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Florence Classical Arts Academy

Private international Visual Arts Academy



140 Via delle Panche, Firenze, Toscana, Italy

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Phone:  +39055366144 / +393318172804





Director: Nadezhda Molugova

The Florence Classical Arts Academy is located in Florence, Italy. The Academy teaches fundamental principals, methods and techniques of classical art, diligently transmitted over the centuries since the Italian Renaissance. The academic program provides thorough training in anatomy, composition, chromatics, perspective, painting, constructive drawing, sculpture and study of the works of Old Masters. The teaching method was born 300 years ago when Russian artists developed it, inspired mainly from Italian and French Masters from Renaissance and later periods. Various famous artists such as Repin, Surikov, Serov, Levitan, Vasnetsov and Kuindzhi have contributed to this method.

Our mission is to give an opportunity to study and refine traditional techniques of painting, drawing and composition, which will improve one’s confidence and strength of character necessary to become a professional artist of the highest caliber. Our passionate and highly skilled art professors are experts in the different subjects and techniques. They are prepared to guide the students through comprehensive art program while being sensitive to the needs and artistic talents of each student, whereby creating a well rounded and impeccable teaching method. Our goal is to help each individual student recognize her/his true potential as a professional artist and to provide a practical stepping-stone into the professional art world. Students are encouraged to develop their own individual style and creative expression in the Florence Classical Arts Academy

Our Professors are skilled artists graduated from top Russian academies. The students are immersed in a dynamic, international environment where growth and expansion are inevitable. Friendly atmosphere allows gradual personal development under guidance of our experienced, passionate and skillful professors.

Professors: Oksana Arkhipova, Aleksey Bakhtin,Svetlana Kurbatskaya, Sergey Kurbatsky, Nadezhda Molugova, Svetlana Terekhina, Oleksyi Chekal

Our Classes are all conducted in English. Our professors combine both group and personal approaches in teaching, with a strong focus on giving individual attention to each student. 

Our Courses are designed for students who are interested in both short-term and long-time studies. We welcome students of all ages and any level of artistic preparation is admissible for entering the first year. Our students come from all over the world to study art in Florence, creating a vibrant and interesting mix of various cultures working together. We offer a variety of part-time courses, workshops and evening courses. Our 3 years Diploma program and 2 years Master program provide a full-rounded educational base. We also have a variety of summer courses from May through September. The applicants are welcome to join for periods of two weeks up till one month for each given course.

Our location. The FCAA is situated in a quiet residential area of Florence, a twenty-minute walk away from the city center. The Academy is based in the Villa di Bargioni, a 19th century Palazzo with a large atelier, courtyard and excellent facilities for presentations and events. The campus provides fully equipped studio spaces and accommodation.

Florence is the capital region of Tuscany, which is home to the masterpieces of art and architecture and the birthplace of Renaissance. Florence itself is an open art museum: it has more art per square meter than any other city in the world. In Florence, you are in direct contact with works by many great Masters, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli, all of who made their name in Florence. Among the many art galleries and museums, there are the world famous Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti. All in all Florence offers spectacular surroundings for studying abroad with its cultural and historical elements combined with lively yet safe nightlife, designer fashion shops, street cafés, local markets and a limitless number of bars and restaurants.

Italy is considered to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world: it is a country with a unique combination of history and culture, world-famous cuisine, charming people and language, Mediterranean mentality, fashion and design and endlessly beautiful, versatile landscapes throughout the country. The artistic tradition of Italy is nearly as old as the country itself. Italy is the home country of Renaissance and many other artistic revolutions, and it has over 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, unlike any other country. Everywhere you go in Italy, you will be surrounded with spectacular architecture, elegant fashion, and design, galleries, exhibitions, museums and churches filled with notable pieces of art. Italy is a particularly recommendable location for those who think about studying art abroad.

Our students' feedback

Laurence (Bordeaux, France):

"The freedom and creativity that the Florence Classical Arts Academy has encouraged is special, I would do three more years if I could. Teachers who pour themselves out and with such a knowledge they want to share with us students is also a valued experience."

Alessio (Melbourne, Australia):

“There is the heavy emphasis on construction and anatomy, which is amazing because it gives you the ability to capture more of the essence of a person than you can through a photograph. It’s very comfortable to live here, with the immersive environment.”

Susan (California, USA)

“I came to Florence 8 years ago because it is a city that teaches traditional arts and crafts from the renaissance to present day. I was very inspired to come here. I attended another academy for three years, which taught me a lot about copying. I became very proficient at this but I never understood what I was doing. So I went to a lecture at the Russian school, I loved it because they taught what goes underneath the drawing.”

Our Curriculum

Students start painting and drawing from the beginning of the first year. The curriculum unfolds from the basic geometric shapes to still lives and casts, then to portraits and full body images by the end of the third year.

