Italian Renaissance Drawing

History, Inspiration, and the Traditions of the Florentine School


Step into the world of Renaissance Florence and draw alongside its artists, taking part in the artistic traditions of the Renaissance in this transportive six-week live, online course.

6 Wednesdays Starting Wednesday June 12 2024


Explore the unique historical traditions of learning to draw and becoming and artist in Renaissance Florence. In these six live, online classes, you will experience the world of Renaissance art in Florence in the time of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. You will discover and interact with the foundations of the Florentine School and take part in its artistic culture and traditions as the Renaissance masters did. You will share in the legacy of the Florentine School by learning how its artists developed their ideas and styles, how they drew inspiration from previous generations and exchanged ideas with their contemporaries. See how drawing evolved and artistic practices transformed along the incredible timeline from Cimabue all the way through to Pontormo.

You Will Learn:

  • The history of the formation of the Florentine School in the Late Middle Ages and how Cimabue and Giotto shaped the future of Florentine art throughout the Renaissance
  • How artists like Michelangelo became artists through training and responding to the work of earlier Florentine artists
  • The key artists and works which shaped the course of art history and how they informed artistic practices during the Renaissance
  • How artists drew from important works of painting and sculpture using various techniques
  • How to interact with the history of the Florentine school both in your drawing and developing your own artistic ideas
  • How the various art forms interacted and intersected with one another to incubate a distinctive artistic culture in Renaissance Florence

Course Structure

Class 1 – Cimabue, Giotto and Lorenzo Monaco: the foundations of the Florentine School | drawing tasks of apprentices

Class 2 – Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Masaccio: figurative and spacial naturalism | expressive narratives

Class 3 – Donatello, Uccello and Fra Filippo: ideal, fantasia and design | ideal heads

Class 4 – Botticelli, Verrocchio and the Pollaiuoli: Florentine drawing on a new footing | the head and the body

Class 5 – Leonardo, Ghirlandaio and Filippino: drawing from life | expressive figures

Class 6 – Michelangelo, Raphael and Pontormo: symbolic figures and dynamic nudes | life drawing

Start Date

Wednesdays June 12 2024 – July 17 2024, 18:00 – 20:00 PM UK / 01:00 PM NY

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