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Agosto 2011

19 – 23 September 2011: Portrait and Self-Portrait Art Workshop

Portrait and Self-Portrait Art Workshop: September 19th – 23rd 2011.

Total amount of hours: 30
Schedule: morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday.

Cost: 570 Euro + 45 Euro enrolment fee = 615 Euro

Special offer: workshop + accommodation (single room in a family with half board, breakfast and dinner) 885 Euro (instead of 1065 Euro).

Offer valid for enrolments within August 26th 2011.


This course is mainly an intensive study of the physiognomy. Through making rapid strokes in pencil (or charcoal) students will learn how to portray the essential features of a human face, and through more elaborate drawings they will focus on details, on the effect of light and shade (“the chiaroscuro”), as well as on the psychological value of facial expression.

Colour techniques will be then taught by using either pastel or oil or also acrylic. Students will acquire good skills and abilities for painting the shades of complexion, the position of hands and the glittering of the eyes, which most of the great artists used to consider the “soul’s mirror”.

The workshop is meant not only for capable students who wish to improve their style and their creativeness, but also for those people whose aim is to discover the fundamentals of the portrait and its secrets. That is why most of the time during classes every student will be tutored individually.

The course has a duration of 5 days, from Monday to Friday, for a total amount of 30 hours of tuition. Two life models and copies of classical portraits will be available throughout the workshop.

For more detailed information please visit the webpage of Accademia del Giglio, Art school in the centre of Florence, Italy, or write an email to

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