Plein air in sea side | Summer Intake Intensive

Summer Intake Intensive 

Foundation Course in Painting and Drawing

April 27 to September 11, 2020



Locations: Florence, Cineto Romano, Adriatic coast


This course is designed for people who would like to receive the foundation training in Visual Arts. In Florence and in two other Italian locations (see more information below). The summer period in which the course is held allows spending a lot of class hours practicing in outdoor painting and drawing along with many studio hours dedicated to working with the models, anatomy and various studio subjects such as constructive drawing, introduction to color science and many others. 


This course provides the students with highly individual and customized training in small student groups. Our professors are top-notch experts who will meet you on your level of preparation and your artistic background. The sequence of learning unfolds from drawing and painting basic figures, then still-life then casts and finally leading to portraiture.  This program enables a student to gain the necessary applied knowledge in order to begin building their portfolio.  




  1. Florence April 27 – July 31

  2. Adriatic coast (11 – 18 June) Optional*

  3. Cineto Romano 10 – 28 August

  4. Florence August 31 - September 11


One week break: August 3 to August 7


For one week in June, the students have an option of having their plein-air in Florence or in Lido di Jeloso at the Adriatic coast. 

Students choosing to do the plein-air class at the seaside pay extra for the stay in a 4-star hotel and breakfast included. 





Constructive drawing 


Intro to physiognomy 

Intro to character creating

Water color technique

Plein-air painting

Portraiture (painting and drawing)

Sea-side Plein-air painting (optional)

Sketches in various materials

Museum copy practice/Art history


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Tuition cost: 9.500 euro


Payment deadline: 15th of February 2020*

Delay in tuition payments

There is a late fee of 150 euro is applied for the tuition payments made past the standard deadline. This fee is charged for the first 15 days of payment delay, and consecutively for each following period of delay equal to 15 days.

*However, we encourage the students to book as early as possible to ensure their place on the course and allow more time for the visa process (for non-EU citizens).

See the details about the tuition fees and deadlines 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.