Spring & Summer Sessions

The workshops at The Florence Academy of Art / Sweden are designed for students with a strong desire to develop their artistic skills. Most of the instruction is on an individual basis and our instructors adapt the exercises to your level of experience. This means that the courses are suitable for both beginners and professional artists. In addition to the individual feedback there will also be group lessons and in-class demos. The skills you acquire during your course can be applied directly to your continued artistic endeavours.

If you have any questions please send an email to info@florenceacademyofart.se or call us at +46 (0)31 7060860 during our office hours.

Full payment for each course is required to secure your spot. Until payment is received spots can be given away to others who pay the course fees.

If you withdraw from the course 30 days or more before the first day of class you will receive a 75% refund. If you withdraw seven days or more before the first day of class you will receive a 50% refund. If you withdraw less than seven days before the first day of class then you will not receive any refund.

The Florence Academy of Art reserves the right to substitute instructors of any course at the last minute or during the session.

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 courses. Please send an email to info@florenceacademyofart.se for details.

  • Spring Session

    Spring Session (5)

  • Summer Session

    Summer Session (7)

  • Instructor: TBD Through intense observation students develop their ability to reproduce an accurate visual impression of the model. The instructor will lead them through a step-by-step process of drawing the head, acheiving accurate proportions, modeling light and form, and mixing accurate skin colors.
  • Instructor: Tanvi Pathare During this workshop students will have the chance to paint colorful fabric, still life objects, and human skin while working from a live model. We will have the same set up for both weeks so applicants who sign up for both will have additional time to work on their painting.
  • Instructor: Thor Larsen In this course students learn techniques to sculpt a portrait (head). With a focus on improving understanding of the structure of the human head and its anatomy, the instructor will introduce relevant ways to measure and sculpt individual traits and expression through the study of symmetry and asymmetry.
  • Instructor: Joakim Bergström In this course the focus will be on the interplay between light and dark, atmospheric perspective, and composition. The instructor will lead the group to places in and around the historic mill town of Kvarnbyn with it’s old factories, waterfall, and nearby lakes and apple orchards.
  • Instructor: Michael DeVore During this course students will discover how to elevate everyday objects into a work of art through the use of composition, light, and color. Students will learn how to arrange a still life, mix colors, depict different materials, and how to apply paint in a variety of ways to create the illusion of reality. Classroom discussions will cover the history of still life painting, ideas on aesthetics, and how art can have an effect on our everyday lives.
  • Come paint the landscape with artist Nicholas O'Leary. In this course the focus will be on the interplay between light and dark, atmospheric perspective, and composition. The instructor will lead the group to places in and around the historic mill town of Kvarnbyn with it’s old factories, waterfall, and nearby lakes and apple orchards.

    Nicholas is an award winning painter and architectural designer. He is the recipient of the Art Renewal Center's William Bouguereau Award and has studied with modern master painter Odd Nerdrum. Nicholas currently resides in Bergen, Norway.

    All art materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Make sure you bring materials for oil painting.

    Class hours: 9:00 - 16:00

  • Come learn how to use people and paint to tell a story with Irish figurative painter Molly Judd. In this course special attention will be given to creating the illusion of skin in oil paint with a limited palette of colors. Working from a live model, Molly will demonstrate how to lay in the figure, compose the image, and begin building up texture. She will show students how to work back into the initial layers to create effects of depth and atmosphere. If you want to learn how to paint skin this is the perfect class for you!

    Molly Judd is an award winning artist who has studied with The Florence Academy of Art and the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain.

    We will provide all necessary materials but you are welcome to bring your own oil painting supplies if you wish.

    Class hours: 9:00 - 16:00

  • Instructor:  Michael DeVore Come learn to paint a portrait with the best model you will ever have: yourself! Artists throughout history have famously painted self-portraits. The ability to use one's self as a model gives the artist the opportunity to learn and experiment in ways they could not with a regular model. There are no budget or time limits so you can make spontaneous changes and spend as much time as needed. This is also a perfect way to study how to paint the human face. During the course students will learn how to acheive correct proportions, create form, and mix skin colors. They will also learn how to use themselves as a model for narrative works. Join us this fall and really get to know yourself! All painting supplies will be provided so you do not need to bring anything with you except perhaps something to take notes with.
  • We are pleased to have New Zealand artist Nicholas O'Leary coming back to teach a 5-day painting workshop. Students will paint in oils from a live model while Nicholas teaches them about painting and compositional techniques. In class demonstrations will illustrate the different concepts and one-on-one critiques will help students improve their understanding. Don't miss the opportunity to study with this exciting artist!

