Apply For The New Academic Year

Fall applications are due by April 15
Spring is in the air! As we leave the Winter months behind we can begin to turn our thoughts to the future. Many students are close to finishing school and are beginning to think of what to do next. Are you someone seeking a higher education in the arts who wants to make professional quality work? Send us your application now to begin studying during the 2017/2018 academic year!
Please send us your application by April 15. We will be having an open house event at the school for anyone who would like to apply in person. Already applied? Come to meet our faculty and take a tour of our facilities. Bring your friends and family! If you have any questions please contact us. Our staff will be happy to answer them.

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Welcome to Florence, Sweden

An Art Academy with great heritage and tradition
Since The Florence Academy of Art was founded in 1991, a notable part of the students have come from Scandinavia. In 2006 it was therefor decided to open up a swedish branch in Gothenburg, in the center of Scandinavia. The first students started their training in January 2007.

Our philosophy, curriculum, and method of instruction come directly from Florence. However, we believe study at the FAA in our school, produces a special kind of realist artist.

We are located in Kvarnbyn. Inspired by the natural beauty of our surroundings, we come to school each day eager to work together to unlock the secrets of the masters.

Quiet hours of intense study under the guidance of an exceptional staff of professional painters, all trained at the FAA, has created in Mölndal an important artistic environment.
Read more about the FAA story here.

Sense your creation

Because what is painting if not a journey to the real world of senses?
The moment of realization, and the feeling of being in the moment for real, is what we so often experience on our day to day teaching curriculum, alongside our students. At The Florence Academy of Art, we deal with real paint, and real material, with real paper and canvas. We also deal with real and relentless study of the natural world, in a natural environment, where “senses” need to be heightened.
Our students need to acquire, or if put in a different way, regain focus, in order to study and master in-depth knowledge of what the path of a realist painter entails. This is why we made the “senses” the main axis of our communication for 2016-2017.
You can read more about our campaign here.

The FAA core: The Academic Program in Drawing and Painting

Our three year Program is the heart and soul of FAA
The Drawing and Painting Program is the heart of our Academy. The customized version of the atelier model that Daniel Graves created in 1991 has helped students for over two decades to achieve the highest level of draftmanship. Under Graves’ leadership, this program has improved over time. All of our teachers are FAA alumni. This ensures a continued deep understanding of our philosophy and our methods. You can read more about the three year Academic Program in Drawing and Painting here.
As a student at the FAA / Sweden, you get the best of both worlds. Our students enjoy all the advantages of a small atelier-school: keeping enrollment to 27 allows us to fit under one roof. This means students at different levels in the curriculum work next to each other, so beginning students have the chance to watch and learn from the more advanced. At the same time, the Swedish branch of FAA is one part of an international Academy, with all the benefits that come with it.

The Academy’s history

The Florence Academy of Art is an atelier started and directed by the American artist Daniel Graves in 1991. The academy was founded to offer training to aspiring professional draftsmen, painters, and sculptors who desire to work in the tradition of the Old Masters. The curriculum for the Drawing & Painting Program is most closely modeled after the classical-realist tradition of the 19th-century French Academy, the École des Beaux-Arts, as led by “Jean-Léon Gérôme. You can read more about the Academy’s significance on the institutional website.

Alumni work

Chosen work from graduated students

Testimonials from our students

  • This school feels like home! It is a fantastic environment with a good community. Very intense but I learn a lot! I like the curriculum and the schedule that encourages discipline. Works great with a logical step-by-step method. The great thing with the instructors is, they are not only teachers but also artists/painters themselves.
    3rd year student
  • I like it here. Nice and friendly environment with great fellow classmates. I feel like i develop a lot. The instructors are very qualified. I feel like I learn a lot from their guidance and hands on teaching.
    1st year student
  • It's a small school here, and because of that it creates a good community amongst the students and teachers. I like the atmosphere of the school and the teaching process. It is a very logical progression with steady progress, of course at times it can be frustrating but it is very rewarding once you get a hang on it. The teachers give you different angles and makes you focus on different aspects that helps forward your development.
    3rd year student
  • I learn a craft that is hard to find anywhere else, I feel like I belong to something special.
    1st year student
The three year Academic Program

To provide the highest level of instruction for professional artists in the Realist tradition.

Study at the Academy centers upon the importance of drawing (particularly drawing from the human figure) as a means to gaining skill in painting or sculpture.  Through intense observation students acquire a visual literacy that enables them to interpret humanist values in their work, and, ultimately, seek to create a work of universal relevance.

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Tailored analogue getaway workshops

Scheduled workshops for 2017

Already have a career, but love painting? Tired of working on a backlit screen and want to smell and feel your creation? Interested in our Academic Program and want a taste of what it is like to study at FAA?

Explore the workshops