Our teachers supervise both painting in the morning and drawing session in the afternoon every day from Monday to Friday. Accompanied by English and Italian-speaking interpreters, they explain and demonstrate their methods to each student.

A full day each week is devoted to composition, which means creating and designing a full oil painting starting from an idea. Students work on term-long projects, going from initial abstract spot designs, through architecture, character, and oil color studies, before eventually producing a full-size drawing which can then be used as a basis for an oil painting.

Twice a year there is also an intensive Artistic Anatomy course, which is one of the cornerstone subjects. The course gives essential knowledge about structure, proportions and features of human body. It teaches direct application of anatomy information to artistic drawing. 

Our Art Programs

·       •  Diploma in Visual Arts

Upon successful completion of the Three-Year program, the student receives the Diploma of professional qualification in Painting and Drawing from The Florence Russian Academy of Art

·         Master in Visual Arts

Upon successful completion of the two-year program, the student receives Master’s Diploma of Professional Qualification in Painting and Drawing

·         One-Year Course

During one academic year, you will go through a step-by-step program, which will take you from basic to complex. One-Year Course can be extended into a full Three-Year Course.

·         Restoration

This program is composed according to the requirement for high professional education. Part of the curriculum of the program    includes copying paintings of old masters and learning their original techniques. Upon completion of the Three-Year Course the student receives the Diploma. Upon completion of One-Year Course the students receives the Certificate.

·         Semester Abroad

During the semester in Florence (11 weeks), the students will learn classical techniques and methods of oil painting,   restoration, and copying of the works of old masters. During their stay in Florence, the students will visit museums and galleries to encounter masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. Professionally guided museum tours, led by an art historian, are included in the program. All classes and tours are in English.


Our Workshops

For further information, please contact our office or call +39055366144 /+393204009110



Founded 2009
Course languages English
Accreditation Qualification diploma program of European standart
Part-Time Instructors 11
Full-Time Instructors 5
Students 55
Accommodation Yes

Part time: EUR 6400 / semester

Full time: EUR 12810 / year

Florence Classical Arts Academy

Via Giuseppe Galliano 78

Florence, FI, Italy

Anatomy by Aleksey Bakhtin

Milking Cow by Svetlana Terekhina

Portrait by Svetlana Kurbatskaya

After Ware

Figure Drawing

Viktoriy Ladova

Viktoriy Ladova

Model done by Molugova Nadia

Nadia Molugova







Florentine man

artistic anatomy

nude Figure

Artistic anatomy

Artistic anatomy

Artistic anatomy







Figure drawing



Studios at the FCAA

Artistic Anatomy


04 October 2021 to 28 January 2022

Intensive Portraiture Course

78 Via Giuseppe Galliano, Firenze, Toscana

6500 EUR

This course is a long and an intensive program on portraiture. Composition studies are also included in the curriculum. A student can choose from two options: painting + composition or drawing + composition. The course is recommended for both beginners and advanced painters, as the professor assists the students both individually and in the group.

04 October 2021 to 08 June 2022


140 Via delle Panche, Firenze, Toscana 50141

12810 EUR

The students who successfully accomplish the Three-Year Diploma Program are awarded a private institutional diploma in Visual Arts of European standard. This course is an intensive highly customized and personalized sequences of progressive learning, where the student receives an applied knowledge training in small student groups.

04 October 2021 to 28 January 2022


140 Via delle Panche, Firenze, Toscana 50141

5500 EUR

10 January 2022 to 28 January 2022


78 Via Giuseppe Galliano, Firenze, Toscana

1460 EUR

This course is meant for artists with strong level of preparation, who wish to improve and perfect their skills in drawing full nude figure and portraiture. The course is taught by one of the leading professors of drawing and composition department - Sergey Chubirko.

10 January 2022 to 28 January 2022


140 Via delle Panche, Firenze, Toscana 50141

600 EUR


This course involves learning about essential rules and principles of constructive drawing approach. The student will be taught how to understand the structure of any form, whether basic or complex, and translate the image correctly on paper. The course includes theoretical and practical part. Specific attention is given to the topics such as perspective, proportions and three-dimensional comprehension. Sketch practice is as well included in the curriculum.

10 January 2022 to 28 January 2022


140 Via delle Panche, Firenze, Toscana 50141

1200 EUR

31 January 2022 to 08 June 2022

One Year Program 31 January 2022

140 Via delle Panche, Firenze, Toscana 50141

12810 EUR

The FCAA works only with the best teachers who teach the Russian method according to a unique system developed at the Academy. This education system is based on the Russian constructive method and the ability to use the full palette of colors.

31 January 2022 to 22 July 2022

One Year Portraiture 31 January 2022

140 Via delle Panche, Firenze, Toscana 50141

12800 EUR

12 April 2022 to 30 September 2022

Summer Intake Intensive Foundation Course in Painting and Drawing

140 Via delle Panche, Firenze, Toscana 50141

12800 EUR