Why should we study in an academy when it’s possible to study at home?
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Why should we study in an academy when it’s possible to study at home?

Updated: Mar 23

“You must have no dependence on your own genius. If you have great talents, academy will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, academy will supply their deficiency.”

Joshua Reynolds

To make any creation, it’s necessary for an artist to have a technique, a set of skills. In a long-term, an academy provides a didactic program, a system of education, that will build you as a professional. Such a system includes different subjects and various ways of learning. The method is based on using the visuals right in front of you such as a model or a still life. All academic systems, first of all, are logic-based and follow a certain process, moving from simple to more complex. You see, you analyze and then only, you draw or paint equipped with full-rounded comprehension. One of the biggest privileges of academic study is that you have a wide range of subjects which are interconnected and one aspect, very often serves as a stepping stone for the other or a key puzzle piece for grasping the third. For example, when you learn art history it is not just a theory of the different time periods. It is a worldview, understanding of timing and tendencies which in a long run enhances and shapes your artistic taste and aesthetics.

The artists in the academy have a wide spectrum of a subject such as color science, technique or technology of painting, studies of tone, perspective, light and shadow, studies on how to use different materials and manipulate a visual image in many ways. All of this knowledge pieces cooperatively help you create a world that appears to be three-dimensional on a two-dimensional surface of the paper. One of the greatest cornerstones of academic study is constructive drawing and deep comprehension of human anatomy. When we look at someone’s artwork it is immediately clear if the artist possesses such knowledge or not.

When you study individually or with a private teacher or by watching a video on YouTube, normally you focus only on a few subjects and most importantly you don’t have any feedback on your work. In an academy, you are part of a community where the interaction and the feedback from teachers and classmates play a big contribution to your growth.

If you are studying with just one person you are receiving only one view and perspective. With many professors, you get a wide range of views and advice which gives you a richer expertise. The concept of an academy is very old and its roots go all the way back to the Renaissance period. Today we are privileged to have all the discoveries of such key time era at hand, along with modern-day professionally equipped studios. So, in other words, we have all the conditions to learn, build on, and create with excellence.


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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.