Scuola internazionale delle Arti e della Cultura italiana

AEF Accademia Europea Firenze

art courses


Not only does choosing the group course option end up being more affordable, but lessons are generally more structured and thorough, to ensure that it meets the varied needs of all students in the class.
The group classes are ideal for those looking for a more complete introduction and overview of their chosen course, and are also a great opportunity to meet other students!



This course is a unique experience for fashion lovers, since it offers students the opportunity to create an article of clothing under the guidance of an expert stylist.

The goal of the course is to identify and develop personal creative elements, which will fuel confidence and growth. Through the curiosity and enjoyment that comes with creating their collections, students will embark upon a personal journey towards creative value by listening to their emotions and reacting to them.

At the end of the course the students will be able to make a basic collection of female dresses, starting from the design process and finishing by creating it in three-dimensional form.

Topics covered in this course include:
• The figure of fashion designs (i.e. Designer Fashion Products)
• The differences between the roles of fashion and high fashion industry, and niche couture
• The relationship between fashion as a social phenomenon, and communication through clothing
• The design of a collection as inspiration, in any sector

Choice and development of one head per student, students with learn about the realization of the same technique with three-dimensional draping so that they can photograph and match the sketch of the collection.

During lessons they will learn the method of draping and receive a practical explanation of the cut on the bias, the features, the advantages of fit, fabric consumption and the technique used in couture trends (with references to Madeleine Vionnet).

The course program may be subject to change, depending on the classroom learning process.


Teacher: Angela Baldi




This course explores artwork produced in Italy from the 14th century until 17th century. It will focus on the relationship of the works of art to their cultural and historical importance in the time period of when they were produced. Emphasis will be placed on the function of the artwork as well its relationship to the artwork’s patron, artist and/or location. In particular this course will focus on four different spaces and audiences of patronage: the public piazza, the family chapel, the guilds and the domestic space.
Our objective is to understand the goal (and thus ultimately its meaning) for each different patron (the city, a group, a religious leader, a family or a female) in relation to its space and its audience. Finally, because we are in Florence, when possible the works of art will be studied through on site observation and lectures.

Topics covered in this course include:

• Historical Introduction to Florence and Sculpture in the Renaissance
• Early Christian to Romanesque Art
• Civic Sculpture and painting in the Renaissance (the piazza, the duomo, the town hall and guilds)
• Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo Da Vinci
• New Patrons, new locations in Renaissance Florence: Painting in family chapels: Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella
• Giotto and the development of a new language of painting
• The Black Death and family chapels
• Private spaces of Renaissance patronage (the home and the convent)

The course program may be subject to change, depending on the classroom learning process.

Teacher: Elizabeth Butler




The course is an introduction to photographic technique and photo management through the visual experience of some of the main aspects of Italian culture displayed in Florence, one of the most important Italian cities.

The course will start with the introduction of students and the professor, followed by an outline of the course steps and goals. The course will begin with a technical lesson introducing the weekly program; field trips will follow and the consequent photo management in class.
Students will engage in four field trips concerning Italian culture, addressing the following four topics: architecture, people, food and craftsmanship, lifestyle.

At the end of the course the students will be able to:
manage an SLR camera in the field of architecture, portrait, still-life and life-style photography;
explore some of the main aspects of Italian culture through the experience of photography;
choose their best images and organize them in a final presentation.

Topics covered in this course include:
• SLR technique 1: introduction and architecture
• SLR technique 2: portraits and still-life
• SLR technique 3: fast photography
• Photo management
• Photo Editing
• Photo presentation

The course program may be subject to change, depending on the classroom learning process.

Teacher: Dario Orlandi




The course introduces students to textile printing techniques. Students learn historical, theoretical and practical aspects of various printing techniques and how to apply them to different textiles, both at a handcraft and an industrial level.

The course will be developed into five parts:

1. Research and development of printing patterns
2. developing/burnout frames
3. printing and dying colours
4. silkscreen, rotary, transfer, sublimation and digital printing
5. textile decoration techniques: shibori/tie and die, batik, stencil, block, airbrush, freehand painting

By the end of the course students will be able to:
• Develop printing patterns according to its final application
• Consider the garment, the season and the target it will be applied to
• Choose between different possibilities of printing pattern development, such as all over, panel and others
• Develop different colour possibilities for each printing pattern

This course is taught using a variety of instructional methods, including lectures, group work, project creation, museums and further places of interest related to the textile printing medium.
Classes meet three times a week in the classroom.

The course program may be subject to change, depending on the classroom learning process.

Teacher: Karl Jorns




Not only is Florence the capital of the Renaissance, but it is also a city rich with cultural stimuli and contemporary art: it is the perfect setting for an interior design course.
This course entails an approach to design based on the study of décor elements that generate the creation of internal spaces.

The course is a journey through the history of design, an analysis of living areas, and a comparison with the contemporary culture linked to the design.

Topics covered in this course include:
• Review of the History of Design in Italy
• Review of the state of Interior Design today
• Creation and Development of an Interior Design project (the project is adapted according to the capability of the students)
• Analysis of Italian Design Case Studies (such as Kartell, Magis and Moroso)
• Context Analysis, with a project concerning the maximization of space, indicating the most appropriate decorating elements

Tools used in the course:
• Recommended but not mandatory software: Rhinoceros, Autocad.*
• *Please note that when it comes the end of the course, what counts is the content that is presented, and not which software is used to present it.

The course program may be subject to change, depending on the classroom learning process.

Teacher: Leonardo Rossano




The Painting course teaches the fundamentals of painting through the study of colour. Students will study different painting techniques (oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolour…) using the corresponding tools (brushes, spatules, pencils and others). The instructor will explain how to paint, through exploring painting methods from the Classical Renaissance era to the period of Italian Risorgimento, with a special focus on the Macchiaioli movement, taking advantage of the outstanding relevance of Firenze’s collections for these two movements.

The aim of this course is to learn, to develop and to perfect the above mentioned techniques, through painting landscapes, portraits and the human anatomy. Students will also learn how to draw these subjects/objects by means of tempera, oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolour etc.

By the end of the course students will be able to create paintings on their own using classical painting techniques.

Classes meet three times a week mostly in the classroom. The program may also include some lessons outside.

Topics covered in this course include:

• Preparatory Drawing on paper with a copy through isometric geometry classic
• The application of color on the canvas: Painting in the style of Leonardo/ The Renaissance
• Final work and finishing touches on painting
• Finishing the first painting
• Beginning of a new study on canvas, changing techniques: The “ maniera” between il Verrocchio and il Sarto
• Work in progress on the painting

The course program may be subject to change, depending on the classroom learning process

Teacher: Carlo Tarani




In this course students will learn the method of creating a two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation of any object/subject in its surrounding environment. Landscapes, still lifes, human bodies and architecture will become subjects to be studied through tools such as pencils, crayons, brushes.
The course is also about, more broadly, understanding the fundamental importance of creating a drawing. Through the knowledge of the old masters of art, students learn to create original drawings, developing their own style.

By the end of the course, students will acquire the skills to create one or more art pieces in complete autonomy with the use of classical drawing techniques.

Topics covered in this course include:
• Study of perspective through the analysis of solids (drawing on paper)
• Study of perspective through the analysis of solids with different light (drawing on paper)
• Study of plans and volumes (mixed media)
• Study of the human figures through the experience of the old masters
• Sketching, watching and imitating the works of the Renaissance
• Sketching, watching and imitating the works of the Renaissance/ Baroque era

The course program may be subject to change, depending on the classroom learning process.

Teacher: Cristina Casini



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