Click on the photos to view enlargements

Dream Come True V

Learn to draw and paint your own Renaissance portrait in
Florence, Italy in the summer, August 1 - 30, 2003

You study from plaster casts in the morning for the first two weeks. For the next two weeks there will be the opportunity to draw and paint the nude in the morning. In the afternoon, throughout the month, you have your own live model shared with another student. The instruction follows the guidelines of the Charles H. Cecil Studio. The method, called sightsize or comparison, has been passed down from the time of Leonardo DaVinci. Beginners as well as advanced students are welcome. There will be the opportunity to paint a fullsize portrait for the advanced student.
Advanced students are welcome as well as beginners.

Cast room Inner sanctum from above Inner sanctum

The school is housed in a former basilica within the old city walls, one block from the Arno. It consists of three cool studios the cast room, the oval room, and the inner sanctum with the unrivaled north light. The studio is the space used by the sculptors Bartolini and Romanelli in the 1800's. Ingres and Rodin worked there. They say it is the oldest studio in Florence still in use. The address is Borgo San Frediano 68 (red dot to the left of Ponte Vecchio on the map).


Accommodations begin at a gracious apartment with a view, four bridges down the Arno from the studio. There is room for eight students, two to a room. There is a big communal kitchen and bathroom. The address is 27 Serristori (red dot to the right of Ponte Vecchio on the map). Single rooms or separate apartments can be arranged at extra cost.

Instructors: Inger Hodgson. Joint instructor this year is Jan Saether, Prof. Emeritus, Norway National Academy of Art, Oslo.

Price: $2600. Deposit of $300 by March 15, 2003 reserves a space. Payment in full by April 15, 2003. Deposit is returned if course is canceled.

What you get:
Art instruction in two three-hour blocks a day, four days a week, paint grinding,

access to studio all days until 7 p.m., including weekends, portrait model to be shared with one other student, 15 hours per week, art materials (see separate list below), accommodations,
weekly art lectures, one life mask, and telephone (receiving calls only): Borgo Studio - 011-39-055-285-102, Serristori - 011-39-055-234-2769

What you don't get:
Transportation and food. Suggested food budget $300 and up.

Art materials included:

3 Roma papers Mechanical pencil, charcoal, kneadable eraser, 2 canvases 16x20, 5 pigment, linseed oil, tubes, medium, turpentine, 3 brushes, paper palette, palette knife.

Use for inquiries or call + 1.310.457.9139