Drawing class at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci

Its no surprise that the same country that gave us the Renaissance is the same country that today is still training world-class artists and musicians. Simply spend a couple hours in the city of Florence and in one of its 80-something art museums or in one of its world-class art galleries and you’ll quickly understand the signifiant role that art and music has played in shaping Italian society and the generous contributions that the country’s rich artistic traditions have given the rest of the world. From a historical perspective, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to get in touch with your artistic side.

Art is so important that many Italian language schools also offer art classes to supplement students’ language studies. However, you can also find plenty of stand-alone schools teaching painting, drawing, photography, pottery, opera, singing and more.

Art, Music and Photography Schools in Italy

Koine Center – Offers 2-4 week drawing and painting courses taught by a professional painter and based in a traditional atelier in the center of Florence. 2-8 week photography workshops and Italian language lessons are also available. More>>

Michelangelo School – This Florence academy offers a wide range of short and long-term courses in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics and photography. More>>

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci – In addition to Italian language lessons, you can find classes in drawing, painting, engraving, watercolor, sculpture, mosaic and restoration at this well-known Italian cultural center with branches in Florence and Milan; music courses are also available. More>>

inClasse – Located in Verona, this school offers a two-hour drawing and painting class every Monday afternoon; Italian language courses available, as well. More>>

LinguaSi – Offers an 8-hour, 4-day  spolvero ceramics and pottery course based in medieval caves beneath the Umbrian city of Orvieto. Italian language courses are also available. More>>

Style Design College – Based in Milan, this design school offers photography courses ranging from 2 days all the way up to 3 years. More>>

Ortolan Studio – One-week art retreat workshops in fresco-painting, Renaissance drawing and landscape painting are available at this Veneto-based school. More>>

Accademia d’Arte - Offers a wide selection of art courses ranging from drawing and painting to photography to sculpture; located in Florence. More>>

La Lingua La Vita – Afternoon painting, engraving, ceramics and photography classes are all available at this Italian language school located in the Umbrian town of Todi. More>>

Biblios Cafe - Organizes courses in ceramics, writing, painting, photography and art restoration; located on the island of Sicily. More>> 

Italian 4 Foreigners – This Rome school offers a “Renaissance Program” teaching the wood and wall painting techniques of the famed painters from that period; courses range from 6-72 hours. More>> 

Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri – Offers 4-12 week programs in opera singing; based in Rome. More>>


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