To provide the highest level of instruction in classical methods of drawing, painting and sculpture for students wishing to pursue careers as professional artists in the realist tradition.
The philosophy of the FAA demands a return to discipline in art, to classical canons of beauty, and to the direct study of nature as the foundation for great painting and sculpture. Through intense observation students acquire a visual literacy, which enables them to interpret humanist values in their work, and, ultimately, create a work of universal relevance. FAA students look to Rembrandt, Velasquez and Titian (among others) for inspiration, and to ancient Greek and Renaissance sculpture.
Programs in Painting and in Sculpture are based upon a systematic progression through specific exercises. As each requisite skill is acquired, a new more difficult task is assigned. By this means, students acquire creative self-confidence, visual understanding, and subtle and precise powers of description.
Study at The Florence Academy of Art centers on the importance of drawing (particularly drawing from the human figure) as a means to achieving excellence in painting, sculpture or other art form. The curriculum includes figure drawing, cast drawing, figure painting, still life, portraiture and sculpture. Weekly lectures and 10-week seminars include art history, anatomy, ecorche, pigment grinding, preparation of mediums and materials, and lost wax casting.
The student body is international and courses are taught in English.
The Florence Academy of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The diploma issued upon completion of the three year course in Painting or Sculpture is a university level Certificate.
Full-time students receive 36 hours per week of instruction, receiving one critique in the morning and one critique in the afternoon from full-time faculty and assistant instructors. Instructors at the FAA are all graduates of its program.
For more about Founder and Director, Daniel Graves, click here.
Spring Workshop and Summer Session schedules are available on our website:
The Florence Academy of Art addresses the creative and professional position of the artist in contemporary society. It is proud of its talented alumni, and committed to bringing their work to the public:
A biennial Alumni Exhibition held in Florence is a showcase of work for over 80 graduates from its Painting and Sculpture Programs; patrons and galleries attend from all over the world.
A special section on its web site called the Alumni Gallery gives each alumnus his own page with images and contact information.
The Florence Academy of Art is committed to helping talented students in financial need. Scholarship funding and work-study opportunities are available to second and third year students in order to help them complete the full three-year program.
The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden is approved for Student Loans and Grants. Swedish students may receive study assistance from the Swedish state through CSN to fund their studies at the FAA in Sweden. Students from Norway, Denmark and Finland may use this recognition to apply for funding from their respective countries.