismantled and reconstructed with a self-supporting structure in iron that eliminates any central pillar and optimizes space ; the “Capannone”  is equipped with internal lift, two facilities for each floor and changing rooms in the structure beyond the courtyard.