Florence Academy of Art Portrait, Alla Prima and Landscape Painting and Sculpture Courses - POSTPONED

Monday 27 July, 9am

About the event

If you are interested in attending a Florence Academy course, our team will get back to you in May.


Week One Courses: July 27th - 31st 2020

NEW FOR 2020 Alla Prima 5 days / Landscape 5 days

Week Two Courses: August 3rd - 7th 2020

NEW FOR 2020 Alla Prima 5 days / Landscape 5 days

Week Three Courses: August 10th - 14th 2020

Portrait 5 days / NEW FOR 2020 Sculpture 5 days

All courses run from 9am - 4:30 pm

Please note changes to the Alla Prima and Portrait course dates. If you require any more information or would like to book a place; please email thearts@stowe.co.uk or call us on 01280 818012 before making payment.

The Florence Academy comes to Stowe, offering a unique opportunity to study under tutelage of the Academy’s Ambassador, Toby Wright. The classes at Stowe are designed for artists who are unable to enrol on full time courses but are serious about improving their skills and want to obtain a high level of training in a short period of time. Instruction is in the form of individual critiques so each student receives guidance at his or her level of expertise. Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels are therefore welcome, as well as professional painters who are seeking to improve upon an already substantial skill base.

This year sees two new courses; Alla Prima and Sculpture alongside Portrait and Landscape. Toby Wright is delighted to expand his portrait programme with Alla Prima and we are pleased to welcome Florence Academy tutor Valentina Zlatarova with her portrait sculpture masterclass.

In Alla Prima, students will work on 5 different portraits over 5 days. Alla Prima means “at first attempt” in Italian, so the alla prima method of painting involves direct paint application, without too much blending, and favours the display of brushstrokes. This workshop addresses drawing, tone and colour as applied to this swift method of painting.

We are also offering the classical intensive five day portrait course using the Atelier method, with an intensive study of the portrait in oil. This will require attention to anatomy, shape design and light.

Landscape Painting en Plein Air can be studied in a five or ten day structure where students will be guided through the practical concepts and artistic process of landscape art with returning Florence Academy tutor Amy Florence.

Florence Academy tutor Valentina Zlatarova, will be introducing her sculpture course in the beautifully appointed sculpture studio in The Watson School of Art. Here students will focus on the step by step process of building a portrait in clay from life. Instruction is by individual critique, so students will receive guidance at their individual level of expertise.

Students can select a five day course in Portrait, Alla Prima and Landscape or can combine to create a ten day course. Places are limited so we advise booking early.



We have ensuite residential accommodation available at £75 per night.  This will include bed (single occupancy), breakfast and evening meal.  When booking please request the number of nights you require.  Places are limited so early booking is essential.

We can also provide a list of local accommodation within four miles of Stowe.

Cost: The Classical Approach: Portrait Painting

5 days: £900 (including VAT)

Cost: The Classical Approach : Landscape Painting

5 days: £800 (including VAT)

10 days: £1475 (including VAT)

Cost: The Classical Approach: Painting a Portrait Alla Prima

5 days: £950 (including VAT)

Cost: The Classical Approach: Sculpture

5 days: £800 (including VAT)

Cost: Combined Portrait 5 days and Landscape 5 days

10 days: £1575 (including VAT)

Cost: Combined Alla Prima 5 days and Landscape 5 days

10 days: £1625 (including VAT)

*Lunch and Refreshments will be provided each day.

*Deposit (non-refundable) for all courses: £400

Once you apply and your place confirmed, you will receive an acceptance email with information on accommodation, materials and payment. You can secure your place on the course by paying the deposit or in full. The balance must be received June 1st 2020. No refunds will be given for cancellation after payment of the balance.

Please read our Ticket Refund Policy before booking. Any queries please email thearts@stowe.co.uk or telephone 01280 818012.