Spring Sessions 2017

Portrait Painting, Sculpting the Portrait, Landscape Painting
The Spring Sessions at The Florence Academy of Art / Sweden are designed for students with a strong desire to develop their artistic skills. The courses in sculpture and painting, led by professional artists with years of experience in teaching classical methods, are intended for those with a passion for realistic painting and sculpture.

Most of the instruction is on an individual basis and our instructors adapt the exercises to your level of experience, which means that the courses are suitable for both beginners and professional artists. In addition to the individual feedback group lessons will be held. The instructors will also give lectures and lead museum visits. The skills you acquire during your course can be applied directly to your continued artistic endeavour.

Whichever course you prefer, you will take advantage of the expertise of all three instructors. Demonstrations and lectures including students from all three courses are an inspiring way to get new perspectives on the knowledge that your selected course will provide. It is also a great opportunity to gain insight into other disciplines.

You have the opportunity to choose between three courses, each lasting five days. If you want to extend your experience, you can choose a specialization week within the selected course. You also have the opportunity to try on two subjects, divided into half-days, during five days. The Spring Sessions offer every opportunity to tailor a program to suit your needs.


Course Descriptions

Sculpting the portrait with Valentina Zlatarova

In this course students learn techniques to sculpt a portrait (head). With a focus on improving your understanding of the structure of human head and its anatomy, Valentina will introduce relevant ways to measure and how to sculpt individual traits and expression through the study of symmetry and asymmetry
Maximum number of participants: 8 / week
Instruction in the English language.

 

Painting the portrait with Toby Wright

Through intensive observations students develop their ability to reproduce an accurate visual impression of the model. Toby will guide students through a step by step program where the focus is on drawing and techniques to reproduce shadow and light in oil painting. Anatomy and construction are other important elements of the course .
Maximum number of participants: 15 / week
Instruction in the English language.

 

Landscape Painting with Joe Altwer

A good landscape painter master techniques which make it possible to capture an impression of the fleeing light and create a sense of space. In this course the focus is on the interplay between light and dark, atmospheric perspective and composition. Joe will lead the group to places in the countryside around Gunnebo Castle and the lakes, all a short walk from the school building. These spots will offer fantastic opportunities for landscape painting in oil.
Maximum number of participants : 15 / week
Instruction in the English language.

Cost and dates

Application deadline: February 1st, 2017

Note: Students may continue to apply up until the first day of the course.
 

5 days:

A solid introduction and enough time to complete a larger project.

Sculpting the portrait
8 500 SEK (approx 1000 USD)


Painting the portrait
8 500 SEK (approx 1000 USD)


Landscape painting
8 000 SEK (approx 950 USD)


March 27 – 31
9.00 am – 4.00 pm or


April 3 – 7
9.00 am – 4.00 pm



 

10 days:

For the student who wants an extended experience and a chance to further refine skills and knowledge acquired during first week of studying.

Sculpting the portrait
16 000 SEK (approx 1900 USD)


Painting the portrait
16 000 SEK (approx 1900 USD)


Landscape painting
15 000 SEK (approx 1800 USD)


March 27 – 31 and April 3 – 7
9.00 am – 4.00 pm



 

2 in 1:

Try two courses during five days, one course in the morniong and one in the afternoon.

Sculpting the portrait + Painting the portrait
9 000 SEK (approx 1100 USD)


Landscape painting + Sculpting the portrait
8 500 SEK (approx 1000 USD)


Landscape painting + Painting the portrait
8 500 SEK (approx 1000 USD)


April 3 – 7
9.00 am – 4.00 pm or


March 27 – 31
9.00 am – 4.00 pm


What is included?

Daily instruction in the English language. All material necessary to complete the course. 3 + 3 h/day with the model (not for landscape painting). Museum entrance ticket.

 

Housing and accomodation:

The Florence Academy of Art will provide a list of available housing in the vicinity to accepted students. The administrative staff is available before the course, as well as during the course, to assist students and answer questions.

Booking and organizing housing is the responsibility of the student.
The kitchen area of the school is available to students throughout the duration of the course.
Costs for housing and accomodation are not included in the course fee.
The student is responsible for organization and costs related to transport to and from Mölndal.

 

After completing the course:

After the course is completed, the student will have the opportunity to receive assistance with shipping work completed during the course. An additional fee will be charged for this optional service. Specific rules apply for sculpture. Please send an email to info@florenceacademyofart.se for details.

About the instructors

Valentina, Toby and Joe are professional artists and FAA alumni. Prestigious prizes and awards speak for their success, however at FAA / Sweden we think that their personalities and how they work as a group are at least as important. They got to know each other during their studies and have kept in touch since then – anyone who has spoken with this group of exceptionally talented art teachers knows that they have great fun when working together. Where the background separates them, their sense of humor and professional attitudes towards painting and sculpture seems to be characteristics that unite them.

 

Valentina Zlatarova

Valentina began her formal education at the age of 13. After graduating from Tzanko Lavrenov Art School in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (where she also was born), Valentina wanted to develop her skills in figurative sculpture, and enrolled at The Florence Academy of Art under Rob Bodem. During her time as a student at the FAA, she won the award for the best sculpture of the year and served as a teacher. Since graduating from the FAA, Valentina has established herself as a professional artist with regular international exhibitions. Valentina has won Prix Tiranti (twice), and Founder’s sculpture award. Valentina has several years of teaching experience from other schools with programs that have great similarities with the education at FAA.
valentinazlatarova.com

 

Toby Wright

Toby was born and raised in southern France. As a student at the FAA he also served as a teacher, and became Principal instructor and Director of Drawing program after graduating (2004 – 2010) with focus on figure studies, still lifes and portraits. Toby has a BA in Illustration from the University of Swindon. On Toby’s website you can read more about his travel and painting, especially noteworthy are the two occasions in recent years where he joined expeditions to the Arctic contributing with sketches and paintings. Toby currently lives in Monaco, where he also paints and gives private lessons in his studio. Toby’s paintings are represented in private collections, mainly in Europe and the US.
tobywrightfineart.com

 

Joseph Altwer

LJoe was born in California, USA. After graduating from the FAA, he served as a teacher and has continued to combine painting with working as a teacher. Joe’s landscape paintings can be described as the combination of traditional techniques with an impressionistic palette, where most materials such as canvas, paints and medium are made by Joe himself. During a period Joe lived in Sweden and has returned every summer to Torekov with exhibitions of new paintings from the neighborhood. Internationally, Joe is represented by Grenning Gallery in NY, USA.
josephaltwer.com