From September 2016 Russian Academy of Art under collaboration with LABA Firenze launches a new double degree program. Upon successful completion of three-year program, the student receives double degree: Private Academy Diploma in Painting and Drawing and Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts, recognized by the State.
Upon successful completion of two-year Master program, the student receives: Private Academy Diploma in Painting and Drawing and Master Degree in Visual Arts, recognized by the State.
Enrollment is already open, and the students who apply before 1st of May 2016 are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Classes are taught both in English and Italian. In the first year of studies, there is an obligatory intensive Italian language course.
Starting from year 2015 Russian Academy of Art offers different accommodation options for our students at the student dorm, based at the main campus of the Academy.
The mission of the Russian Academy of Art is to teach the fundamental principles, methods and techniques of classical art diligently transmitted over the centuries since the Italian Renaissance. Our academic program provides thorough training in anatomy, composition, chromatics, perspective, painting, constructive drawing and study of the works of the Old Masters. With this solid framework, students will be able to go on to develop their own individual styles and methods of creative expression ("New Masters").
The Russian Academy of Art is right in the center of Florence, Italy, only 2 minutes away from its famous Duomo. The city is a rich, stimulating environment for the study of art - you can be in direct contact with the original works of masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli who emerged, lived and worked in Florence. The Galleria degli Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and several other museums feature among the most prominent art collections in the world. In addition to aesthetic and technical excellence, we encourage our students to grasp the vital importance of the spiritual, humanist and Christian values that motivated and inspired the great Masters.
Our instructors are highly qualified: they were all trained in art academies in Russia and have vast experience in the arts. The classes are held in both Russian and English.
Curriculum Students start painting and drawing right from the very start of the first year, beginning with basic geometric shapes (from life) and building up to casts, portraits and full body images by the end of the third year.
Our Russian Academy Master teachers supervise both the painting in the morning (10am-1pm) and the drawing session in the afternoon (2pm-5pm) each day. Accompanied by English and Italian-speaking interpreters, they explain and demonstrate their methods to each student by picking up their pencil or paintbrush and helping with their picture, because we believe that watching a master at work is one of the cornerstones of academy study.
A full day each week is devoted to Composition, which means creating and designing a full oil painting starting from an idea. Students work on term-long projects, going from initial abstract spot designs, through architecture, character and oil colour studies, before eventually producing a full-size drawing which can then be used as a basis for an oil painting.
Twice each academic year (6 weeks total), our anatomy professor Aleksey Bakhtin gives lectures and practical tasks for our intensive anatomy program which is part of the full-time course for all students. The course will teach you to understand the human body in a conceptual form and in such a way that you will be able to use the knowledge when working with a live model.
Faculty All our professors are graduates from the prestigious Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St Petersburg, Russia. You will be seen at least twice a day by a professor, once in the morning painting session and once in the afternoon drawing session.
Class hours are for a total of 35 hours each week (10am - 5pm); studios are open from 9am to 8pm for students.
The academy also runs workshops and evening courses, which are available to the public (and to full-time students half-price). We cover portrait, costumed portrait with hands, human figure, plein-air painting, watercolour, constructive drawing and more - see the following links for details and prices:
How we see our Academic Methods A short explanation of how we think about drawing, succinctly put in the following interview between Dinotopia artist James Gurney and our professor Sergey Chubirko.
Gurney: Do you draw what you see or what you know?
Chubirko: I try not to copy unconsciously what I see. The most important point about the model for me is that the model must be inspirational; it must provoke my imagination for the creation of an image.
That is why I never start drawing before I see clearly the image which I would like to show, through the model. Knowledge of anatomy and the laws of form are certainly necessary as they help me to work independently and to render my thoughts freely and quickly.
Such knowledge must be automatic so that it does not distract, does not bound the imagination and, at the same time, introduces independence to the hand. This is the automatic skill that provides an artist with freedom and fluency when he works. An artist should only care about "what" to express not about "how" to do it.
Gurney: How does the knowledge of anatomy shape the way you interpret what you see?
Chubirko: For academic drawing, knowledge of anatomy and the rules of the form need profound study at the initial stages of art education. Such knowledge should not be ignored as, for instance, knowledge of the alphabet cannot be ignored when one wants to learn to read and write. When we learn to read and to write we start with ABC, after that we put letters into syllables; later we learn how to compose simple sentences, then finally - complex sentences. And, as soon as we have learnt to express ourselves freely in complex sentences, we do not need to go back to the alphabet again. We do not think about letters any longer because they are just tools for a very creative process of reading and writing; for expressing our thoughts and feelings.
The same goes for drawing. Knowledge of anatomy and the laws of form is just a tool necessary for the creation of artistic imaginative works without limits.
Gurney: What do you change when you draw?
Chubirko: Selection in drawing is very important and this is the artist who selects what to show and what not to. Any model always has in itself the essential and the supplementary, secondary things.
The aim of the artist is to see what is really important and to emphasize it. The author's selection in this case should be convincing for the viewer. That is why when I am drawing from life, my personal vision as well as the image I would like to create is much more important than the model itself. Every model has its particular features, which, in fact, define the artist's choice of primary and secondary points.
Also, Russian Academy of Art offers variety of summer Plein-air courses from June through September. The applicants are welcome to join for periods of two weeks up till one month for each given course. For more information, please contact our secretary office: