About the Arts in Florence
Working directly with distinguished Florentine artists in studio and conservatory settings, students studying the arts expand their knowledge and expertise through a combination of research, technical training and creative projects. Visits to libraries, museums and private collections enhance this work.
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A course specially designed for students with an interest in drawing, painting and etching/print-making. Studio time and site visits offer opportunities to explore different facets of the visual arts such as still-life, figure-drawing, and self-portrait. One-on-one sessions with the instructor help students monitor personal growth and develop strength. Students keep a sketchbook with daily entries and work on more detailed and specific projects in the studio. During the second semester focus shifts to print-making and etching. All students will present an individual project to be displayed at the annual exhibition.
Taught exclusively at the Marangoni studios in Florence, students are provided the opportunity to experiment with different photographic techniques and ultimately lead them to define their own approach within the contemporary photographic movement. Students explore different possibilities in photography through various assignments that include focusing on interiors, portraits, street photography, urban and social landscape, self-portrait, natural landscape, and staged photography. Issues involving image production, techniques, and expressive languages will be explored by studying the History of Photography and the works of master photographers.
The Art Restoration course is designed for students with a background in Art History (at least one college year) and is taught both at the program palazzo and at one of the main restoration labs in Florence. The course offers a solid understanding of the artistic techniques typical of the Tuscan-Florentine ambience, particularly for the period from the 14th century through the Renaissance: physical and chemical composition of objects relative to each of the techniques treated, the historical evolution and development of these techniques, their conservation and restoration, including scientific methods of diagnosis and examination of works of art. The course concentrates on painting: fresco and other types of wall painting, painting on wood panel and on canvas.
Lessons in the studio will involve each of the students in a personal project, through the realization of a simple example derived from a l4th/l5th century original, for each of the basic techniques treated. The purpose of this project is to familiarize the student with the structure and material composition of the works of art, fundamental for the comprehension of phenomena of deterioration and damage and subsequent restoration. The course includes visits to art exhibits in and around Florence.
Qualified students with a background in music may elect to study music as one third of their program. The highly regarded music program offers conservatory study at all levels. Music students take private lessons in voice or an instrument and study solfege, theory and composition at the center, the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Scuola di Musica di Sesto Fiorentino (classical) or the Centro Attività Musicali (CAM) for jazz and electronic music. Students may also join a performance group. For more about studying music in Florence, visit the following page, International Programs in Music.