    Nicholas is an award winning painter and architectural designer. He is the recipient of the Art Renewal Center's William Bouguereau Award and has studied with modern master painter Odd Nerdrum. Nicholas currently resides in Bergen, Norway.

    All painting supplies will be provided.

    Class hours: 9:00 - 16:00, Monday to Friday

  • Instructor: Michael DeVore During this course students will discover how to elevate everyday objects into a work of art through the use of composition, light, and color. Students will learn how to arrange a still life, mix colors, depict different materials, and how to apply paint in a variety of ways to create the illusion of reality. Classroom discussions will cover the history of still life painting, ideas on aesthetics, and how art can have an effect on our everyday lives.
  • Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca

    In this five day workshop Teresa will lecture and demonstrate her approach to painting the human portrait in oils. We will be painting an array of model, costume, makeup and still life. This will be the setup that students paint. Teresa’s approach utilizes classical methods of the nineteenth century blended with a modern understanding of color, brushwork and aesthetics. Emphasis will be placed upon constructing a proportionate head using anatomy, value and color. Drawing with be done with the brush. Materials and Methods will be discussed and used hands on.

    Participants have the option of working in their own chosen canvas sizes. For example; one sustained long pose or two, three or four 16x20 inch (40x50 cm) panels. We will have in class one long pose for 5 days. Teresa will be demonstrating on numerous days using the same canvas and creating layers and texture. It is recommend that you also build in a long pose into your workshop with a canvas size approximately 36x24 inches (90x60cm). Canvases and panels will be available for purchase from the school.

    On Wednesday evening, after class, we will visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art to see their collection which features many Scandinavian masters such as Anders Zorn and P.S. Krøyer. Travel to the museum and entrance are included in the course fee.

    Class hours: 9:00 - 16:00, Monday to Friday with a one hour lunch break.

    Brushes, palettes, palette cups, palette knives, oil, solvent and some student grade paints will be made available by Florence Academy for students to use but specific colors needed will be the responsibility of the participants. Refer to the list below for what you will need.

    Painting Workshop Supplies

    Palette: This is the recommended palette I use (Paints Available at Natural Pigments Website: https://www.naturalpigments.com/teresa-oaxaca-palette.html https://www.naturalpigments.com/teresa_oaxaca/

    Basic Palette: Ultramarine Blue Green Shade Chromium Oxide Green Lemon Ochre Chrome Yellow Primrose Lead Tin Yellow Dark Orange Molybdate Pozzuoli Red Rose Madder Cypress Umber Raw Dark Lead White #1 Bone Black Vermillion

    Extended Palette: Cobalt Chromite Blue French Sienna

    Mediums: Oleogel Expoxide Oil

    Or you can substitute some or all of these colors with pigments of similar names (listed below) should you already have some or are unable to get a hold of Rublev colors. The selected list is however preferable as it is an integral part of my working palette and it has been selected for paint handling qualities and quick drying time so that your progress in the workshop may run smoothly without the added difficulty of having to work over still wet or tacky paint. You will notice the high number of earth colors, umbers and leads. The oils that bind these pigments and that will be used as a medium also exemplify quick drying times.

    Alternative Palette: Ultramarine Blue Terra Verte Yellow Ochre Cadmium Yellow light Naples Yellow Cadmium Orange Venetian Red Alizarin Crimson Raw Umber Lead White/a white Ivory Black Vermillion or Cadmium Red

  • Flowers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. These beautiful creations of nature just beg to be painted! Come learn how with one of the best flower painters out there, Rachel Personett. Students will learn how to arrange a beautiful composition, mix colors, and use brushwork to depict delicate petals and blooms while observing their own floral arrangements.

    All flowers and painting supplies will be provided.

    Class hours: 9:00 - 16:00