Florence Workshop 2013



Painting of the Figure—The Florentine Tradition
With League Instructor Sharon Sprung

April 30 – May 12

This workshop is filled.
Please contact Anki King to join a waiting list.


The Experience
Florence—the city of sensuality: the clear golden light, sublime food, fresh local wines, and the color of flesh. My first experience there was being inundated by the profusion of superb and transcendent painting. An afternoon in the Uffizi or Pitti Palace was an education in itself. The purpose of this workshop is to launch an exploration of the great, realist, figurative traditions of Italy—working from the model in the studio and garden, and visiting the museums in the afternoons to observe the lessons of the Masters.

It will be seeing and doing, doing and seeing—applying the subtlety and sensitivity of truly great painting to your own work. Every student has their own particular perspective and goals. The instructor’s intent is to take the lessons from the museum and address the goals of each individual, working from the model in the studio each day.

This will be a great opportunity for the student to immerse themselves in the colors, texture, and drama of the soul of painting. It will be an opportunity to advance one’s artistic ambition standing before the masterworks and in the shadow and footsteps of some of the greatest painters of the Renaissance. And—as a bonus—it’s Florence the rest of the time.

About the Instructor
New York painter Sharon Sprung is known for her luminous and life-like paintings and portraits. Ms. Sprung’s portrait of Jannette Rankin, the first congresswoman elected in the United States, hangs in the U.S. House of Representative; it was a commission Ms. Sprung was awarded after a nationwide competition. She was also invited by the U.S. Department of State and The Academy of Art in St. Petersburg, Russia to display her portrait Aude at their museum and lecture about American Portraiture. Sharon Sprung has had numerous one-person shows in New York City (at Gallery Henoch in Chelsea), as well as many group shows. She has exhibited widely at museums and universities across the country. Her work is nationally and internationally collected. This year, Ms. Sprung will have paintings in an exhibit that began at the National Arts Club and will continue to travel to eight museums in China. In addition, she was honored this year by the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts for her contributions as a painter and teacher. For more information, visit

Registration Information

This workshop is filled.
Please contact
Anki King to join a waiting list.

Package with shared bedroom: $2,500
Package with separate bedroom: $2,880

Packages include:

—Instructed workshop
—Occupancy in a shared apartment
—Museum card
    (If you wish to take part in the organized visit to the
    Vasari Corridor, this will be an additional charge of $40.)

Enrollment limited to 30 students


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