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Drawing Florence: When the City Becomes the Classroom

SACI students drawing at San Miniato al Monte

SACI students hone their drawing skills while exploring treasured Florentine museums and landmarks.

With an abundance of art and beauty around every corner, Florence is the perfect place to study great works of art and develop one’s own artistic style. SACI students in both undergraduate and graduate programs, particularly in drawing courses, regularly take advantage of these resources during trips throughout the city. Classes are often held in museums, parks, and piazzas, giving students the chance to sketch Florence's most famous works of art.

Our undergraduate drawing courses include numerous field trips, approximately one per week, during which students visit historic sites such as the Galleria dell'Accademia, Boboli Gardens, Piazza della Signoria, the Museo del Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, San Miniato al Monte, and more. At these sites, they practice techniques learned in the classroom en plein air while exploring Florence.

Drawing is Thinking: Visual Research for Studio Practice, a new course introduced for graduate programs, also takes students throughout the city to sketch and learn from paintings, drawings, sculptures, and architecture. Students visit basilicas and museums such as Palazzo Pitti, Santa Croce Church, and Santa Maria Novella Church. This course, designed for students in the Post-Bac, MFA, and MA programs, draws upon Florence as a site for visual, conceptual, and art historical inspiration, fostering intensive visual research within historic sites and museum collections in Florence.

Learn about art courses in Florence offered at SACI.

Discover more about SACI field trips.


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